Projects for a New Millennium
26 Prospect Hill Rd
Branford CT 06405
Contact Information
Address 26 Prospect Hill Rd
Branford, CT 06405-
Telephone (203) 444-2679 x
Fax 203-562-0522
E-mail new.projects2k@gmail.com
Web and Social Media
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Mission

Projects for a New Millennium, otherwise known as Projects2k or P2k, is a 501-c-3 collaborative that was formed in 1993 to created multimedia events and educational programs that foster the fusing of art, science and environmental awareness as a means of discovery and appreciation of the natural world. Projects2k collaborators continue to aspire to create programming illustrating a world-view that celebrates our differences while recognizing the importance of our timeless common goals of peace and freedom in an environmentally sound world.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1994
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms Gioia Connell
Board Chair Mr. David Connell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Connell Associates
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $10,000.00
Projected Expenses $8,000.00
Statements
Mission

Projects for a New Millennium, otherwise known as Projects2k or P2k, is a 501-c-3 collaborative that was formed in 1993 to created multimedia events and educational programs that foster the fusing of art, science and environmental awareness as a means of discovery and appreciation of the natural world. Projects2k collaborators continue to aspire to create programming illustrating a world-view that celebrates our differences while recognizing the importance of our timeless common goals of peace and freedom in an environmentally sound world.

Background

From 1995 to 2012 we have produced over 35 programs. Projects for a New Millennium was established in 1993 by Joy Wulke, environmental artist, as a non-profit corporation to create collaborative events that foster the fusing of art, science, and ecological concerns as a means of discovery, appreciation, and stewardship of the natural world. Projects for a New Millennium and its collaborators continue to aspire to extend presentations and educational programming illustrating a useful and wondrous philosophy of life, a worldview that celebrates our differences while recognizing the importance of our timeless common goals of peace and freedom in an environmentally sound world.   P2k is renowned for collaborating across multiple disciplines. We work on teams with artists, students, educators, scientists, environmentalists, activists, organizers, and all interested individuals. The cross-disciplinary approach allows our teams to create projects that are as educational as entertaining. Project2k's work pushes the boundaries of nature and technology in unlikely and innovative ways.

Impact

The 2013-2014 cycle was characterized by great loss and great overcoming for Projects2k.  Our founder, our heart, our fearless leader--Joy Wulke--succumbed to a nine-month battle with cancer in February 2014.  Her passing was a shock to all of her collaborators at Projects2k, and friends and family beyond.

In her memory, and in honor of her grand vision of awe-inspiring events for community-building and environmental awareness, Projects2k carried out her final work, Terra Tractus, in the Stony Creek Quarry in Branford, Connecticut.  The critically acclaimed show was vital meditation on the human and geological history of Connecticut, featuring the collaboration of over 25 artists utilizing lasers, dance, drums, music, lighting, sculpture, climbers, shadows and projections.  
 
Projects2k once again took to art to the streets for New Haven L.A.M.P., Light Artists Making Places in both 2013 and 2014.  Projects2k was the featured organization for the 2013 event, lighting up the historic Bank Building in New Haven and filling its marbled walls with music and dance. Technical Direction for all performances were once again provided by Jamie Burnett and featured original music by composer Istvan B’Racz.
 
We hope to keep the spirit of collaboration alive for the 2015-2016 cycle.
Building new relationships, new performance events with local arts organizations, and continued support of local artists and community leaders will guide our projects for the next fiscal year.
Needs

1. Fundraising for Shoreline event collaborations in August 2015. $10,000.00

2. Replace contingency fund from Terra Tractus. $5,000.00

3. Time and finances to document in video, images, and words P2K programs with resulting publications and videos to become a source of revenue and promotion. $5,000.00

4. Fund for archiving the Projects2k past project material, including photographs, video and new web database. $7,000.00

5. Finances to buy time for a comprehensive strategic and financial plan for the future of Projects2k. $20,000.00
 
CEO Statement
From the late Joy Wulke--
"I was encouraged to create a non-profit organization in 1993 because of my passion for cross disciplinary collaborations.   My inspiration has always been the beauty and fragility of the natural world. Our first collaboration was a sundial and laser chronometer in the Stony Creek Quarry in 1995. Twelve artists were invited to create hour markers and many members of the Branford community helped to created and install the environment. It was a magical experience that transformed how we look at the world around us and the passing of time. I continue to create unique programming in a variety of venues for collaborative events, performances, exhibitions and educational programs related to the integration of art, science, and the natural environment. Each project has a public presentation and/or performance by individual artists and scientists designed for schools and the public at large, each project is accompanied by a publication that may be used as source material for related projects and educational curriculum.   I believe in the power of collaboration to foster the fusing of art, science, and the environment. Connecticut-based but with a broad potential, we intend to implement projects that have long lasting effects on how we see our state and its place in the larger world.  We continue to create unique programming in a variety of venues for collaborative events, performances, exhibitions and educational programs related to the integration of art, science, and the natural environment.  Our work is based in Connecticut with presentations across the country. Through our broad base we intend to bring the world to Connecticut in projects that will have long lasting effects on how we see our state and its place in the larger world. The major significance of our work is creating programming that focuses on individual responsibilities for the health and welfare of the built and natural environments in which we live and how that local effect extends to the world and to all peoples across the globe. We have been told by many that P2K and its projects are unique, not only within the state but in the region and beyond."
Board Chair Statement

Watching and participating in P2K’s amazing and unique programs over the years it has been my pleasure to be associated this group of passionate artists and their science, environmental and education collaborators. All programs are created with modest budgets and often produced by volunteer talent. I am working along with other Board members to assure that P2k’s amazing and anticipated programs continue. We also need to acknowledge the talent and hard work of P2K’s event and education creators with compensation.

We are especially eager to see a new Quarry project which is much anticipated. With the downturn in the economy it has been challenging to raise the $150,000.00 needed to produce the Terra multi-media spectacle that all are anticipating, our last was Terra Mirabila in 2005 which continues to live on in memory of many. The question is often asked “When is the next one”.

“It was an amazing event such as I have never seen or experienced”

“I want to learn more about Geology (15 year old boy)”.  

Programs for events include a Glossary and Bibliography and is a start for curriculum for science learning through the arts.  

Through these science and environmentally themed events  and programs P2K can change lives.  

David Connell – President 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts,Culture & Humanities NEC
Secondary Organization Category Environment / Environmental Education
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Alliances & Advocacy
Areas Served
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
National
Other
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
I have the privilege of being a board member for the last 12 years. Joy Wulke and Projects 2k are a great source of inspiration for their drive to achieve a prolific body of work and their passion for tirelessly pursuing creative excellence. I can say that there is no other team like this. I have worked with different groups over the last thirty-three years and most were a trap for limited growth and opportunities as dependent visions of a single dictating voice. Joy’s shrewd capacity for attracting scientist’s, artists and architects to collaborate has left a core body of evidence that they are capable of delivering a bounty of creative blessings on time, on budget and of a timeless aesthetic. All their work still looks incredible after almost twenty years of production! I look forward to much more and I wish your foundation is the catalyst that carries Projects 2k to the next level of higher terrain as they keep exploring our place in the universe with grace, curiosity and a generosity of inspiration for all who come in contact with the work.  
Joy Wulke and the entire Projects 2k Team and their wealth of intelligence is embodied in an energetic and lively expression. Joy’s work and thoughtful demeanor have gained the respect and admiration of her peers and sponsors who have deeply appreciated her professional excellence
I doubt there are any other that have the creative brilliance of the combined efforts of Joy Wulke, Jamie Burnett and Istvan Peter B’racz as the core creative team that has brought the beautiful Terra Series to Branford Connecticut.
Programs
Description Three week Multi media presentation in the Stony Creek Quarry, Branford, CT to include laser, theatrical light, pyrotechnics, dancers, projections, water features, and more illustrating the geological story of the SC granite.  Will include a comprehensive program/mini curriculum.  4 public performances each week with three days available for corporate sponsorship. 
Population Served General/Unspecified / Families / Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
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. We look forward to presenting our Terra Series in the Stony Creek Quarry on a biannual schedule with year long series of workshops for schools and summer camps.
Description Continuing workshop for 3rd graders at Barnard Environmental Magnet School in New Haven teaching geology and rock cycles through the arts and movement
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) / International / Families
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Description The 20 year history of Projects for a New Millennium will be featured during LAMP (Light Artists Making Places) 2013 in New Haven.    The programs will include images, video, music, and theatrical light.
Population Served / /
Description
TERRA TRACTUS: The Earth Moves continues the Projects2k tradition of tremendous and multifaceted performance making. This year we look at the geological history of the Earth, and the Stony Creek Quarry itself, as they evolve through ancient history to our projected future through elemental, tectonic, and man-made forces.
Thank you to our collaborators, sponsors, and donors.
Thank you to our producers and crew. Jamie Burnett . Tom Burnett . Istvan Peter B’Racz . Daniel Fine . Matthew Ragan . Nazorine Ulysse . Margaret Carl . Silas Finch . Robin Comey . Victoria Armentrout . David Connell . Gioia Connell . Tony Falcone . Alex Oliszewski . Alison Walsh . Aaron Sherrill . Krista Celentano . Steve Anderson . Asia Comin-Sporbert . Qingxian Comin-Sporbert . Daniel Jeanette . Owen Prum . Chris Lascelle . Haley Williams . Zachary McLaughlin . Josh Nilaya . Susan Farricielli
Population Served Families / US / K-12 (5-19 years)
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. With over 2,500 attendees and critical acclaim, the performance opened the unique and magical space of the Stony Creek Quarry to audience members from across Connecticut and beyond. 
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. Relationships between local artists and organizations were created that have and will continue to foster further works and partnerships. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Social media feedback, email feedback, ticket sales.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Critical acclaim from The Faith Middleton Show, The Daily Nutmeg, The Shoreline Times, I Love New Haven, The Branford Eagle, Diane Orson and Ann Nyberg's Network Connecticut. 4 sold-out shows.
Program Comments
CEO Comments

Many environmentalists and scholars recognize that planet earth and humanity are at a critical juncture. It is P2k’s sole purpose to reawaken people’s connection to nature. We accomplish this through our classroom and educational curricula for youth and our outdoor expansive spectacles. We are fortunate to work with many talented scholars in the Greater NH area and throughout the state. Our relationships with our collaborators is P2k’s best quality. Our team is nimble and motivated to bring forward new technology while being environmentally conscious.

Because of the quality and technical requirements of our work, we require a large amount of funding. We have struggled over the years with the ability to maintain a strong financial position year to year. We sustain little to no overhead and most producers and creative staff are all volunteers. Fortunately we are strongest at maximizing the talented people available to us. Over the past 10 years or so, funding by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and other major arts funding across the country is down. Additionally the ability to manage and motivate a board of directors to engage in the development of a major fundraising campaign is challenging. Additional funding for capacity building and board development would be helpful to the ongoing success of the organization.

CEO/Executive Director
Ms Gioia Connell
Term Start Feb 2014
Email new.projects2k@gmail.com
Experience
Gioia Connell is the Interim Executive Director of Projects2k.  She took the position after her mother and Founding Director, Joy Wulke, passed in 2014.
Ms. Connell has a diverse background in sustainable design, project management and fabrication. She currently consults for environmental training workshops and ornamental design. She has a Scottish M.S. in Sustainable Design from the University of St Andrews.
Co-CEO
Ms Robin Comey
Term Start Jan 2008
Email robin.comey@gmail.comm
Experience Ms. Comey is founder of Branford Artist Cooperative (BAC) where she held arts and theater classes for preschool and elementary children. She has also directed, acted and taught improv in traditional theater and musical
theater over 25 years. Robin and her husband David have owned Starprompt since 1992.
Ms. Comey currently is serving a two-year term as the vice chair of the Branford Early Childhood Collaborative. As funding chair she had oversight of the major matching funds and Graustein level one funding and produced significant support from the community, raising 32k. Besides serving as vice chair she is chair of the community engagement committee which is responsible for partnering with organizations on community initiatives and programming.
 As founding member of Food Allergy Education Network, a non-profit dedicated to education and advocate for families and children affected with food allergies.
 
An active member of the P2k Board of Directors, she worked as an
assistant to the producer, researching and writing, and coordinating various press and project details. In years she also developed a free family education day on the town green, called Water Wonders, which brought together many environmental groups from all over Branford and the state. Robin secured a 10k matching grant from Watershed Fund for Branford LuminAqua, another environmental education event on the Green.
Comey has a passion for the environment, a love of science and the belief that live theater enlightens and awakens the spirit. She cares deeply and advocates for a comprehensive education, as an active board member of the PTA, a committee member on the Branford Board of Education. In the schools, she developed and organized a water conservation educational evening for families and a district wide 3rd Grade Market Math S.T.E.M. event. She serves on the executive committee of the Branford Girl Scouts.
 She is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State Univ. with a BA in Corporate Communications.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 38
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate 95%
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
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
NA NA NA Jan 1994 - Jan
Senior Staff
Title Lighting & Production Designer
Experience/Biography
 Master Electrician/Lighting Designer/Production Coordinator is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Theater Production Design. His New Haven area resume includes tenure as Master Electrician at Long Wharf Theater followed by Technical Director/Lighting Designer for the Educational Center for the Arts, designing productions in the Arts Hall and the Little Theater. He is a consultant, designer, special events planner, and film/video Gaffer as well as a licensed electrical contractor. He has designed and production-managed numerous festivals and events throughout the New Haven area, in addition to contributing his lighting designs to numerous theater and dance companies over the years. With Projects for a New Millennium, he was Producer/Lighting Designer/Production Manager for the smash hits Terra Continuum (1999) and 2001’s Terra Lumina, and Terra Mirabila  the grand multimedia extravaganzas performed in the Stony Creek Granite Quarry. Jamie owns his own electrical contracting business, Luminous Environments LLC, specializing in consulting, design and installation of theater and studio lighting systems. This past years lighting system renovations include The Lincoln Theater at University of Hartford. He is resident Set and Lighting Designer for the Elm Shakespeare Company producing this summer’s production of Hamlet and The Matchmaker. This will mark his 15th year working with the Elm Shakespeare Company. Jamie has recently completed an installation of a permanent LED light program for the Stamford Train Station as part of City Canvases sponsored by the State of Connecticut.

 

 

Title Music Diretor
Experience/Biography
Title Program Director
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Collaborations
CT Department of Environmental Protection
Rivers Alliance
Neighborhood Music School
Yale Department of Geology
Yale Peabody Museum
Shoreline Arts Alliance
Arts Council of Greater New Haven
New England Foundation for the Arts
Americans for the Arts 
Barnard Environmental Studies School
many individuals
 
Comments
CEO Comments
Challenges continue to be finding the resources and funding available to produce these large scale productions. We are always being asked when our next large project is happening, as we are often referred to as "the quarry people", so we know that the demand is there.
 
Fortunately, P2k is well known for producing the highest quality events with strong production value. Our core team has worked together for nearly 20 years and have a superb working relationship that grows with each subsequent project.  We continue to develop innovative ideas together. We also know that with a strong marketing and fundraising plan, as well as a reasonable timeline, we will succeed.  We have the public's admiration and appreciation and they recognize P2k as the leader in multimedia educational and entertaining productions.
Board Chair
Mr. David Connell
Company Affiliation Connell Associates
Term Jan 2000 to Jan 2013
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. Miguel Baltiarra Port Authority of New York
Ms. Robin Comey Starprompt
Ms. Gioia Montana Connell
Mr. Allen Kolkowiz Kolkowitz/Kusske Architecture
Mr. David Madacsi Professor Emeritus UConn Avery Point
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 1
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 2%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 4%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Board Co-Chair
Mr. Miguel Baltierra
Company Affiliation Port Authority of New Haven
Term Jan 2000 to Jan 2013
Email baltiarradesign@gmail.com
Constituent Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Dr. Nicolas Ballentoni CT State Anthropologist
Mr. Istvan Peter B'Racz Neighborhood Music School
Mr. Jamie Burnett Luminous Environments
Ms. Joyce DiLauro Star Ship Dance Theater
Ms. Susan Quincy CT Department of Environmental Protecton
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Dr. Jay Ague Yale School of Geology
Ms. Margaret Carl Community Volunteer
Ms. Maureen Gaffney Community Volunteer
Ms. Diana Joy Dept. of Environmental Protection
CEO Comments
Our board is underdeveloped. Our team and organization has the tendency to be self-sustaining so we haven't developed our board of directors to it's full capacity.  The majority of our fundraising and grant writing is done by the principals. Our biggest challenges are time management and developing a fully functional board structure. Some board and committee members live out of state which  makes scheduling meetings intermittent. Online chats do make this easier. 
 
The upcoming year we will re-engage our board members and bring new members on-board. We will do this by investing in a board building session and a strategic planning session with our key partners and performing a board inventory.
This investment will serve to ignite our board members to step up and become active participants in growing our organization.
 
With the exciting new promotional video pieces, our 20 year anniversary and plans for our upcoming quarry project, this is the ideal time to reinvigorate Projects2k.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $10,000.00
Projected Expenses $8,000.00
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
Form 990s
990-N2011
IRS Letter of Exemption
Projects for a New Millennium, Inc
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
Terra Tractus Program2015View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201120102009
Program Expense$4,724$5,317$19,336
Administration Expense$4,307$3,418$2,879
Fundraising Expense--$334--
Payments to Affiliates--$10,268$3,100
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.821.120.73
Program Expense/Total Expenses52%27%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%3%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201120102009
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201120102009
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountDavid Bermant Foundation $5,000David Bermant Foundation $5,000Barnard Environmental Magnet NH $2,600
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBarnard Environmental Magnet School, NH $1,500Watershed Fund $5,000Yale Peabody Museum $1,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Jamie A.. Hully Foundation $1,000Corinne Levin Foundation $750
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
Dates Feb 2014 to Nov 2015
Amount Raised To Date 42000 as of May 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments Our yearly income is dependent on the scale of ticketed events we produce. In years where major quarry events took place our income was close to and in one year over $100,000.00
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. 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.
Address 26 Prospect Hill Rd
Branford, CT 06405
Primary Phone 203 444-2679
Contact Email new.projects2k@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Ms Gioia Connell
Board Chair Mr. David Connell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Connell Associates

 

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