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Review for The Kansas African American Museum Inc, Wichita, KS, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Kansas African American Museum is a repository of Wichita and Kansas history. It is also a site that delivers information about this history and the local heroes who have made it. Annually the museum honors Trailblazers and Torchbearers, people of various races who have contributed to the struggle for freedom and equal opportunity for all in this country. Its exhibits, its programs for adults--like the geneology classes and Senior Wednesday speakers, its programs every Saturday for families 2-4 pm, and its summer programs for middle school children are exemplary. The staff is creative and amazingly productive, and the museum is off to a great new start under Mark McCormick's diligent and innovative leadership. The board is fully engaged in supporting the museum and is composed of leaders in Wichita's business, nonprofit and academic communities. I am honored to be part of this board as of fall 2013 and grateful for the opportunity to serve with them an organization that I believe is strengthening our city and its families, its seniors, and its ability to know and preserve its past.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make Wichitans of all races excited about and involved in this museum's programs through becoming members, making donations, seeking major corporate contributions. This history is all of our history!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for African Americans Renewing Interest In Spirituals Ensemble Inc, Wichita, KS, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

ARISE is powered by volunteers who believe in its mission of performing and informing the public about the oldest uniquely American music, the spirituals. Its choir gives outstanding concerts where the music lifts and moves its audience and where the background to each song is presented. A mixed race group that has been performing for 25 years, this is one of Wichita's treasures. The board is active in its involvement and support and includes members from business, academic, public school, nonprofit and religious organizations who, like the choir, are of diverse ethnicities. I have been on the board for about five years and love the organization and its members. We had a tremendously successful celebration of our 25 years in November 2013 at Calvary United Methodist Church with a full house that enjoyed a delicious soul food dinner and uplifting concert that left me frequently in tears. DVDs of our concerts are available also. In April we are premiering a new composition at Wichita State University thanks to board member J.C. Combs and we are also the lead performance at the Kansas Music Educators' meeting.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more financial resources to allow ARISE to perform around the state and participate in programs outside Kansas.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Board Member