OVERTURE CENTER FOUNDATION INC

aka Overture Center for the Arts   |   Madison, WI   |  www.overture.org

Mission

Overture Center's mission is to support and elevate our community’s creative culture, economy and quality of life through the arts.

Ruling year info

2002

Chief Financial and Business Officer

Chris Vogel

Chief Development and Communications Officer

Emily Gruenewald

Main address

201 State St

Madison, WI 53703 USA

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EIN

01-0645482

NTEE code info

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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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?

Overture OnStage

Arts and education go hand in hand, playing a vital role in the development and learning of children from preschool through high school. Overture is committed to providing engaging, age-appropriate and educational field trip performances for students of all ages and backgrounds through our OnStage program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Jerry Awards, one of Wisconsin’s High School Musical Awards Programs, encourages, recognizes and honors excellence in high school musical theater. The program began in the 2009/10 school year as the Tommy Awards, and was renamed in 2017/18 season to The Jerry Awards after philanthropist and arts supporter W. Jerome Frautschi. Educators and industry professionals review productions at more than 85 high schools in 30 counties around the state providing valuable feedback. The program elevates the importance of musical theater within high schools. School and student achievements are honored and featured in an award show held at Overture Center and two outstanding performers are selected to represent the program at The National High School Musical Theater Awards (The Jimmys) competition in New York City.

Population(s) Served
Preteens
Adolescents

Kids in the Rotunda began in 1982 as Kids in the Crossroads in Madison's Civic Center and has been a jewel in our community's cultural offerings for generations. Kids in the Rotunda offers a bonanza of free, live, high-quality entertainment each Saturday tailored to children aged 8 and under and their families.

Population(s) Served

As Madison's only Broadway Stage, we present professional, touring Broadway shows, highlighting big stars in the leading roles. In conjunction with our Broadway partners, we've presented top-selling productions such as Hamilton, The Lion King, Wicked, and Rent.

Population(s) Served

The Overture Presents Series features a variety of unique performances from local dance performances to touring comedy acts. Whether you enjoy dance, comedy, or music, you're sure to find several exciting options that will draw you to the theater.

Population(s) Served

Overture's International Festival is an annual, free event featuring over 30 performers and 40 vendors sharing music, dance, language, and food from cultures, ethnicities, and countries all over the world. The annual festival is held every year and has become a beloved Dane County tradition, and has grown in performances, vendors, and attendance to reach Overture's capacity for a one-day event.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Best of Madison - Art Gallery 2021

Madison Magazine

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Overture OnStage

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through Overture's OnStage Student Field Trips, over 22,000 students, parents and their teachers will attend performances ranging from dance to theater to nature explorations.

Number of works exhibited temporarily

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Overture Center's four galleries create a forum for diverse artistic expression that fosters the growth of local artists, curators and arts organizations. They are free and open to the public.

Total number of performances

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

Adults, Children and youth, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Overture Center presents a variety of top-tier performances through Overture Presents Series, Broadway, Duck Soup Cinema Series, Resident Company Performances, and more.

Total number of audience members

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

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Overture Center provides nearly 700,000 arts experiences to the community each year, and nearly half of those experiences are through Overture's free and low-cost education and engagement programs.

Number of programs documented

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

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Whether you are destined to perform on the stage or watch from the audience, Overture strives to provide something just for you as we present a season of Entertainment, Engagement, and Education.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Overture Center serves nearly 700,000 people each year from Dane county and beyond through our ticketed and non-ticketed performances. We serve audiences as young as babies through our Lullaby Project program to adults with our popular Broadway at Overture series.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We collected feedback from guests who participated in behind-the-scenes tours during the summer of 2021. We received feedback that guests would appreciate more specific and themed tours catered to different interests (ex: theater technology, education and engagement programming, etc). We appreciated their feedback and implemented a change in our programming so guests will have the opportunity to select a themed behind-the-scenes tour in the following seasons.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Overture Center for the Arts includes a short survey in every post-event or post-performance email to all attendees. The survey has changed our relationship with our audiences because we regularly review their responses and implement changes to improve the visitor's experience. Frequent and consistent surveying has helped us identify areas for improvement and has helped us strengthen our relationship with our audiences through consistent feedback.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, 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 identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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

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OVERTURE CENTER FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Pablo Sanchez

Park Bank

Term: 2023 - 2021

Bryan Chan

SupraNet Communications

Betty Custer

Custer Financial Services

Greg Dombrowski

Johnson Bank

Jonathan Lipp

Full Compas Systems

Mike Verveer

City of Madison

Katie Dowling-Marcus

Julia Arata-Fratta

Wegner CPAS

Juliet Aylward

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Keith Baumgartner

BDO USA, LLP

Lynette Fons

Lynette Fons, JD, CCEP

John Grande

Old National Bank

Ana Hooker

Exact Sciences

Sabrina Madison

Progress Center for Black Women

Julie Marriott

Sarah Marty

University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute

Jim Matras

ITS Compliance, Inc.

Oscar Mireles

Omega School

Everett Mitchell

Dane County Clerk of Courts

Frank Peregrine

Cambridge Winery

Greg Pfluger

American Family Insurance

John Surdyk

Wisconsin School of Business

Hanah Taylor

Cafe Coda

Missy Tracy

Ho-Chunk Nation

James Yehle

J.H. Findorff and Son

Richard Scott

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 ? 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? Not applicable
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/22/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
The Executive Leadership Team consists of leaders who identify as White/Caucasian/European and Black/African-American/African
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data