About Arts for All
To provide accessible education, training, and experiences in the arts to children, particularly those with special needs.
History of Arts for All, Inc.
for All, a non-profit corporation, began 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 two through adulthood, 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 and
adults with disabilities.
for All currently has four programs which merge the arts with human services: preschool,
daily out-of--school time classes, Summer/Winter Arts Camps and a day program
for adults with disabilities. Support services such as transportation, personal
care and respite care provided by direct support professionals and AmeriCorps
members allow children and adults with disabilities to enjoy and learn from the
1988, Arts for All received the Meyer
Marmis Humanitarian Award from the Southern Arizona Jewish Foundation. 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. Another honor in 1989 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.
Again in 1994, this Conference invited Arts for All to perform "Reckless
Grace" in Tempe, Arizona.
1991, sponsored by Very Special Arts
Arizona, three members of the Ensemble Company presented a
multi-disciplinary performance in Hong Kong for the Third
International Abilympics. In Sept. 1995, nine members of the company went
to Perth, Australia
where they performed a multi-disciplinary performance at the Fourth International Abilympics. In August
2000, the Ensemble Company performed a multi-disciplinary performance at the Fifth International Abilympics in Prague, Czech
Republic. The Ensemble Company has performed
and directed workshops throughout this country and in Hermosillo,
Navajoa, and Ciudad Obregon,
2008 Arts for All received the prestigious Governor’s
Art Award for community organization. In 2003, Arts for All received the
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
being their beneficiary and Arts for All being chosen as an AmeriCorps site. In
2006, Arts for All received the Tucson Pima Arts award for Arts Education
Organization. Marcia Berger has
received the Spirit of Arizona Award
(1988) from the Arizona State Senate, District
Service to Mankind Award (1989) from Sertoma International, the Jefferson Award from the American
Institute for Public Service (1990), recognition from the Mayor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (1991),
the JC Penny Golden Rule Award
(1992), the Diane Lynne Anderson Award (1998),
recognition from Az. Center for
Disability Law (2000), and YWCA’s
Women on the Move Award (2000). Frank Hernandez, Assistant Director, was
President of Children’s Music Network and was appointed by Governor
Napolitano to the Board of Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind.
Frank also has received a President’s Citation for Volunteerism (1997),
served on the President’s Committee on Employment for People with
Disabilities (1998), and was program chair for the National Council on
Disabilities’ Youth Leadership Program (1999). He also was chosen by the U.S.
Department of Health to present in Mexico
City at a conference in 2002.
Harriett Morton, teaching artist, working with L.A.T. (Laser Art Technique).
Student artist is Antonio.