Artreach, Inc.

aka Art-Reach   |   Philadelphia, PA   |  www.art-reach.org

Mission

Art-Reach creates, advocates for, and expands accessible opportunities in the arts so the full spectrum of society is served. Art-Reach envisions a world where people with disabilities and low-income communities have equitable access to the arts. Art-Reach works with the cultural community to ensure that opportunity exists for all people, and in doing so we will lift Philadelphia up to become a national model for cultural accessibility.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Mr John Orr

Main address

1501 Cherry Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102 USA

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EIN

23-2836787

NTEE code info

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Art-Reach is changing the landscape of cultural engagement in the Philadelphia region, proving that underserved audiences will engage with traditional venues of art if we take the time to understand the barriers that inhibit their involvement. Through its core programs, Art-Reach removes the barriers that prevent two underserved communities from participating in the arts. By creating accessible opportunities in the arts, everyone has an equitable shot at cultural engagement.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Ticketing Program

Art-Reach’s flagship program allows its members to receive deeply discounted admission to experience cultural venues such as museums, live performances, gardens, zoos, and historic sites in Greater Philadelphia. In FY17, Art-Reach distributed 17,087 live arts and museum tickets to its members.

Population(s) Served

Art-Reach’s ENCORE embraces the shift from being a passive observer to an active participant in the arts and presents curated programs designed for specific audiences and their unique needs. These programs are immersive, participatory experiences including workshops, interpreted theater shows, touch tours, verbal description and sensory friendly performances - all specifically designed to serve the needs of the disability community.

Population(s) Served

Launched in 2015, ACCESS is Art-Reach’s public initiative. Designed to mobilize the disability and low-income communities into arts participation, ACCESS Admission allows $2 admission for any Pennsylvania Access Cardholder and three guests to 34 Philadelphia-area museums, gardens, historic sites, and cultural attractions and 11 performing arts venues.

Population(s) Served

CAFE is a dialogue series that brings cultural organizations together with members of the disability and low-income communities to focus on improving cultural access for everyone. Meeting several times in a year, these forums create a cross-sector conversation spanning arts, health, and human services. Together both sectors learn about advances in the field and hear from thought leaders in cultural accessibility from across the country.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Art-Reach envisions a world where people with disabilities and from low-income communities have equitable access to the arts. We work with the cultural community to ensure that opportunity exists for all people, and in doing so we lift Philadelphia up to become a national model for cultural accessibility. Art-Reach works with over 200 arts organizations across Greater Philadelphia to remove the barriers that typically prevent people with disabilities and low-income communities from engaging with the arts. Art-Reach's programs create affordable access to arts opportunities and also help arts organization adapt their programs to be universally designed and inclusive experiences for audiences with disabilities.

PROGRAMMING: Art-Reach will deliver innovative programming that leverages its partnerships, increases
its impact, and pushes the boundaries of accessible cultural engagement.

DIALOGUE: Art-Reach will become an active and leading facilitator in creating one voice for cultural
accessibility.

ACCESSIBILITY: Art-Reach will embrace the social model of disability that places emphasis on smart design
over personal human characteristics, and work with the cultural community to adapt or alter their existing
programs.

FUNDRAISING: Art-Reach will create a sustainable and diversified contributed income base.

COMMUNICATIONS: Art-Reach will develop a sophisticated communications effort that tells the story of
Art-Reach and makes known the success of cultural accessibility in Philadelphia.

Art-Reach's flagship Ticketing Program has existed since 1986. As that program continues to grow, Art-Reach explores new ways of better engaging the disability community into arts participation. Art-Reach works deeply with members of the disability and low-income communities to create programs that are designed for and by the people they serve. Additionally, Art-Reach continues to grow its position as a resource for arts organization when it comes to accessibility and continues to be a resource for underserved audiences looking for art opportunities.

For over 32 years, Art-Reach has worked with traditionally underserved audiences in the arts to see that their participation and needs were met by the cultural community. The impact of its programs has grown exponentially since launching ACCESS Philly in 2014. For comparison, Art-Reach went from serving just over 13,000 people in 2014 to over 185,000 in 2018. As Art-Reach focuses more on independence and participation, it is activating the disability and low-income communities into life-long participants of the arts. An estimated 240,000 people in Philadelphians self-identify as having a disability. Art-Reach currently serves members of the community who receive services through a human service agency or who have a PA Access card. As it looks to the future, discovering a way to engage even more of the disability community is Art-Reach's goal.

Financials

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Operations

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Artreach, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/6/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Richard Couch

Richard Couch

Harvey Swedloff

Philip Hawkins

Talia Stinson

Amanda Agati

Blake Cooper

Cheryl Kauffman

Anthony Salvo

Adam Weinstein

Rebecca Bradbeer

Michele Wood

Subhash Verghese

Sipi Gupta

Joshua Torrisi

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable