Artspace 30, Three Decades of Change.
· Enhance our exhibitions and educational programs to extend their reach and impact.
· Equip artists and culture-bearers with resources for creative projects that will be path-breaking and consequential for Greater New Haven.
· Attract and retain exemplary arts professionals who will make a commitment to New Haven and grow into Artspace’s next generation leadership.
· Capitalize on the participation and visibility of City-Wide Open Studios to build community across sectors, with expanded planning, networking, and collaborations.
· Make a sustained commitment to prepare today’s teens in the New Haven Public School district to succeed through such programs as our annual Summer Apprenticeship.
· And, most directly, position Artspace and the artist community for excellence and sustainability for the next 30 years.
Over the coming 24-36 months, starting in December 2015, Artspace will build a $2MM endowment that will assure an artistically vibrant and financially secure future. Early pledges to the Three Decades of Change campaign exceeding $200,000 have been received, including a special grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven.
Artspace is a contemporary art gallery and non-profit organization located in downtown New Haven, CT. Since its founding by artists in 1987, Artspace has helped nearly 6,000 artists in the Greater New Haven area develop their careers by presenting gallery exhibitions, outdoor installations, a major annual Open Studios festival, and a teen education program every year. Artspace has been recognized for its artistic merit by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Surdna, Tremaine and Warhol Foundations. Artspace was recently selected as a finalist for an ARTPACE AMERICA Placemaking grant for its work with City-Wide Open Studios and the Alternative Space.
We expanded the professional support and commission-based income for artists creating new work. Over $25,000 in honoraria was re-granted to artists submitting outstanding proposals to transform the Goffe St Armory during City-Wide Open Studios ("CWOS"). Artspace provided professional support through our year-long residency program (an artist sets up a studio inside our gallery), Speed/Networking/Live! artist coaching event, and piloted a new audience development and education opportunity: curator-led tours on all the weekends during CWOS.
Artspace continued to build its partnership with the City of New Haven in showcasing the vacant Goffe Street Armory (150,000 square feet of space in the Dixwell neighborhood) for the temporary use of 150+ artists during the 18th annual CWOS festival, bringing to over 2 million square feet of space in transition that the program has showcased since its inception. This work also bridge-building with entities around the Armory's campus--Hillhouse HighSchool, DeGale Field, New Haven Correctional Center.
Our new Gallery Director/Curator has re-oriented the ongoing exhibitions to support ideas and practices fueled by radical imagination (for example with Vagaries of the Commons, an exhibition that asks who owns public space, or, Vertical Reach, a show that illuminated the new ways artists are generating political protest. Driven more by the transformative potential of unpredictability and risk, Artspace is increasingly a platform for thoughtful provocation, without shedding its commitment to provide support to artists to produce their work. We already see that the Curator has strengthened the quality of our programming and enlarged our network of artists.
Artspace hosted five major group exhibitions and several smaller experimental projects and displays of works on paper by area artists.
Artspace partnered with the Town Green Special Services District to participate in the Ninth Square First Fridays, the monthly open house night. By pooling resources, we attracted 4,000 people to the opening night of our Open Studios festival. People lingered at Artspace and wandered the surrounding blocks to experience artist-designed illuminations.
I am privileged to serve as Director of an organization that is as creative and energetic as the scores of artists in the Greater New Haven community. Our job is to help make artists realize their innovative and creative ideas, and to delight, educate, provoke and transport audiences in the process. I encourage prospective donors, volunteers, and artists seeking to get involved to visit our home page and join our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletters which include frequent invitations to exhibition openings, opportunities for teaching, networking, and commissions, and other notices of awards and recognition.
I encourage visitors to check out what donors and artists have said about Artspace on our GuideStar profile, also accessed at:
Artspace is a small organization with a limited
budget, but with big aspirations and ambitious programming. City-Wide
Open Studios, which draws thousands of visitors over three weekends and is our
best-known event, is the largest of its kind on the East Coast. This
year, hundreds of local artists will have the opportunity to showcase their
work in private studios, Erector Square, and at the at the historic Goffe
Street Armory building, which is this year’s swing space. Several times a
year, our space on lower Orange Street hosts exhibits of both local and
national artists, and we are credited with helping the Ninth Square achieve its
current level of activity and vibrancy. We participate in First Friday,
rent our space out for events, and provide summer programs for young artists
and fellowships for recent college graduates. We just put on a sold-out
conference on issues involving incarceration, precipitated by a local artist,
who led our summer youth program. All in all, we are part of the fabric of the
community, lending credence to New Haven’s claim to being the Creative Capital
of Connecticut, and serving as a gathering place and resource for
artists. We do all of this with a tiny budget, and put every dollar to
use in our effort to bring art to everyone.
This past year has been one of great activity. In addition to ancillary events, such as the incarceration conference mentioned above, and studio dinners on various topics in our space, we have begun the groundwork laid out for us in our long range plan. We have started to celebrate our 30th anniversary, and have been working on curating our archives, in preparation for donating them for future use. We are in the early stages of an endowment campaign, ensuring that Artspace will remain strong into the future. Foundation giving to Artspace has always been strong, so we are concentrating now on developing our individual giving.
Apprenticeship Program's ultimate goal is generate a future generation of arts producers and supporters, including Artspace supporters, and offer a valuable opportunity to work with a renowned practicing artist in
conceptualizing and creating public works of art together. Students feel as though their creative
input matters, all the while learning about teamwork and artistic
discipline. It is SAP’s goal that
these students will either continue to pursue a career in the arts and/or
champion artistic creativity and the merits of arts education in their lives
and in others.
The Flatfile is a curated archive of 500 works from 125 area artists, housed in browse-able cases at Artspace, physically accessible to anyone who visits. It's a source of exhibition programs that deepen our community’s understanding of contemporary art.
The Flatfile was originally conceived by and for artists as a way to build exposure for their work. Local and regional artists apply annually for inclusion, and lend five works/year.
An Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant will help Artspace bring the Flatfile to wider audiences and engage additional curators, both emerging and professional, to organize exhibitions drawn from the collection. The collection will be expanded, updated and innovative approaches to its use instigated, all with the aim of enhancing the Flatfile and its place in the community. Artspace will also bring selections from the Flatfiles outside of the gallery in partnership with a range of organizations, events and venues, so that more New Haven citizens can be exposed to, and enjoy it.
In 2016-2017, Artspace celebrates its 30th anniversary via THREE DECADES OF CHANGE, a major initiative to invest in programming that moves us to new levels of excellence, while celebrating the artists and supporters who have made it possible for us to make a difference in our region. We will expand the human and systems resources and capacity to reconnect with 30 years of participants, and to launch an endowment that will assure an artistically vibrant and financially secure future for Artspace.
Our project has five components:1) Roll out a new customer relationship database using SalesForce, and capture contact information on the 5,000+ artists we have served over 30 years; 2) Organize our extensive archives and donate them to the Yale Arts Library, where they will be available to the community in perpetuity; 3) Implement programs to reconnect artists with Artspace, e.g., a reunion; 4) Revisit, re-stage and re-interpret seminal exhibitions from our past; 5) Establish a $2MM endowment.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
Artspace is still emerging from the downturn, and has experienced greater fluctuation in year-to-year results, indicating that we are still working on finding our post-recession equilibrium. After taking aggressive cost cutting measures and undertaking some emergency fundraising in 2010, we were able to more than balance our budget in 2011 and even bring in a modest surplus, allowing us to begin to reduce three years of deficits. 2012 was wildly successful—our expenses were on target, but we had an unexpected windfall at our annual fundraiser. The board voted to allocate some of this to deferred maintenance on Artspace’s website. Several of the 2010-14 lifeline grants (including from the Institute for Museum and Library Services) are coming to an end.
We are aggressively building a pipeline of foundation and individual funders to be able to sustain current staffing levels. Early success include a two-year, $76K grant from the State of Connecticut Arts Catalyze Placemaking program; a $50K Our Town grant over two years. And we have initiated a planned giving program (see Artspace Legacy Partners brochure in attached documents).
What follows are context and comments from our Treasurer, Bill Kalinowski, CPA, Director of Accounting and Auditing, Burzenski & Company, P.C.
Artspace has the daunting
challenge of annually raising grants and donations to fund its ambitious slate
of contemporary art programs which are at the core of its mission. Over the past two fiscal years, Artspace has
been honored to receive significant funding from the NEA, the Surdna
Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Andy Warhol Foundation.
These prestigious grants combined with
its successful annual art auction gala, which raises approximately 20% of the
organization’s revenue, has allowed Artspace to cover its annual budget of
approximately $500,000 while modestly adding to its net asset reserves. The organization’s administrative costs are
carefully reviewed and have historically been no more than 25% of its budget.
The management and board of directors realize its ability to continuously receive grant funding is not guaranteed and represents a serious short and long term financial risk. Accordingly, Artspace is undertaking an endowment fundraising campaign to coincide with its 30th anniversary with the goal of raising $2,000,000. If we are successful, it will allow us to permanently fund a staff curator position as well as cope with unexpected revenue shortfalls. We have received pledges of $200,000 in the early months of the campaign.
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. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. 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.
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