Arts In CT Corporation
64 Ridge Street
Milford CT 06460
Contact Information
Address 64 Ridge Street
Milford, CT 06460-
Telephone (203) 936-8567 x
Fax 203-783-1110
E-mail info@artsinct.org
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Mission

Mission

Arts in CT brings the love of all things creative to Connecticut communities. Through innovative partnerships, Arts in CT contributes to personal, professional, and community development by designing and nurturing opportunities for individuals, groups and artists to engage together in creative expression. Programs provided by Arts in CT are designed to increase job opportunities for professional artists as they contribute to communities; enhance life-long learning for children and adults; and to encourage community engagement through the arts.

Approach

The mission of Arts in CT is unique because it operates at the intersection of workforce, education, and community development. As arts funding disappears, we strive to do more with less, by designing efforts that meet our three mission goals:

1) To support professional artists by matching their talents to local opportunities with community organizations such as schools, home-schooling groups, restaurants, senior centers, youth clubs, and more.

2) To re-integrate the arts back into K-12 education by working with educators to engage subject matter through creative artistic impression, while also supporting students that demonstrate potential for careers in arts industries.

3) To work with communities to embrace the arts and artists as critical to community culture, advancement, economic development, and empowerment.

A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.

A Historical Rock Opera (HRO)-World History Project for Metropolitan Business Academy 9th Grade Classes

Arts in CT Corporation has partnered with New Haven Public Schools and the Metropolitan Business Academy to help create their first rock opera arts integration project, “Seeing the World Through the Eyes of a Child.”

Taking the success of Broadway's “Hamilton” as inspiration, Arts in CT is working to create an original rock opera musical that will integrate the arts and allow the students to use their higher order thinking skills as they create their persuasive argument with New Haven's Metropolitan Business Academy’s ninth graders, 110 participants, parents, college students from various colleges throughout CT, corporate partners and staff. We will bring US History to life as the children reconstruct the times, structures, costumes and the lives as they see them while they argue their particular views of the Revolution. The production will be seen by over 500 people, those directly participating and viewing the finished musical.

 

The HRO will promote a healthy lifestyle through physical activity (singing, dancing) and enabling an outlet of creative expression. Students will be encouraged to compare and contrast lessons learned from history with modern issues relevant to their own community, gaining a deep understanding of their heritage and the heritage of their community. Students will work with a diverse group of artists and parents will be encouraged to get as involved as possible. By weaving their history lessons into theatrical productions, students will learn to think creatively, communicate effectively, become better decision-makers and develop positive relationships with a diverse group of adults.

Time Frame October 2016-May 2017.

The total amount to be raised for this project is $44,000. 


A Great Opportunity Ending Date June 09 2017
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2016
Former Names
Performing Arts Academy of CT
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 Barbara Alexander
Board Chair Vivian Frazier
Board Chair Company Affiliation Acting President
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $70,000.00
Projected Expenses $55,000.00
Statements
Mission

Mission

Arts in CT brings the love of all things creative to Connecticut communities. Through innovative partnerships, Arts in CT contributes to personal, professional, and community development by designing and nurturing opportunities for individuals, groups and artists to engage together in creative expression. Programs provided by Arts in CT are designed to increase job opportunities for professional artists as they contribute to communities; enhance life-long learning for children and adults; and to encourage community engagement through the arts.

Approach

The mission of Arts in CT is unique because it operates at the intersection of workforce, education, and community development. As arts funding disappears, we strive to do more with less, by designing efforts that meet our three mission goals:

1) To support professional artists by matching their talents to local opportunities with community organizations such as schools, home-schooling groups, restaurants, senior centers, youth clubs, and more.

2) To re-integrate the arts back into K-12 education by working with educators to engage subject matter through creative artistic impression, while also supporting students that demonstrate potential for careers in arts industries.

3) To work with communities to embrace the arts and artists as critical to community culture, advancement, economic development, and empowerment.

Background

The Arts in CT program is a consortium of professional artists, certified teachers and skilled craftsmen who use their experience and talents to train, educate and empower individuals of all ages with over 65 artistic programs statewide. The Arts in CT program believes that each individual can excel to their fullest potential through creative learning, nurturing and guidance.

Due to budget cuts statewide, there are limited options for arts programs in traditional school settings. Arts education can be used as a tool to help train, educate, ignite and empower the community. Students with access to arts education and training have the opportunity to stimulate the brain and improve critical thinking.

The Arts in CT program combats this problem by partnering with schools to provide options for arts education through school-day and after-school programming. This provides opportunities not only for students but also viable jobs and teaching opportunities for professional artists.

We provide after-school programming, Musical Theater summer camp, daycare and pre-school programming, and a senior program to community members year-round. In addition to our outreach programs, we also provide classes for students interested in specific areas of art including: voice, theater, music and dance, fine art, digital art and crafting.

Impact

Arts in CT’s approach to change is to contribute to personal, professional, and community development by nurturing opportunities for individuals, groups and artists to engage together in creative expression.

Over the past 11 months as a nonprofit, Arts in CT has provided classes in areas such as guitar, choir, puppetry, musical theater; storytime, hip hop dance, step dancing, fashion design, drumming and majorette dancing.

In just this first year, partners have included:
  • More than a dozen public schools in New Haven and Bridgeport, Litchfield, Rocky Hill and Middletown
  • Twelve local Parks and Recreation departments
  • Multiple service organizations including Leadership Education and Athletic Partnership (LEAP) and Boys and Girls Village
  • Various summer and after-school programs

Through these partnerships, and approximately $30,000 in program funds, Arts in CT has reached a conservative estimate of 1500 students, and provided opportunities for 30 artists. In addition, we have offered professional development for artists and have received media coverage from across Connecticut for the concept and activities. Evidence of success, includes repeat partnerships, investment of program funds, parent requests, and signs of interest from additional organizations and artists. The artist database already includes over 600 professional artists across Connecticut.

In the upcoming year, we are working to continue our quality offerings and to expanding our programming and the support to community members. We are seeking to:

Secure a 3000 sq ft space, with a minimum of four rooms, to run our in-house programming.
 
We would like to increase our working capacity with paid positions for an executive director, administrator/business coordinator, and arts coordinator to increase our outreach and put in place organizational systems.
 
Attract additional active board members and increase our board capacity to govern and raise funds for growth.
 

Securing funding for programming through donations, grant funding and city, state and federal RFP opportunities.

Develop marketing plan and budget and secure funding to implement plans.
Needs

As a new organization, we are working towards securing funding for both infrastructure and programming needs. Our fundraising goals for 2017 include:

Obtain funding for a $36,000 lease to secure a centrally located 3000 sq ft space and furnishings for the space including a dance room and piano.

Funding to hire part and full time staff with compensation packages that include benefits and salaries at;

Executive Director - $84,000
Administrator/Business Director $50,000
Arts Coordinator $ 36,500
Webmaster  $20,000

CEO Statement
The difference between Arts in CT and other organization is we meet the need in the community. Whatever the need whether a boost in your restaurant or just a warm painting to put a smile on your face, an artistic way of thinking to help the child struggling to learn math or English. We professional artists remember the early beginning and will not lose touch with the community while empowering them to be lifelong learners.
 
Board Chair Statement

Arts in Connecticut is currently recruiting candidates for the position of Board President, a capable leader that will ensure the success and bright future of our organization.

In March we officially became a 501c3 corporation. Our intent was to be able to reach far beyond the local schools and help artist across the state of Connecticut find a viable employment that will enable them to perform and teach throughout the school year. By allowing these artists to use their talents, profession, and knowledge in a teaching capacity, they can encourage children, enhance learning and be a viable asset to the classrooms throughout the state of Connecticut. It is our intent to provide creative outlets and expand the thinking of students, which will assist the general classroom teacher so that they can teach their content with ease and joy while maintaining statewide standards. Our goal, was not only to help the local area schools but to bring business back to our community through our partnerships with small businesses and local restaurants. Arts in CT's intent is to be able to be an asset to our community in more ways than one.

We are currently seeking an executive director who has the same mission, passion, and mindset to be able to lead Arts in CT into the next era of arts education and community outreach. Through this year, we will be interviewing several candidates that meet the qualifications and understand the structure of how viable Arts in CT will be.

Also in the upcoming year, we are looking to focus on board development by recruiting new members that are active, viable community members and business leaders, who will be able to work with the executive director to assist our local artists.

We also want to continue building our database of professional artists as we educate and empower them to be an asset and available for the community.

We will continue to actively construct organizational policies and procedures that are conducive to our structure.

I am the founder of this organization and would like to play an active role as a monitor and construct effective practices as we explore potential candidates that are an intricate part of our staff.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Education
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Centers and Clubs (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose
Tertiary Organization Category Employment / Employment Preparation & Procurement
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
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Other

Arts in CT conducts outreach services and partnerships with organizations statewide. Our specific target areas are those neighborhoods, towns and cities with underserved populations.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Arts in CT is in the early stages of setting a secure foundation and creating our own identity. We are seeking funds to help us develop a staff and professional development to strengthen our job creation for many artists.
Programs
Description We provide theater workshops and lessons for children, teens, adults and families year round. Programs include our Tiny Tot Theater for ages 3 to 7; Beginning Actor's workshop for adults; Stage Play, where participants get to create a one or two act play; Musical Theater run by a veteran Broadway director; private coaching and educational workshops; monologue class; and mommy & me classes. We also provide specialized workshops on how to "Make it on Broadway," and provide information on how to secure an agent.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / Adults / Families
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description We provide dance classes in our dance studio. Styles of dance offered includes; Ballet, Creative Dance, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Hip Hop Aerobics, Praise Dance, Music Theater Dance, Contemporary/Modern dance, Lyrical Dance
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / Adults /
Description Arts in CT provides lessons in a variety of art mediums including: Edible Art Painting Class, Cartoon Art Class, Drawing, Photography Class, Arts & Crafts Class, Fashion Class, Jewelry Making Art
Population Served / /
Description
Music lessons are provided at our studio to help students explore different types of music and improve their skill. The offer instructional programming in: 
 
Piano
Guitar
Brass
Recorders
Woodwinds
Percussion
Violin (Strings)
Voice
Choir
 
 
Population Served / /
Description
S.T.O.P (Street Team Outreach Programs) are a large component of Arts in CT. We create jobs for artists to work throughout the community in:
  • Early Childhood Programs
  • Senior Programs
  • Schools
  • Before School/After-school Programs
  • Parks and Recreations
  • Hospitals
  • Detention Centers
  • Local Clubs
  • Community Events
  • Adult Education Program
  • Local Restaurants
  • Group Homes
  • Libraries
 
Population Served / /
Description
The core of our structure are schools. We train artists in "Arts Integration" to be able to use the Common Core Standards and STEAM Techniques in our education programs for grades Pre K-12th grade throughout the state of CT.
We train artists of all forms and skilled crafts how to use their skills to be able to help children with a variety of learning abilities and disabilities. 
 
We offer over 65 different programs and counting with over 600 plus artists.
Training takes place throughout the state with certified experts and the State Department of Education training artists with the National Core Standards of the Arts, Common Core Standards and STEAM.
 
Artists develop curriculum for Artists in Residency Programs, School Based Performances, and Artist Workshops reaching over 50,000 kids yearly in all eight counties.
Population Served / /
Description

Arts in CT Corporation would like to continue the vision of Promote New Haven that was started by Performing Arts Academy of CT in 2014.

We are focusing on making the dreams of our talented youth come true, and doing our part to stem the rising rate of violence that seems to have taken over the city. We believe that by encouraging our youth to tap into the passion that stimulates their creative energy, we can help them overcome the negative influences around them. Many of our youth possess both the talent and potential as artists, and deserve a chance to be New Haven All Stars.

We hope this festival will be one of the greatest talent events New Haven has witnessed to date. Participants, ranging from ages 5 to 21, will have the opportunity to showcase their artistic abilities and compete for the life-changing grand prizes. Students can begin auditioning for Promote New Haven in June at Gateway Community College, with auditions lasting through the end of summer. We welcome musicians of all genres and styles, singers, dancers, spoken word artists, thespians and visual artists to participate. The prizes consist of scholarships, trophies, special recognition, a recording contract, and much more.

Population Served:

300 students – three rounds of performances, each serving 100 students, drawn from:

City of New Haven: 124,000

Student Population: 21,500

Minority Population: 85%

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / Children Only (5 - 14 years) / At-Risk Populations
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. This program is to provide and equal opportunity for all children in New Haven to come to a common ground and enjoy the arts at its best. We don't want low income students to feel like they are ostracized or don't have the same opportunity as other children. We want to give all the kids the tools they need to be successful and enjoy this event and gain knowledge, appreciate, pride in their talent and especially their town, loved and respected.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. We know if the program is working by students signing up for opportunities to allow them to practice and polish their skills with the venues provided. Each round the students come back more polished and the parents get involved. You see them on the streets practicing and getting their communities involved in their success.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. One example, in the last performance one of the young men won a scholarship to one of the dance schools in NYC. He was so excited and had just graduated from high school so he was on his way to his new career. He videotaped his experience and we were able to laugh, cry and applaud his growth as he grew as an up and coming young professional.
Description
The community theater programs are geared to training those (children and adults) who have a passion for arts, to be trained on a professional level: allowing them to put on productions that can be seen at some of the town's largest venues in their towns; incorporating some well known stars and directors to be featured with them; giving members in the community an understanding that the transition to making a career is a reality; opening opportunities to partner with some of the local area drama programs, which will in turn encourage members in society to apply. 
 
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / Adults / Families
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. The success rate will be tracked by the retention rate of the performers for more shows and the feedback they receive from the audience. In our shows, we allow the audience to leave feedback and encourage performers or give good constructive information as they continue to grow as a performer. 
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.
Allowing the community theater to develop the skills and desires in theater will in turn produce open doors for many to see if they have the potential to succeed as an actor. Like college with community theater, there will be many shows, with potential roles to build their resume and land an opportunity that would have otherwise would have not presented itself.
The ultimate long term goal is for some of the community members to pursue their goals as an actor and become a professional actor. 
 
Backstage says it best:

"There’s nothing wrong with dreaming of a Tony or an Olivier, or of wishing for an Obie or a Drama Desk. At the same time, let’s acknowledge that the folks who win—or are nominated for—those awards were often honored first by their local communities with Jeffs, Iveys, and Ovations. In Chicago, theater artists sometimes joke that the future of American theater is what happened last year in the Windy City.

As a result of the privileging of what could be called “1 percent theaters,” young artists too often bypass the rich regional theaters across the United States. They miss out on the opportunity to hone their craft in comparatively more affordable cities, consisting of scores of established and upstart theater companies, and committed theater critics on the prowl for new talent."

 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. We will measure success through feed back from survey monkey from the actors and those involved. We will added a survey form at the back of the program to get the reaction from the audience.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
In the last show, we received the surveys which told us that the content was very good, children learned a lot but the staff management needed assistance. We received about two or three reviews that concentrated on excellent training and we needed to hire more staff and not tax the parents.
Surveys were excellent because this time, we are hiring more staff and will not bother the parents. 
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Programs provided by Arts in CT are designed to support life-long learning for children and adults, to support community development through the arts, and increase job opportunities for professional artists as they contribute to communities. Various programs of Arts in CT have been developed and show promise but are awaiting funds to be implemented.
 
 
CEO/Executive Director
Barbara Alexander
Term Start Mar 2016
Email ceo@artsinct.org
Experience Founder/CEO
Arts in CT Corporation - Milford, CT
March 2016 to Present
Overseas staff, training, sales and marketing

Owner
Tutors 4 Teachers Certification LLC
Woodbridge, CT
March 2011 to Present
Hire Staff, Oversee operations, Develop partnerships, Market Nationwide, Develop Business Plans and Strategies

Owner
Performing Arts Academy of CT LLC
Woodbridge, CT
January 2000 to Present
Oversee all projects
Develop partnerships with schools and community organizations
Develop programs and Supervise
Marketing and maintaining contracts 

Music Teacher
MS 391
Bronx, NY 

February 2006 to June 2010
• Develop choirs/Performances/Tours
• Develop Proper Voice Technique/ Taught how to play instruments
• Event Planning

Career Transition Manager
New Haven/Hartford Job Corps 
 New Haven, CT
 September 2003 to February 2006
Manage tracking and Job Placement
• Marketing Education to Business Sector
• Institute community involvement from corporate mentorship's and internships

Choir Teacher
Metropolitan Learning Center
Bloomfield, CT
September 1999 to June 2003
Longfellow Elementary; Bridgeport, CT
• Developed school wide musicals
• Produced/Recruited Award Winning Show Choirs; Marketed Fund Raisers for Needy Families
• Promoted partnerships with Jive Records, News Channel 8, and CTV

Music Teacher
Lee County Public Schools - Fort Myers, FL
September 1994 to June 1999
Developed Musical Programs/Concerts
• Community Projects for United Way, Directed for the City of Lehigh Acres
• Developed new music technology programs and keyboard programs EDUCATION Bachelor in Social Science/Music Education
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 15
Number of Contract Staff 30
Staff Retention Rate 85%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 10
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 1 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 21
Unspecified 0
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 N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Collaborations
Arts in CT has begun a healthy collaboration partnership with multiple schools, parks and recreation and local nonprofit organizations like: New Haven Board of Education, Woodbridge Parks and Recreation, Marlborough Parks and Recreation, Bridgeport Board of Education, University of CT, Connecticut Puppetry Guild, Shamrock School of Irish Dance, Hartford Performs, The Mulcahy Academy of Irish Dance, Wilton Parks and Recreation, Windsor Parks and Recreation, Treehouse of Windsor, Windsor Adult Education, East Haven Parks and Recreation, Stratford Parks and Rec, Monroe Park and Rec, Lincoln Tech and Paier. 
 All of our partners work with us in job creation for artists.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
United Way of Greater New Haven2017
Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance2017
Comments
CEO Comments Many of the policies listed are under our bylaws for our corporation.
Board Chair
Vivian Frazier
Company Affiliation Acting President
Term Mar 2016 to Mar 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Barbara Alexander Treasurer
Angela Frusciante Board Member
Chandra Gioiello Board Member, Secretary
Charles McKinney Board Member
Mathew Nierenberg Board Member
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Unspecified 0
CEO Comments
Arts in CT has been operating as a nonprofit for only a year. Its programming demand far exceeds its current infrastructure to meet the demands.  In order to sustain this high level of community service, the organization needs to put in place an infrastructure that supports the services.  In addition, a number of community projects are emerging that need program funding to become real for students and communities.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $70,000.00
Projected Expenses $55,000.00
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
Audit Documents
Financial Statement2016
IRS Letter of Exemption
Tax Exempt Form
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$787----
Administration Expense$3,128----
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates$5,434----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.09----
Program Expense/Total Expenses8%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$10,156----
Current Assets------
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$9,348----
Total Net Assets$808----
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount ------
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ------
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ------
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.00----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Goal $150,000.00
Dates Feb 2017 to Feb 2018
Amount Raised To Date 4000 as of Jan 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
Arts in CT is a new organization and has not done a 990 yet.  We intend to file a form 990 in May 2017 at which time the organization will be a little over one year old.
We are definitely in need of funds in order for us to serve the community adequately. We have sent out donation requests and have applied for capacity building grants and project grants.
 
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 64 Ridge Street
Milford, CT 06460
Primary Phone 203 936-8567
Contact Email info@artsinct.org
CEO/Executive Director Barbara Alexander
Board Chair Vivian Frazier
Board Chair Company Affiliation Acting President

 

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