ABOUT

​MISSION AND HISTORY

The dream for an Arts After School program began in 2015 after a community leader luncheon indicated a need for additional extracurricular activities for Middle Schoolers.  High risk behaviors often begin between the ages of 11 and 14, and after school is when students have unsupervised free time.  We wondered how we could help close this gap in the community.

 

After collaborative conversation with several youth and arts organizations it gained support, but needed a host site, leadership and funding.  Jim Ostlund, campus pastor of Journey@McPherson determined it was a perfect way for the church to support the youth of our community and create a safe haven for students who might not be connecting with existing after school opportunities (i.e. school sports, clubs, and the YMCA).

Journey@McPherson became the primary host, and with grant funding through the McPherson County Community Foundation (MCCF) the program began in 2017.  In the first year we served 32 students with our first two tracks (music & visual art).  Since then the support and impact has paved the way for additional funding, new tracks, and the capacity to include more students.  The future is bright, and to insure the sustainability of Arts After School we are preparing to launch the IMAGINE Initiative to create an endowment with the help of the MCCF.   

LEADERSHIP
KEVIN IVERS
Executive Director

LIZ THORNTON

Drama Director

MELICIA EVANS

Visual Art Director

FRAN STUCKY

Culinary Director

TRAVIS BARKER

Music Director

OTHER STAFF & VOLUNTEERS

ZACH BATSON, SHELIA ELMORE, SEAN GATES, KADE GOSS, DAWN IVERS, JADEN MARTINSON. 

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201 E. Euclid St.

McPherson, KS 67460

macartafterschool@gmail.com

HOURS

Arts After School staff are available most weekdays so please feel free to contact us.

MONDAY - THURSDAY

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

ADDRESS

620-504-6444 ext. 5

PHONE

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