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About Arts for All Mission Statement: To provide accessible education, training, and experience in the arts to children, particularly those with special needs. History of Arts for All, Inc Arts for All, a non-profit corporation, was created in 1979 by Steven L. Sles. In August of 1985, Third St. Kids was founded by Marcia Berger, an innovative pediatric physical therapist, to provide an after-school program in the performing arts for children with and without disabilities. In 1986, the non-profit corporation was turned over to Marcia Berger by its founder; and thus, Arts for All and Third St. Kids became one. The students, ages three through adult, come from throughout the greater Tucson, Arizona area. All aspects of the program exemplify integration for children with and without disabilities. Arts for All currently provides special considerations during the planning and programming for persons with physical disabilities, visual limitations, hearing impairments, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, emotional disturbances, mental illness, behavior problems, autism, and seizure disorders. All programs attempt to provide a quality art focus for children and youth with and without disabilities. Arts for All currently has 10 projects which merge human services and arts: preschool, daily out-of-school time classes, Summer/Winter Arts Camps, Youth and Adult Ensemble Companies, direct support professionals services, day program for adults with disabilities, community-wide public performances, Arts for All Presents, training, and AmeriCorps. Arts for All was awarded the Governor's Art award in 2008. In 2006, Arts for All received the Tucson Pima Arts award for Arts Education Organization. In 2003, Arts for All received Producing Theatre Company award from the Arizona Theatre Alliance. Third St. Ensemble Company received the VSAarts/Metlife Foundation Award for Arts Access at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Two other exciting events in 2003 were the announcement by Angel Charity for Children, Inc of Arts for All as its beneficiary and Arts for All being chosen as an AmeriCorps site. In August 2000, Ensemble Company performed a multi-disciplinary performance at the Fifth International Abilympics in Prague, Czech Republic. Ensemble Company has performed and directed workshops throughout this country and in Hermosillo, Navajoa and Ciudad Obregon, Mexico since 1994. In September 1995, nine members of the company went to Perth, Australia, where they gave a multi-disciplinary performance at the Fourth International Abilympics. Another honor in 1994 was presenting a performance at the joint national conference of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education/Association for Theatre and Disability in New York City. In 1991, sponsored by Very Special Arts Arizona, three members of Ensemble Company presented a multi-disciplinary performance in Hong Kong for the Third International Abilympics. In 1989, the joint national conference of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education/Association for Theatre and Disability invited Arts for All to perform "Reckless Grace" in Tempe, Arizona. Also in 1989, Arts for All was chosen to represent Arizona at the first International Very Special Arts Festival in Washington, D.C. Eight students presented a workshop on integrated programming through theatre games. The student delegates received copper letters from Tucson's Mayor Volgy. In 1988, Arts for All received the Meyer Marmis Humanitarian Award from the Southern Arizona Jewish Foundation. Marcia Berger, Executive Director, has received the YWCA's Women on the Move Award ( 2000 ), recognition from Arizona Center for Disability Law ( 2000 ), the Diane Lynne Anderson Award ( 1998 ), the JC Penny Golden Rule Award ( 1992 ), recognition from the Mayor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities ( 1991 ), the Jefferson Award from the
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2520 N Oracle RdTucsonAZ 85705

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