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Eastern Iowa Arts Academy

Cedar Rapids, IA   |  www.easterniowaartsacademy.org

Mission

The EIAA provides equitable arts experiences that inspire our community towards creativity, acceptance, and personal empowerment. The goal of the EIAA is to ensure that all K-12 students, regardless of their social and economic status, have access to art and music opportunities. Through a variety of classes in art, music, drama, dance, cultural arts, and creative writing, the EIAA seeks to enhance the appreciation of the arts, strengthen performance abilities, provide high-quality after-school activities, and celebrate the rich diversity of the community. The EIAA's multidisciplinary and multicultural arts programs are designed to be accessible and engaging for students of all races, ethnicities, genders, abilities, and cultures.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Heather Wagner

Main address

1841 E Ave NE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 USA

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EIN

26-0557542

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Eastern Iowa Arts Academy is trying to address the issue of inequity in access to arts education for children from low-income families. We aim to provide opportunities for children to participate in art and music programs without the financial barriers that may prevent them from doing so. Research has shown that children who participate in arts programs have better academic outcomes, higher self-esteem, and improved social skills. However, many children from low-income families do not have access to these programs due to financial constraints. By providing access to arts education, we are working to promote the overall development and well-being of these children, and promote self esteem and a positive vision for their future.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Music and Arts Studio / Studio 17

The Music and Arts Studios and Studio 17 offer a vibrant and inclusive learning environment where individuals of all ages and backgrounds can explore and develop their artistic talents in music and art. Through creative and innovative classes and workshops, students are encouraged to express themselves and build skills that they can use throughout their lives. For K-12 students, yearly membership is available at the Music and Arts Studios, while adult participants are required to pay a class fee, which feeds back into the program to assist with financial aid for K-12 students. Classes usually run between 4 and 6 weeks varying in interests such as bookmaking, painting, guitar, songwriting, printmaking, fiber arts, calligraphy, sculpture, sound engineering and watercolor to name a few. Regardless of whether a student is a member or not, the programs strive to make high-quality arts education accessible to all, regardless of their socioeconomic status or other personal circumstances.

Population(s) Served
Children
People with disabilities
LGBTQ people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Governor's Arts Award 2023

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs/Iowa Arts Council

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of free participants on field trips

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

Ethnic and racial groups, LGBTQ people, Economically disadvantaged people, At-risk youth, Women and girls

Related Program

Music and Arts Studio / Studio 17

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are rough numbers. It varies by field trip, but essentially all field trips for our students are at no cost to our kids. We are expecting the number to rise with better transportation options

Number of donations made by board members

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Women and girls, LGBTQ people, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

100% of our board members personally donate to the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy.

Number of leadership positions held by organization staff in community initiatives

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

Ethnic and racial groups, LGBTQ people, Women and girls, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Executive Director is on the NonProfit Advisory Committee for the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, as well as Commissioner on the City of CR Public Art Commission and member of Optimists

Total number of classes offered

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Families, People with disabilities, LGBTQ people, Non-adult children

Related Program

Music and Arts Studio / Studio 17

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes all of our programming, including classes in after school programs at the Cedar Rapids Community Schools, College Community Schools as well as classes with local community partnerships.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The Eastern Iowa Arts Academy aims to accomplish several goals beyond the issues of equity and access to the arts by breaking financial barriers. We work to promote diversity and inclusion, ensuring that our curriculum and programming reflect diverse perspectives and experiences that reflect our community and world. We also aim to help children develop their creativity and self-expression by providing opportunities to explore different art forms and express themselves through art. Many times children will have the opportunities for mentorship, training (such as in our recording studio), and resources to help them develop their skills and pursue careers in the arts. And finally, we provide a safe space for children to be themselves and have a place where they feel they can belong. A safe space is crucial for the success of our programming. It promotes participation, fosters creativity, builds trust, enhances learning, and promotes inclusivity. By creating a safe space, we are able to better achieve our mission, while also creating a more welcoming and supportive environment for our participants.

Develop an Inclusive Curriculum: To promote diversity and inclusion, the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy would develop a curriculum that reflects diverse perspectives and experiences. This would include working with artists and educators from different cultural backgrounds and incorporating diverse art forms into their programming.

Celebrate Diversity: Celebrating diversity and different perspectives can help promote creativity. By recognizing and valuing different cultural backgrounds and experiences, participants can draw inspiration from each other and create new and unique works of art.

Encourage Self-Expression: To help children develop their creativity and self-expression, the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy would provide opportunities for children to explore different art forms and express themselves through art.

Encourage Collaboration: Encouraging collaboration among participants and leaders can lead to new ideas and perspectives. By providing opportunities for participants to work with professional artists and musicians on a regular basis where they can and share their thoughts and ideas, the students gather creativity, innovation, and self-confidence.

Provide Resources: Providing resources, such as materials, tools, and technical equipment that children don't regularly use in schools or home, can enable participants to experiment and try out new ideas. This can help spark creativity and lead to new artistic endeavors.

Create a Safe and Welcoming Environment: To provide a safe space for children to be themselves and feel like they belong, the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy would create a welcoming environment, as well as providing resources and support for children who may need it.

At the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy, we are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible environment for all. Our range of programs caters to participants of all ages, and we make it a point to offer financial aid to anyone who needs it, no questions asked. Our team is comprised of professional artists and musicians, who bring their expertise and passion to every aspect of our organization. From our band directors, who are all professional musicians, to our artists leading our classes, we ensure that participants receive top-notch guidance and instruction.

We take pride in offering a wide variety of supplies and equipment to our participants, including printmaking, papermaking, acrylic paints, bookbinding, watercolors, glass, and more. We also have a fully functioning darkroom, recording studio, rehearsal spaces, a variety of instruments, and digital art supplies, allowing participants to experiment and explore their creativity in many different ways.

At the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy, we recognize the importance of creating a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. We have Teen Hang nights designed specifically for teenagers interested in connecting with other like-minded individuals in our community. We also actively participate in LGBTQ+ events and strive to create a space where all students feel seen and valued. We are continually growing and evolving to meet the needs of our community and participants, and we are proud to offer a space where creativity and self-expression can thrive.

Our progress at the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy has been exceptional, and we are proud to report a significant increase in participation, even surpassing pre-pandemic levels. We are thrilled to see our students finding a safe haven within our walls, where they feel comfortable to be themselves and are encouraged to explore and express their creativity. Our staff is committed to working as a cohesive unit, taking the time to understand the unique needs of each student in order to better support their artistic development.

We have forged valuable partnerships with the Cedar Rapids Community Schools, the College Community School District, and other communities in the region, establishing ourselves as a hub for artistic excellence and community engagement. In addition, we have been building relationships with non-profits such as the Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, further embedding ourselves in the community as a valuable resource. Our unwavering commitment to our students and our community has been the driving force behind our success, and we look forward to continuing to grow and expand our impact.

Our future plans include:

Conducting further community outreach and increasing awareness of the programs and services the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy offers.

Offering new programs, evaluating current programs and exploring new areas where the Academy can offer opportunities for participants to develop their artistic skills and explore different forms of self-expression.

Improve our marketing by developing a comprehensive marketing strategy to better promote the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy and its offerings to the community.

Engaging more volunteers to help with programming, outreach, and other activities that can help the Academy expand its reach and impact. Volunteers can bring new skills and perspectives, and help build a stronger sense of community around the Academy's mission.





How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Eastern Iowa Arts Academy

Board of directors
as of 01/24/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeni Head

Whisman Giordano and Associates LLC

Term: 2023 - 2025

Jeni Head

Whisman Giordano and Associates LLC

Alexandra Harder

National Council on Youth Leadership

Heather Hayes

First Presbyterian Church

Louis Ruggio

Rinderknecht Associates Inc.

Shawnacy Kiker Perez

Kirkwood Community College

Sarah Blais

NewBo City Market

Ryals Parker

Cedar Rapids Community School District

Lauren Grask

Corridor Business Journal

Yara Conway

Nathan Griffith

Neumann Monson

Isaiah Pirtle

Collins Community Credit Union

Cymaron Dawson

Enterprise Content Solutions

Nolan Henkle

NewBo City Market

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/24/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.