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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

2 Cassandra W.


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!



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.



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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