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Arts Partners Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Education, Student Services

Mission: There is growing recognition that children who learn to think creatively, problem solve, and work as a team have a greater chance of future success. In the 21st century, many argue that the new basic skill for global competitiveness and individual fulfillment will be creativity. Research has shown that using the arts for learning provides the best way to encourage higher level critical thinking by taking what students hear, see and/or read, and using music, dance, visual art, drama, film making or other arts disciplines to create new learning. Arts Partners' artists bring the "leveraged learning" process to reading, writing, math, science, social studies: all the core subject areas. This "leveraged learning" effect is even more profound in "at-risk" students. Because we believe that creative minds make communities better, Arts Partners is dedicated to providing opportunities for all students from early childhood through high school to learn in the arts and through the arts.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arts Partners has provided wonderful art experiences to students and art training to teachers of schools I have been involved with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love what is offered to my Kinder/1st grade students. Dance, music, stories, etc. I wish we could have weekly visits from Arts Partners. I also love that they particitpated in Final Friday at Exploration Place. My 3 year old daughter loved it!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arts Partners has enabled our students to work with a variety of professional artists to produce high quality work. The students have also been able to attend many performances and exhibits throughout the city. Our staff has learned a great deal from the artists, as well, and as a result, are more comfortable integrating the arts into their lessons.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arts Partners brings in different profeesionals to schools to help teach students different subject areas that might not be available to them in their regular school cirriculum. They are afforadble with the help of Arts Partners and they hit a wide spectrum fof fine arts medium.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Arts Partners has long provided matching funds to our schools. My classes over the years have benefited from the organization many ways. As a low income school the children would not have been able to participate in such quality programs if we didn't have some support from the organization. Children have been exposed to many opportunities to be in touch with talented artists from Arts Partners. Some years ago my class was able to have an artist come to class to share their skill before they were accepted into the program. I would reccommed Arts Partners to any organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have had great success with this nonprofit; Arts Partners in Wichita, KS. They really try to work with the audience they have at the moment- adapting for various ages and attention spans. Also they keep the kids involved through movement and involvement . GREAT!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that puts new emphasis on the arts in the lives of kids. Kansas became the only state in the nation to defund the arts in 2011, so a community organization that exists for the sole purpose of helping children develop their creativity and emotions through the arts in Kansas is a great organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked with Arts Partners through our public school system for the past 14 years. They are a great organization with many artists to choose from who come out to schools and present a lesson related to their field or direct a workshop with students. Students learn so much about the arts and how they are integrated into real life. They also get opportunities to experience events and artists they would never get a chance to experience since most of our students come from low income families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Art Partner has great presentations for my first graders. It is a great experience for our low income children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My classes and I always enjoy the presentors that are brought to our school thatnks to Arts Partners.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arts Partners is so easy to work with. My first year of teaching, I really wasn't sure what they were all about. I had never even heard of them. I received an award to use Arts Partners for my classroom and have been a supporter ever since! They have wonderful, educational performances for my young preschoolers! Thank you Arts Partners!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arts Partners came to our school and did a math/art collaboration. The students really enjoyed seeing a different side of math and our school came away with an amazing mural that will last many, many years.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arts Partners is an absolutely wonderful resource in our community. As an Educator, I am always looking for ways to enliven my curriculum and to create powerful classroom experiences for students that make learning "stick", and Arts Partners provides just that. For many years now, Arts Partners has, on a yearly basis, provided professional storytellers to conduct two day workshops, to assist students in the art of storytelling, in celebration of their family histories and cultural legacies. The storytellers not only provide entertaining performances, but they also coach students in how to improve their extemporaneous speaking and to use their imaginations. Because public speaking is a life long skill, and the art of storytelling develops critical thinking skills and emotional intelligence, students benefit immeasureably.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Arts Partners has provided invaluable resources to our schools. Students have the opportunity to experience learning through multiple artistic avenues, which deepens their understanding while making learning fun.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I am an administrator who has used Art Partners for years. I am disappointed that they keep using "performer" Shawn Reida. He slaps a new title to his low rate magic act and tries to pass it off as a new show with educational value. I will not be using Art Partners as long as they continue to use "educational" shows like this!

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aimee artspartnerswichita 11/02/2012

We are sorry that you had a less than satisfactory experience with one of our teaching artists. As “an administrator who has used Arts Partners for years,” you are aware that we routinely send out evaluations to schools after an artist has presented a program. Upon checking our records, we do not find an evaluation for this artist that indicates an issue with the program. We always welcome constructive feedback on our programs. We encourage you to call the office so we can discuss this further.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great group who does incredible projects with school children as well as others. As a receiving school I have been very impressed with their presenters and the professionals that give of their time to work with students. I have seen two projects go from planning to completion, one was a friendship circle that was sculpted by the fifth graders. The artist then took it and did a pour then mounted the sculpture to a raw piece of tree stump and it was placed in front of the school building. The other project was a tile project, again from brainstorming to completion. There were two concrete supports in the school lobby, again the fifth graders designed and prepped the tiles with the help of the artist and the art teacher then the tyles were placed around the supports. I would highly recommend Arts Partners!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Does a great job trying to connect all aspects of our world to the Arts. It has done a wonderful job supporting students and teachers.