Ball & Socket Arts
P.O. Box 128
Cheshire CT 06410
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 128
Cheshire, CT 06410-
Telephone (917) 414-4020 x
Fax 203-271-3803
E-mail info@ballandsocket.org
Web and Social Media
Mission

Mission Statement

Ball and Socket Arts is designed to be a local and regional gathering place, fostering discovery, engagement and creativity through a broad range of creative arts programming.

Vision Statement

By repurposing a treasured but badly neglected historic property, we create unique new and exciting opportunities for community engagement.


At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2013
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Jeffrey Guimond
Board Chair Kevin Daly
Board Chair Company Affiliation MANIAC art collective
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $50,000.00
Projected Expenses $50,000.00
Statements
Mission

Mission Statement

Ball and Socket Arts is designed to be a local and regional gathering place, fostering discovery, engagement and creativity through a broad range of creative arts programming.

Vision Statement

By repurposing a treasured but badly neglected historic property, we create unique new and exciting opportunities for community engagement.


Background
Ball & Socket Arts was founded in 2011, shortly after the Ball & Socket property was put on the market. A group of three professional artists came together with the idea of transforming the Ball & Socket Factory into a collaborative art center. The three co-founders, Kevin Daly, Jeffrey Guimond, and Ilona Somogyi all grew up in the town of Cheshire and have long been familiar with the site as a neglected and endangered place that needed to be rehabilitated. 
Since it's incorporation, the founders have researched and learned much of the very complicated road one needs to take to transform a challenged former industrial site into a usable space. They've also made many friends and supporters along the way. The project is still in its infancy, there is much work to do before the projected opening of the summer of 2017. During the construction phase, Ball & Socket Arts will offer programming on and off site to energize the community and region and spread the message about this exciting project.
 
Impact ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE LAST YEAR (2015-2016):

ART GARAGE - B&S produced its first major programming event by creating Art Garage, a 4-month temporary gallery in Cheshire across the street from the B&S site. We presented 5 curated exhibitions featuring the work of 48 artists from Connecticut and elsewhere, 2 concerts, and children’s events.

GARAGE SALE - Art Garage concluded with a benefit art auction of over 90 works donated by local artists.

MARKET AND STRATEGIC STUDY - In conjunction with AMS Planning & Research, B&S concluded a market study and strategic start-up plan. The study was funded by a grant from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEAN-UP: full site assessments were completed including a Phase II/III Environmental Site Assessment, an Baseline Ecological Risk Assessment, and a Remedial Action Plan.

GOALS FOR 2016-2017 are:

THE WINDOWS PROJECT - a community-based pubic art event funded by a grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts that will replace decrepit plywood boarding up windows at the site with art by local artists.
 
ANNOUNCING PHASE 1: B&S will begin construction of the first phase of its redevelopment plan for the site, including renovations of buildings along West Main Street to house a galleries, offices and co-work spaces.
 
REMEDIATION: In partnership with the Town of Cheshire and funded by a grant from the CT DECD, B&S will abate hazardous materials in the buildings in preparation for installation of remediation systems currently being designed.
Needs
PHASE 1 DEVELOPMENT - $1,500,000
FY2017 OPERATING FUNDS - $50,000
THE WINDOWS PROJECT - $10,000
VOLUNTEER SUPPORT for programs and events
Board Chair Statement From the Artistic Directors:

Yogi Berra once said, “If they say it can’t be done, it doesn’t always work out that way.” Times are tough. The arts are suffering under a slow economy and upheaval in the marketplace. As entrepreneurs in the arts, we see an opportunity at Ball & Socket to move forward, to create an exciting new place unlike any other in the state that will inspire hope, engagement and economic revitalization. Here’s why we think our project is compelling for today:

SUSTAINABILITY – The growing movement around creative placemaking reflects a broad desire for preservation of multi-purpose social environments and recognition that inspiring places create inspired activity. The arts offer unique opportunities for bringing people together across economic and cultural boundaries. Ball & Socket will offer a multiplicity of arts programs in an environment that will also be home to shops, food services, green space and events hosted by all kinds of non-profit organizations. These diverse offerings will attract a wide audience, one that may utilize the site in different ways at different times. This mix is essential to our mission, and a powerful asset for a sustainable future.

THE QUALITIES OF THE SITE – There are many disused former industrial sites in Connecticut. This one is special. Its architecture is unusually beautiful, and the interiors spaces are charming and full of character despite their industrial background. The site is an inspiring example of adaptive reuse and form supporting function. It is also in surprisingly good condition. It needs work, no doubt, but the walls are square and the foundations are solid. The State of Connecticut has committed funds to resolve the remaining hazardous material contamination on the site. We now seek funds to restore and renovate the buildings and create the arts center.

OUR HOMETOWN – It may surprise you to learn that Cheshire is at the heart of Connecticut. Perhaps we all believe this of our hometowns, but Cheshire is in fact the state’s geographic center of population. It is well served by major highways and is equally accessible from the southern and northern parts of the state. The factory site is located in a district that has been identified by the town council for beautification and development. Cheshire one of the state's wealthier communities, but it is not far from some of its needier places. We believe the site is well located to offer services to all residents of and visitors to the state.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts & Culture
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities /
Areas Served
State wide
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Ball & Socket Arts hopes to serve all residents of and visitors to the state of Connecticut.
Programs
Description
Ball & Socket Arts will present curated programs of performing and visual art presentations exhibiting the work of regional, national and international artists. These will be presented in the building's music room, dance studio, cinema and exhibition galleries.

In addition, our facilities will be available to other arts organizations, professional and amateur, for development and presentation of their work. We believe strongly in the usefulness of mutual support among arts organizations and the essential need for maintaining a lively culture of amateur endeavor in the arts.
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Description Ball & Socket Arts will offer classes, workshops and lectures for adults, young adults and children.
Population Served / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Description The center's public presentation, work and meeting spaces will be available to other charitable organizations for meetings and events. We hope to partner with community service organizations in developing programs that will utilize the arts for explorations in social and leadership development.
Population Served / /
Description The center will house a fine dining restaurant, demonstration kitchen and a casual food court. It is part of Ball & Socket's mission that these establishments complement the arts experience though culinary artistry and high sourcing standards.
Population Served / /
Description A portion of the building will house retail shops which may include commercial art galleries and arts-related enterprises.
Population Served / /
CEO/Executive Director
Jeffrey Guimond
Term Start Sept 2011
Email guimond@ballandsocket.org
Experience Music Administrator, New York City Ballet, New York, NY, 2011-present;  Artistic Planning Administrator, New York City Opera, New York City, 2006-2011, Artistic Administrator, New Jersey Opera Theater, Princeton, NJ, 2005-2006
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 8
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
Senior Staff
Title Co-founder & Artistic Director
Experience/Biography KEVIN DALY is an artist, educator, and curator from Cheshire. He is the founder of the international artist collaborative MANIAC (Multi-media, Artist Network, Idea exchange, And Collaboration) which has been featured in numerous art publications and the subject of 3 major exhibitions.  In addition to exhibiting extensively in New York, Connecticut, and California, he has curated numerous national and international exhibits.  He is a graduate of Cheshire High School and has studied art at the Parsons School of Design, the San Francisco Art Institute, where he received a BFA in painting, and at Hunter College where he earned his MFA.
Title Co-founder & Artistic Director
Experience/Biography JEFFREY GUIMOND is a pianist, conductor, chef, and arts administrator.  He is currently Music Administrator for New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center.  He has served as Artistic Planning Administrator for New York City Opera, Artistic Administrator for Opera New Jersey, and Director of Administration and Development for the Golandsky Institute Symposium and International Piano Festival at Princeton University.  He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the French Culinary Institute.  Like Ilona and Kevin, he is member of Cheshire High School’s class of 1986.
Title Co-founder & Artistic Director
Experience/Biography ILONA SOMOGYI is a faculty member in the design department at the Yale School of Drama.  She has worked as a professional costume designer at regional and commercial theaters in New York City, around the country and in Europe.  She has collaborated at non-profit theaters of many different sizes from very small artist-initiated companies to multi-million dollar institutions.  These include Hartford Stage, Westport Country Playhouse, Long Wharf Theater, Yale Repertory Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, among many others.  She received a BFA from Parsons School of Design and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.  She has been a Cheshire resident since the age of five.
Comments
CEO Comments Currently all positions at Ball & Socket Arts, including the Executive Director, are volunteer. There are no paid employees at this time. 
Board Chair
Kevin Daly
Company Affiliation MANIAC art collective
Term Aug 2014 to Sept 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Phil Anderson FIP Consruction
Jeffrey Guimond
Anne Marie Hearn
Debbie Hesse
Dr. Richard Lau Connecticut Community Foundation
Andrew Martelli Waterbury Development Corporation
Patricia Nozell Cheshire Academy
Ilona Somogyi
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $50,000.00
Projected Expenses $50,000.00
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$4,564--$1,976
Administration Expense----$4,260
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses9.64--6.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%--32%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%--0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$74,193--$31,264
Current Assets$4,135--$31,264
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$2,500----
Total Net Assets$71,693--$31,264
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount ---- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ---- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ---- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.65----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%--0%
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. Ball and Socket Arts is initiating a capital campaign to restore and renovate the former Ball & Socket Manufacturing Co. factory in Cheshire, CT and transform it into an arts center and gathering place.
Goal $12,000,000.00
Dates Apr 2016 to Dec 2020
Amount Raised To Date 3000000 as of Aug 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments Ball & Socket Arts is a start-up organization. To date, our operational budget has been minimal, and focused on basic operations, administration and building for the capital campaign.
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 Community Foundation.  Financial information is input 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 requires three years of financial information from the nonprofit organization; however, this requirement may not be available for some organizations due to their more recent incorporation or formation. 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 P.O. Box 128
Cheshire, CT 06410
Primary Phone 917 414-4020
Contact Email info@ballandsocket.org
CEO/Executive Director Jeffrey Guimond
Board Chair Kevin Daly
Board Chair Company Affiliation MANIAC art collective

 

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