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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education

Mission: ArtReach takes professional artists into elementary schools throughout San Diego County to provide standards-based, visual art workshops. ArtReach specifically focuses on providing low or no cost programs to schools that otherwise would have no art resources.

Results: By July 2014, ArtReach worked with almost 10,000 students via our Free Workshop Program and almost 9000 students via our Fee-Based Program. We continue to focus on fundraising to support our Free Workshop Program and we have been awarded grants by Qualcomm, the Ramona Community Foundation, Target Foundation and more. We area also very privileged to have the support of dozens of visual artists and many local galleries. While we work to increase capacity, we continue to maintain high standards for our sequential, standards-based curriculum and we work with teachers and participate in professional development with San Diego County Office of Education Visual Performing Arts Department to insure that our workshops are relevant and engaging.

Target demographics: ArtReach works with students in grades K-6 throughout San Diego County. Free programs target Title I schools that have no existing art resources and no funds to provide them.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 10,000 students learn art skills and create art

Geographic areas served: All of San Diego County

Programs: Free Workshop Program-- ArtReach provides free, multi-session art workshops to K- 6 throughout San Diego County. This program is supported by grant writing, and multiple fund raising events. Fee-Based Workshops -- ArtReach also works in schools with the ability to pay for programs. All schools receive sequential, standards-based lessons with a focus on creating original art. Festivals -- ArtReach offers free art activities at festivals for kids and adults.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mrs. Sarah from Art Reach is a caring and organized teacher who is passionate about her art. Her enthusiasm for art sake has spilled over and overflowed into my students. They are truly engaged and engrossed in their work. Nobody ever needs to use the restroom during art class...Nope, not even a mouse.

The tools are simple: crayons, chalks, paint, paper; however, the techniques are challenging. Students created translucent bubbles that seemed to float off the paper. We created sunsets and learned about proportions by drawing horizontal lines in threes. We created black and white stripes of animals like tigers as we learned about light and dark colors. The parents especially loved their children acrylic canvas which we displayed in Open House. The students' artwork are forever priceless in their parents eyes.

Thank you for allowing funding Art Reach and allowing Art Reach to come to Foster Elementary. Students and teachers alike have learned so much. Thank you for making this possible. We hope to see Ms. Sarah back next year. Again, thank you for enriching the lives of our students with color and joy.

I wrote an email earlier on this site and added 4 photos. Somehow it did not go through. I will try again. I have sent some pictures to Mrs. Sarah as well. We appreciate your support of Foster Elementary. We hope to see ArtReach come again next year.

Ever Grateful,
Mrs. Linda Lee
Foster Elementary School (SDUSD)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a teacher in the Cajon Valley Union School District for 20 years. During my teaching career, I have witnessed the harsh reality of the decline in funding for programs such as art. Art in schools has had little, if any, funding. Madison Avenue Elementary School, where I currently teach, is a Title 1 school and the majority of our students have very little experience with art. For the last two years we have had the incredible great fortune to have Sarah Holbach, from ArtReach, come to our school to teach art lessons to the entire first grade population.

ArtReach’s program has provided an invaluable experience for our first graders. The ArtReach program provides a consistent instructional art program with weekly lessons over a ten-week period. Although art is taught in school, it is not with this regularity or rigor. The regularity of instruction is what promotes student growth in artistic ability and confidence. Additionally, the ArtReach teachers use materials that are not readily supplied at elementary schools, thereby allowing students to learn new techniques and medium.

ArtReach teachers teach art from the artist’s perspective. Teachers are well-meaning and we do our best to teach art, but the vast majority of us do not have degrees or work experience in the arts. The ArtReach teachers meet students as artists, not as struggling students, behavior problems, or underachievers. This fresh perspective gives students a new opportunity to meet someone’s high expectations; it also gives students a new opportunity for success.

Madison’s first graders beam with pride when they show their friends and family’s the art that they created. It is for these reasons that I strongly support ArtReach and I hope that many more students at Madison will have the opportunity to learn to love art with the teachers of ArtReach. Madison loves ArtReach!

Holly Gledhill

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Artreach has been providing much needed fine arts instruction and fun projects to our students for the past few years. The students love the projects and always learn new appreciation for various art techniques and styles. They provide wonderful lesson plans for the teachers to see in advance. The students are engaged and on-task. We enjoy this program so much that when we received a grant for arts education we bought more Artreach sessions for our students!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Sadhana Bhatt. I am a First Grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in North Park, San Diego. Having ArtReach at our school is a personal experience for me. My young students--who are popping with imagination--are thoroughly engaged and expertly guided to create works of art at each session! It is important for me to know that the teachers are practicing artists themselves. Their creativity and expertise shows and is infectious!
ArtReach makes the "A" in our STEAM Magnet Program. In my mind, they are a truly Great Nonprofits organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Lynn Minor and I am a teacher at Jefferson Elementary in North Park. Our school is 100% free and reduced lunch, Title One, and the majority of our students are second language learners. Last year, we were fortunate to have ArtReach teach four workshop classes to each of the third , fourth, and fifth graders. They loved it! It wasn't easy for every one. Children were challenged to use their own ideas and trust their choices ( Not an easy task when there is no right or wrong answer. . However, the artist /teacher Ms. Catherine guided them with such clarity , compassion and understanding that each and everyone of them competed all of the projects. Their creations were showcased at our school's Centennial Celebration last year and they truly stole the show!

As a teacher who believes that all children can learn, ArtReach, opens up a wide variety of avenues for students to be successful at school. This is one of the best Non- Profits I have ever known.

2 Rob_36

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a third and fourth grade teacher I had the opportunity to work with ArtReach over the course of 3 years. My students were engaged during the art lessons and I was able to apply what I learned to my classroom art lessons. Before each visit by ArtReach, I was given a lesson plan (including resources) that outlined what my students would experience.

The ArtReach instructors demonstrated a genuine love and excitement for the visual arts. They asked for my feedback on how to improve what they were doing with my students. I highly recommended ArtReach for all grade levels!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My second grade students really looked forward to the different art lessons provided by the very skillful and extremely patient art instructors . Students were able to use their creative skills to produce wonderful art pieces that give them a sense of accomplishment and pride. The students were excited to shared their art portfolios with parents during Open House. The art lessons were beneficial for all. Even my "high flyer" was willing to focus and follow directions. I, too, was inspired to learn some how-to art strategies to use later in my classroom. I am looking forward to another year of ArtReach at Lee Elementary for the next group of 2nd graders to enjoy.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Art Reach is a fabulous organization that provided standards-based and real-world content based arts lessons to our 5th grade classes. The lessons were high-interest, challenging and full of fun! Our students learned an incredible amount about art, Science, math and Language Arts during the lessons provided by Art Reach. I would highly recommend these classes to all school aged-children! What a super experience!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Artreach is amazing! They bring in hands on art lessons taught by actual artists. Our students faces light up when they find out they are going to an Artreach lesson. The work they produce is very creative and it helps students become more reflective and joyful. I am so thankful to this wonderful group for bring art to our students.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ArtReach has become a source of joy at Ramona Elementary School. When the students see the artists come in the morning and begin to set up for the lesson, they can hardly contain themselves until it is their turn for an ArtReach lesson. This organization has been coming to our school for almost 3 years. Many of the students at this school face extreme hardships and challenges that most 9 and 10 years olds do not face. ArtReach has provided a creative outlet for these students, and their art is outstanding. They often express their frustrations in their artwork. Other students, who face the normal challenges of a 9 and 10 year old, continue to be creative with their parent's support. Thanks to ArtReach, the arts have returned to Ramona Elementary school.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ArtReach has a special place at Ramona Elementary School. Students at this school have little opportunity to experience the arts. The location of the town and the income of the families makes art experiences. ArtReach came to Ramona and provided the 4th - 6th graders an educational art experience. The superintendent was so impressed that he invited the media to cover the story. Each student took home an art project and there is a culminating art piece displayed in the Computer Lab at our school. Thank you to ArtReach and please come back

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Artreach does exactly as its name implies...it reaches out to students and affords them the opportunity to experience art. (One of the only ways that cash-strapped schools can provide art instruction.) Artreach allows students to express their creativity, to appreciate art, and to "shine" in a new and different way. Thank you Artreach!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Vista Grande Elementary is fortunate to have our 3rd - 5th grade students participate in several art reach lessons these past three years. The lessons are age appropriate and creative. The students are absorbed in their art work and look forward to these lessons.

2 Michelle A.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Our school, Innovations Academy Charter, was blessed to have Artreach coordinate a weekly art program for our students on Mondays for the last quarter. Judy and Elizabeth worked with us to configure 4 different classes thoughout the school day to bring art to Kinders - 8 graders. Catherine the art teacher was kind and knowledgeable. Our students really enjoyed her classes and the projects she created. We ended the quarter with a gallery preview and parents and staff were amazed at the great art pieces that were created. We fundraise to bring enrichment classes to our students as we feel this is an important part of our students lives, and Artreach was a very worthwhile program. Your school/club/group would be well-served to work with Artreach.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We were all thrilled when ArtReach came to our elementary school in Dec. 2010. Elizabeth Morton worked to organize the arrival of a joyful staff (who were VERY child centered!) to assist/teach children from grades K to 5. Children received instruction in the use of oil pastels then created a block of winter scenery which was displayed for parents to enjoy during our holiday program. Art is a lesson vital to young children and one (too often) overlooked! We are SO appreciative to Artreach and their patrons for their support of children AND the arts!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Art Reach came to our program with wonderful, edaucational and compassion for our preschool. The circle time was informative and fun! The project was geared for our age group and plenty of time was alloted for play. I highly reccomend every school to experience ArtReach!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ArtReach came to our school and shared their passion with our K - 5th graders. They were friendly and passionate about sharing their art with the students. The end result was art that graced the walls on the second level in our school. We were so pleased with the work we have decided to put the art work together as a quilt and hang it in the library. The students had such fun creating their pieces and the staff had nothing but great things to say about the program. Students do not often have the opportunities for art that they should have in light of the budget crisis. I would recommend this program as so many little spirits were lifted by this experience!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Congratulations to the ARTREACH program for touching the lives of our first graders and their families! The ARTREACH program so kindly and generously came to our school and shared their passion for the arts with our first graders. The professional artists demonstrated, guided and encouraged our budding artist into feeling sucessful and proud of their accomplishments. In times of shrinking budgets, ARTREACH was able to let our students know that their talents and creativity is to be exercised and celebrated. Thanks for being available to those who do without many necessities, including basic art supplies.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I teach first grade at a title one school. Most of my students are military depends with a parent deployed overseas and we do not have an art program at our school I wrote ArtReach and they got back to me immediately with personal attention and a promise to come and teach art to the 120 first graders at my school. Their program exceeded my expectations. A professional art teacher came and taught every first grader in my school. They provided all the materials and two aids to support the learning. The teacher was experienced in teaching elementary children ART. She didn't just do an art project with the children, she taught them how to look at art and the elements of art in a way that was understandable. They used real artist tools for the first time. After our first all day workshop, they received another grant, came back to our site, and provided another all day workshop. They truly LOVE children and want to provide them with experiences that would not normally have access to.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a teacher at Garfield Elementary, I was lucky enough to have Art Reach pilot their program in my room. I had the joy of working with them a second time at Gage elementary. Every child in both schools benefited from the experience. We made dream quilts and children shared their dream for their square. One dream that stands out was from a wonderful child with autism who said his dream was that there would be tons of praying mantises so they would eat the mosquitoes and there would be no more Malaria. Children learned about color blending and many used the pastel medium for the first time. The teachers were fantastic with the children. The artists shared their work and gave concise and helpful lessons to make the project a success. In short they learned a lot about art and had a blast. After the project was finished, we were able to hang the amazing dream quilts all over the school and unlike many bulletin boards, children respected them. They had all worked on them collaboratively. I would highly recommend this program to anyone and was fortunate to work with such fine people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As principal of Washington Elementary School, located in the heart of Little Italy Downtown San Diego, this has been a wonderful art program for our students. They are scheduled to work with our teachers and students six times per school year and they bring artists and materials each time for a specific purpose. For example, we meet prior to the visits and plan a curiculum aligned with California's Visual and Performing Arts Standards as well as our school's yearly events. Last year our students participated in a "Day of the Dead" or "Dia de los Muertos" project that inspired our parents to participate in making our school library a "museum" of beautiful altars dedicated to famous americans such as George Washington, Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, Cesar Chavez and Dr. Martin Luther King. The entire school participated in this event. The collaboration between ArtReach and our school is excellent. This is a program for all students, and I beleive that everyone benefitted by participating. I highly recommend this program to all elementary and middle schools. We have a preschool and I would like to include them this school year. Janie Wardlow, Principal