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Arts Connect International Inc.

 14 Whitby Terrace, Unit 2
 Dorchester, MA 02125
[P] (585) 7376895
[F] --
http://www.artsconnectinternational.org
[email protected]
Marian Brown
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INCORPORATED: 2014
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EIN 46-3447371

LAST UPDATED: 10/03/2018
Organization DBA --
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Arts Connect International (ACI) partners with emerging artist leaders of color, and arts influencers who hold institutional power in the contemporary art world, to collectively build equity, access, and inclusion through transformational leadership development.

Mission Statement

Arts Connect International (ACI) partners with emerging artist leaders of color, and arts influencers who hold institutional power in the contemporary art world, to collectively build equity, access, and inclusion through transformational leadership development.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $105,000.00
Projected Expense $97,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • 2019 Arts Equity Summit

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Overview

Mission Statement

Arts Connect International (ACI) partners with emerging artist leaders of color, and arts influencers who hold institutional power in the contemporary art world, to collectively build equity, access, and inclusion through transformational leadership development.

Background Statement

There is a cultural equity gap within the arts sector, leading to the systemic underrepresentation of arts leaders of color in our contemporary arts landscape. Holding the conviction that art is a human right, ACI works to build equity within the arts by taking an intersectional, community-contextualized and asset-based approach to engage in critical questions around access and equity in the arts, demonstrated through four key strands: 1) artist leader development, 2) consulting, 3) empirical research, and 4) community programming. We operate as an ‘equity incubator’ allowing us to be reflexive, iterative and responsive to community needs as we work towards field-wide systemic change.

ACI’s mission is to partner with emerging artist leaders of color, and arts influencers who hold institutional power in the contemporary art world, to collectively build equity, access, and inclusion through transformational leadership development. We believe that incubating transformational leadership development among arts leaders from historically marginalized communities and power-holding institutions will catalyze the closure of the cultural equity gap.

At the core, we believe that:

Art is a human right and therefore must be accessible to all.

Racism and marginalization, in any form, is a breach of human rights.

Art serves as a conduit for cross-cultural understanding, deep and meaningful learning, creative expression, and community building, making it an adaptive tool for social change.

Change must be fostered at a community-contextualized level to be effective and sustainable.

Systems of oppression permeate conscious and unconscious thought making it imperative to support those already woke, and those awakening, to collaboratively work towards equity.


Impact Statement

Arts Connect International (ACI) partners with emerging arts leaders of color, and arts influencers who hold institutional power in the contemporary art world, to collectively build equity, access, and inclusion through transformational leadership development. We operate as an equity incubator through four key strands: 1) artist leader development, 2) consulting, 3) empirical research, and 4) community programming. This holistic approach allows us to be responsive, iterative, and relevant as we pursue systemic change.

Since our inception, ACI has provided a support system for emerging arts leaders of color dedicated to using art as a tool for equity, manifesting in international residencies, artist grants, retreats, and training institutes akin to an express social-justice MBA. Through our ongoing support of over fourty arts leaders, we’ve reached more than seven-thousand constituents through community programming, partnering with thirty local organizations including VSA Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts Boston, ArtWeek Boston, and the Living Closer Foundation.

In the summer of 2017, we conducted a nation-wide study, ‘Examining Cultural Equity in the Arts’ aimed to understand how industry leaders are talking about cultural equity, and how motivated they are to change the landscape. Publishing this study proved pivotal for ACI as it identified the key leaders within Boston’s arts community ready to address this work. The report has also been downloaded over ten-thousand times.
 
In sum, ‘Examining Cultural Equity in the Arts’ elucidated arts leaders’ great need and desire to address equity, yet lacking structural and financial support, and/or knowledge to do so effectively. This summer, we launched Phase II of the study, focused on elevating the voice of arts leaders of color and/or with disabilities in the arts equity conversation. Our upcoming programs, the Youth Arts Leadership Council (YALC) and 2019 Arts Equity Summit are extensions of this research and movement.
 
ACI is co-creating the Arts Equity Summit with high school youths from YALC, in collaboration with over thirty community partners, spanning industries and sectors. This convening will elevate youth, social practice artists, arts leaders of color and/or with disabilities, all while bringing funders, policy makers, and educators into conversation collaboratively.
 
This type of platform for conversation celebration and elevation is yet to exist on this scale, particularly with expressed focus on equity. We are ready, eager and energized to continue the conversation, pushing the bounds of our work and Boston’s collective arts and culture sector towards models of equity and inclusion.

Needs Statement

In order to cultivate a sustainable and vibrant arts and culture environment in Boston, we must first recognize that there is a “cultural equity gap” both nationally and within the Boston arts landscape. This equity gap constitutes the unequal representation in the arts of various identities, including but not limited to: race, disability, gender, sexual orientation and socio-economic status (class). The cultural equity gap arises from a systemic inequity in access to the arts, as well as access to positions of power within the arts.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Roxbury
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Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts & Culture
  2. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Minority Rights
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development-Citizenship

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

2019 Arts Equity Summit

To continue our work in building equity and inclusion in the arts, ACI is holding an Arts Equity Summit in March 2019 22nd - 24th. The summit is a three-day, arts-integrated event examining issues of equity in and through the arts, the first of its kind in Boston, and one of the first gatherings of this scale nationally. It will convene 400+ participants including arts leaders across the industry, youth, educators, funders, nonprofits, cultural organizations, corporations, elected officials, technology innovators, and media.
Budget  $58,300.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Population Served Minorities Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success 
Monitoring and evaluation design or the Arts Equity Summit include:
1) Pre- and Post-Summit survey on cultural equity in the arts for participants to elucidate core concepts learned and engaged.
2) Interviews with Youth Arts Leadership Council and mentors on their experience with both the research process and the Arts Equity Summit.
3) Demographics of attendees including:
# of organizations in attendance
# of organizations in collaboration for the summit
# of total participants in attendance
# of youths (particularly youths of color) in attendance
# of influencers (senior leadership and funders) in attendance
# of sessions led by youth
# of artworks engaged throughout the symposium
Program Long-Term Success  Working to create a more equitable arts and culture ecosystem both in and outside of Boston. 
Program Success Monitored By  Internally, through M&E metrics. 
Examples of Program Success  Described above. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms Marian Taylor Brown
CEO Term Start July 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Executive Director Marian Taylor Brown founded ACI in 2014 and is also a consultant for VSA Massachusetts, the state organization on art & disability. The programming and research conducted under her leadership has gleaned multiple awards, grants and recognitions, including: nomination for Forbes 30 Under 30 in Social Innovation, publication in the Social Innovation Journal, keynoting at conferences nationally and internationally, and being selected as a Social Science Research Center Dissertation Development Fellow. Prior to founding ACI Marian was the recipient of a Global Health Corps Fellowship to work at the Art and Global Health Center in Malawi, Africa, promoting HIV/AIDS education and advocacy through the arts. She also worked as the Associate Director for ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer's, where she led and managed 100 days of programming in the Boston metropolitan community for people living with dementia and their care partners. Throughout her education and work experience Marian has continued to work as a professional artist and her current studio investigation surrounds creating handmade paper out of recycled clothing for community building and catharsis (artist website). Marian is a PhD candidate at the School for Global Inclusion & Social Development at UMass Boston, having previously earned her EdM from The Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her BA from Colorado College.
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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 MA

External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
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 No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Ms Marian Taylor Brown
Board Chair Company Affiliation Arts Connect International
Board Chair Term June 2014 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Jennifer Bailey Board Member --
David Brown Board Member --
Marian Brown Executive Director --
Shreyas Navare Board Member --

Constituent Board Members

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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

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Board Demographics

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

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $105,000.00
Projected Expense $97,000.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

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IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $52,660 $64,687 $49,392
Total Expenses $58,916 $45,599 $43,247

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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Individual Contributions $50,208 $62,158 $49,392
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $2,452 $2,529 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $48,666 $39,577 $34,437
Administration Expense $9,858 $5,996 $8,500
Fundraising Expense $395 $26 $310
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.89 1.42 1.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses 83% 87% 80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 1% 0% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $25,279 $29,065 $9,677
Current Assets $25,279 $24,545 $9,677
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $2,771 $300 $0
Total Net Assets $22,508 $28,765 $9,677

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 6.00

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? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 9.12 81.82 --

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990EZs with additional functional expense breakout per the Form PCs on file with the state of MA. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

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Impact

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