Creative Arts Workshop
80 Audubon Street
New Haven CT 06510
Contact Information
Address 80 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT 06510-
Telephone (203) 562-4927 x
Fax 203-562-2329
E-mail development@creativeartsworkshop.org
Web and Social Media
Adult Drawing Class
Four to six year olds in Adventures in Art Summer Program
Young People's Painting Class
Book Arts Gallery Talk
Mission
Creative Arts Workshop (CAW) is an educational and cultural resource center devoted to fostering creativity through participation in, appreciation of and leadership in the visual arts in the Greater New Haven area. Creative Arts Workshop affirms its commitment to making its programs available to a broad and diverse population.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1961
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 Anne Coates
Board Chair Joy Ford
Board Chair Company Affiliation Urban Planner, City of New Haven (retired)
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission
Creative Arts Workshop (CAW) is an educational and cultural resource center devoted to fostering creativity through participation in, appreciation of and leadership in the visual arts in the Greater New Haven area. Creative Arts Workshop affirms its commitment to making its programs available to a broad and diverse population.
Background

CAW was founded in 1961. From the outset, CAW had a dual commitment to excellence in visual arts education and service to the greater New Haven community. In the late '60s, the City of New Haven designated one block of Audubon Street for arts redevelopment, where only arts groups could purchase land. Creative Arts Workshop took advantage of this, and by 1972, had its own building. In 1976, thanks to the efforts of a far-sighted group of people, the mortgage for the entire facility was paid off. CAW is now one of nine anchor arts institutions in New Haven, and a critical part of the arts ecosystem and the city's economy.


Having a facility designed as an art school, offering a full range of fine art and fine craft classes in the visual arts with fully equipped studios, sets CAW apart from similar organizations in the state. While other organizations and places have pieces of what we do, we distinguish ourselves by having it all under one roof, and at some scale. We have room for up to 12 students in most classes. Those advantages allow more students to practice with each other, and allow for cross-discipline exploration--even on the same day. Current annual enrollment is approximately 1,700 adults and children (unique participants) for more than 400 classes and workshops in the last year. To deliver these classes, CAW employs nearly 70 teaching artists who are each accomplished in their own right, many of whom teach at neighboring colleges.


CAW's classes are open to students of all ages and levels of experience. We provide fundamental courses at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels in all disciplines.  This is essential for those wanting sequential learning. We also provide complementary courses, specialty learning, and skills and topics for those wanting more than the basics.  


CAW has an active schedule of free exhibitions in its two-story gallery. These exhibitions range from art created in CAW’s own studios, to work done by its world-class instructors, to partnerships with organizations throughout the Greater New Haven area and New England, to an upcoming exhibition with works from immigrant artists across the country.


CAW is committed to keeping tuition fees as low as possible and provides tuition assistance valued at approximately $10,000 a year to those in financial need, financed through discounts and discrete scholarship funds.


CAW is supported by tuition fees, grants from public and private institutional funders, generous donors, and fundraising events. Many exhibitions are sponsored by local businesses.

Impact

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Internal Stabilization

Over the last year, CAW has:

--controlled expenses and increased revenues, ending year with a surplus (the 2nd consecutive year)

--established a new endowment and cash reserve fund, with pledges to FY22

--exercised diligence to understand our business and the marketplace

--created and refined systems/processes to support operational infrastructure

--created financial transparency via standardized reporting. We will continue to refine our internal financial systems to provide understanding on the cost of running the school, and profit margin for those activities that contribute to the rest of the organization.

GOALS FOR THE COMING YEAR

Visioning and Business Planning

CAW secured support for and undertook a visioning process which is leading to a new business roadmap that will increase not only our stability and long term sustainability, but our leadership in the community. We are developing a new product line--workshops for business professionals and businesses who offer professional development that center on creativity. This essential building block is the third most important skill global companies say their employees need (according to a study published by the World Economic Forum). This new product does not alter our more traditional offerings for those seeking arts classes, but welcomes a new larger audience into that which is fundamental to each of us--creativity. Once piloted and priced, it will inform our business planning--a major goal for the coming year.

We are redoubling our effort to address diversity organization-wide at CAW. This extends from board recruitment, to partnerships with community based organizations to attract students -- particularly young people -- from neighborhoods not currently deeply represented in CAW’s student body. We are seeking ways to build scholarship funds to reduce barriers to access for those students who might not otherwise be able to afford classes and workshops at CAW. We are also working to attract a more diverse staff and faculty.

Additional goals for the coming year include building the cash reserve, continuing board recruitment to add at least 3 new members, further professionalizing the staff, and deepening our collaborations with sister organizations.

Needs
Our top priorities over the next year are:
• Significant funds to address capital/building needs
• Right sized and right credentialed staff to augment our very lean team
• New board members who have deeper networks and expertise in the areas of accounting, facilities/construction/engineering, technology, education, economic development, marketing and public relations, and human resources
• Diversity at every level of the organization. Diversity in this context refers to groups and individuals identified by, for instance, race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability status, religion, national origin, marital or partnership status, ancestry, political belief or activity, or status as a veteran.
• Collaborate with board and staff to refine a fundraising plan and executable strategy that grows fund balances, our fundraising bench, and confidence in ability to raise funds
CEO Statement
Last year was one of big and exciting changes CAW. We are in the middle of a financial turnaround and a programmatic refresh, ensuring stability and relevance in the community.
 
CAW is a vital part of New Haven’s notable vibrant cultural life, nurturing creativity and learning in 8+ arts disciplines, offering exhibitions and programs, and supporting creativity for all.
 
Our vision is CAW as a center for creativity through the visual arts that welcomes and supports that pursuit for all—artists, avocationalists in the arts, and also those who do not identify as artists. And, to help the New Haven region’s residents leverage that which is essential in all of us—creativity. And, in so doing, thrive.
 
To accomplish this we see a state-of-the-art CAW that is bustling, thriving—a center that everyone wants to be at–to see the latest exhibition or find the right one-of-a-kind item for sale, to take a class they’ve always wanted to take, return to class with a community of arts practitioners and world-class faculty who nourish their artmaking, or to tap into creativity to thrive in their work lives.
 
CAW is not just for artists. It is for those who are tapping into something essential, fundamental. CAW is the place that offers just that. Creativity. All under one roof.
 
We aim high to build and burnish our offerings and brand to include:
 
The Galleries & Programs @ CAW– tech-savvy, visual art destination with new, compelling, not-to-be-missed experiences.
 
The School @ CAW– open seven days a week. Offerings that are best-in-class, including our new offering in development, helping business professionals to think creatively, plan projects, find perspective, challenge the status quo, and problem solve on the fly. Refreshed studios in metal sculpture, pottery, photography, printmaking, painting/drawing, CAW will attract and provide facilities for the production of art for sale, supporting the creative economy, and provide important practice ground for artists to refine and explore their practice.
 
The Store @ CAW–Linking makers and those who buy fine art and fine craft items, CAW will offer opportunities for purchasing works during exhibitions and during the Celebration of American Crafts.Stepping into leadership here means not only leading the turnaround but also nurturing creativity with students of all ages and levels of experience. It also means collaborating with this great community of makers and artists, as well as arts and community organizations. It is a privilege to be at CAW; I am grateful to the donors, funders, and volunteers joining us in realizing this vision.
Board Chair Statement

Since 1961, the Creative Arts Workshop (CAW) has served greater New Haven and grown into an anchoring presence in the heart of the Audubon Arts District. CAW has nurtured artists, whether budding, mid-career, or established. It has also introduced thousands of youth to painting, drawing, pottery, and sculpture. The CAW is both a treasured legacy and inestimable potential.


CAW finds itself at a pivotal time in its organizational history. To thrive, we must fortify ourselves financially, and move boldly into the future. Our new Executive Director has demonstrated remarkable leadership and, in conjunction with our dedicated Board, has set ambitious, yet attainable goals to raise the funds needed. We are calling home our alumni, former Board members, and past stakeholders to join us in the CAW’s renaissance. Already, friends and family of the CAW are responding by pledging funds to help finance this endeavor.


As Chair of the CAW Board, I am immensely encouraged by our prospects. Our Board is resolute in its commitment to sound stewardship. We are committed to best practices, fiscal responsibility, and the maintenance of the CAW legacy, while modernizing the institution. Our surviving Founder and Board Emerita, Ann Lehman, sits with us as an example of how vision, determination, and community can create an enduring institution.


Guided by our core values of freedom of expression, artistic excellence, and equity and inclusion, the CAW is a refuge for all art lovers in the community. CAW artists create without censorship and collaborate openly. Art patrons have access to diverse artistic perspectives that are engaging and thought provoking. This type of environment is not openly essential to good artistic practice and art patronage, it is necessary for every robust, thriving city. The leadership of CAW, its Board and Executive Director, stand ready to propel our beloved organization into the future. Please, join us in this worthy endeavor.



Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Education
Areas Served
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Programs
Description

From the founders to today, artists are the heart of why we do what we do. For artists at every skill or commitment level -- the curious, the beginner, the seasoned avocationalist, to professional artists and every nuanced level in between, CAW is the place to go, to be in community, to create. We will keep artists, creative expression, creativity and practice at the core of every part of this beloved institution in transition and through our future path. But this does not mean being wedded to the past, but rather offering an environment where creativity thrives, where artists not only learn and practice, but are offered ways to promote and sell their work if they choose.


Population Served General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description Global leaders report that creativity will be the #3 most needed skill by 2020 in order for their businesses to thrive. Professionals need partners, schools, institutions to help them learn how to think creatively, plan projects, find perspective, problem solve on the fly. All of these are taught in our classes. Helping professionals find their way here and getting them started on the road to create -- regardless of skill -- is our newest focus.
Population Served Adults / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Description

Intended to be destinations for art lovers, and those who want to engage with and explore arts in a exhibition setting, the galleries will be refurbished to be welcoming, technology-ready. Art generated within CAW and from outside -- via collaborations, juried shows, resident and guest curators -- our galleries will showcase emerging and professional artists and draw visitors from New Haven and the region, state and nation. We will present content that is compelling, reflects high standards of artistic excellence that engages and promotes dialogue--and provides energy and ideas that support creative practice at CAW.


Population Served General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description
Dedicated to the promotion and development of high standards in both elementary and advanced artistic creation, we will offer a range of classes that are grounded in excellence, innovation, and responsive to market needs. We are competitively priced and scheduled, feature a strong and world-class faculty -- artists and makers who are the best in their genre, and offer something for every skill level -- removing barriers to access and trying something new, as well as providing advanced instruction for accomplished students and artists.
Population Served Adults / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description

Refreshed and state-of-the-art in metal sculpture, jewelry making, pottery, photography, printmaking, painting and drawing, CAW studios will attract and continue to provide important facilities for the production of art for practice, expression and/or sale, supporting the livelihoods of artists and the creative economy, as well as provide important practice ground for artists to refine and explore their art.


Population Served General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description

Linking makers and buyers, CAW year-round shop in its retail space will offer quality merchandise, one of a kind objects, collectible fine arts and fine crafts by noted artists and artisans, made in America goods. The store will expand for a month in the latter part of each year to host the Celebration of American Craft. CAW's store will be a shopping destination for one-of-a-kind pieces and support independent working artists.


Population Served General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
CEO/Executive Director
Anne Coates
Term Start Nov 2017
Email acoates@creativeartsworkshop.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 74
Number of Volunteers 35
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 6
Caucasian 62
Hispanic/Latino 4
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 26
Female 49
Unspecified 1
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Daniel FitzmauriceJan 2015 - Mar 2017
Ms. Susan SmithSept 1987 - Jan 2015
Senior Staff
Title Drawing and Painting Department Head
Title Sculpture/Jewelry Department Head
Title Photography Department Head
Title Printmaking Department Head
Title Book Arts Co-Department Head
Title Pottery Department Head
Title Weaving Department Head
Title Young People's Department Head
Title Bookkeeper
Title Gallery Coordinator
Title Registrar
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
Neighborhood Music School 2019- shared services
Yale-China Lunarfest 2018 
Arts Council Make Music New Haven 2018
Arts Council Fall Event 2018
Yale-China Lunarfest 2018
Yale Africa Salon 2018
Artspace Roberto Lugo Artist Residency 2018
New Haven Paint and Clay Club 2018 
ECA 2018
IRIS 2018-19
International Association of New Haven 2018-1019 
The Village Project 2018-19
International Festival of Arts & Ideas 2019 
Southern Connecticut Conference 2019 
Sanctuary Kitchen 2019
Errera Community Care Center 2019 
Wooster Square Cherry Blossom 2019 
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
New Haven RegisterBest Art Lessons in New Haven County2019
Best Arts CenterThe Advocate2014
Second Place for Best Art OrganizationThe Advocate2014
Community Partner of the YearAlbertus Magnus College2010
Best Artisans GalleryNew Haven Advocate Readers Poll2008
Best Artisans GalleryNew Haven Advocate Readers Poll2007
Comments
CEO Comments

Our facility is facing the need for substantial repairs and updates--from a need for electrical wiring to a new boiler, a new elevator, and major roof repairs. We are looking to secure a top-to-bottom engineering/building assessment to determine the full scope of this work and related costs. We will actively seek partners to explore solutions. In the meanwhile, we have established a Building First Aid Fund, to help offset some immediate facilities needs. We are seeking new donations for this fund, and in-kind or sponsored work from the building trades for smaller, more immediate projects.


Board Chair
Joy Ford
Company Affiliation Urban Planner, City of New Haven (retired)
Term Sept 2018 to Sept 2021
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Meenakshi AlrejaYale University Medicine
Peter BillingsBillings & Barrett New Haven Attorneys
Ben BruceMarketing
Anne Coates
Dallas DavisWareck-O'Stilio
Danielle GinnettiBusiness Owner
Ann P. Lehman, EmeritusArtist
Amy McNamara-HiggensSelf-Employed
Lori MillerUnderwriting Director WSHU
Sean O'ConnellAlbertus Magnus College
Mark OdyniecPeople's United Bank
Jason SobocinskiOlmo, Casius Cheese Truck
Harold SpitzerArchitect
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 5
Unspecified 2
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Executive
Finance
Building
Institutional Advancement
CEO Comments

CAW embarked on a new board recruitment effort last fall, which has yielded four new members to its ranks--two of whom are persons of color.  CAW is committed to diversity at all levels of the organization, starting with the board, and seeking and cultivating board candidates placing a priority on diversity. It will continue to be a priority.  Our goal is to deepen our work in this area, and to engage board candidates from diverse backgrounds. Diversity in this context refers to groups and individuals identified by, for instance, race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability status, religion, national origin, marital or partnership status, ancestry, political belief or activity, or status as a veteran.  CAW embarked on a new board recruitment effort last fall, which has yielded four new members to its ranks--two of whom are persons of color.  CAW is committed to diversity at all levels of the organization, starting with the board, and seeking and cultivating board candidates placing a priority on diversity. It will continue to be a priority.  Our goal is to deepen our work in this area, and to engage board candidates from diverse backgrounds. Diversity in this context refers to groups and individuals identified by, for instance, race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability status, religion, national origin, marital or partnership status, ancestry, political belief or activity, or status as a veteran.

 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30 2020
Projected Revenue $908,668.00
Projected Expenses $893,668.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$809,400$602,366$652,703
Current Assets$279,622$82,111$143,054
Long-Term Liabilities$6,757$16,892--
Current Liabilities$130,332$129,540$103,396
Total Net Assets$672,311$455,934$549,307
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $66,487 --The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $28,500
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNew Alliance $15,000 --NewAlliance Bank Foundation $25,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountState of CT Dept of Economic and Community Dev. $5,903 -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments

We aim to achieve a deeper stability and state of resilience in several ways:

-- build a cash reserve that in 3 years equals 1 year of administrative and occupancy expenses. We are now at 10% of that goal. Faculty salaries and program-related expenses are fully covered by tuition fees, but the remainder of that income covers only 48% of the remaining organizational expenses. This is a wonderful opportunity to ensure the service delivery, sense of place, and community of this beloved organization by giving to this fund.

-- continue to increase enrollment and utilization of the available studio space to support the organization. Currently 58% of the income for CAW is earned mostly through tuition and fees. Scaling at the right rate is essential to prevent staff burnout and to control costs.

-- diversify our income base through facilities rentals, the new business offering, and deepened fundraising and connection to donors. With 58% of income as earned from tuition and fees, we still face a stiff challenge to raise the remainder. Deep relationships with donors and institutional funders will be essential should another economic downturn present.


Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 80 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Primary Phone 203 562-4927
CEO/Executive Director Anne Coates
Board Chair Joy Ford
Board Chair Company Affiliation Urban Planner, City of New Haven (retired)

 

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