Valley Arts Council
119 Caroline St
37 Elizabeth Street
Derby CT 06418-1922
Contact Information
Address 119 Caroline St
37 Elizabeth Street
Derby, CT 06418-1922
Telephone (203) 516-0822 x
Fax 203-516-0822
E-mail info@valleyartscouncil.org
Web and Social Media
Arts Council President, Rich DiCarlo, explains local artist, Flaot n' Fred's homage to Andy Warhol to some students from St mary's School in Derby.
Mission

The Valley Arts Council was founded on the belief that while the arts are by no means new to the Valley, we seemed to be lacking a binding thread to bring that art to the forefront of life here. The Valley has been rich in culture and creativity for well over a century and the arts can, and do, take place in many diverse contexts within our community. We have among us a grouping of artists and performers of local, national and worldwide acclaim, but these artists have a limited viable local means by which to display their work. Also, there are many talented younger artists who need the opportunity to learn and grow to a greater extent than currently exists on a local basis. One of our primary goals is to add venues and to increase the opportunity for performance and exhibition within the Valley. By doing so, we will be creating a network of artists and patrons of the arts. That network will be our strength.

Art can transform a community. If well managed and developed, art can breathe life into old buildings and tired main streets while adding new vitality to business prospects. The arts can have a dramatic impact on the quality of life and the effect of that impact soon becomes apparent in places in which we live, work, and play. Art can help a community to be perceived in a way that makes people want to live in that community. Art can define a community; either in its presence, or by its absence.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2003
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr Richard Dominick DiCarlo
Board Chair Mr Richard DiCarlo
Board Chair Company Affiliation President/Board Chairperson
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $13,500.00
Projected Expenses $11,000.00
Statements
Mission

The Valley Arts Council was founded on the belief that while the arts are by no means new to the Valley, we seemed to be lacking a binding thread to bring that art to the forefront of life here. The Valley has been rich in culture and creativity for well over a century and the arts can, and do, take place in many diverse contexts within our community. We have among us a grouping of artists and performers of local, national and worldwide acclaim, but these artists have a limited viable local means by which to display their work. Also, there are many talented younger artists who need the opportunity to learn and grow to a greater extent than currently exists on a local basis. One of our primary goals is to add venues and to increase the opportunity for performance and exhibition within the Valley. By doing so, we will be creating a network of artists and patrons of the arts. That network will be our strength.

Art can transform a community. If well managed and developed, art can breathe life into old buildings and tired main streets while adding new vitality to business prospects. The arts can have a dramatic impact on the quality of life and the effect of that impact soon becomes apparent in places in which we live, work, and play. Art can help a community to be perceived in a way that makes people want to live in that community. Art can define a community; either in its presence, or by its absence.

Background

A report titled "Lower Naugatuck Valley Arts and Cultural Assessment" was prepared by Maryann Ott and released in September 2000. The report was commissioned by the Alliance for Economic Growth and received initial financial support from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Administrative support was received from The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the study was to conduct an arts and cultural assessment of the Lower Naugatuck Valley to determine the need for the establishment of a regional valley arts service agency. Another goal of the research was to gain insight into the type of art that takes place within the valley community and the degree to which that art is produced.

The findings of the assessment make it clear that there exists a vibrant arts and cultural faction within each of the seven valley towns. This artistic movement was generally occurring on an individual basis with most artists working and discovering art in a somewhat isolated and independent way. This aspect of how art was being produced and experienced greatly limited its visibility and availability to the community. What was lacking was not the availability of talented artists or community interest in the arts, but simply a means by which artists could find other artists and the community could find art.

Impact
The Valley Arts Council has continuing programs that serve the various demographics of our region. Our first  is our Gallery @37, a regional art gallery that enables artists whether the seasoned professional or the beginner, a equal opportunity to express themselves show and show their works in a public forum. This gallery, at the same time, introduces people to various types of art and vice versa. It gives the local community the chance to experience art in its many forms.
 
Our next Success would be our children's art programs. Our volunteer staff , sometimes working with youth services, travels to schools and libraries and introduces students to the basic art programs such as drawing, painting and sculpture and forms of art that would not even be considered feasible in these communities. We consider these advanced courses such as The Art of the Comics, Cartooning, Life Model Drawing and Life Sculpting (armature). These classes are given either on select locations or at The Valley Center of the Arts in Derby. 
 
A third success would be the addition of our new Photographers discipline. This is a sub - group run  by photographers for photographers. Photographer's work has long been taking a back seat to the primary fine arts, painting and sculpture. This discipline allows them to plan their own as well as share venues throughout the valley region. It gives photography validation as a fine art and allows the photographers a place to show and express their creativity as well as introduce their media to the public.
 
 
Needs We pride ourselves at being self reliant. Our State Federal funding was cut $6200 due to the merger of CT Office and the CT Office of Economic and Community Development.  We had to close some of our venues in order to keep our programs alive.  It costs approximately $4200.00 a year to operate our Gallery @37, which has been a significant factor in improving the cultural assets of the region, introducing people to the arts as well as adding to the economic development in Derby. Our Valley Center of the Arts, located on Caroline street was the sole source of the street's gentrification, turning a once crime ridden eyesore into a family friendly destination. The operation of this facility is supported solely through artist studio rentals.  This income supports the daily operations of the facility.  However, in the past couple of years, artists haven't  been selling and they cannot afford the spaces. Membership fees were at an all time low, as artists and individuals  struggle for their own existence.  We fell short of our goals and struggle for existence, but with the help of local businesses, we manage to survive. The organization can be run successfully on $8000 - $10,0000.00  
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts & Humanities Councils & Agencies
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Community & Neighbourhood Development
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts & Humanities Councils & Agencies
Areas Served
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Ansonia
Bethany
Derby
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
We serve the seven municipalities that make up the Lower Naugatuck Valley Region. While this region is rich in history and pride..It is predominantly a sports minded region with little or no attention going to the Arts. The region is dominated by blue collar, middle class families and families that rely on state aide...Neither group is afforded the benefit of experiencing art as it is experienced in the wealthier communities.  The Valley Arts Council was developed for the purpose of filling that void. 
Programs
Description
Children's Art program(s) Includes tools, equipment and art supplies. depending on the medium (ie: paint, clay, stone...) cost range from $7 to $18 per student without administrative costs, transportation. Staff costs , though volunteer, are based on the state of CT's scale of work in kind services of 26.43 per hour.  Programs include: Free Library programs and after school programs. We instruct approximately 200 plus children annually. The amount of students is based on class sizes which vary from ten students, in a library setting to over 120 students in a "Youth Services" summer program.  These program are designed to challenge the way  students handle the many aspects of creativity. From developing creative thinking, developing hand -eye coordination self expression and confidence builder. We initially begin  with a basic history of the technique or artist at hand.  We then introduce students to certain media, teach them the proper usage of the tools , Demonstrate techniques, then let them explore and think creatively towards achieving their intended goal. We  teach them self confidence as we increase their confidence while moving into usage of more difficult techniques and mediums.  Before long we have students using alternative methodologies of problem solving and critical thinking in addition to boosting their confidence and self esteem with many of the students referring to themselves as "artists".
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / K-12 (5-19 years) / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. The ongoing achievements are many. We have been able to open the doors of creativity on many levels to those who would never have the opportunity to do so, because of economic barriers and social limitations. Our classes usually run six weeks in duration. by the end of our courses 80% of the students return to tackle more challenging programs. 20 % of these students bring a sibling or friend to introduce them to our program. In our after school program. Our after school programs have a remarkable 90to 95% student retention rate. the students show a great enthusiasm towards new and exciting vehicles of self expression and creativity and eagerly accept the challenges of an advanced art program     
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. What we would  inevitably like to achieve is establish a region that provides equal access to the arts and its many outlets of creativity. As stated in our mission statement ..." Sometimes the only difference in a place that is devoid of art is the simple access to art"  The region we serve is predominantly a sports minded , 60% middle class community that is shared by a large contingency of people on public assistance that ranges high compared to other regions at 20%. We would like to make art approachable to these demographics. We feel art should be for everyone...Not just the wealthy communities that can afford it. . 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. We have no formal process for determining  these factors, "Observation"is the primary way that we judge what is successful and what is not. It works on a couple of levels.  We look at many factors that play an intricate part of what we consider success. We look at the students enthusiasm, facial expression ie; Is the student smiling ? Is that student deep in thought or bored...We observe certain behaviors and adjust accordingly to each student. Is the student misbehaving? Actions speak louder than words. 75% of the students love what they are doing. we see it through their behavior. 10% are serious about learning, They often sit alone and work intensely, to get things just right. The other 10 -14% fall somewhere in between with a rather low !% that never wanted to be there in the first place and will not participate no matter what you do...We  found that ignoring them works well with the student usually "observing" the other students, having a good time, then rejoining the class
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. We've had many successes. The programs have been offered year after year. We have extended our after school program from one annual course offered to grades four through six, to five courses offering different mediums based on tiers of difficulty. Classes have doubled in size since inception two years ago,  One success that stands out was a group of third grade students, who were not expected to do more than just tag along with the older students. The program was devised to teach students the techniques and style of Modern Art. We visited the Yale Museum of Art, Students were given note books and pencils and required to take notes. They had to select an artist, study their imagery, learn their techniques down to their brush strokes then return to class and using only their notes from the museum, create their own work of art emulating the styles and technique of Artist. These third graders created astounding works of art! Far surpassing those of the older students. .    
Description Serving Artists and Photographers, the General public as well as the local community and artists in general offering them an open, free forum to express themselves and exhibit their creativity. The gallery also serves as an outlet for the above mentioned programs, whereas the students have the opportunity to show their friends and families and the community what they are able to do (creatively ) and exhibit them in a professional venue that would otherwise be beyond their realm. This is an equal opportunity venue, unbiased venue open to all who are interested in or partake of the arts in its many forms.
Population Served General/Unspecified / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Adults
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals No
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. The Gallery @37, allows multi-level access to the arts and artists as well as offer a place for artists to exhibit and experience a venue that would otherwise be  unobtainable. Fine Artist and Photographers converse and exchange ideas and imagery in a shared atmosphere. the gallery is considered everyone's gallery. the achievement would be that anyone who can create Art has a place where their creativity is accepted. This is a place where a person can feel free o escape and explore the minds of the local artists and gain new perspective on what one would consider creative 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. .  Ultimately , we would like to offer the region a permanent place to experience and participate in Art in its many forms. A gathering for artists and art lovers and those who want to experience Art, A place to have forums and exhibitions to enhance the cultural experience of the region. Art makes up only 10% of the happenings in this region with sports dominating nearly every aspect of life in the region. We would like to make a difference in these lives and introduce them to something new , something different...Art.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
We have no way of determining success  regarding Gallery@37.  Is it longevity? Our doors have been open for nearly six years, far past other galleries in the region. Is  the eclectic collection of art from 40 artists from throughout the region, that adorn the walls?  Is it the people that walk through the doors?  We know it must be working because we are here and people come looking for us as a place of the arts for the people, a place for Artists and acceptance. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Approximately 20% of the people who travel to downtown Derby, visit the gallery. Our gallery adds to the quality of downtown life,  offering   visitors the chance to experience visual art first hand before or after an evening of Dinner at one of the local Restaurants and Dance at  the Ballroom dance studio next door.. there is no place in the region that offers such an experience.  the Gallery is a place of acceptance to artists of any medium. We do not judge the ability of an artist like other galleries in the region. We offer a place of exhibition for all...A gallery for the people by the people. from the students of one of our after school programs to the seasoned professional.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
I would like for you to take the opportunity  to, clear your mind, place your hands over your ears, close your eyes... You've just experienced life without art!  Artistic self expression is one of the primary factors that separates us from an animal. Oh yes, you can see a monkey or elephant paint a picture that is auctioned off at a zoo. But can that elephant paint independently select a color, can that monkey paint a self portrait? No, Man is the only animal that can make "art". Art is all around us...Its everything we see, wear and do...think about it? Its quite amazing how everything, from the pencil on your desk to the car you drive! Everything was touched by an "artist"! 
Art is everything, yet its the first thing to be cut when funding is at issue. 
We have faced many unusual challenges that have place the organization for the first time on unstable financial grounds. Winter 2013 was particularly cruel to us, in addition to being much colder than  usual, we lost the two primary heating units in our Valley Center of the Arts facility , which is vital for our existence. We used alternate sources of heating to keep the artists warm and studios and classes open as well as keep the pipes from freezing. We survived however, we incurred excessive utility bills. That along with the cut in state funding crippled us...but we stand here today, very much alive. We are happy to note that 2014 is proving to be much more prosperous than the past two. We have received a generous donation of two gas heating units that will be installed in Spring 2014 and that we are at 100% occupancy
with our artist's studios!  The Valley Arts Council hopes to instill the region with creativity which in turn will motivate students on many levels. Confidence building through Artistic thinking and self expression , generating alternate ideas and remedies to today's perplexing problems. "Through Art, we open the minds of the Thinkers of Tomorrow"
CEO/Executive Director
Mr Richard Dominick DiCarlo
Term Start Jan 2013
Email studiochid@sbcglobal.net
Experience
•Six years Board member of The Design Exchange, Graphic Artists Guild  
 (NYC)
 Three of the six years served as Chairman of the Cartoonist Discipline.
 The Graphic Artists Guild is a national organization comprised of Artists,   
  Designers and Photographers serving and representing them as a advisory   
  commission on legal and ethical issues.
• Contributing  adviser on Pricing and Ethical Guidelines.
• Fine Arts Curator at Object & Images gallery, NYC 
• Freelance illustrator 1993 to Present
• Fine Artist 1970 to present B.F.A., School of Visual Arts (NYC)
• Valley Arts Council, Vice President, 2003 -2006
• Chairman, Derby Cultural Commission, 2007 - 2013
• Valley Arts Council President (present)
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Board Chair
Mr Richard DiCarlo
Company Affiliation President/Board Chairperson
Term Jan 2013 to Jan 2016
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mrs Beverly Bourucki
Mrs Veronica Castle-Vaz
Mr Steven DiRienzo
Mr Len Grayeck
Mr Gregory Karas
Ms. Dawn Kraemer Community Volunteer
Ms Jamie Mansfield
Mr Frederic Massiello
Mr Ralph Villers
Mrs Patricia Villers
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 20%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
CEO Comments
The opportunities are without measure as we carry out our mission statement, providing access to the Arts. The problem we encounter, like many organizations is the lack of funding...Particularly in our region, The lower Naugatuck Valley. nestled between New Haven, and Fairfield counties...Unfortunately, we seem to be lost at the state and federal levels.  We represent a region in need of a creative outlets and challenge that fact on a daily basis. 
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $13,500.00
Projected Expenses $11,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS 501 c-3 document.pdf
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201120102009
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$2,000--$1,000
Government Contributions$6,900$0$6,900
Federal----
State$6,200$6,200
Local$700$700
Unspecified----
Individual Contributions$200--$200
$700--$120
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Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues$1,500--$1,700
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$5,100--$4,100
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201120102009
Program Expense$2,000--$2,000
Administration Expense$4,300--$3,400
Fundraising Expense$6,900--$3,600
Payments to Affiliates$150--$150
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.23--1.53
Program Expense/Total Expenses15%--22%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue70%--44%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201120102009
Total Assets------
Current Assets------
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets------
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201120102009
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCT Office Arts $6,200--CT Office Arts $6,200
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountJamie A. Hulley Foundation/St. Mary's $1,000--City of Derby $500
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountValley Communtiy Foundation $1,000--Valley Community Foundation $1,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign PurposeHelpCapital Campaigns are defined as a fundraising efforts over-and-above an organization's annual operating budget. Campaigns might include the purchase of land or a building, major renovations, and major equipment purchases. Endowment campaigns may also be included if the funds are legally restricted. We initiated a project we call The Gallery Journal. This journal is an add supported report on the state of the arts in our region. The publication is meant to inspire and educate the community as to what we do and what is happening in the community for the sake of art. We approach local businesses and invite them to participate in the publication which will in turn be distributed out to the community
Goal $3,000.00
Dates Aug 2013 to June 2014
Amount Raised To Date 750 as of Sept 2013
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments We have incurred an unusual amount of debt (utilities) in the end of 2013 in an attempt to keep our Valley Center of the Arts facility open so that it can continue to fund the organization through the temporary crises that ensued due to the loss of our two primary heating units and usage of alternate, more expensive means of keeping the tenant's studios functioning and additional harm to the buildings pipes. As we entered the Spring of 2014, our attempt though expensive enabled the facility to operate and earn revenue, Spring 2014 also welcomed the 100% occupancy of the Artist rental studios for the first time in the building's five year service. This full occupancy will ensure a minimum of $8000.00 in annual revenue for the organization. We are also to happily announce the donation of two second hand gas heating units which will be installed in lat Spring 2014. With a bit of financial assistance we will be able to rectify this temporary setback and regain our fiscal stability. We look forwards to continue with our mission statement and working with the seven municipalities that we represent towards the common goal of making Art Work as an essential part of our economic and community development.  
Foundation Staff Comments

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Address 119 Caroline St
37 Elizabeth Street
Derby, CT 064181922
Primary Phone 203 516-0822
CEO/Executive Director Mr Richard Dominick DiCarlo
Board Chair Mr Richard DiCarlo
Board Chair Company Affiliation President/Board Chairperson

 

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