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L M Alcott Art Center Foundation

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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

93 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I once took part in a New Media Art show there and the staff at Alcott Arts were incredibly kind and helpful, especially the owner Chuck. They gave us the room and respect to express ourselves creatively within a rich historical environment. This show was a really good resume builder too. I have been in many non profit art shows around the world and the support that the Alcott Arts Center gave surpassed many of those experiences. They provide great cultural events that are a necessity to any community, especially during a time where there is little support for the arts. Alcott Art Center deserves any support that they can get because they are the ones that keep hope alive for the arts.

2 Daniel22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience working with Alcott Art Center was helping my friend install his a new media art project in the building for his Senior Thesis for the Kansas City Art Institute. The building was great, and Chuck and Chris were the most helpful and nicest people you could ever meet. You could tell from the moment you meet them that they genuinely LOVE art, LOVE theIr building, and, most importantly, LOVE the people in their lives. Chuck will happily tell you all about how he went to school in the building as a kid and how he has lived right up the street his whole life. I was so impressed by the center and their eagerness to work with young artists that I had my senior thesis show at the building as well and even helped curate two different shows in the space. After that I was eager to Help Chuck and Chris in any capacity I could including computers and video taping some events for them. I have been involved with the arts and art centers in different states and countries my entire life so I can say with a small bit of authority that a place like the Alcott Arts Center is rare and amazing and should be supported in any and all ways possible. I am sorry to hear about the break in, the last people in the world who deserved this were Chuck and Chris. Thank you for everything!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The following information is also being forwarded to the Secretary of the State and the Social Security Administration for their review and investigation into the following matters.
I am writing in response to a story recently reported regarding Alcott Arts Center in Kansas City, KS. Following an incident of supposed copper wire theft, Alcott Arts Center has now launched a campaign seeking at least $5,000 in donations from the Kansas City community in order to assist in repairs. As a concerned citizen and taxpayer, I wish to caution any individual in our community from offering financial support to an organization wrought with unethical business practices and financial dealings.
Alcott Arts Center is a nonprofit organization. The entire foundation of their ideology is fraudulent; while they claim to serve Kansas City, they have exploited the goodwill of patrons, partnering artists, and the community, while violating federal regulations and the public’s trust.
• Chuck Green, President and Authoring Co-Founder, uses Social Security Disability benefits to assist in funding the operations of Alcott Arts Center. Furthermore, while Mr. Green has been rendered disabled by the government, our community has witnessed his ability to contribute many working hours at the organization. Mr. Green can regularly be seen mowing the lawn, manning events, and acting as the spokesperson for Alcott Arts Center. This can be verified by the following attached documents resulting from a simple internet search of letters of support, some of which are from quite respectable organizations in the Kansas City community:
o Letter of Support, 2004, Faye Greenwood
http://www.alcottartscenter.org/letterfromfayegreenwood.pdf
o Letter of Support, 2004, United Way of Wyandotte County
http://www.alcottartscenter.org/letterfromunitedway.pdf
o Letter of Support, 2004, Minds Eye Theatre
http://www.alcottartscenter.org/letterfromjeffmace.pdf
o IRS Determination Letter, 2007
http://www.alcottartscenter.org/irsfinaldetermination.pdf
Furthermore, Alcott Arts Center has claimed affiliations on their website with KC Stage and Kansas City Kansas Council PTA—USD 500, among others, and I wonder if all these organizations are aware of and support the business practices that have kept Alcott Arts Center in operation. As a taxpayer, I am ardently against my taxes going to fund an organization when those dollars are intended and very much needed for the truly disabled in our community.
• Alcott Arts Center stated in a recent interview on television that the building was and is uninsured; yet, they host educational classes and events in the arts for both children and adults in the community. I take that to understand should an accident or medical emergency occur in the building, there would be no coverage for the individuals involved. This would seem an unacceptable and foolish existence for any organization, especially one serving our community.
• Alcott Arts Center seems to have engaged in nepotism. My research indicates that Chuck Green, President of the Board of Directors, and Chris Green, Executive Director, are indeed married. If that is the case, then how can a Husband President govern a Wife Executive Director objectively and ethically? Not to mention this opens up a world of opportunity for faulty business practices.
• Alcott Arts Center’s financial dealings have been questionable. Having received $10,000+ in donations several years ago to replace a “much needed boiler,” the organization still has yet to make the purchase according to the news interview mentioned above. I can only assume that money has been appropriated elsewhere, since Mr. Green is requesting yet another round of donations in the amount of $5,000 to fix the recent copper wire theft.
Kansas City has a plethora of sustainable, respected arts organizations devoted to serving our community. I would encourage those interested in donating to Alcott Arts Center to rethink their choice and seek a more established and accredited entity in the community. Perhaps those artists seeking to donate energy, time, and talent to raise funds for Alcott Arts Center may put their gifts to better use and recognition elsewhere. I would ask that an investigation be launched into Alcott Arts Center’s operations, complete with a determination as to the veracity of its financials. Our community deserves better than what Alcott Arts Center offers.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son, Mother & myself visited the Alcott Arts Center for their 2011 Trunk or Treat. The people were friendly & polite; the set up was awesome & my son really enjoyed it. I think it's great that they do the trunk or treat as well as all the other activities etc. they do. I think it's important to keep the arts alive & that the arts are a great outlet for many young & troubled people. This review is my way of showing my support & love for organization & what they do. I am more than proud to have them as a part of my community; A community my family has been a part of for many many generations. Kudos to The Alcott Arts Center! Keep up the wonderful work! :D

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My daughter has had the grand opportunity to perfom at the Alcott Arts Center for Shakespeare in the Parking Lot V 2011, "As You Like It". The experience has been great for us as a family and individually for my daugther. What the founders are doing for the community is to be commended and I can only hope that they are able to continue receiving donations to keep this great center going for many, many years to come. My daughter has had the fortune to work with Director, Dr. Susan Proctor who has first of all taught my 13 year the appreciation of Shakespeare and provided her with the experience to work beside several talented actors in the community. Thanks to everyone at Alcott for the experience and we hope to work with you again in the future.
Sincerely,
Jenny Wolff

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I highly enjoyed Elaine Grisnik's show lastnight of her drawings of Strawberry Hill. I live in the area myself, and can appreciate the beautiful, & unique drawings of my neighborhood. Elaine captures the essence of the spirit of an old neighborhood & all it's beautiful character. I met the Greens whom were a very warm, & welcoming couple. Thank-you. The Alcott Center is a wonderful place! I'd reccomend it to everybody!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I first encountered the Alcott Art Center while working on a play they produced in 2004. Their positive attitude and willingness to support the arts community in every way possible was why I decided to support the organization as much as I could. I have been a supporter and friend to them ever since.

The Alcott has an open-mindedness that is becoming more and more scarce as our culture becomes more and more reserved, and the work that they display and support reflects that. They push at the boundaries of our comfort zone and make us better people because of it.

When my friend, an actor and director, was horribly disfigured in a brutal attack, he needed some money to cover medical expenses. I decided to throw a fundraiser for him, and within minutes of soliciting a venue, they offered their theater space, and did everything they could to help me help my friend, who is now recovered and doing well. I don't know of any other organization that would have gone to such lengths to help a fellow artist like that. It was amazing.

I look forward to continued and expanded involvement in the organization as I believe that with all they do for their community, they deserve as much support as possible. I will continue to headquarter my film club there, and I will always look to them first when planning events and shows.

They deserve your support!
Curtis Smith
Actor, Musician, President of the Kansas City Horror Club

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I’m the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the L. M. Alcott Arts Center Foundation and the Alcott Arts Center. The Foundation and Arts Center came about by organizing our community to come together to save our building from being sold to an outside interest. The community wanted the building to stay a teaching institution thus the Foundation and Arts Center was formed.
My involvement is; I’m the go-to person, you need it, I have it, I will find it or make it happen for you. I teach classes at the Arts Center and at local schools and events, along with all of the office responsibilities and organizing events. I have been a working volunteer since we started ten years ago and I strongly believe in working and giving freely of myself to make things happen.
I love working with children giving them the chance for a hands on experience in the Arts. I feel strongly about keeping the arts available to all who love or want to experience it. Putting on productions of Classics like “Little Women” and the Works of William Shakespeare are rewarding. To see it them evolve from a raw form to pulling off a stellar production. I enjoy the fact that we are an “Outside the Box” organization taking risks with controversial art and Theater productions, to show you can produce them in good taste and spot light some very talented people.
Working with all the Artists, Actors, Musicians and Performers has enriched my life. I’ve made many lasting friendships with some very interesting and talented people. I feel this organization is very important to the Arts Community with all we have to offer.
I love doing what I do, being able to offer Art to the community. It would be great to be open year round and have the chance to offer so much more to so many more.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a performing artist in Kansas City, there are not many places for someone without a lot of experience to perform. Furthermore, there are not a lot of opportunities for a family to experience the arts together. I have really enjoyed the Alcott's focus on the family and children and providing a community place for us to experience and enjoy art together. Without the Alcott, my son would not have seen Shakespeare, because they have Shakespeare in the Parking Lot every summer which we attend. Also, the Arts-travaganza every May, gives my son an opportunity to get on stage in the annual talent show. The Alcott supports many local artists and helps them to develop shows that serve our community.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

My organization is a new partner of the Alcott. I chose to do this because the Alcott embodies what all great art charities should be: For the people, by the people, and for the sake of art. It is run by citizens who are dedicated to bettering their community and keeping the arts alive in the process and relies solely on donations. Everyone is always made feel welcome and all art is accepted. This is a great organization and is the reason why my own organization has raised almost $2000 for the Alcott in order to keep it going.

2 Jas A.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Alcott Center is a fantastic place for supporting art, music, poetry, performance, life, laughter an fun.
I have volunteered on several occasions- and have always had a fulfilling experience knowing that I was supporting good people who care about the arts and perhaps more importantly, the community of artists who work with them.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with the L. M. Alcott Arts Center was in the February of 2008. I was an actor in their spring play, Little Women. It was my first time doing community theatre, and I found the Alcott to be a very welcoming, encouraging environment. The only unfortunate thing is that it was frigidly cold. The Alcott has no heat source, so they only open their doors April through October. But since the play opened in April, we had to bundle up and start our rehearsals in February.
This was just the beginning of my history with the Alcott Arts Center, though. I have since directed one of their plays, and in 2010 I volunteered at most of their events. One thing I really appreciate about the Alcott is that they truly believe in giving opportunities to first time artists. I had only just turned 17 when they selected me to direct their spring play in 2009.
Another incredible thing about the Alcott Arts Center is that it is run almost entirely by two people, Chuck and Chris Green. I am nearly certain that these two people have donated more time and energy to the Alcott than all of the volunteers combined. And they are now entering their tenth year of operation. Their perseverance to keep this opportunity alive for artists of all kinds is inspiring.
I plan to be very involved with the Alcott, as a volunteer and an artist, in 2011.

2 Jen M.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered for the Alcott Center for a year and half now. I keep returning because of the great programs available for local performing and visual artists. They put focus community and reach out to local schools. I also enjoy as an actor having a place to be a part of a production aimed at families. The Center truely cares about the people in Wyandotte County and creating access to the arts for those who otherwise would not have it.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been my pleasure to work with Alcott since it's early beginning. Alcott is important to me for personal reasons... I was a student at L.M. Alcott when it was originally an elementary school and I've know Chuck Green - a co-founder, all of my life. It is truly remarkable all that they have accomplished with so few resources. Alcott is a true labor of love and a wonderful asset to the community. The monthly "Second Saturday" is a wonderful event for new artists to gain exposure and experience showing their works/talents.

2 Katia M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have done four shows at the Alcott Arts Center and it's the best and most pasionate theater I have ever worked at!

2 Rhianda M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son and I attended a fundraising event at Alcott a few years ago in the spring. I just have to say what a joy it was. Not only did we enjoy the fun we had that day, but the fact that we were supporting such an amazing place made the experience that much more rewarding. I feel honored to have been a part of it.

I also have attened a play at the Alcott center that I thouroughly enjoyed.

2 Kelly F.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I spent this summer (and the previous three before) being an actor at the Alcott Arts Center, not only is it a great place to preform, but I also met countless people who will a part of my life for many years to come.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Coming from Minneapolis, where there isn't a thing like The Alcott that I know of, this place is fantastic. I have performed at many locations from the barebones to the elaborate stage. The Alcott is pretty high on my list even without the air conditioning or heat. It's a space that absolutely welcomes in creative expression.

They have top notch artists, poets, and actors there. It's a true haven

It would have a perfect rating from me if we could use it year round.

2 Dave M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I became acquainted with the Alcott Art's Center by attending an evening or art exhibits and perfrmance art during a weekend show billed as "The Flying Asbinis Traveling Sideshow Arts-Travaganza!" It was definitely an extravaganza. It is located in an old public school building and I started by touring numerous classrooms that had been turned into galleries full of creations by very talented local artists.

After viewing the visual art I moved on to the auditorium where one after another an eclectic collection of performance artists entertained me and a room full of others with stirring acts including performance poets, dancers, musicians, a jugler and even a standup comic. It was a variety show of a sort not commonly seen these days.

Best of all the performers were not hidden away before and after their appearances. They were available for contact with the public that had come to see them. When acts were not performing they were part of the audience. I made a number of new acquaintaces who not only entertained and inspired me for one night, but some have become friends who continue to encourage and inspire me in my own artistic endeavors.

The Alcott Arts Center provices opportunities for creative people in the Kansas City, KS community to showcase their talents, and it offers classes for students of all ages thereby fostering creativity and artistic growth.

I would highly recommend the Alcott Arts Center to anyone who is either interested in furthering their own creative endeavors or who just wants to observe and be entertained by others.

For more about my experience with this wonderful organization check out this article on my blog at: http://aardvarkdude.wordpress.com/2010/05/26/an-evening-at-alcott-center-with-the-flying-asbinis-traveling-sideshow-arts-travaganza/

2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been associated with Alcott Arts Center for the past 8 years as both a volunteer and a Board Member. This is a wonderful organization that strives to bring arts awareness to its local community and reach out to communities beyond their own. They offer a wide variety of programming geared not only to actors and artists but families and children. It is a welcoming environment where all artistic endeavors are supported and encouraged.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My personal experience with the Alcott Arts Center has been very positive. The opportunity to see and enjoy live plays at its best has been incredible . Performed by actors and actresses that are keeping the arts alive in a manner that is to be highly commended. We, as a technological society are losing our core of basic arts. This basis is so important to the arts, and to ourselves, developmentally in our society on the whole. Base core arts gives us the fiber to actually communicate and present ourselves as human beings, in a more natural and receptive environment. Doubly, it builds the level of confidence needed to excel in a world that has become very competitive in public speaking and presentation. I have hopes that this organization can survive the tough times and secure funding to keep bringing such quality opportunity to those on both sides of the arts.

Janie Harris

2 Cassandra W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Alcott Art Center as an actor in shows they have put on and as a dancer of a troupe that was invited to perform at a fundraiser over the summer. I have always met with great people at the Art Center and the way they integrate so many forms of art to spread the word (so to speak) to the public has always amazed me. They have great varied events and are always looking to do more for their community. I hope to continue to work with them in the future.

3 Rachel A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I had an idea of bringing together artists from different fields to show the connectedness of all of the different artistic mediums, be they visual arts or performance arts. When I stumbled upon the Alcott Arts Center, I knew this would be the perfect place for my event. Not only did they offer a space for so many varing arts from pottery, to theater, to painting, to dance, to videography, and everything in between, but they were always there to support each artist who came through the door with whatever they needed to make their show a success, or learn the finer details of their craft.

The Alcott Arts Center's motto, "Everything Positive. Nothing Negative." is not just a set of words, but a lense by which all decisions are focused. The nuturing environment created at the Alcott Arts Center not only gives artists the confidence and tools to hone their work, but gives them the drive and incentive to surpass their deepest dreams and push their talent to its fullest potential.

The Alcott Arts Center serves a huge geographical area and works diligently to provide an artistic outlet for children in the greater Kansas City Area, too. Offering a myriad of scholarships, classes and opportunities to children in the growing population of our city who are losing funding and exposure to the arts everyday. They produce children focused plays and events giving the children in the Kansas City Area a good foundation in the arts and an opportunity to shine.

Young to old, experts to budding, novice artists, writers to visual arts, to performers, the Alcott Arts Center truly has the right level of support to help all types artists from the greater Kansas City Area and beyond flourish. With their positive attitude and the huge blanket of artists they affect on a monthly basis, I could not help but give all of the extra time I have volunteering at this marvelous organization. Not only does the Alcott Arts Center provide the means, they provide the inspiration. They certainly have for me.

We are now in the planning stages of our third Flying Asbinis Traveling Sideshow ARTS-Travaganza, a festival of artists, at the Alcott Arts Center and are more than excited for the many years to come. They have afforded a venue that has allowed artists of all ages and backgrounds to grow by leaps and bounds and have helped us express the strong tie between all arts and show what we can do when artists can support each other, just as the Alcott Arts Center has supported so many artists!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Alcott Art Center for several years, attending plays and gallery openings, bringing my children to classes and
helping with various projects. My husband taught guitar lessons at the center.

Chris and Chuck are two of the most amazing people I know.
They have tirelessly given of their time, not taking any money for themselves, to provide this gem of an art center for this underserved community.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A M Alcott Art Center Foundation, commonly referred to as Alcott Arts Center is a non profit organization that is truly a treasure to the people of Kansas City. Alcott's mission is to nurture artistic talent by providing a place to teach learn, exhibit and perform in an environment that bolsters community, and to bring together people of diverse cultures for a common cause - the arts. This is truly a mission I have seen exemplified in this first year I have been a part of Alcott. Alcott is active in the Kansas City, KS PTA and offers classes during the summer at little to no cost for the students involved - giving the children in their underprivileged community a chance to be creative. Alcott hosts a trunk or treat on Halloween, which provides an opportunity for a safe place for the children in the community to enjoy the holiday at. Alcott hosts a 'Second Saturday' art exhibit in their two galleries, which allows members of the community of all ages to display their work and raise money for different causes. I personally feel like Alcott is a class act Art Center, and although they do not get the attention that the crossroads does, they are certainly more dedicated to artists and community than the crossroads district is. Anyone interested in helping the Kansas City, KS community head in the right direction, or anyone rooted in the arts community should take a second and check them out. www.alcottartscenter.org

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