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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

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Hiroshi P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow! The people here are amazing. It might be cold outside, but when you come into this place... the environment warms your heart. Recently there was a Dracula play. It was so good that I had to watch it twice. The cast were great and seemed completely dedicated to their work. The play was movie quality. Two thumbs up. Along with the play there was an art gallery with amazing art that was created by some pretty thoughtful and creative people. The Alcott Art center is I believe the only Art center in the area but we absolutely need places like this to teach our kids growing up the creativeness and opportunities that can be created if you open that artistic side of your mind. Great job Alcott. Keep up the excellent work

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Chris and Chuck Green for many years. I first met Chris when she came to my Girl Scout troop to work on art projects. She then came to the elementary school I worked at to do art with students. Alcott Art center is a place the community can go to enjoy the arts in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. They have all genres of the fine arts and you can enjoy them all here. My daughter was in a production of "Shakespeare in the parking lot", she has taken art classes, learned cursive handwriting and we have volunteered at the annual trunk and treat. They run all of this with donations and volunteers. The Alcott Art Center is a asset to the community and I would like to see more people utilize it and all it has to offer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only recently recently been acquainted with the folks at Alcott, and it's been an amazing experience so far. I am an actor in Dracula: the final countdown, and it's been so much fun and the arts center has been so awesome in helping with the show and providing the space to perform it. -gabe

1 Erica G.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Alcott Art Center has such a wonderful environment, I would consider it a second home. This is my favorite Art Center in the community, they have classes and workshops for kids and adults, Gallery exhibits supporting local artists and a theater. Absolutely the Best! Creativity and dedication radiate from teacher, student, and parent alike. What a great learning experience for everyone participating. I'm so grateful I could be part of such a great group. Chris and Chuck are two wonderful people striving to keep Alcott's alive and I would hate to loose such a wonderful piece of our community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1

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.

1 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.

2 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.

1

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!

1

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!

1

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.

1

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been fortunate enough to have participated in various shows at the Alcott. The variety of people they attract is amazing. They range from children to adults, seasoned actors to newbies, and all of which share a love of the arts. The dedication this organization has to supporting local artists is truly inspiring.

2

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!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Alcott Art Center creates a unique experience for the community in original theater and arts. The staff, board and volunteers dedicate many hours of time and service to theater and the arts for the entire community, children and adults alike. Bringing the community together to produce excellence in the theater and arts experience, an important concept for all communities. Alcott Art Center continues to build this community and provide opportunities for activity, creativity and entertainment for the entire family. The atmosphere is friendly, well-managed and maintained, and welcoming everyone.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Alcott is amazing it is the heart and soul of the community. This organization makes it a point to welcome everyone. in order to keep organizations such as the Alcott running it certainly helps when the generosity of the community comes thru but when you see the energy of the people involved that dedicate their time and wear many hats to make this organization who wouldn't want to join this amazing group.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Alcott Arts Center is truly inspiring. I performed in a few of their Shakespeare productions and the Alcott team treats their performers like family. I am always welcome and I enjoy coming up to the other events throughout the year. It's a safe place and I've met some amazing fellow volunteers, artists, and performers that I otherwise may not have met. There is a great balance of events for children, teens, and adults.

On a more personal level, I met my husband through one of the productions we were both performing in. My stepson was able to perform in his first two real theatrical productions thanks to the generosity and open opportunities provided. He now wants to pursue theater and art thanks to the positive influences he has experienced at the Alcott. My husband and I also have a young son who loves visiting the Alcott. Chris always opens up creative art projects or play for him whenever we visit.

The Alcott also serves my neighborhood. I'm very proud that a positive and artistic institution is a part of my area. It is a great example of Wyandotte residents working hard to make their home a better and friendlier area. Due to this organization, I am more aware of being involved in local programs. They are always partnering with schools, the area food pantry, and artists to make our world better.

1 Arthur4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Alcott Center helped me out with my first Art showing! Chuck and Chris are nice people and are always thinking of new ways on how to keep the Alcott Center alive and well.

1 Sheryl N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Alcott Art Center offers great free art events in an impoverished, art-starved area. And they do it with such a small budget. I volunteer every year for their Trunk or Treat event which guarantees low-income kids a safe, fun Halloween event. They work so hard to help the community that it is an honor to help them.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known about the Alcott for years, but was never able to do anything until 2009. There, I was in a version of Shakespeare's "A Comedy of Errors." It was an amazing experience that created lasting friendships and a stronger connection to the community.

Since then i have been involved with other volunteer actives and has always been worth the time and effort.

I can truthfully say my life has been changed for the better since volunteering at the Alcott.