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Naturestage Inc.

 PO Box 1101
 Watertown, MA 02471
[P] (617) 926-0307
[F] --
www.naturestage.org
[email protected]
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INCORPORATED: 2006
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EIN 20-3323110

LAST UPDATED: 01/30/2015
Organization DBA Naturestage
Nature Stage
Former Names Rialto Arts Incorporated (2013)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Naturestage was founded on the fervent belief that the performing arts can and must serve a central role in reconnecting people with nature and celebrating the intricate interdependence that sustains our planet. We create films, photography exhibits and stage multimedia theatrical concerts to inspire a sense of awe and wonder about the natural world, and build empathy and understanding for other species through the arts and documentary storytelling. Although our work began with live performance we quickly realized that social and attitudinal change comes with reaching more people and that films were the most potent way to do this. The core of our mission is to create a new sense of true kinship with other species alongside us on the planet, and access the wisdom we all have that is often unleashed through the emotional and metaphorical power of the arts. 

Mission Statement

Naturestage was founded on the fervent belief that the performing arts can and must serve a central role in reconnecting people with nature and celebrating the intricate interdependence that sustains our planet. We create films, photography exhibits and stage multimedia theatrical concerts to inspire a sense of awe and wonder about the natural world, and build empathy and understanding for other species through the arts and documentary storytelling. Although our work began with live performance we quickly realized that social and attitudinal change comes with reaching more people and that films were the most potent way to do this. The core of our mission is to create a new sense of true kinship with other species alongside us on the planet, and access the wisdom we all have that is often unleashed through the emotional and metaphorical power of the arts. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2011 to June 30, 2012
Projected Income $20,000.00
Projected Expense $20,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Buccaneers of Buzz: Celebrating the Honeybee
  • Park Dreams
  • The One Language Project

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Overview

Mission Statement

Naturestage was founded on the fervent belief that the performing arts can and must serve a central role in reconnecting people with nature and celebrating the intricate interdependence that sustains our planet. We create films, photography exhibits and stage multimedia theatrical concerts to inspire a sense of awe and wonder about the natural world, and build empathy and understanding for other species through the arts and documentary storytelling. Although our work began with live performance we quickly realized that social and attitudinal change comes with reaching more people and that films were the most potent way to do this. The core of our mission is to create a new sense of true kinship with other species alongside us on the planet, and access the wisdom we all have that is often unleashed through the emotional and metaphorical power of the arts. 

Background Statement

NatureStage was founded in 2005 by Miranda Loud, and received non-profit status in August 2006. It was first known as Rialto Arts but is now under the name Naturestage to best fit its mission. 

Impact Statement

During our last season, Artistic Director Miranda Loud received the Gold Star Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for "a work of innovation and excellence in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, which fosters community engagement." The award was given for  Buccaneers of Buzz: Celebrating the Honeybee, which inspires empathy and wonder at the gentle, intricate and complex nature of honeybees and their extraordinary feats of orientation, memory, communication and problem-solving by integrating video footage of beekeepers and bees with a tap dancer, marimbist and vocalist. Loud was also featured in the December 2011 issue of the Liberty Mutual Responsibility Project with an essay about her work for Naturestage by New York Times reporter Charles Siebert. On behalf of her work with arts and education which is illustrated in the Elephant Project film set and curriculum, she spoke at several universities, including Boston University and Southwestern in Texas about art and social change. Loud was also featured in the San Francisco Chronicle's online magazine as one of the nation's pioneering eco-artists.
One of our three current projects, The Elephant Project, is a two-fold initiative that includes short provocative films all involving issues around elephants and humans in different artistic and documentary styles and ending with questions for discussion and artistic exploration. The films are to be developed with a curriculum for high school and college students to use. The student responses are to be uploaded via Voice Thread to share with other students following the same curriculum in India and Thailand. and a live performance interweaving video with music, dance and theater to show the connection - historical and possible - between humans and elephants. The second part of this project is a live performance to be produced in New York City at St. John the Divine called Elephantom with original music for voice and organ with dance and video projections.

Needs Statement


Naturestage is seeking funding for three of its current projects which use the arts via media and education to instigate attitude shifts in society. We are project-based and need at least 30,000 to cover our project administrative costs.

$25,000 to finish developing a pilot for fall 2013 for The Elephant Project film set and curriculum using Voice Thread to connect high school students between India, Thailand and the U.S using art forms as a response to issues in two short films about human and elephant conflicts and resolutions. 

$35,000 to underwrite Year 1of the One Language Project for gathering the compelling stories of our emotional connections across species in photography, multi-media and essay. Funding will allow more people to participate and cover the cost of installations of large portraits and of short films to build empathy for other species.

$45,000 for 2012 Park Dreams interviews and editing for PRX radio, website-building and installing plaques in a variety of public parks for accessing the interviews via dial-by-cell technology.  The 3 main questions we are asking: 

  • How would you like to see humanity evolve over the next hundred years?
  • What do you think is the role of artists in society?
  • What do you think is the human role in caring for the planet?

CEO Statement

NatureStage is a small non-profit with a large mission and a potential for great impact. Our overhead costs are minimal. Over 75% of funds raised currently go to the performers and to the development of new works. With additional financial support we will be able to tour these programs without being limited by the costs offered by presenters where money is less available. 

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
NatureStage supports and presents nature-themed performances which interweave the power of film with live music and dance to teach audiences about current environmental issues through metaphor, story and the emotions, serving audiences around New England and nation-wide through its podcast on PRX and the videos posted on the internet. Because our products are multi-media and not limited to live performance, our reach is truly global.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Film & Video
  2. Animal Related -
  3. Environment -

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

Buccaneers of Buzz: Celebrating the Honeybee

"Buccaneers of Buzz" inspires empathy and wonder at the gentle, intricate and complex nature of honeybees and their extraordinary feats of orientation, memory, communication and problem-solving by integrating video footage of beekeepers and bees with a tap dancer, a marimbist and vocalist. Through humor, storytelling, thythm, musical artistry, and compassion, the show teaches audiences of all ages about the miraculous abilities of honeybees and the relationship beekeepers develop with their bees. Tap dancer Brian Jones acts as master of ceremonies, sometimes reciting bee facts or songs in verse punctuated by tap interludes, sometimes responding to the stories unfolding in the beekeeper videos. His dancing creates a bee-like energy of lightness and industriousness. Marimba player Yuko Yoshikawa and vocalist/filmmaker Miranda Loud create a live soundtrack to the film footage and musical interludes which connect the ideas in the films to sound and rhythmic textures.
Miranda Loud's intriguing, whimsical and often emotionally-charged video shorts provide the background structure of the performance. After the 2008 Massachusetts premiere several people exclaimed that they wanted to become beekeepers--they were no longer afraid of honeybees and felt moved to protect them. Winner of a Gold Star Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2009.

Budget  $8,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities Musical Performances
Population Served General Public/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

Park Dreams

Interviews for public radio with people in urban parks across the country

(and eventually internationally) from all walks of life... celebrating nature within urban

spaces, the inspiration of shared dreams for a better world, and building trust, openness

and optimism. Using cell phones, people can access and be inspired by the dreams of others within the same park using QX codes on benches.

Parks involved so far: Millennium Park in Chicago, Public Garden and Boston Common,

Boston, MA, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY.

 
We need a way to build vision and thinking big back into public discourse. What better way to do this than in urban parks using cell phone technology?

When we can hear the dreams and innovative ideas of others, it gives the listener

courage and energy that is immeasurable but real.


The primary questions we are asking:

• How would you like to see humanity evolve over the next hundred years?

• How are you living your dreams?

• What is the role of artists in society?

 

 

Budget  90,000
Category  Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Citizen Participation Programs
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Short-term success can be measured by the amount of online shares of the podcasts and the conversations generated within the parks in response to the art in each park related to the project.
Program Long-Term Success  The long-term success will be measured by the number of people visiting the website of recorded podcasts and by the involvement of people in the project in each park where stories have been recorded.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  The project is still in its beginning stages needing funding to have any sort of success or impact. Over 20 interviews have been conducted and several portraits taken, but the editing process and collaborations with each park need to be worked out and funded. You can see the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/27647113

The One Language Project

The One Language Project is an ongoing and expanding gathering of portraits of animals of different species and short films highlighting the connection people have with other species and showing the power of the language of emotion to communicate across species lines. The question we are asking is "What would the world be like if we viewed other species as someones instead of somethings? If instead of drawing lines, we drew circles?" It is an exciting public art project to create a less human-centric viewpoint and expand the circle of awareness and compassion through the power of film and the animal gaze in portraits in public spaces. Our first exhibit will be at Mass General Hospital in February 2013. This first year we are focusing on the human/dog connection. You can see many of these short films and portraits with essays at www.onelanguageproject.com
Budget  35,000
Category  Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Exhibitions & Shows
Population Served General/Unspecified Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Short-Term success of the One Language Project will be marked by how many people view our online films, subscribe to our blog at www.onelanguageproject.com and ask to share their own stories of experiencing commonality with other species with us.
Program Long-Term Success  Long-Term Success will be seen in public attitude shifts towards how animals are treated out of sight in the food industry, and how people treat those animals considered pests like mice, raccoons and squirrels (to name only a few).
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  The program has been accepted for the Illuminations exhibit a Massachusetts General Hospital for four months starting in February 2013 because of the healing nature of the dog portraits by artistic director Miranda Loud and because of the power of the essays by the owners. The hospital is excited to include a multi-media component so that viewers can watch some of the short films by Naturestage (produced by Miranda Loud) and be moved by the stories of people talking about their connection with animals, whether honeybees, elephants or dogs.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Miranda Loud
CEO Term Start Aug 2006
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Miranda Loud Artistic Director --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Featured as Leading Eco-Artist in "Can Art Save the Planet?" San Francisco Chronicle 2011
Featured on the Blog Liberty Mutual Responsibility Project 2011
Loud highlighted as "Innovative Women in Sustainability" University of North Texas 2010
Gold Star Award Massachusetts Cultural Council 2009

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

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 10
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % --

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): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
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 N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Miranda Loud
Board Chair Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Board Chair Term Aug 2006 - Oct 2013
Board Co-Chair Mr. Bernard McHugh
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term May 2008 - Oct 2013

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Jim Cummings Acoustic Ecology Institute Voting
Edmond R Du Pont No Affiliation Voting
Ms. Lisa Lines No Affiliation Voting
Ms. Miranda Loud No Affiliation Voting
Bernard McHugh W.J. Grosvenor & Co. 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: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 40%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Naturestage is at a crucial moment in its development. With several recent articles in the press about its founder (including a piece by Charles Siebert for the Liberty Mutual Responsibility Project) and more exposure through lectures at universities around the country, the momentum and interest in the power of art in social change with regard to our connection with other species is building. With a very limited budget and staff of one with very part-time assistance, we have produced effective and ground-breaking performances and short films, yet we could do so much more with adequate funding for staff and production. We are excited to find partnerships with schools, museums, conservation and animal welfare groups who have similar goals and are interested in our approach using the power of the arts -- emotion and metaphor, storytelling and imagery.
Our current projects are extremely timely and require basic funding in order to continue to develop: Park Dreams (podcast and urban park installations connecting people and their dreams for a better world using public radio exchange, PRX, and dial-by-cell technology); The Elephant Project online film set with accompanying arts-based curriculum to connect high school students globally in addressing our connection and obligation towards other species; The One Language Project - an ongoing and expanding photographic and essay installation involving hundreds of people to be displayed in multiple public spaces.
Our board members can become a bedrock of support for the types of project management and research which each of these projects entails, yet we need additional funding from foundations in order to truly accomplish these powerful and social change-making projects. The process is part of the project, yet as each film, each podcast, each installation is presented, the projects are effective as they unfold to completion. We need funding to support this exciting and time-sensitive process. We are also excited to expand our board of directors to include a legal consultant, marketing professional, education expert and environmentalist with years of field experience. We also need at least four board members who  are able to donate a significant amount each year to maintain our basic staff. It is an exciting time for Naturestage and we welcome your interest with open arms.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2011 to June 30, 2012
Projected Income $20,000.00
Projected Expense $20,000.00
Form 990s

2011 Form 990-N

2010 Form 990-N

2009 Form 990-N

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Revenue $21,327 $21,623 $21,994
Total Expenses $17,960 $21,834 $21,925

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $21,419 $21,576 $23,355
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- $1,176 $38
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1 $1 $1
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $-93 $-1,121 $-1,400

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Program Expense $17,960 $21,834 $21,925
Administration Expense -- -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.19 0.99 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Assets -- -- --
Current Assets -- -- --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets -- -- --

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
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? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

The previous fiscal period data, in the charts and graphs above, was provided by the organization. The organization falls below the filing threshold for 990-EZ; therefore, 990-N postcards are presented above from the organization. Please note, the organization recently changed its name to Naturestage Inc. from Rialto Arts Incorporated, as referenced in the note included with the organization's IRS Letter of Determination posted above.

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