Creative Arts Workshop
80 Audubon St
New Haven CT 06510
Contact Information
Address 80 Audubon St
New Haven, CT 06510-
Telephone (203) 562-4927 x
Fax 203-562-2329
E-mail chart@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 Antoinette Brim
Board Chair Company Affiliation College Professor
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

Creative Arts Workshop was founded in 1961 as a learning center for emerging and professional artists alike. 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 an incredible group of people, the mortgage for the entire facility was paid off. CAW is now one of nine anchor 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 craft classes with fully equipped studios sets CAW apart from similar organizations in the state. Annual enrollment is approximately 1,000 adults and children for nearly 350 classes and workshops, which employs over 50 artists. CAW's classes are open to students of all ages and levels of experience. CAW has an active schedule of free exhibitions in its two-story gallery, attracting countless people each year. 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. 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. CAW is supported by tuition fees, grants, generous donors, and fundraising events. Many exhibitions are sponsored by local businesses. Special projects and programs have received grants from the state government, private foundations, local corporations and individual donors.

Impact

2017 was a year of change for Creative Arts Workshop:

In March, CAW initiated a broad search and successfully onboarded a new executive director. Anne Coates came to CAW with nearly 30 years of non-profit leadership in the northeast and national stage. A proven leader in multi-disciplinary cultural and civic organizations, and skill working with boards, Anne is a practitioner of strategic data-driven planning. She is focused on arts integration in community planning, and is committed to a healthy organizational culture, nurturing human capital, transparency, collaboration and communication.

CAW undertook a situational assessment and strategic analysis to determine the organization's condition and created a short term path forward for restructuring, resilience and sustainability:

  • A fundraising campaign with two matching challenges bringing in more unrestricted income than years prior (completed)
  • Leverage board/steward relationship, pursue new investors, and increase grant requests
  • Analyze fundamentals (building, tuition, scholarships, marketing, capacity, etc.)

CAW developed a path forward for a successful future including a large-scale vision of CAW as a best-in-class visual arts center, part of the larger arts campus and multi-disciplinary arts center in the Audubon Arts District:

  • Destination galleries
  • World-class instruction
  • Responsiveness to market needs/trends
  • Public programming

In terms of goals, CAW’s founding vision was to be a vibrant center for arts and culture, with a focus on celebrating the visual arts, facilitating their practice, and providing unmatched instruction -- all in the heart of downtown New Haven. Our goals for the next year are to embark on a strategic, data-driven plan as outlined above to achieve that vision. Our values -- freedom of expression, artistic excellence, accessible and practiced creative expression, and a learning culture -- will be our foundation. Our goals -- best-in-class, innovation, and community -- will be our guiding star.


Needs

Our top priorities over the next year are:

  • Raise significant short term cash to address immediate needs to buy planning time
  • Establish operational surplus budgeted and other financial measures to ensure stability
  • Collaborate with board and staff to lay a fundraising plan and executable strategy that grows fund balances, fundraising bench, and confidence in ability to raise funds
  • Begin to build a cash reserve fund
  • Work with the board on key governance and structural issues to ensure long-term stability and resilience
  • Evaluate options for restructuring to ensure resilience and sustainability
  • Solicit feedback from vested groups to galvanize a shared vision that is exciting and actionable
 
CEO Statement

Last year was one of big changes for the Creative Arts Workshop. I stepped into the Executive Director role in November 2017, coming from New York City where I’d spent nearly 30 years working in the nonprofit arts space.

What attracted me here? CAW is right in the thick of New Haven’s notable and vibrant cultural life, nurturing creativity and learning in the arts in the wonderful studios in 8+ disciplines, exploring arts issues through exhibitions and public programs like Framing New Haven, and supporting the economies of individual artists. Plus, New Haven is the fastest growing city in CT, and known for both a life of the mind and artistic spirit. I was hooked.

Stepping into leadership here means understanding this great community of makers and artists, where we are as and how we got here. Then the alchemy: helping all who believe in CAW’s future and understand its important to the city to imagine where we’re going.

So where ARE we going? A state-of-the-art CAW that is a bustling, thriving, vibrant center for the visual arts. A center that everyone wants to be at – to see the latest exhibition, or find the right one-of-a-kind item for sale, or take a class they’ve always wanted to take, or return to class with a community of arts practitioners and world-class faculty who nourish their artmaking. All under one roof.

The Galleries & Programs @ CAW –  a tech-savvy visual art destination with new, compelling, not-to-be-missed art, events, and experiences.

The School @CAW – classrooms and studios that are programmed all the time with full semester classes, more workshops, more pops ups – more of what our students (and those not yet our students) want. Offerings that are competitive in the marketplace and are best-in-class.

The Studios @CAW -- Refreshed state-of-the-art studios 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 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.

The Store @CAW – Linking makers and those who buy fine arts and fine craft items, offering high-quality, one-of-a-kind objects by noted artists and artisans, CAW will offer opportunities for purchasing arts and fine crafts not only during exhibitions, or o display, but also during the annual Celebration of American Craft.

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 treasured legacy and inestimable potential.

The 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 at 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, Anne 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 the 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 Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
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

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
Co-CEO
Experience
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 59
Number of Volunteers 40
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 93%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 3
Caucasian 55
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 18
Female 43
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Daniel Fitzmaurice Jan 2015 - Mar 2017
Ms. Susan Smith Sept 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 Co-Department Head
Title Registrar
Title Bookkeeper
Title Gallery Coordinator
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
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
Board Chair
Antoinette Brim
Company Affiliation College Professor
Term Sept 2016 to Sept 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Peter Billings Billings & Barrett New Haven Attorneys
Ben Bruce Marketing
Joy Ford Urban Planner
Danielle Ginnetti Business Owner
Ann P. Lehman Artist
Amy McNamara-Higgen Self-Employed
Lori Miller Underwriting Director WSHU
Georgia Newcomb Real Estate Agent
Mark Odyniec People's United Bank
Harold Spitzer Architect
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 7
Unspecified 0
CEO Comments


 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $690,000.00
Projected Expenses $690,000.00
Percentage (if selected) 0%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$602,366$652,703$713,829
Current Assets$82,111$143,054$83,087
Long-Term Liabilities$16,892----
Current Liabilities$129,540$103,396$111,150
Total Net Assets$455,934$549,307$602,679
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $28,500The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $6,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --NewAlliance Bank Foundation $25,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
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 St
New Haven, CT 06510
Primary Phone 203 562-4927
CEO/Executive Director Anne Coates
Board Chair Antoinette Brim
Board Chair Company Affiliation College Professor

 

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