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Boston University Arts Initiative

 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 201
 Boston, MA 02215
[P] (617) 3580489
[F] --
bu.edu/arts
[email protected]
Ty Furman
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INCORPORATED: 2012
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-2103547

LAST UPDATED: 05/30/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The BU Arts Initiative ensures the integral role of the arts in the educational experience of every BU student, making sure the arts are deeply embedded within the cultural and intellectual fabric of the University. We work to:

Raise the visibility of and bring recognition to the breadth and excellence of the arts at BU

Increase student access to and engagement with the arts at BU and in the Boston area, so that BU students develop an active and participatory role in the arts as a meaningful element of their BU experience

Support integration of the arts into the curriculum and faculty development of high quality, interdisciplinary, inclusive arts programming

Support student and staff initiatives that build community by engaging individuals in the practice of, participation in, and intellectual dialogue around art and art making

Encourage meaningful opportunities for the BU community and the Boston area community to connect via the arts

Mission Statement

The BU Arts Initiative ensures the integral role of the arts in the educational experience of every BU student, making sure the arts are deeply embedded within the cultural and intellectual fabric of the University. We work to:

Raise the visibility of and bring recognition to the breadth and excellence of the arts at BU

Increase student access to and engagement with the arts at BU and in the Boston area, so that BU students develop an active and participatory role in the arts as a meaningful element of their BU experience

Support integration of the arts into the curriculum and faculty development of high quality, interdisciplinary, inclusive arts programming

Support student and staff initiatives that build community by engaging individuals in the practice of, participation in, and intellectual dialogue around art and art making

Encourage meaningful opportunities for the BU community and the Boston area community to connect via the arts


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $300,000.00
Projected Expense $300,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • The BU Global Music Festival

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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


Overview

Mission Statement

The BU Arts Initiative ensures the integral role of the arts in the educational experience of every BU student, making sure the arts are deeply embedded within the cultural and intellectual fabric of the University. We work to:

Raise the visibility of and bring recognition to the breadth and excellence of the arts at BU

Increase student access to and engagement with the arts at BU and in the Boston area, so that BU students develop an active and participatory role in the arts as a meaningful element of their BU experience

Support integration of the arts into the curriculum and faculty development of high quality, interdisciplinary, inclusive arts programming

Support student and staff initiatives that build community by engaging individuals in the practice of, participation in, and intellectual dialogue around art and art making

Encourage meaningful opportunities for the BU community and the Boston area community to connect via the arts


Background Statement

Following the recommendations of the Arts Initiative Committee established in 2011, the BU Arts Initiative was officially launched in the fall of 2012 with a signature public event: a conversation between musician David Byrne and noted cognitive scientist Steven Pinker entitled “How Music Works: Are We Born Musical?” At the same time, a Provost’s Arts Council was established comprising faculty, staff, and students and whose role has been to advise and support the Initiative. Managing Director, Ty A. Furman was hired and began work in December 2012. Within a few months, communications mechanisms were improved and new ones established, including multiple social media outlets, personal networking, and the development of a new web site. A separate Student Advisory Council was also created to provide more opportunities for students to participate in the work of the Initiative and continue to build a student network for marketing and program support.


Impact Statement

Accomplishments:
  • Presented a successful five-day residency in March of 2017 with AXIS Dance Company, including a half day symposium on andvancing leadership and training opportunities for performing artists with disabilities co-sponsored by MCC, StageSource, Boston Dance Alliance, VSA Massachusetts, HowlRound, and NEFA
  • Hosted the a2ru (Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities) pre-conference in Nov. 2017 with more than 100 university and industry practitioners in creative placemaking
  •  Coordinated Research on Tap: Creative Research event with the interim dean of the College of Visual Arts and the Vice President for Research - featuring 10 artists presenting their current research/creative projects to an audience of over 100 faculty and graduate students
 
Goals:
  • Launch the BU Global Music Festival
  • Advance the conversation with university administration about a percent for art policy 
  • Increase arts programming around science and technology 

Needs Statement

Funding 
Arts Facilities - BU continues to struggle with adequate and appropriate arts facilities
Support Staff 

CEO Statement

The contemporary university stands on three legs, research, teaching, and service to the community. The BU Arts Initiative supports each of those in unique ways. In particular, we strive to engage the broader community, often, though not always, through youth, with the programs and activities we support.
 
For the BU Arts Initiative to support a program proposed by faculty, we insist that it be inclusive, interdisciplinary, and reflect the global nature of the university.  

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
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Organization Categories

  1. Education - Higher Education
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
  3. Public & Societal Benefit -

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

No

Programs

The BU Global Music Festival

The BU Global Music Festival is annual celebration of musical cultures around the world featuring high-caliber international artists as well as vibrant local musical communities, bringing the wider musical world to the doorstep of thousands of students, adults, young people, and families throughout the Boston area.

An expansion of the BU Global Music Concert Series, organized by the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, the BU Global Music Festival, presented in collaboration with the BU Arts Initiative, showcases musicians and performing artists steeped in folkloric, vernacular, popular, and traditional musics around the world, providing the BU community and the public access to diverse musical practices.

Accompanied by workshops, panel discussions, lectures, and other educational offerings, this festival will offer the audience intellectual insights and hands-on experiences in selected performing arts from various parts of the globe.

Through exploration of diverse musical cultures, BU Global Music Festival offers a chance for the audience to experience and understand human sameness and differences across cultures, and aspires to develop interest, respect, and engagement with our neighbors, near and far, through musical performance and education.

The BU Global Music Festival will include six or more acts, be free and open to the public, and will run October 5 and 6, 2018 on the Charles River Campus of Boston University in four different performances venues.

 
Budget  140,000
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served Adults Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 
By offering high quality global music experiences to both the BU and Boston area communities we expect to raise the awareness of the wide variety of musical styles and cultural heritages particularly among students and community/family populations that might not otherwise have encountered that music. 
 
 
Program Long-Term Success 
Broaden the BU brand in terms of welcoming environment and contributions to the vibrancy of the city.
 
Ability to expand into more days (ultimately we would like to do a 3-4 day festival). 
 
Possible establishment of a community advisory board for the BU Arts Initiative 
Program Success Monitored By 
Attendance
Press & online coverage
Benchmarking against peers/similar events
Event surveys
Staff debrief 
Examples of Program Success 
Knowing we reached communities/families that may not otherwise be music or world music consumers because of awareness or accessibility
Having people feel welcomed at BU
Full, diverse audiences
Increased attendance at other arts events at BU
 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We are thrilled to be launching this free festival, which we plan to expand each year. While of course this festival is meant to engage our students, it is equally meant to engage the broader Boston community, particularly families and others who may not be able to afford a substantial ticket price. We plan to market the festival specifically in cultural communities and neighborhoods. In part, this festival is a gift to the people of Boston.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Dr. Ty A Furman
CEO Term Start Dec 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Doctorate in Higher Education Management
Managing Director - BU Arts Initiative - developed all programs and services including grants, marketing initiatives, and artist residencies
Director - University Life Arts Initiatives - University of Pennsylvania - 15 years supporting student arts groups and engaging the broader community - including the development of a 13,000 square foot facility, the launching of an after school program, two pre-orientation programs, and numerous other leadership initiatives.
Instructor at LaSalle University, Temple University, Community College of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, and Boston University Metropolitan College (acting, public speaking, arts management)
Managing Director of the Barrymore Award Winning Vagabond Acting Troupe
MA in Theatre - Villanova University
Published in American Journal of Arts Management
Presented at KCACTF, AACU, and a2ru 
 
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
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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 MA

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

This year we are collaborating on programs with the Pao Arts Center in Chinatown and the Harvard Ed Portal. In the past we have collaborated on programming with Cultural Access New England, MCC, StageSource, Boston Dance Alliance, Howlround, and VSA Massachusetts. 
 
All of our major programming on campus is collaborative with other university programs and departments. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We are members of ArtsBoston, MassCreative, and the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru)

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 15
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Robert A. Knox
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cornerstone Equity Investors, LLC
Board Chair Term Sept 2008 -
Board Co-Chair Mr. John P. Howe
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Project Hope
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Robert A. Brown Boston University Exofficio
Robert D. Cohen Capital Properties Services LLC --
Jonathan R. Cole Columbia University --
Shamim A. Dahod Chelsmford Primary Care Exofficio
David F. D'Alessandro SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment --
Katheryn Pfisterer Darr Boston University Exofficio
Sudarshana Devadhar New Enlgand Conference of the United Methodist Church Voting
Richard B. DeWolfe DeWolfe & Compnay LLC --
Kenneth J. Feld Feld Entertainment, Inc. --
Sidney J. Feltenstein Sentinel Capitol Partners --
Ronald G. Garriques GEE Holdings Voting
Richard C. Godfrey Kirkland & Ellis, LLP --
SungEun Han-Anderson G.C. Anderson Family Foundation --
Bahaa R. Hariri Horizon Development --
Robert J. Hildreth International Bank Services, Inc., Families United in Educational Leadership --
John P. Howe III Project HOPE --
Stephen R. Karp New England Development, Inc. --
Rajen A. Kilachand Dodsal Group --
Cleve L. Killingsworth Jr. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts --
Elaine B. Kirshenbaum Massachusetts Medical Society --
Andrew R. Lack Bloomberg LP --
Eric S. Lander Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT Voting
Alan M. Leventhal Beacon Capital Partners, LLC --
J. Kenneth Menges Jr. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP --
Carla E. Meyer Social Worker --
Alicia C. Mullen Washing Pond Ventures --
Peter T. Paul Headlands Asset Management, LLC --
C.A. Lance Piccolo HealthPic Consultants Inc. --
Stuart W. Pratt Fort Point Real Estate --
Allen Questrom J.C. Penney Company, Inc. --
Richard D. Reidy Progress Software Corporation --
Sharon G. Ryan Community Volunteer --
S.D. Shibulal Infosys Technologies Ltd --
Richard C. Shipley Shiprock Capital, LLC; Shipley Company, LLC --
Hugo X. Shong International Data Group (IDG); IDG Capital Partners --
Bippy M. Siegal Raycliff Investments LLC --
Nina C. Tassler CBS Entertainment --
Andrea L. Taylor Microsoft Corporation --
Stephen M. Zide Esq. Bain Capital --

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
Jen Beard BU School of Public Health NonVoting
James Bird BU College of Engineering NonVoting
Judy Braha BU School of Theatre NonVoting
Japonica Brown-Saracino BU College of Arts and Sciences - Sociology NonVoting
Mary Jane Doherty College of Communication NonVoting
Kenn Elmore Dean of Students NonVoting
Karen Jacobs Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences NonVoting
Jack McCarthy BU Questrom School of Business NonVoting
Susan Mizruchi College of Arts and Sciences - Humanities Center NonVoting
Vita Paladino Howard Gottlieb Archival Research Center NonVoting
Toni Pepe BU School of Visual Arts NonVoting
Nathan Phillips BU College of Arts and Sciences - Earth and Environment NonVoting
Carrie Preston College of Arts and Sciences - Kilachand Honors Program NonVoting
Meg Tyler BU College of General Studies NonVoting
Greg Williams College of Arts and Sciences - History of Art & Architecture NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 6
Caucasian: 30
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 9
Male: 31
Not Specified 0

Board Information

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

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

As a program of BU we have an advisory board of faculty and staff, but there is no voting, and they have no formal supervisory role.
We meet 8 times a year. The advisory board members are listed under the Advisory Board Members section above.
 
Please note, Boston University's board (Trustees of Boston University) is listed under the main Board Members section above and the demographic data relates to that board.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $300,000.00
Projected Expense $300,000.00
Form 990s

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audited Financials

2016 Audited Financials

2015 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $302,000 $294,000 $255,000
Total Expenses $302,000 $294,000 $255,000

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $302,000 $294,000 $255,000

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $212,000 $203,000 $188,000
Administration Expense $66,000 $66,000 $43,000
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates $24,000 $25,000 $24,000
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.00 1.00 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 70% 69% 74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $0 $0 $0
Current Assets $0 $0 $0
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $0 $0 $0

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
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 N/A
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 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our annual budget is allocated from the Office of the Provost and covers all programs and staff of the BU Arts Initiative, except the salary and benefits of the Managing Director. I have attached the audited university financials for FY17.

Foundation Comments

Please note, the BU Arts Initiative is a program of Boston University and its financials are included within the Trustees of Boston University IRS Form 990s and consolidated audited financials posted above. Data in the charts and graphs, and the income and expense projections, reflect the BU Arts Initiative program and were provided by the organization.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

  • Raise the visibility of and bring recognition to the breadth and excellence of the arts at BU
  • Increase student access to and engagement with the arts at BU and in the Boston area, so that BU students develop an active and participatory role in the arts as a meaningful element of their BU experience
  • Support integration of the arts into the curriculum and faculty development of high quality, interdisciplinary, inclusive arts programming
  • Support initiatives that build community by engaging individuals in the practice of, participation in, and intellectual dialogue around art and art making
  • Encourage meaningful opportunities for the BU community and the Boston area community to connect via the arts

Beyond these, and less tangible is to have Boston University recognized as an arts destination in the Boston region.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Building effective marketing mechanisms to both the broad student community and targeted audiences
Creating and supporting unique and engaging arts events that are attractive to students and community members
 
 

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

We have a strong track record for collaborating to present exciting artists and events that frequently "sell out"
At BU we are uniquely situated to present things like global music successfully because of our faculty expertise and experience and our diverse student population
We have access to the venues on campus 

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

Attendance numbers
Annual Student surveys assessing the intrinsic value of arts engagement 
participant feedback 
University leadership feedback
social media and web mentions 

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

Our attendance numbers for most events are very good
Student surveys show positive results for student engagement in the arts
We still have work to do to be recognized as an arts destination in the Boston region