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L M Alcott Art Center Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Arts Services, Performing Arts

Mission: To help nurture artistic talent, to provide a place to teach, learn, exhibit and perform in an environment that bolsters community, to bring together people of diverse cultures for a common cause: The Arts.

Results: Have been able to provide numerous artistic opportunities for many aspiring artists. Alcott is well known for first time exhibitors, first time actors and directors. Have been able to provide a home for several other not for profit theater groups over the years, have held many art exhibits for individuals as well as groups and have had many Plays, Concerts, Art Fairs, Car Shows and just about anything we have been asked to help make happen. We have been in existence now for sixteen years as a self sustaining Arts Foundation. We have awarded grants and scholarships, taught classes in several areas of the Arts, curated over three hundred Art Exhibits and produced several plays at the Alcott Arts Center. We have partnered with several groups at public functions and even been involved with national Arts programs including the National Endowment of the Arts' "the Big Read" program. Alcott has become a regional Arts Organization with interaction of Artists, Actors, teachers and sponsors from all over the area and country. It has been a unique challenge to start something from scratch but it has been a great experience to be thrown into the world of the Arts in this endeavor.

Target demographics: provide artistic opportunities for all.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 700 Students, 4 not for profit organizations,

Geographic areas served: Kansas City Kansas

Programs: Children's Theater Classes, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Productions, ABC Positive Enrichment Program, Youth Summer Intern Program, Art and Craft Classes for Kids, Children's Theater Productions, Ceramic Classes, special effects make-up and sculpting classes and much more.

Community Stories

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to get back into theater after 25 years. Chuck and Chris are awesome.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first entered the Alcott Arts Center on September 7, 2017 when I auditioned for a role in their production of DRACULA: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN. I was immediately impressed by the center's commitment to their mission statement. They provide artistic opportunities in the community through theatrical productions, music performances, art exhibitions of local artists and art classes for all ages. It is proof that their “Everything Positive-Nothing Negative” motto serves a vital need in the community.

3 Shelby L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have done theater ever since I was in middle school. After my second year of college I decided to take a break, to focus on my major, and to do other activities. But I was always missing theater. Recently I decided to get back into it, and that is when I found the Alcott Art’s Center. If it wasn’t for them, I would not be as happy as I am right now, being back on the stage. Performing at this theater has made me beyond happy and I can’t wait for more opportunities to work with them.

4 Joselyn C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been going to and participating in events at the Alcott Art Center for several years now. They are a great place to go and great for families. And the art that comes here is amazing from very talented artists. I have recommended the art center to several people.

3 Tina D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Firstly I want to say that this place is a gem in Kansas City. A godsend.

When I first emigrated to Kansas from the UK I didn’t know anyone here apart from my family. At the time I also wondered about the arts scene here in Kansas. Where I came from art is supported everywhere and thrives. By driving around in the early days, I remembered seeing a sign which said Alcott Arts Center. My mind got enquiring so, I looked up the organization online and thought hey what they do here is cool.
So, after some time adjusting to a strange country and way of life and finding my feet I began to get back into creating art and needed a place to show. It was by chance that a youth colleague I worked with who had connections via the Alcott told me about Chris. I had told the young guy that I read about the Alcott online. It was by chance that Chris came into my workplace and the young man introduced both Chris and myself. It was from there on I had arranged an art show with the Alcott’s here in KC KS and got some good feedback from visitors. Since then I have had three shows and teach art to the youth on Wednesdays.

Two years teaching have now passed and many projects with the youth later we had exhibitions to showcase work created throughout the year. I am now working on a program for the third year. The kids enjoy coming over and are back again when the classes start back up. An outlet for creative minds to further their artistic endeavours.

Thanks to the Alcott Arts Center I got back into the swing of creating artwork and showcasing at their venue and to teach. It was a mutual approach, they asked, and I wanted to ask to teach one evening a week. We cover many genres of art and help the youth with creative thinking and problem solving along with fun and inspiration. Dedicated budding young artists who have somewhere to come to that is a safe place with materials provided and a mutual like-minded respect for the creative arts.

The Alcott do a lot for the community relentlessly throughout the year. Chris and Chuck are lovely people and it is a pleasure to know them and for them to be in my life. And they have a vision of what the Art Center can do for the community. It is always a pleasure to go back for another year of creative endeavors. I have met many people since the first time I came here and many of them because of the Alcott Arts Center. This is the place to come if you want to be creative. Nowhere else really serves in this way.

Thank you Chris and Chuck for your support for all.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

LM Alcott Art Center is a wonderful organization. They provide a place for kids to grow their artistic skills using many different mediums. They go into the schools with special programs and most recently are partnering with KS PTA for the National PTA Reflections contest. The art center will be providing supplies to children in grades K thru 12 that wish to participate in the contest. They put on plays, including Shakespeare, and hold exhibitions for some of their young artists. The LM Alcott Art Center is a wonderful community asset.

2 Angela F.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have attended art classes in this neighborhood centerpiece for several years now. Always friendly and inviting. The group is always trying to be active in the community and promote art and drama for those in the area. Many times my own children, who are budding artist themselves, have been invited to show in the galleries at the Alcott. It is a boost to their confidence and a chance to show off to the community! Not to mention rubbing elbows with their fellow artists in the neighborhood.
I would highly recommend that someone wanting to show their artwork or participate in a play, acting, directing, costuming, anything, check out what's going on at the Alcott!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

They provide a range of events for all ages and tastes. They are also very kind and patient and dedicated to their work.

3

Board Member

Rating: 4

You couldn't ask for a nicer and more charitable bunch of people!!...They have such a wide variety of events and activities throughout the spring/summer and fall!!Youre guaranted to always walk out of Alcott with warm feelings and a biiiiiigg smile!!!...Its Kansas city Kansas version of WONDERLAND!!!...Just ask anyone whose been there for an event!!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first involvement with Alcott was through my college, The Art Institute of Kansas City. We did an event there called Artists helping Artists. I made a promise to myself to stay in touch with the staff. They have greatly helped me with art shows and taught me as well. I have attended arts and crafts classes and attended my fellow artists shows. What I love about Alcott is how they help the community. The kids get a wide range of activities that can help throughout life. I try to volunteer as much as possible. Owning a graphic design company I am able to help out with plays, craft events and shows. I highly recommend Alcott to uplift and imagine all your possibilities!

2 Christopher C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife Faye and I have involved with the L M Alcott Art Center foundation for several years, we have known Chuck and Chris for a long time and what a great couple and what a Great bunch of Members and their membership and belonging and wanting to part of this group, the Arts & Musical events, the Plays, the friday/Saturday Nights Art shows, I just love going to these Events!!

What a Great place to go, and see these wonderful Shows & Programs! And what they do for the community of KCK is a blessing and Wonderful Sharing! I am amazed of all of the time that goes into something like this!! I am amazed what they do for the community on Halloween - Trick or Trunk! it is an Awesome time and event!!

I just can't say how much this Group, this Foundation has Help me and made more aware of different Plays, like Shakespeare in the Parking Lot wow what Fun and wow how the L M Alcott Art Center Foundation puts forth in helping the Kansas City, Kansas Community, help Kids with Library events and times to share anything is most Awesome Foundation! Chris & Chuck Green, they just are the nicest people and we just think the World of them, like I said these folks and membership are a totally Blessing to KCK Community!! I think that the KCK L M Alcott Art Center foundation with its Staff and Volunteers are just important as Chuck & Chris, these group of people with what they do, its Just a Total Blessing and a God Sent!! There are to many Names of the Staff and Volunteers to say or mention here, but Like I said before or will say, these Guys are a Great Bunch of Folks and Friends to me and my wife Faye!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Chris and Chuck and the Alcott center is always so positive. They are always willing to help with the different projects that we are working on in our community and with our PTA Council in KCK. When we needed help with our float for our parade entry, Chris was right there helping out. They were so helpful when we needed a backdrop for our youth committee at our state convention booth. When I needed a phone booth for our superhero installation at our neighboring PTA council, the Alcott center was once again available to us to help out with supplies, expertise and a place to work. We also have used the Alcott center for the last 5 years to hold some of our monthly PTA Council meeting at. They are just a great asset to our community and its families. Alcott Arts Center really ROCKS!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Alcott! They gave me a chance to shine and be on stage when it seemed like I couldn't anywhere else. Chris and Chuck are so sweet and hardworking. I love them all!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are so giving of their time and talents. Chris goes to elementary schools and does art with students, with Girl Scouts and others. We appreciate all that Allcott does for the community.

2 Alicia52

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are one of the only art centers that I know of and I know my kids enjoy every time they go. The staff is wonderful and so fun

2 Andra2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LM Alcott Art Center became a part of my life when I was a teenager. I would come for rehearsals for plays I was in, and then eventually began to come to hold auditions, to share my writing, and see what other artists and performers were doing. I find myself very fortunate to have developed a relationship with an organization that encouraged art for the youth as well as for the community. It is a great place to explore, learn, and savor art. I am thankful for the time I have worked with this foundation, and hope they can continue to be a beacon in the community.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Alcott Center is a good place to go and have fun! They do all sorts of things including during the holidays. They have fundraisers, arts and crafts, plays, ect.

2 Autumn G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place for shows and kids activities! My girls love it!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have attended several presentations of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot and greatly enjoyed them all. Love the atmosphere and everything that Alcott stands for!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just finished my first of hopefully many opportunities to work with the great folks at the Alcott! I was in "Love's Labour's Lost" as part of their "Shakespeare in the Parking Lot" series. I found the other volunteer's to be loyal to the organization which is something I value! Chris and Chuck were there day in and day out working their behinds off to show us that they valued the time we put into the project as well.

I encourage anyone who is interested in keeping the arts alive in KCK to attend their events, volunteer, and financially support this organization. Chuck and Chris are salt of the earth, they don't sit around and talk about what they want to do. They DO IT!