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New England Sculptors Association Inc.

 4 Rogers Road, Note: Address of record
 Lexington, MA 02420
[P] (781) 6080851
[F] --
www.nesculptors.org
nesculptors.org
William Bloomfield
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INCORPORATED: 1959
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EIN 04-2385517

LAST UPDATED: 04/17/2018
Organization DBA New England Sculptors Association
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

NESA mission is twofold: 1) to provide artistic support and opportunities for New England's professional, emerging, and student sculptors to exhibit their work, and gain additional knowledge and practical skills to realize their artistic goals; and, 2) to promote public interest in sculpture in its many forms, traditional and contemporary to people of all ages throughout the region through public exhibitions and installations, community programming, discussions, workshops, events, and educational and creative events for New Englanders of all ages.

Mission Statement

NESA mission is twofold: 1) to provide artistic support and opportunities for New England's professional, emerging, and student sculptors to exhibit their work, and gain additional knowledge and practical skills to realize their artistic goals; and, 2) to promote public interest in sculpture in its many forms, traditional and contemporary to people of all ages throughout the region through public exhibitions and installations, community programming, discussions, workshops, events, and educational and creative events for New Englanders of all ages.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $63,000.00
Projected Expense $74,831.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Community Engagement in the Visual and Sculptural Arts
  • Exhibitions and site-specific sculpture activities
  • Member Support

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

NESA mission is twofold: 1) to provide artistic support and opportunities for New England's professional, emerging, and student sculptors to exhibit their work, and gain additional knowledge and practical skills to realize their artistic goals; and, 2) to promote public interest in sculpture in its many forms, traditional and contemporary to people of all ages throughout the region through public exhibitions and installations, community programming, discussions, workshops, events, and educational and creative events for New Englanders of all ages.

Background Statement

Founded in 1948 by students and teachers at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1948, New England Sculptors Association (NESA) is one of the oldest and respected sculptors' organizations in the United States. Since then, NESA has built a solid reputation for excellence among sculptors, curators, arts, and community groups throughout the region, and is recognized as a "quiet" leader among New England's art community.

NESA's artists exhibit regionally, nationally, and internationally, and are represented by well-respected Boston-area galleries, art agents, and on-line websites. Members compete for an array of public art projects and are awarded prominent commissions from museums, public agencies, corporations, and collectors throughout the world. To publicly recognize the artistic merit of our members, NESA annually awards "The Gibbons Prize for Sculptural Excellence."

On a year-round basis, NESA collaborates with art, civic, education, and community-based organizations to create indoor/outdoor exhibits, public-art installations, and community-based activities in national parks, museums, galleries, historic properties, public buildings, colleges and universities, and alternative spaces.

In 2015, after reviewing several national and regional reports indicating that community access, attendance, and public participation in all areas of the arts has been steadily declining, NESA's Board prepared a comprehensive strategic framework. The goal was to reposition the Association for longterm sustainability and to ensure that our focus and programing remains first-rate, innovative, and future oriented. The membership agreed and we've been moving in that direction ever since.

[1] NESA members also share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the visual arts during school demos, meeting and mentoring art students, and volunteering where they live.


Impact Statement

Over many years, NESA has developed solid institutional relationships that have enabled thousands of New England residents and visitors, young and old, to have first-hand experiences seeing, touching, and learning about traditional and contemporary three-dimensional art; many for the very first time.

2017 Accomplishments

- Five indoor/outdoor pubic exhibitions featuring over 115 contemporary sculptures from 79 NESA members, along with workshops, tours,

- Continued collaborating with Historic New England (and other partners/collaborating organizations) to present public exhibits, public-involvement activities, and an artist-in-residence program, including a short film about the residency.

- R&D on the viability of expanding our community-engagement model in underserved communities, with promising results.

- Developed an ongoing partnership with Mass Horticulture Society

2018 Goals*

- Initiate 2-3 solid collaborations in underserved communities.

- Mount 4-6 indoor/outdoor public exhibits and community-involvement art activities with existing and new partners.

- Expand member services, e.g.: peer learning and mentoring, studio tours/workshops (skills and techniques, the art business, working with communities, etc.).

- Expand outreach to colleges with fine art programs to develop a 2019 education initiative.

- Increase donor base and future funding.

To that end, NEA aims to expand its artistic and outreach mission by increasing collaborations with local arts, civic, education, business, government, and CBOs interested in improving public access and community involvement in the visual/sculptural arts throughout the region.

* Each goal serves as a building-block to expand NESA's artistic and community-engagement mission, with the outcome being measurable improvement in public access and community-engagement for children, families, and adults in New England's cities, towns, and rural communities.


Needs Statement

NESA's long-term agenda involves expanding on the goals cited above. On the programatic side of the equation our feasibility assessment and pilot initiatives have proven that there is community interest and "demand" for our artistic and engagement initiatives. Based on the diverse skills of our membership, we are confident that NESA can successfully implement additional programming. As anyone who has worked in the nonprofit arena knows, at the-end-of-the-day, achieving ambitious goals depends on having sufficient resources -- time, talent, and money. We have the first two in abundance. Increasing our  will enable NESA to meet its current artistic and expansion goals for the next couple of years. As NESA adds new community partners, additional exhibits, and local programs over the next 3 to 5 years, we anticipate increasing exhibits and community-based activities by 30%-40%. 

CEO Statement

I have been involved with arts and music organizations my entire career. I started working with NESA almost seven years ago, when the organization president asked me to submit a proposal as a pr/marketing consultant, and became executive director in 2014. I really enjoy working with NESA artists. In addition to creating exceptional work, they share their talents with other sculptors and are very willing to help with sculpture installations and exhibit-related tasks. 

NESA partners with a wide variety of organizations to bring sculpture to universities, museums, national parks, gardens, historic homes, and other indoor/outdoor sites throughout New England.  For organizations like NESA, the challenge is to remain innovative, risk-taking, technological savvy, and open to change. One of the most unique aspects of NESA is its philosophy and strategy of bringing sculpture into the community. Instead of having a specific gallery and asking everyone to visit a fixed location. 
 
Recent exhibit and community collaboration venues include, Historic New England (NH, ME), The National Park Service (MA, NH, VT), Lewis Gallery (Portland, ME), Hess Gallery (Pine Manor College, Brookline, MA), Elm Bank Garden, Massachusetts Horticultural Society (Wellesley, MA), Brodigan Gallery (Groton, MA), and Boston Design Center. Confirmed and potential collaborations for 2018-2020, currently include: Attleboro Arts Museum (MA), Beverly Main Streets Program (MA), Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA, Imago Gallery (Warren, RI),  Anna Maria College (Worcester, MA), Newburyport Art Assn. (MA), and New Hampshire Art Assn., among others.
 

 


Board Chair Statement

I've been active in the visual and performing arts since I was a kid. I began carving stone (primarily alabaster) 30+ years ago and joined NESA in 2007. Becoming a NESA member is considered to be quite prestigious and most applicants aren’t sure their work is “good enough” to get through the NESA Jury. Most are surprised when they are accepted; I certainly was. That said, our artists are very open and helpful. They want to talk "shop" and learn new skills and techniques, share tips, and offer their advice to any member who asks. That’s why I joined the board as membership chair in 2010. In 2014, the board recognized that NESA needed to make administrative and strategic changes. Knowing my nonprofit management and consulting experience, I was nominated and elected president. 

NESA has a long history of success. In the early years, NESA was a pioneer in introducing contemporary sculpture to the public. Since then, NESA has exhibited in most of the major museums and cities in New England and is recognized nationally for its high artistic standards and creative programming (all exhibits are juried). Over the last few years, NESA has upgraded the venues to include high-profile institutions and locations with the potential to attract large numbers of attendees, young and old, to see sculpture, hear from and meet professional artists, and participate in a range of creative, fun, and educational art activities.  

We’ve been encouraged by the positive response to our nascent community-engagement activities. It’s especially rewarding to see the interest and excitement that children and adults express when talking with professional sculptors, seeing and touching art made from traditional media — stone, wood, and metal — and the surprise on their faces when the they learn how sculptures can be created from modern and everyday materials they can find at home. So far, all cylinders are firing! 

Looking at the overall artistic and program issues ahead, the major challenge NESA faces is maintaining high-quality programming, developing dynamic exhibits, and engaging community partners so many more New Englanders are exposed to and involved in contemporary sculpture, while meeting the needs and expectations of our members and new community partners. 

NESA is fortunate to have a Board with the vision and commitment to make tough decisions and change the status quo; including the challenges that go with it We are also privileged to have members with extraordinary talent and skills who are great to be around, generous with ideas and suggestions, and offer their expertise and time in support of each other and the organization. 




  


Geographic Area Served

NORTHEAST REGION, MA
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
NESA's geographic reach includes New England's 6 states, with over 90% of the membership living and working in the region. From 1948 to the mid-1950s, the Association was Boston-based but soon after, more New England sculptors joined the group. In 1959, NESA incorporated as a nonprofit. Today, NESA collaborates with art, civic, community, education, government, and private sector organizations throughout the region to create exhibitions and community initiatives.   

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
  2. Education - Alliances & Advocacy
  3. Public & Societal Benefit - Professional Societies & Associations

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Community Engagement in the Visual and Sculptural Arts

In 2015, our membership concluded that NESA can and should do more to bring the visual arts into communities; especially in under-served city neighborhoods and towns with limited access to arts awareness, education, and involvement.

To increase children’s, youth’s and adult’s awareness of the visual arts and to attract younger and more diverse audiences, NESA developed and piloted a place-based community-engagement model that creates genuine, two-way relationships between artists and visitors. We’ve found that by using a combination of compelling exhibitions, artist-led presentations, demonstrations, art walks, age-appropriate workshops, artists-in-residence, public events, and place-based, interactive sculpture installations we are better able to connect people of all ages to ongoing, meaningful art experiences.
 
Nationally, place-based programming has been successful in increasing attendance and participation among residents who normally don’t attend art events. In addition to the obvious benefits to artists and local art and civic organizations, and attendee-participants there is a growing body of research and tangible evidence that public-private sector investments in the arts is a “public good” — not just as a charitable act or a civic responsibility. National and regional studies document the social, educational, and economic benefits of the arts to communities and as a powerful source of local pride and renewal.
 
Through our community-engagement strategy, NESA is committed to building authentic partnerships with additional city, town, state and regional partners throughout the six New England States to make the sculptural arts a larger part of community and civic life.
 
NOTE: By definition, each community-engagement process is unique. Please contact us for further information.
Budget  varies
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Please contact us for more information.
Program Long-Term Success  Please contact us for more information.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  Please contact us for more information.

Exhibitions and site-specific sculpture activities

NESA has developed a solid record of bringing high-quality indoor and outdoor art exhibits to New England communities, large and small. Four to six juried exhibits and major installations are mounted each year in collaboration with a wide-range of arts, education, civic, and government organizations.**

Each exhibit venue is unique and involves collaboration between senior staff and key volunteers of the sponsoring venue and NESA. All exhibits have a series of site-specific activities to increase access and hands-on activities for community residents, outside visitors, and the general public.
 
** NESA’s member artists work in a variety of mediums, including classic sculptural materials (stone, metal, wood, and clay), and modern media, such as mixed media, composites, plaster, and recycled/found objects. Their sculptural styles range from representational to abstract and from miniature to monumental.
Budget  --
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Exhibitions
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program Short-Term Success  Please contact us for details.
Program Long-Term Success  Please contact us for details.
Program Success Monitored By  Please contact us for details.
Examples of Program Success  Please contact us for details.

Member Support

While some art organizations restrict membership to artists working in particular styles or materials, NESA is open to any sculptor without restrictions. Having diverse members of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities ensures that there is no lack of artistic perspectives to inform their work, as well as their different opinions that keep NESA a vibrant and growing community of talented artists.

Each year, NESA members plan a wide-range of professional development presentations, symposia, skill-building seminars, studio tours and workshops, technical demonstrations, and networking events for its 150 members.**
 
Programs have included: Studio demos; mold-making; bas-relief sculpting; using patinas, various carving techniques, dealing with galleries and commissions; having an on-line presence and social media, marketing and sales, insurance and legal issues, among others. 
 
We also invite collectors, gallery owners, curators, and art critics to discuss their insights about current trends and establishing a foothold in the art market.
 
 
** Membership criteria for NESA applicants include: the quality of their work; resume, exhibit history and bio; training; and, a personal artist’s statement. Applications are reviewed and juried by a select group of members on a rolling basis.
Budget  0 and up.
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Please contact us for further information.
Program Long-Term Success  Please contact us for further information.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  Please contact us for further information.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms Marilyn Ewer
CEO Term Start Apr 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
  • Marilyn is a ceramic artist, creating both functional and sculptural work. She has more than 30 years of experience in arts and nonprofit management and fundraising. In 1991, she co-founded the New England Direct Marketing Association Foundation, and was chairperson of the Board for many years and remains a director. Marilyn served as vice-president and then president of the Treble Chorus of New England where she was active in concert planning, membership development, fundraising, and public relations. Ewer was also development director/consultant for the League of NH Craftsmen for three years — planning, developing, and executing programs in supporter memberships, grant writing, corporate sponsorships, and annual funding drives. In her work as a fundraiser and writer, Marilyn has helped raise millions of dollars for Food Banks throughout the country and she’s consulted with PBS, universities, historic houses, and museums. She is a graduate of Regis College, Weston, MA. In 2011 Ewer became NESA’s public relations/marketing consultant and her role quickly expanded to include helping with exhibits. She became NESA’s part-time Executive Director in 2014.
Co-CEO William Bloomfield PhD
Co-CEO Term Start Apr 2014
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience

Bill has been sculpting since the 1990s and works primarily in alabaster. His work tends to be abstract but on occasions he’ll carve quasi-representational or surrealistic pieces. Bloomfield has exhibited in New England and New York and is the recipient of several international showcase awards at ArtSlant.com. He studied at Decordova Museum School in Lincoln, MA, The Chautauqua Institution School of Art in NY State, The Carving Studio in VT, and privately. For over 35 years Bloomfield developed policy and programs in education and work readiness, youth development, nonprofit management, and community improvement in the US and internationally.

Bloomfield founded two academic research centers and a nonprofit, and has consulted with dozens of agencies, schools and colleges, grantmakers, think-tanks, corporations, and grassroots community organizations. He’s been a keynote speaker, led workshops, and chaired panels for the Urban League, United Way of America, US Chamber of Commerce, Millennium Development Corporation, National League of Cities, Fortune Magazine, and National Alliance of Business, among others. He holds a PhD in Social Policy from Brandeis University and is a member of several sculpture and art associations, and The Screen Actors Guild-AFTRA. Bloomfield joined NESA in 2010, became a Board member in 2011, and Board President in 2014. 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Greg Spitzer 2011 2014
Mr. Michael Guadagno -- 2011

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

NESA hasn't developed the formal organization policies listed above because its been a fairly low-key, informal members association up until 2010, when the former president began to build a more formal infrastructure. Additional policies and operating procedures have been added when the current president,  executive director, and new board member started restructuring the organization and building anew. That work continues. Informally, NESA has most of the above issues in-place. Formalizing the "informal" is also ongoing.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Governance


Board Chair Mr. William Bloomfield PhD
Board Chair Company Affiliation Civic Strategies Partners
Board Chair Term Apr 2014 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Elisa Adams DC Elisa Adams, DC Voting
Mr. William Bloomfield PhD Civic Strategies Partners Voting
Ms. Valerie Deveraux JD Retired Voting
Ms. Marilyn Ewer Self Exofficio
Mr. Pete Spampinato Retired Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Community Outreach / Community Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Education
  • Executive
  • Membership
  • Program / Program Planning
  • Program / Program Planning

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

See prior comments about organizational development and restructuring. Those comments apply to the board. Two new members will be added mid-year.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $63,000.00
Projected Expense $74,831.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

2008 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $11,581 $9,006 $11,763
Total Expenses $21,871 $17,005 $8,642

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $2,275 $100 $5,000
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1 $1 $629
Membership Dues $9,305 $8,905 $6,134
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $21,871 $17,005 $8,642
Administration Expense -- -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.53 0.53 1.36
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $17,652 $27,942 $39,438
Current Assets $17,652 $27,942 $39,438
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $17,652 $27,942 $39,438

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

NESA has an unusual financial history. As far back as we know, for 7 decades, there was no need to raise additional funds. For its entire existence NESA relied on member dues, random gifts, bequests, and commissions from exhibit sales to maintain program operations and cover expenses (which were primarily exhibit related).

Overall, NESA's expenditures have been modest. This has been primarily due to having low overhead, a virtual office, and a part-time ED who doesn't take benefits. NESA also receives significant in-kind support in several budget areas, and shares exhibit and activity expenses with our partners. Even with the expanding  program expenses over the past two-three years, NESA is a very cost effective organization.

With the new exhibit and community engagement priorities, the NESA's past approach to funding is no longer viable. Hence the need to increase the budget and raise funds. In 2016, the Board authorized a fundraising initiative to secure grant funding, sponsorships, and public donations. That campaign is now underway, with several proposals outstanding and more in the pipeline. We expect raise $25,000 to 35,000 in the next 12-15 months. Adding close to $23,000 in dues and misc. revenue sources, $10,000 from earned income, and in-kind services/unspent budget items, to meet our expenses.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990-EZs. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

NESA is seeking support to expand our long-term capability to introduce and involve children, adults, and families to the visual/sculptural arts through community engagement, high-quality arts' programming, and dynamic exhibits in under-resourced and under-served New England communities and neighborhoods.

Defining Success: NESA works with our partners collaborating communities to define success and how it's measured at the local level. We are happy to talk with prospective collaborators and funders about NESA's artistic and community engagement criteria.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

In 2014, NESA began developing a comprehensive strategic agenda aimed at repositioning the organization for long-term sustainability and ensuring that NESA’s focus and programming remains first-rate and future oriented regardless of societal, technological, economic, or the fad in the art world.

The board recognized that while NESA’s basic direction was sound, there was concern that we might be relying on old assumptions to plan the future. After taking a hard look at NESA’s management/operations, financials, organizational structure, and programming, the board concluded that several operational and programming changes were necessary to both maintain the current momentum and to expand into other areas.

Over the next 12 months and beyond, NESA will continue advancing its artistic mission by providing support to our member artists, creating new exhibit models, and diversifying exhibit venues as in the past. On the innovative side, we aim to develop two to three authentic collaborations with Greater Boston area arts, civic, and community-based organizations that have an interest in improving public access and engagement through innovative place-based arts initiatives initiatives that go well beyond exhibits and "one-off" art events.

General strategy:

- Continue to mount four to six high-quality exhibitions and installations, annually, across New England that will increase public access, appreciation, and enthusiasm for the sculptural arts.

- Develop a minimum of three substantive community partnerships in New England cities and towns to create ongoing place-based events in collaboration with NESA’s world-class artists.

- Work in concert with local community leaders — civic, arts, education, philanthropic, business, non-profit organizations, and government — to identify geographic areas, commercial districts and/or neighborhoods that lend themselves to public art installations, events, ongoing activities, and larger events.

- Implement place-based programming In partnership with New England communities that engage residents of all ages in a range of ongoing learning and doing activities, fun events, and lasting art and community experiences.

Note: One-size doesn't fit all,While their are many, many strategic options in NESA's "tool kit," we prefer to first meet with prospective partners and collaborating communities about local needs, their goals and ideas for exhibitions and community-engagement programming.

We are happy to talk with prospective collaborators and funders about NESA's specific strategies for the above.


3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

We are happy to talk with prospective collaborators and funders about NESA's specific strategies for the above.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We are happy to talk with prospective collaborators and funders about NESA's specific strategies for the above.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

NESA has mounted over 200 regional exhibits, activities and, events over seventy years that have raised awareness about the visual arts and contemporary sculpture, increased community exhibit access for people of all ages to enjoy and participate in the sculptural arts, and helped student, emerging, and professional artists to show their art and learn from their peers. Not a bad legacy!

We are happy to talk with prospective collaborators and funders about NESA's recent accomplishments.