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Mission Statement

To provide accessible education, training, and
experiences in the arts for children, particularly
those with special needs.


Mission Statement

To provide accessible education, training, and
experiences in the arts for children, particularly
those with special needs.


Since 1985, Arts for All, Inc., a Tucson-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has been inspiring children with and without disabilities to participate in the arts. Our Adult Day program was added in 1998. We offer services through creative programs including Adult Day activities, Out-of-School Time, and Summer and Winter Arts Camps. We are leaders in providing accessible art education, training and experiences for our community. 


 Our work with children and adults is important because art makes their lives more full. It makes possible creative experiences they would otherwise not have. Our hands-on approach in drawing, painting, ceramics, music, dance and drama brings creativity into the daily lives of the children and adults we serve. This makes for healthier individuals and families, stronger neighborhoods, and a more vibrant Tucson community.



It all started in 1985, when Marcia Berger, a Tucson pediatric physical therapist, started an after school program called Third St. Kids. The idea was simple: Bring the performing arts into the lives of children with and without disabilities.

 The following year Steven L. Sles, founder of Arts for All, Inc., gave the non-profit to Marcia. In the 30 years since that humble beginning, the organization has dedicated itself to providing quality arts education and experiences for children with and without disabilities and adults with disabilities. It’s done through innovative programs like the Adult Day Program, Out-of-School Time, and Winter and Summer Arts Camps which merge the arts and human services.

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News and Upcoming Events

News and Upcoming Events


MOCA Tucson
For All — Selection from the Arts for All Archive

Part of the MOCA Tucson Spring Exhibition

February 13 – May 29, 2016, North Galleries, 265 S. Church Ave., Tucson, Arizona

MOCA Tucson release: For All  brings together drawings, ceramics, and collaborative paintings made during the last five years, chosen from the collection of Arts for All, a local non-profit founded in 1979 that provides quality art focus for adults with disabilities.

Arts for All provides both valuable therapeutic support and vocational training, and the artwork that results renders moot questions of outsider vs. insider or naïve vs. professional. The exhibition emphasizes resourceful and powerful drawing styles and exceptionally expressive and beautiful ceramics, in which boisterous figuration and rough materiality mix with refined aptitude.

 For All showcases paintings, drawings, ceramics and collaborative murals by Jason Baker, Bryan Briggs, Michelle Buscemi, Antonio Childress, Julio Cocio, Steven Fimbres, Megan Froehling, Brooke Foster, Vanessa Graves, Jon Green, Kevin Charles Judith, Brenda Lewis, Stephanie Lopez, Alex Marquez, Olga Michaels, Brian Mondeau, Janet Morgan, Christian Pereida, Brent Quihuis, Anne Reber, Steven Scott, Stacy Stokes, Thomas Stone, Nick Waldron and Colin Whetsel created over the last five years.


Adult Dance Ensemble

The Adult Dance Ensemble will be presenting Lifeline, a dance performance at the Zuzi Theater on Saturday, March 5. The Zuzi Theater is located at 738 N. 5th Ave., in the historic Y building at the corner of 5th and University Blvd. Dancers performing include Michelle Buscemi, Antonio Childress, Brooke Foster, Jon Green, Karenne Koo, Seth Llamas, Stephanie Lopez, Brent Quihuis, Veronica Ramirez and Sydney Roberts. For information about dance performances and other events at Zuzi, please call (520) 629-0237.


Invitation to Join Adult Dance Ensemble

Arts for All is always looking for new members for Adult Ensemble Company, an integrated dance company. The ensemble encourages the active participation of adults who love to dance and may or may not have disabilities. Please contact Marcia at (520) 622-4100, ext. 203 to set up a time for an audition. Rehearsals are held year round on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.





Check back soon for updates!

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day Program

Building Confidence and Developing Skills Through Performing and Visual Arts

Through the framework of visual and performing arts, adults with disabilities experience meaningful relationships and gain self-esteem. Classes are offered daily in dance, drama, music, exercise, ceramics, painting, and drawing.The adult participants attend performances (Arizona Theater Company, Borderlands, Invisible Theatre, etc.), parks, therapeutic swimming, libraries, local museum, and more. Adult Dance and Drama Ensembles are available by audition. Choices are offered throughout the day to provide greater autonomy and self-confidence.

Sample Daily Schedule:

Note: End of May through beginning of August changes for summer schedule

8:00am     Coffee/Social Time
9:00am     Drama/Ceramics
10:00am   Ceramics/Drama   Note: Some leave for field trip
11:00am    Wheel Throwing / Exercise
12:00pm   Lunch
1:00pm     Dance / Games
2:00pm    Weekly Reflections
3:00pm    Relaxation
3:30pm    Snack
4:00pm    Music
5:00pm    Art

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact
Jasmine Berger
(520) 622-4100, ext. 208


Summer Arts Camp 2015

Summer arts camp 2016 schedule: may 20, 2016 - august 10, 2016

Summer Arts Camp is accessible for children with and without disabilities. The camp day starts with Opening Circle. Opening Circle is a time when all campers and counselors get together to sing camp songs, give and receive ‘warm fuzzies,’ and share information with each other. The campers are divided into small groups by age, and go to different classes with their counselors. The classes consist of drama, dance, music, arts, ceramics, crafts, games and cooking. The counselors are responsible for the health and well-being of the campers and teachers are responsible for the class content.

The counselors are required to meet with the parents or guardians prior to the beginning of camp in order to make the transition to camp a positive experience. Flexible schedules of 2 to 3 times a week or half-days are available.

Camp Fee: $255/week for full day program. $130/week for half day program. Partial Scholarships are still available.

Arts for All Summer Arts Camp will be closed for these holidays in 2016: 

Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016
Independence, Monday, July 4, 2016


Comments by parents about the Summer Arts Camp:

"It's a wonderful environment that concentrates on the ability in disability."
"Excellent program and staff."
"Kids are well taken care of."


How to Register:

To register for Summer Arts Camp, please call Marcia at (520) 622-4100, ext. 203. New campers must meet with her and take a tour. Parents are encouraged to call to register their campers early because spaces fill up quickly!

Daily Camp Schedule:
7:00 - 8:30am       Early Drop-off (prior arrangements required)
7:30 - 8:30am       Playground Time
8:30 - 8:50am       Opening Circle
9:00 - 9:50am       Period I
10:00 - 10:50am    Period II
11:00-11:50am        Period III
12:00 -12:30pm     Lunch 1 (Teams 1 and 2)(Teams 3 and 4 Outside Play)
12:30 - 1:00pm      Lunch 2 (Teams 3 and 4)(Teams 1 and 2 Outside Play)
1:00 - 1:50pm        Period IV
2:00 - 2:50pm      Period V
3:00 - 3:30pm      Snack (Teams 1 and 2)(Teams 3 and 4 Outside Play)
3:30 - 4:00pm      Snack (Teams 3 and 4)(Teams 1 and 2 Outside Play)
4:00 - 4:50pm      Period VI
5:00 - 5:50pm      Period VII
6:00pm                 Close


Winter Arts Camp

winter arts camp 2016: december 23,2016 - january 6, 2017

Full day arts classes also offered during fall 2016 and spring 2017 school vacations. Our staff is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students will have rotations through ceramics, dance, drama, music and visual arts classes. Field trips to local museums and attractions are also available. Please call Dreeha at (520) 622-4100, ext. 206, to set up a tour for new enrollments, and to confirm fall and spring art camp schedules.

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Out-of-School Time Classes

Out-of-School Time Classes



Classes are offered Monday though Friday in art, ceramics, dance, drama, and music. Children are divided into groups based on age. Nash Elementary school bus stops on Alturas, the street just south of Arts for All, and staff meet the bus, and walk the children through our parking lot to the arts center’s entrance.

 Arts for All’s drivers pick up from some local schools. Please check with Jasmine Berger at 622-4100 x 208 to find out what schools currently have pick-up. This may change from time to time. Other schools outside the area provide bus transportation for children to Arts for All. Please check with Arts for All or your school’s bus transportation department. 

We make sure to have activities and classes available on all early-out days, half days and vacation days.

Arts for All is open for school breaks all year around!
Please call Sarah Dreeha, Children Services Manager, 

at (520) 622-4100, ext. 206, with any questions regarding enrollment and transportation.



Arts for All is offering training opportunities this spring and summer for Tucson teenagers ages 13-18 interested in learning how to care for children with and without disabilities. Teens must be currently enrolled in school and planning on receiving their high school diplomas. There are openings for 25 teens to work with 100 children, 80 percent of which will be from low-income families. Training will start in May and continue throughout the summer. Call Sarah Dreeha, Children Services Manager, at (520) 622-4100, ext 206 for information on how to participate in this opportunity.

 Arts for All will be closed for these holidays:

New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1, 2016
Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016
Independence Day, Monday, July 4, 2016
Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016
Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24, 2016
Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2016