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RANGELEY FRIENDS OF THE PERFORMING ARTS INC

We Bring the Arts to Life

aka RFA   |   Rangeley, ME   |  www.rangeleyarts.org

Mission

"We bring the Arts to life!" For 50 years the Rangeley Friends of the Arts has been working to increase the public value for the arts. We do this by presenting a broad array of high quality arts programs to the people in the rural counties of Franklin & Oxford, Maine. . We also provide low cost arts education to children and teens via 2 weeks of summer drama camp. We subsidize dance lessons and music lessons for local youth throughout the year. We provide a scholarship to a graduating senior who is continuing his/her education in the arts. We sponsor annual school trips to venues such as the Portland Symphony Orchestra. We produce 2 musicals, a musical revue, and 2 plays during the summer season. We also host professional musicians in a variety of genres.

Ruling year info

1983

President

Valerie Zapolsky

Main address

2493 Main St PO Box 333

Rangeley, ME 04970 USA

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Formerly known as

Rangeley Friends of the Performing Arts

EIN

01-0385416

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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We Bring the Arts to Life in the rural western mountains of Maine.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Summer Drama Camp

Two day camps are offered; one for teens and one for grades 3 - 6.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

One week long summer day camp for teen focusing on the theater arts.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

A series of musical concerts in a variety of genres are presented to the public in the Rangeley Maine Region.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We produce and direct a full length musical, a play and 2 musical revues for the population of Franklin and Oxford Counties in Maine. The cast and crew are from the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Any student in the Rangeley Lake region may apply for a subsidy for group or private dance or music lessons with our contracted teachers.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The RFA supports a free after school program for student in grades 5-9. Student are delivered by the bus, are offered a healthy snack, homework help and an art based activity. All students (home-schooled or public school) are welcome.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of paid admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents, Preteens

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Attendance at various programs, musical events, live theater, and movies.

Average number of dollars received per donor

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents, Preteens

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

in 2015 from 256 donors and in 2016 from 272 donors, 2017 from 350 donors, 2018 from 267 donors, 2019 from 242 donors, 2020 from 352 donors , 2021 from 176 donors, and in 2022 from 271 donors.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Board Members of the Rangeley Friends of the Arts are passionate about our mission of Bringing the Arts to Life! We are consistently working to achieve our vision of becoming a regional arts center: enriching, educating and inspiring the community with a variety of exciting and engaging arts programming.

For our community we present and support: student art, music and dance lessons; student instrumental program; an after-school arts program; college scholarships; community musicals; dramatic productions; art workshops, storytelling workshops and performances, week-long drama camps for youth and teens; an art gallery focusing on Maine artists; concerts; an Independent Film Series and movies throughout the year. We run a tight budget in all these programs, depending on donations of supplies and money as well as support from our local advertising sponsors. We have been writing and receiving grants to support our operations and resulting programs as well.

In 2013 the RFA received the donation of the Rangeley Lakeside Theater. It was a cinema and while maintaining that capability, we have expanded the stage and backstage areas, improved the sound and lighting to become a fully functional live theater. The theater also provides a place for music and dance lessons and drama camps. The lobby has been renovated and provides dedicated art gallery space for 7 shows annually. We collaborate with a neighboring art space to bring art workshops to community.
We have a 16-member working board of very committed volunteers. These people wrangle hundreds of further volunteers to present our vast and varied programs. We now have a full-time Executive Director to support all our programming and promotions. We also have 5 part-time employees.

The RFA Theater still needs some improvements. Recently we have created more classroom space, the interior has had a face lift and we installed new theater light and sound boards, but our building facade still needs updating. This will improve the beauty of our Main Street as well as provide better accessibility and functionality. These capital investments take more dollars than our usual budget allows, so we have raised funds for these improvements via capital campaign. We hope to complete these improvements in 2023.

Financials

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Operations

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RANGELEY FRIENDS OF THE PERFORMING ARTS INC

Board of directors
as of 03/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Valerie Zapolsky

Valerie Zapolsky

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes