My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for ARTS FOR LAWRENCE (formally Partnerships for Lawrence), Lawrence, IN, USA
I am on the board of directors, but I am also a working artist and high school art teacher. I actually became involved in the organization as a teaching artist. Arts for Lawrence has done amazing things to make Lawrence, Indiana, a cultural destination. (Lawrence is a small, diverse community that is part of the greater Indianapolis area.)
Arts for Lawrence offers such a great amount of programming -- from public art murals and collaborations to Summer Art Camp to poetry nights to annual Children's Theatre Festival and Holiday Home Tour. We partner with the City of Lawrence and redevelopment organizations as wells as businesses and artistic partners.
Summer Art Camp is one of my favorite programs, probably because of my teaching background. Youth from throughout the Indy region work with professional artists and performing groups at the Theater of the Fort, which is Arts for Lawrence's home base. We work hard to secure scholarships for all youth who need aid to attend. Their end-of-camp art shows and performances are inspiring.
What I love about Arts for Lawrence is that it makes the arts accessible and welcomes diverse partnerships and audiences. We bring free outdoor summer concerts to the community, for instance. We brought life back to the Theater at the Fort, which is part of the former Fort Harrison military base, and had not been used as a theater for many years. So many partners and visitors come to the Theater -- veterans, students, neighborhood visitors and those around the community. This is what we want -- a place where arts, culture and community come together.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Provide more financial support. We are still growing, and having funds to hire staff to support the small and dedicated team that always goes above and beyond would be helpful. Also - increase membership and volunteers.