Art-Reach connects people with disabilities or economic disadvantages to the arts. The organization serves as a conduit for communities who want access to performances or cultural institutions. In addition, Art-Reach advises other arts organizations on how to serve those communities. Support from the Center has helped Art-Reach evaluate the success of its work, and develop plans for improving critical programs.
Each year, Art-Reach produces 100-150 performances and hands-on workshops in human service agencies, schools, hospitals, and elderly homes. Despite an expressed desire from participating organizations for more of these on-site, participatory events, Art-Reach has seen a decrease in attendance over the past five years. Working with Fairmount Ventures, the organization will evaluate its in-facility program offerings to better understand which types of cultural events are of the greatest interest and relevance to its target audiences, collecting feedback from members, artists, and Art-Reach staff to determine a new financial model and to develop new ideas for piloting and testing. [fn]Management grants, through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, were awarded from 2009 through 2013.[/fn]