Arts for All, Inc.

History

It all started in 1985, when Marcia Berger, a Tucson pediatric physical therapist, started an after-school program called Third St. Kids. Her 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 nonprofit organization to Marcia. Since that humble beginning 36 years ago, our association has dedicated itself to delivering high-quality art education and experiences for children with and without disabilities and adults with disabilities. It’s done through innovative programs that combine the arts and human services, such as the Adult Day Program, Out-of-School Time, and Winter and Summer Arts Camps.
While other nonprofits have moved away from supporting this special-needs population, Arts for All, Inc. has stayed committed to helping those most in need. Physical, cognitive, and learning difficulties; vision and hearing impairments; emotional disturbances; mental illness; behavior issues; autism; and seizure disorders are among them.
It hasn’t been an easy path to travel year after year, but Marcia and our staff have remained committed to offering vital artistic experiences that would not otherwise be available. The devotion and efforts have paid off. Thousands of people’s lives have been improved, countless families have improved their health and well-being, and the Tucson community has benefited as a result.
Over the years, the community and professionals in the art sector have been noticed. Moreover, accolades and awards have been given. Arts for All, Inc. was honored with the Governor’s Arts Award for Community Organization in 2008. Our company also received the Tucson Pima Arts Council Award for Arts Education Organization in 2006.
In 2003, Arts for All, Inc. received the Producing Theatre Company Award from the Arizona Theatre Alliance, was chosen as a beneficiary by Angel Charity for Children, and was selected as an AmeriCorps site. In August 2000, our ensemble company performed at the 5th International Abilympics in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2019, we received the Governor’s Arts Award for Arts in Education – Organization.

In April 2022, Arts for All joined the Tucson J family when the two organizations merged, adding Arts for All under the J’s Disability Program Services department. You can read about it here

The awards mentioned are only a partial list of the accomplishments received by a wonderful arts organization that has served the Tucson community for more than 36 years. We look forward to the growth to come, as Arts for All and the Tucson J forge their partnership. 

Generous Support Is Provided by the Following Organizations

  • Arizona Commission on the Arts
  • Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona