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Boston Shakespeare Project Inc.

 2 Oliver St, Ste 802
 Boston, MA 02190
[P] (617) 580-2670
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http://www.bostonshakespeareproject.org
[email protected]
Kerri Bowen
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INCORPORATED: 2012
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 46-1317456

LAST UPDATED: 01/25/2019
Organization DBA City Lights
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Boston Shakespeare Project provides arts education and writing programs to Greater Boston's underserved youth and builds bridges between local schools and universities. Our programs are designed to develop 21st century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration; to enrich language arts learning and promote literacy; and to foster mentoring relationships that inspire young students on the path to higher education.

Mission Statement

Boston Shakespeare Project provides arts education and writing programs to Greater Boston's underserved youth and builds bridges between local schools and universities. Our programs are designed to develop 21st century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration; to enrich language arts learning and promote literacy; and to foster mentoring relationships that inspire young students on the path to higher education.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $129,900.00
Projected Expense $115,082.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • City Lights Writing Collaborative
  • Shakespeare in Motion

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Overview

Mission Statement

Boston Shakespeare Project provides arts education and writing programs to Greater Boston's underserved youth and builds bridges between local schools and universities. Our programs are designed to develop 21st century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration; to enrich language arts learning and promote literacy; and to foster mentoring relationships that inspire young students on the path to higher education.


Background Statement

Boston Shakespeare Project was founded in 2012 by a group of educators in response to a seeming paradox in the city’s educational landscape: while Boston’s colleges and universities are exceptionally resource-rich, so many of our public schools experience budget cuts and a lack of affordable, external enrichment opportunities. At the heart of our effort to help close this gap is a belief in the value of bridging communities, and the power of individuals to effect positive change. Our mission is to provide literacy enrichment programs to Greater Boston’s underserved youth and to foster a spirit of community and collaboration between local schools and universities. We design our programs to offer young students early, exciting encounters with Shakespeare in text and performance; to enrich language arts learning and boost reading and writing skills; to foster 21st-century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration; to promote a spirit of mentorship and civic engagement; and to inspire young students on the path to higher education.

Our strategy for addressing the problem of equal access to educational enrichment opportunities is unique in our focus on building bridges between local schools and universities. By engaging networks of exceptional undergraduate and graduate students to deliver programming alongside experienced educators, we have created a model that is replicable, sustainable, and financially efficient. Recognizing that the talent and passion that exists on Greater Boston’s college campuses is an under-utilized resource, we seek to promote skills-based volunteering by pairing university students with youth in classrooms and after-school venues, thereby forming dynamic learning communities and supportive mentoring relationships. Our educational outreach programs are informed by the tenets of creative youth development models, which view program participants as active learning partners and focus on the unique assets, skills, and experiences youth bring to our programs.

Since the fall of 2014, we have partnered with students from Tufts University to deliver free programming to more than 3,000 students (grades 4-8) attending Title 1 schools in Somerville, Medford, Boston (Charlestown, Dorchester, Roslindale, Chinatown), Lynn, and Lawrence. We have delivered sustained, weekly, semester long or yearlong enrichment programs to approximately 125 students in Somerville, Medford, Lawrence, and Boston (Charlestown). We achieved this impact with a single university team consisting of 5-8 undergraduate students, 1-3 graduate students, and a full-time executive director.


Impact Statement

BSP experienced significant growth in 2016. Some our of accomplishments are listed below:
  • We delivered theater arts programming to more than 2,000 under-resourced youth in Greater Boston (grades 4-8).
  • We delivered sustained, weekly, semester-long, mentoring programs to more than 45 students (grades 5-8).
  • We grew our community school partnerships from 4 to 8 schools.
  • We grew our undergraduate teaching team from 5 to 9 individuals, and hired three part-time staff. 

Needs Statement

1. Funding for program staff; 2. Funding for development staff/support; 3. Program volunteers; 4. Volunteers for operational support; 5. Communications support

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- South Dorchester
Charlestown, Medford, Somerville, Lynn, Lawrence, Roslindale, and Dorchester.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs

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

Under Development

Programs

City Lights Writing Collaborative

City Lights Writing Workshops (College Essay Writing): One-on-one support for high school students working on college admission essays. Students explore and hone techniques for brainstorming and writing compelling personal narratives.  City Lights Writing Workshops (Academic Writing): One-on-one sessions with our writing coaches offer vital support for high school students looking to improve their academic writing skills. Students explore the process of writing a persuasive essay, from brainstorming and planning, to drafting and revision. Students work on constructing compelling theses, developing their ideas through careful analysis, and writing in lucid prose. Offered in class or after school, this program is designed to help students refine critical thinking and writing skills that translate across all disciplines in high school, college, and beyond.  Narrative Crossings: Exploring Identity, Community, and Voice: Narrative Crossings is a community-based writing project that connects local high school and college students. The project invites youth participants to explore questions of cultural identity, one’s place in the community, the experience of crossing boundaries, and conceptions of voice, belonging, and home. Participants collaborate with writers, poets, and photographers as they explore different mediums for sharing their stories with the broader community.
Budget  $10,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  Improved writing skills; improved close reading skills; exposure to skilled, caring mentors; increased educational enrichment opportunities for under-resourced schools.
Program Long-Term Success  Increased writing skills; increased communication skilled; increased creative critical thinking skills; increased academic performance for language arts assignments; increased sense of community and self-expression.
Program Success Monitored By  Tracking demographic data, student/teacher surveys, tutor session reports, qualitative analysis of student writing, student interviews.
Examples of Program Success  N/A: Program is currently in pilot stage.

Shakespeare in Motion

Shakespeare in Motion (After School): Our after-school program invites middle school students to explore Shakespeare's enduring characters and themes through the eyes of an actor. Professional teaching artists and undergraduate mentors guide participants through a variety of theatre games and activities, sharing the essentials of acting and directing, and helping students to discover the possibilities that unfold while bringing Shakespeare's language to life. Connecting mind and body through theatre and play, the program helps to build artistic, literacy, and social emotional skills, including communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and empathy.  Shakespeare in Motion (Performances): In partnership with a touring troupe of undergraduate actors, writers, and directors from Tufts University, our Shakespeare in Motion performances bring imaginative, abbreviated 40-45 minute adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays (geared for students in grades 4-8) to Greater Boston’s elementary and middle schools. These plays offer an inspiring, accessible, and engaging early encounter with Shakespeare in performance and encourage audience participation.

Budget  $30,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  Some of our program short-term successes include: exposing thousands of students to their first live performance of a Shakespeare play (i.e. offering a unique and enriching cultural experience directly related to academic content); offering under-resourced schools free performance opportunities; helping under-resourced schools to meet BPS's best practices for bringing arts education to K-12 students; offering dozens of young students sustained exposure to undergraduate mentors who model intellectual curiosity and a passionate engagement with the arts and humanities. 
Program Long-Term Success  Some of our long-term outcomes include: increased academic confidence; increased close reading and critical thinking skills; increased social-emotional skills; increased sense of connectedness and community amongst peers and mentors; increased communication skills; increased civic engagement.
Program Success Monitored By  Student surveys (perceived effects), teacher surveys (perceived effects), detailed workshop reports (staff observation), tracking of demographic information, student interviews, teacher interviews, staff interviews, qualitative analysis of student writing, etc.
Examples of Program Success 
BSP delivers live performances to more than 2,000 low-income students each year: 95% of these students have never had the opportunity to see a live Shakespeare performance before. 100% of teachers surveyed indicate this exposure increases their students' interest in and enthusiasm for engaging with Shakespeare in the ELA classroom. 
 
For our long-term residency programs, more than 90% of participants indicate:
      * they are interested in participating in the program again
      * they would recommend the program to a friend
      * the program helped them to feel more confident about public speaking
      * the program helped improve their understanding of Shakespeare's language (and challenging language in general)
      * the program made them feel more enthusiastic and confident about studying Shakespeare and other challenging texts in the future
 
Additionally, more than 95% of students indicated they never had the opportunity to participate in a theater arts program like ours before.  
 
Notable comments from participants/teachers include:
      * "This program helped me open a new window in my life that I haven't experienced before." -7th grader
      * "Boston Shakespeare Project made a different part of me show and shine." -8th grader
      * "The actors had students on their feet, rooting for love!" -7th grade teacher
      * "Boston Shakespeare Project is what excellence in education is all about." - Middle School Literacy Coach
      * "This program was so fun and inspiring." -5th grader
      * "Performing with the fellows was very special and I will always remember it," - 5th grader 
       

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kerri Bowen
CEO Term Start Nov 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Kerri Bowen, Ph.D., is the founding director of Boston Shakespeare Project d/b/a City Lights. She earned her B.A. in English and Economics from Bowdoin College. Prior to founding the nonprofit, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Bates and Connecticut College, and a lecturer in writing at Tufts University, where she received awards for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education and Outstanding Academic Scholarship from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her scholarship explores intersecting discourses of gender studies, narrative theory, and visual culture. She currently holds the appointment of Visiting Fellow at the Center for Humanities at Tufts, promoting the arts and humanities as platforms for community-building, creative youth development, and civic engagement.


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Co-CEO Email --
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Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Awards

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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

Boston Public Schools, Lawrence Public Schools, Somerville Public Schools, Medford Public Schools, Lynn Charter Schools, Medford Public Library, Ipswich Public Library.

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 14
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 9
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

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 Yes Bi-Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Kerri Bowen
Board Chair Company Affiliation Tufts University
Board Chair Term Jan 2017 - Jan 2018
Board Co-Chair Mr. Kevin Dun
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Tufts University
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2017 - Jan 2018

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Kerri Bowen Visiting Fellow, Center for Humanities at Tufts Voting
Kevin Dunn Vice Provost, Tufts University Voting
Judith Haber Professor, Tufts University Voting
Elizabeth Mone Attorney, No Current Affiliation Voting
Jessie Walthers Executive Director, Flathead Building Association Voting

Constituent Board Members

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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mark Brimhall-Vargas Brandeis NonVoting
Gary Kastal Frost Elementary and Middle School NonVoting
Julia Perlowski Parthum Middle School, Lawrence NonVoting
Barbara Rubel Tufts University NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $129,900.00
Projected Expense $115,082.00
Form 990s

2015 990EZ

2014 990N

2013 990N

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IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $114,100 $4,363 $1,124
Total Expenses $8,110 $4,363 $1,124

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $114,100 $4,363 $1,124
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
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Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $4,053 $1,451 --
Administration Expense $4,057 $2,912 $1,124
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 14.07 1.00 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 50% 33% 0%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $105,990 $0 $0
Current Assets $105,990 $0 $0
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $105,990 $0 $0

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 3.00

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? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990-EZ for FY15 and per the Form PCs on file with the state of MA for FY14 and FY13. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


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