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What We Do

ARTS for ALL Wisconsin, the statewide organization for arts and disability, was founded in 1985 as Very Special Arts Wisconsin with the mission to expand the capabilities, confidence, and quality of life for children and adults with disabilities by providing programs in dance, drama, creative writing, music, and visual art.

Every year, we conduct over forty art classes and workshops, teaching dozens of art, music, and movement programs in schools and early childhood sites, conduct five community choirs, mount many art exhibitions by artists with disabilities, and much more. In 2018-19, our programs reached twenty-one cities and villages in twelve Wisconsin counties, and we provided direct, face-to-face programming for nearly 1,700 individuals with disabilities. Those served include individuals with disabilities across the age spectrum and across all disability categories including physical, emotional, learning, behavioral, and cognitive. An additional 200,000 individuals are impacted through special events, art exhibitions, and celebration ceremonies.

With an operating budget of $675,000, ARTS for ALL Wisconsin programs are managed by a fulltime staff of 5 dedicated individuals and are carried out by a core of 30 contracted, professional teaching artists who use adaptive teaching techniques to ensure that participants of all abilities experience success. The enthusiasm of over 70 enthusiastic volunteers is essential in meeting the needs of this ambitious, statewide organization.

Support for ARTS for ALL Wisconsin comes from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Dane County, Thompson Investment Management, John Frautschi Family Foundation, American Girl Fund for Children, National Guardian Life, Associated Bank, and Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Support also comes from the extraordinary individual donors that we are honored to consider our Friends.