Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Accessible Arts, Inc.

  • Kansas City, KS
  • www.accessiblearts.org

Mission Statement

To foster creativity and provide educational opportunities for people with disabilities while hosting an inclusive environment for all to ENGAGE, EXPLORE and ENJOY the ARTS.

Main Programs

  1. Awareness
  2. Community Outreach
  3. Education
Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

Accessible Arts serves the local community by fostering creativity and providing inclusive art programming for people of all abilities in Kansas and communities in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

ruling year

1989

Executive Director since 2013

Self-reported

Mrs. Diana M Bryant

Keywords

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Disabilities, Arts, Youth, Education, Community, Children, Special Education

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Also Known As

Accessible Arts/VSA Kansas, Inc.

EIN

48-1059147

 Number

7121109726

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Accessible Arts/VSA Kansas, Inc. is proud of many accomplishments in 2013-2014. Accessible Arts/VSA Kansas, Inc. hired a new Executive Director in June 2013, that is quickly reshaping our business model and strengthening our affiliations and alliances locally and nationally. We have more than quadrupled our programs offered in seven short months, thereby reaching more students that might otherwise go unserved. Our goal is to hire a Program Manager, a Marketing and Grants Director, and host a minimum of 4 fundraising/awareness events in the upcoming year. We also want to partner with other arts organizations to host exhibits of our students work. Accessible Arts/VSA Kansas, Inc. continues our collaboration with Community Housing of Wyandotte County to operate EPIC Clay Studio in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. This site offers inclusive clay/ceramics programming to a diverse community of all ages and abilities. Some of our participants have come from the USD 500 Special Education Department, Associated Youth Services and Wyandot Center - PACES. Additionally, EPIC Clay Studio has provided new tactile opportunities for expression for many students at the Kansas State School for the Blind. Our goals for 2014-2015 are consistent with our community and trends in funding. We hope to increase and diversify funding streams. Knowing that art is active, creative, and broad-based, we hope to tap into additional innovative inclusive programs, opportunities and teaching methods. In the hopes to increase programming, while keeping operating costs down, Accessible Arts/VSA Kansas, Inc. would like to create more intern and volunteer opportunities. We would like to expand our opportunities at Epic Clay Studio and develop it as a consistent profit center. We would like to add to and diversify our Board of Directors. With additional members, we have goals to continue with an annual fundraiser for the organization. In addition to the fundraiser, we are looking to increase fee for service opportunities.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Awareness

AWARENESS Empowering people through connections to resources, information and events. Awareness increases interaction and knowledge. Accessible Arts creates opportunities for interactions, making information available and community building through cultural events. INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES: Resources include curriculum, standards and People First Language.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Other Named Groups

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

Community Outreach

COMMUNITY: Accessible Arts fosters an inclusive community by being responsive and accessible through engaging art activities. Community programming promotes creative artistic expression and encourages socialization in people of all abilities. Interactive arts activities and classes led by experienced artists in the areas of visual arts, dance, music, writing and drama creates an environment of inclusion. ARTISTS IN RESIDENCY: Community-Based Artists in Residency programs bring fresh and customized classes to the community and/or organization. Professional teaching artist have design inclusive and adaptive programs. If you don't see it in our list of activities, let us know and we will try to respond to your interests. Building community and collaborations nurtures artistic exploration and expression and allows for socialization. Community based programs offer participants opportunities to engage the arts and culminate in an exhibition of their works.

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Program 3

Education

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES Creatively supporting classrooms with art based curriculum, resources and adaptations for children of all abilities. The arts benefit students and teachers, those with and without disabilities. Pairing artist with classrooms through residency programs stimulates students and educators with innovative ideas, resources for programming and adaptations to inspire engagement. Our artistic educational experiences inspires creativity, broadens abilities to use arts and increases participation. ARTISTS IN RESIDENCY School-Based Artists in Residency programs provide innovative avenues for teachers to support pre-k through transition students within the classroom and beyond. Professional teaching artists incorporate visual arts, creative movement/dance, music, drama and writing into hands-on, interactive curriculum. This enhances artistic skills, understanding of new techniques, promotes creative expression, develops confidence and increases participation. By partnering with Artists in Residencies, educators receive relevant, inclusive programming which aligns with current classroom curriculum and educational standards with new artistic experiences, as well as ideas, adaptations and strategies. This strengthens the ability designing creative programming using the arts as an important learning tool. Creations and achievements are further supported and promoted through culminating events, entrepreneurial avenues, Call for Art and opportunities for showing art in a traveling exhibition.

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

Accessible Arts serves the local community by fostering creativity and providing inclusive art programming for people of all abilities in Kansas and communities in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Funding Needs

The five most pressing needs for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 include: Raising awareness about Accessible Arts. Exploring grants and foundations that will support our mission. Identifying more service opportunities in the community. We hope to find additional collaborations to market, fee for service programming. We plan to increase intern and volunteer opportunities, as well as donated materials for art programming. These gains will allow us to increase programming. We hope that employing social media to promote programming in the hopes of reaching a greater community statewide and bring awareness our programming and needs for the year.

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Financials

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Accessible Arts-VSA/Kansas, Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

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Accessible Arts, Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mrs. Diana M Bryant

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

" The mission of Accessible Arts/VSA Kansas, Inc. is increase expression, exploration and engagement in the arts for people of all abilities through awareness, community and educational experiences. Inclusion teaches us that all means all. Everybody. No exceptions. The arts invite people to leave familiar territory, to explore new answers and seek new questions. The arts offer a means to self-expression, communication, and independence. By learning through the arts, students become lifelong learners, experiencing the joy of discovery and exploration, and the value of each other's ideas. Accessible Arts/VSA Kansas, Inc. programs include adaptations and strategies to ensure accessible settings and inclusive experiences for all. Disabilities know no race or socio-economic status. In the state of Kansas, 13% of the population identify themselves as having a disability. Accessible Arts/VSA Kansas, Inc. is proud to work with the community by providing high quality arts programming to an under-served population. We collaborate with many organizations to increase accessible and inclusive arts programming. Through arts programming, people of all abilities have had the opportunity to increase creativity and expression, artistic skills, socialization, and activity. In the past few years, we have been committed to expanding programs by becoming more accessible to the community. We hope to continue this objective with support from the community, the use of social media, and the development public space. The benefits are obvious. In the words of some of our students…. ""I love art because we learn different stuff every Tuesday."" -Tahasia Hill ""Art is happy."" -Bianca Cutchlow ""I like to use glaze to paint things. It's shiny and cool."" -Mark Schmidt "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Lurena Mead

Johnson County Developmental Supports

Term: June 2012 - June 2014

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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