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Marble Collection

 University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Campus Center, Office 3410
 Boston, MA 02125
[P] (508) 692-8912
[F] --
www.themarblecollection.org
[email protected]
Deanna Elliot
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INCORPORATED: 2010
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EIN 26-3739709

LAST UPDATED: 11/20/2015
Organization DBA The Marble Collection, Inc.
TMC
The Marble Collection: Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Our Mission

TMC cultivates creativity and excellence in the arts by engaging teen artists and writers in a publication process that affirms their voices and deepens their learning.

Our Vision


TMC envisions a community that cultivates young artists and writers, in which we are the leading publisher and advocate of creative work by teens.

We aim to replicate our model of partnering with a university to host our internship programs and extend our teen arts publications and mentoring workshops throughout New England.

Mission Statement

Our Mission

TMC cultivates creativity and excellence in the arts by engaging teen artists and writers in a publication process that affirms their voices and deepens their learning.

Our Vision


TMC envisions a community that cultivates young artists and writers, in which we are the leading publisher and advocate of creative work by teens.

We aim to replicate our model of partnering with a university to host our internship programs and extend our teen arts publications and mentoring workshops throughout New England.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2013 to Aug 31, 2014
Projected Income $185,443.00
Projected Expense $180,622.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Internship Program
  • Mentoring for Publication Workshop

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Our Mission

TMC cultivates creativity and excellence in the arts by engaging teen artists and writers in a publication process that affirms their voices and deepens their learning.

Our Vision


TMC envisions a community that cultivates young artists and writers, in which we are the leading publisher and advocate of creative work by teens.

We aim to replicate our model of partnering with a university to host our internship programs and extend our teen arts publications and mentoring workshops throughout New England.


Background Statement

Who we are


We believe that the literary and visual arts should be an integral part of every teen’s life. We publish The Marble Collection: Massachusetts’ High School Magazine of the Arts, a juried, professional-quality publication, and the only Massachusetts’ statewide print and online magazine of the arts featuring artwork, photography, poetry, and creative writing by teens in grades 8 to 12. In fall of 2015, TMC will add a category for spoken word poetry videos.

TMC’s commitment to published teens does not end when they are selected for publication. We offer them one-to-one online and in-person Mentoring for Publication Workshops, in which they are paired with college-level mentors, who guide their work to publication for real world audiences. Teens have a chance to sell their artwork on our e-Gallery and to become part of a community of young artists and arts advocates, connecting and staying informed via TMC’s e-Newsletter and social media outlets about regional arts events and opportunities to advocate for the arts in their own schools and towns.

Why we do it


It has been demonstrated that art, in all its forms, contributes to social and academic development in youth. According to the nonprofit research and advocacy group, Americans for the Arts, a high level of involvement in the arts is linked to improved academic performance for students, lower school drop out rates, and greater college and career readiness. Yet budget cuts, and an emphasis on standardized testing, are eliminating creative classes in schools across Massachusetts. TMC helps to fill the gap left by a decline in school arts programming. We support teens in their creative endeavors and affirm their voices by giving them the experience of publication for real world audiences. At a time of tightening education budgets, we offer our programs free to teens and schools.


 

Impact Statement

In 2013, TMC was awarded the prestigious Arts|Learning “Distinguished Community Arts Collaborative - Multi-Disciplinary” Award for developing a model arts education collaborative between school and community cultural resources.

Strategic Priorities


Extending our Reach

To make its programs more accessible to teens in underserved and racially and ethnically diverse communities, TMC collaborates with 12 Massachusetts organizations, including Artists for Humanity, ArtWorks, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, Books of Hope, Boston Children's Theatre, Grub Street, Inc., Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, massmouth, Press Pass TV, RAW, Sociedad Latina, and UMass Boston’s Urban Scholars. These organizations share in TMC’s commitment to expand access to the arts in underserved and low-income youth populations. We will deepen these partnerships in the years ahead, so that teens who take part in these community-based arts and mentoring programs are encouraged to submit their creative work to TMC and are increasingly published and recognized in the magazine.

We are also working to increase TMC’s visibility in public schools in Boston, and throughout Massachusetts, so that parents, educators, students, school administrators, and youth librarians from diverse communities are thoroughly familiar with the organization and its programs. With increased fundraising and board involvement, we will have a greater presence at regional arts and literary events, such as the Boston Book Festival, ArtWeek, and the Mass Poetry Festival, and at educator conferences, such as the annual Massachusetts’ Art Educators Association conference.

 

Needs Statement

Our Budget and Fundraising Priorities


Currently, TMC is a small, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a long-term goal of expanding its staff and programs. To run our operations and pay our Executive Director and hire additional staff, we have a target budget of $80,000 - $100,000 per year. In addition to the in-kind support provided by the University of Massachusetts, Boston, our current revenue streams include small grants, primarily from the Massachusetts Cultural Council: Local Cultural Council Program, family foundations, individual donors via our annual appeal campaigns, and limited independent school and corporate grants and sponsorships. We also receive income by selling magazine subscriptions to public and school libraries as well as selling advertising space in the print and online magazine, mainly to New England colleges and universities.

Our critical priority is to increase and diversify our fundraising by identifying and attracting higher capacity private donors and business supporters who are able to provide multi-year grants and ensure that we are sustainable into the future. We have also recently begun working to boost our subscription and donor base with two annual appeal campaigns in winter and summer in which we reach out to published alumni and their families, teachers, parents, and, through board, advisor, and other networks, to arts supporters and members of the general public.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

Berkshires Region
Cape and Islands Region
Central Massachusetts Region
Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods
Greater Boston Region-Allston / Brighton Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Back Bay / Beacon Hill Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Charlestown Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Chinatown Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Dorchester Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Downtown Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-East Boston Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Fenway / Kenmore Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Hyde Park Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Jamaica Plain Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Mattapan Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Mission Hill Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Roslindale Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Roxbury Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-South Boston Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-South End Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-West Roxbury Neighborhood
Massachusetts-All Regions
Metrowest Region
Northeast Massachusetts Region
Pioneer Valley Region
Southeast Massachusetts Region

Who we serve

Each year, 100 teens in grades 8 to 12 participate in our mentoring workshops and are published in the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts. Their work is selected from the roughly 600 works submitted annually via our website. Our participating teens represent more than 200 public and private schools and afterschool community arts organizations across the state.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
  2. Education -
  3. -

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

No

Programs

Internship Program

TMC’s internship program is a unique and integral part of its programming. The organization has collaborated with career services at colleges and universities across Massachusetts to recruit, train, and host its internship staff. In fall 2015, TMC initiated a semester-long (roughly 4-month) internship course, in which UMass Boston students receive college credits for their participation in the program. College student interns assess creative work for publication, mentor high school artists and writers, and provide assistance in marketing, community and media relations, grant writing, and development. They have the opportunity to transfer classroom knowledge into a real life setting and gain essential 21st century workforce skills in areas of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, civic responsibility and leadership. Their contribution is key to the success of TMC and its programs. TMC hosts approximately 30 college student interns annually, with the majority attending UMass Boston. Interns collaborate via an online workspace platform and meet in-person at the UMB Campus Center.

Budget  $90,311.00
Category  Education, General/Other
Population Served College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
  • To provide SLs with experience in a leadership position within their chosen field of study;
  • To orient SLs to TMC’s organizational culture, teaching them professionalism in the realm of work ethic, oral and written communications,teamwork/collaboration and critical thinking/problem solving;
  • To critique and mentor SLs through comprehensiveinstruction and reflection.
  • To familiarize SLs with a mission-driven nonprofit business model;
  • To introduce SLs to the challenges our community faces as well as TMC’s broad network of community members, leaders, and non-profit partners.
  • To demonstrate the impact that each SL can make in their community and in the lives of the high school students TMC serves.
Program Long-Term Success 
Program Goals: 
Goal 1: To strengthen workforce readiness and the skills needed for the 21st century.
Goal 2: To foster life-long civic engagement.
Impact Statement: For students completing the Service-learning Program, 90% of the students will graduate college, secure employment within their chosen field of student, and remain engaged in their communities.
Program Success Monitored By  The SLP evaluation plan utilizes an internal evaluator working with program participants, staff and collaborative partners to ensure an effective, continuous evaluation. The evaluator will utilize a Logic Model and meet with the evaluation team bimonthly to discuss program progress, methods of service as well as curriculum variations. At the beginning and the end of students’ service, the SLM will conduct one-on-one interviews to evaluate their progress, strengths, and areas for growth. The formative evaluation interviews include questions such as: Have you felt that you have had a vital role in the projects that you have been working on; have the projects which you have worked on improved any skills which you may not have been confident in? The summative evaluation interviews include questions such as: how has TMC’s SLP improved skills applicable to your chosen field? Final evaluation may include a letter of recommendation. Upon request, the SLM takes in upon oneself to aid the SLs in finding placements in their field. Furthermore, the program will document demographic information and implement a system of pre-and post-interviews to measure students’ skill and behavioral development. TMC measures the effectiveness of our programs by maintaining a list of participants, monitoring their progress, assessing our programs before and after, and documenting successes individually and as a whole.
Examples of Program Success  “Interning for The Marble Collection has given me valuable knowledge of nonprofit organizations and how they operate. I've also been able to gain extensive editing experience, helping me hone a skill that will be important once I graduate and start a career in the literary world.” --Service-learner

Mentoring for Publication Workshop

TMC offers its published teens a unique online or in-person Mentoring for Publication Workshop in which they are paired one-to-one with college student mentors who provide constructive, editorial feedback, and help them refine their voices and revise their work for publication. The workshops take place as a series of online conversations over a 6-week period and are intended to replicate the process of professional publication. The mentors evaluate teens’ work using an assessment rubric designed by TMC’s staff. Teens explore the creative process through self-reflection, and ultimately, learn to describe their work and convey its meaning to audiences. The workshops conclude with practical knowledge, such as drafting a press release and creating an artist or author biography.

Budget  $90,311.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Program Goals
  • To enhance students' skill development in craft;
  • To increase students' knowledge on professional creative skills: publishing, marketing, self-promotion, selling work;
  • To improve students' confidence and social skills.
Program Long-Term Success  For students completing the Student Mentoring Workshop, 90% of the students will graduate college.
Program Success Monitored By 
Outcomes
Pre/post survey
% of students from public vs. private high school
demographics: gender, ethnicity, age
% of students offered arts courses during school time
% of students enrolled in arts courses out of school time
% of students planning to attend higher education (Certificate, 2-year, 4-year, other)
% of students planning to specialize in creative arts in higher education
Outputs
# of students mentored
# of school partners
# of teacher liaisons
# of nonprofit partners
# of students published
# of submissions
# of magazines printed
Examples of Program Success 

"TMC allowed me to experience a more professional level of publication than I had previously experienced. I was able to see my work among other talented peers. I gained a new level confidence in my writing and my motivation to edit." --Shell Feda, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School

"The Marble Collection helped me understand that I do have what it takes to pursue writing as a career." --Hannah Lamarre, Dartmouth High School

"not only has TMC strengthened my writing skills, but it has exposed me to the works of so many incredibly talented fellow high school students...I feel extremely inspired and motivated to pursue creative writing in higher studies!" --Soubhik Barari, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Deanna Elliot
CEO Term Start Aug 2008
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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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? Yes
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 25
Number of Volunteers 16
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 27
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 0
Male: 0
Not Specified 27

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 --
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 No 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. Meryl Loonin
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term Aug - Jan
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Deanna Elliot The Marble COllection, Inc. NonVoting
Ms. Melody Forbes Harvard Voting
Mr. Ross Klosterman Provident Healthcare Partners Voting
Ms. Kathryn Lee Brimmer and May School Voting
Ms. Meryl Loonin Author --
Ms. Donna Neal University of Massachusetts, Boston Voting
Ms. Chelsea Revelle Director of Arts & Culture, United South End Settlements --
Mr. John Sadoff 826 Boston Voting
Ms. Leanne Scott John Hancock 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: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 0
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Board Information

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

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2013 to Aug 31, 2014
Projected Income $185,443.00
Projected Expense $180,622.00
Form 990s

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

Audit Documents

2009 Compilation

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $30,118 $27,715 $42,471
Total Expenses $36,892 $29,019 $60,505

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $21,070 $16,456 $34,835
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $8,959 $11,242 $7,611
Investment Income, Net of Losses $89 $17 $25
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $26,903 $20,600 $40,923
Administration Expense $6,274 $4,365 $9,614
Fundraising Expense $3,715 $4,054 $9,968
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.82 0.96 0.70
Program Expense/Total Expenses 73% 71% 68%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 18% 25% 29%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $18,656 $18,558 $20,797
Current Assets $17,655 $18,480 $20,319
Long-Term Liabilities $27,974 $21,202 $54,442
Current Liabilities $919 $819 $1,740
Total Net Assets $-10,237 $-3,463 $-35,385

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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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 --
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 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 19.21 22.56 11.68

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 150% 114% 262%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
 
The Marble Collection was founded and applied for nonprofit status from IRS in 2008 and registered as an nonprofit in state of MA. Then, while waiting for IRS to process their 501 (c)(3) application, they became fiscally sponsored by Documentary Educational Resources. They then filed a 990 covering 2009-2010 (covering 9/01/09 - 8/31/10) and received nonprofit status from IRS in April 2010, which retroactively gave them nonprofit status as of their 2008 application date.

Documents


Other Documents

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Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

How We Fulfill Our Mission

The Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts


The Marble Collection: Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts is a juried, semiannual print and online magazine that features artwork, photography, poetry, and creative writing by teens in grades 8-12. All work that appears in the magazine is juror-selected to ensure artistic excellence. The juries are comprised primarily of college student interns with a background in the literary and visual arts. Jurors select work for publication on the basis of a rubric and also seek to ensure that teens from different grade levels and from public and private schools are represented. The print edition of the magazine is distributed free to published students and for an annual subscription fee of $27 to schools, libraries, and members of the public. In 2015, courtesy of UMass Boston, the magazine was distributed to every high school and public library in the state -–a circulation of 4,000 print copies -- making it into the hands of nearly 35,000 teens, educators, and community members.

Mentoring for Publication Workshops


TMC offers its published teens a unique online or in-person Mentoring for Publication Workshop in which they are paired one-to-one with college student mentors who provide constructive, editorial feedback, and help them refine their voices and revise their work for publication. The workshops take place as a series of online conversations over a 6-week period and are intended to replicate the process of professional publication. The mentors evaluate teens’ work using an assessment rubric designed by TMC’s staff. Teens explore the creative process through self-reflection, and ultimately, learn to describe their work and convey its meaning to audiences. The workshops conclude with practical knowledge, such as drafting a press release and creating an artist or author biography.

e-Gallery


Teen artists are also offered the opportunity to sell their work on TMC’s e-Gallery. The proceeds of each sale are divided between the student artist and The Marble Collection. The e- Gallery is a great opportunity for students to promote their work and bolster their college applications and portfolios.

Spark the Arts


Spark the Arts is TMC’s teen-run arts advocacy campaign that provides participants with the tools to advocate for the arts in their schools and communities. Spark the Arts uses video, creativity and social action to advocate for high quality arts education and youth arts programs for every Massachusetts teen.

Spring Into Art: Magazine Release Gala

Each year, TMC hosts a magazine release gala, Spring into Art, to coincide with the release of its spring magazine. In 2015, the Spring into Art gala took place at the Harbor Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. More than 220 teens, educators, families, and supporters attended the gala, which featured a gallery exhibit and sale of teen artwork, and a program of readings of teen poetry and fiction, emceed by spoken word poet and former National Poetry SLAM champion, Regie Gibson. In the future, TMC will continue to celebrate and honor published teen writers and artists at the gala, while also seeking to attract more potential high capacity donors and prominent members of the arts community.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

How We Fulfill Our Mission Continued 

Teen Publication Workshop

TMC's Teen Publication Workshop is offered to Massachusetts’ schools, libraries and community organizations with priority given to those that serve under-resourced teens. The workshop is offered at no cost to encourage teens, educators and community leaders to participate in TMC’s free publishing and mentoring programs. An intimate 30-45-minute exclusive with the TMC team, the workshop demystifies the steps of the publication process from submission, to juror-selection, to the Mentoring for Publication Workshop, to e-Gallery, to magazine release gala. Through the workshop, teens learn how to edit, polish, and assess their creative work and gain the tools and inspiration to share their voices in TMC’s award-winning magazine. For those interested in pursuing the visual and literary arts beyond high school, the workshop is also a great opportunity to bolster college applications and portfolios.

Building an Online Community of Teen Artists and Writers

TMC shares information via its website, e-Newsletter, and social media, including Facebook and twitter. Published teens, alumni, and supporters receive updates about regional arts and literary events, arts and writing competitions, career opportunities, and news related to arts advocacy at the local and state levels.

Internship Program

TMC’s internship program is a unique and integral part of its programming. The organization has collaborated with career services at colleges and universities across Massachusetts to recruit, train, and host its internship staff. In fall 2015, TMC initiated a semester-long (roughly 4-month) internship course, in which UMass Boston students receive college credits for their participation in the program. College student interns assess creative work for publication, mentor high school artists and writers, and provide assistance in marketing, community and media relations, grant writing, and development. They have the opportunity to transfer classroom knowledge into a real life setting and gain essential 21st century workforce skills in areas of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, civic responsibility and leadership. Their contribution is key to the success of TMC and its programs. TMC hosts approximately 30 college student interns annually, with the majority attending UMass Boston. Interns collaborate via an online workspace platform and meet in-person at the UMB Campus Center.


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

Our Staff


Our current staff consists of Founder and Executive Director, Deanna Elliot and a part-time Internship Program Manager. We also pay an accountant on a fee- for-services basis. Our highest fundraising priority is to attract sufficient income to pay a full-time salary for our Executive Director. With stepped up fundraising, we also hope to add a part-time Development staff member and to convert our Internship Program Manager into a full-time position.

Our Board
of Directors

As a young and growing organization, we have an active and highly participatory board. We are seeking to diversify and grow to 12 to 16 members in the next two years. Ideal candidates will support our strategic planning, engage in fundraising and networking efforts, and serve as public ambassadors for the organization. TMC is looking for individuals with experience in starting or helping to run a successful business or nonprofit, fundraising and development, accounting, marketing, public relations, social media, law, and board governance. Experience in education and curriculum development and involvement and passion for the arts are a plus. In addition to our board, we also maintain an advisory committee and a Student Advisory Board.


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

Evaluation & Outcomes

We measure the effectiveness of TMC’s programs by maintaining a list of participants, which is broken down and tracked over time by grade level, school, community, gender, and racial and ethnic identity and reviewed each year to more effectively broaden our impact and reach. We monitor participants’ progress, assess programs before and after, and document successes individually and as a whole. Teens who take part in our programs not only experience the joy and pride of seeing their work online and in print, but also build resumes and portfolios for college and career. In our workshops, they reflect on the creative process, receive constructive editorial feedback, and learn to articulate their artistic visions. They also gain practical knowledge of the publishing process, including how to draft a press release, create an artist or author biography, and exhibit their work for audiences.

In testimonials, our teen artists and writers tell us that taking part in TMC’s programs helps them discover their passions, build their confidence and life skills, and find inspiration to pursue their art beyond high school. In evaluations, 95% of teens rate the workshops as a highly positive experience that strengthened their confidence, social skills, and artistic and writing abilities. The following comment is characteristic of the feedback we receive, TMC allowed me to experience a more professional level of publication. I was able to see my work among other talented peers. I gained a new level confidence in my writing and my motivation.”


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

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