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ARTSMART

Transforming Lives Through Music and Mentorship

Philadelphia, PA   |  www.artsmart.org

Mission

ArtSmart transforms the lives of youth in under-resourced communities across the United States through tuition-free music lessons and mentorship by paid, professional artists.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Michael Fabiano

Managing Director

John Viscardi

Main address

1315 Walnut St. Ste 320

Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA

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EIN

81-1536431

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Programs and results

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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?

One-to-One Mentorship Program

ArtSmart's One-to-One Mentorship Program provides tuition-free music lessons and mentorship to middle and high school students from under-resourced communities.

This program offers weekly private lessons in voice, piano, and other instruments throughout the academic year during the school day. Our dedicated mentors work individually with students to foster a passion for the arts while cultivating personal growth and the development of essential life skills. The curriculum is designed to help students master a diverse repertoire, teach goal-setting, build a positive self-image, and spark intrinsic motivation. By committing to weekly sessions for the full school year, mentors and mentees form a strong, supportive bond that transcends music learning and supports holistic development.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Adolescents
Preteens
Ethnic and racial groups

ArtSmart's Vocal Theater Mentorship Program provides tuition-free arts education and mentorship opportunities to middle and high school students in under-resourced communities through an innovative, student-led learning experience.

This program guides groups of three students in the creation of an original theatrical piece with music and dialogue, providing them a platform to explore social issues and personal values through the prism of art. Guided by professional artist mentors, this program blends these discussions with team-building activities, and acting and singing lessons. Through this collaborative process with their mentor and peers, students learn to express themselves creatively and develop artistically, while gaining valuable skills in teamwork and effective communication. This student-led experience culminates in a unique performance piece that celebrates the similarities, differences, values and priorities discovered over the course of the year.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens
Low-income people
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

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 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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ARTSMART

Board of directors
as of 06/27/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. George Shirley

Michael Fabiano

John Viscardi

Liz Letak

Kelly Clarke

Marvin Vernell Curtis

Anthony Fabiano

Latonia Moore

Nadine Sierra

Susan Stauter

Louise Toppin

Rosemary Vega

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/9/2024

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
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Non-binary
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/27/2024

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 ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.