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The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts, Inc.

Watertown, MA   |  www.mosesianarts.org

Mission

The mission of the Mosesian Center for the Arts is to enrich the lives of diverse audiences and participants by providing exceptional experiences in theater, visual, and literary art.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Darren Farrington

Main address

321 Arsenal Street

Watertown, MA 02472 USA

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Formerly known as

Watertown Arts on the Charles, Inc

EIN

04-3430963

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (A11)

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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?

Performances

Professional theater and musical performances, dance, comedy, variety, and lectures or discussions are held in a 339-seat main stage theater, a 100-seat black box theater, or occasionally in the arts center’s large rehearsal hall or expansive lobby. The venue co-produces with and hosts celebrated and cutting-edge performing arts companies from throughout the Greater Boston region and beyond.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Several (generally, five to six per year) exhibitions are displayed on three floors of gallery space throughout the venue. Exhibition themes range from specific styles and media (e.g., Abstract Art: Contemporary Approaches; Threaded: Contemporary Fiber in New England) to social justice or educational topics (e.g., Across Cultures: Invisible Ties and Journeys of Hope; Human/Nature; Under the Sea and Over the Rainbow: Artwork for All Ages). Exhibitions draw artists locally, regionally, nationally, and at times internationally.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Mosesian Arts provides a variety of affordable, educational programs for children, teens, and adults. Programming serves beginner as well as advanced students in visual and performing arts. We offer a process-based approach to exploring the arts that guides students towards developing both art skills and techniques as well as life skills such as collaboration, creativity, and empathy. Performing arts educational programs for youth are branded as Watertown Children’s Theatre, which was founded in 1983 and merged with Mosesian Arts in 2013. Mosesian Arts is committed to being an inclusive, welcoming space for peoples of all abilities, ethnicities, economic status, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Some features of our facility and program include need-based scholarships and accessible classroom and performance spaces.

Population(s) Served
Adults
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.

Average price for admission to exhibits (in dollars)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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Exhibitions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Gallery admission for exhibitions is and has always been free.

Average dollar price for performance tickets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Performances

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This average is for fiscal year ending August 31, 2022. Despite increases in expenses, we strive to make ticket prices affordable and offer a number of discounted tickets as well.

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Performances

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric is for fiscal year ending August 31, 2022.

Total number of audience members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Performances

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric is for fiscal year ending August 31, 2022.

Total number of paid admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Performances

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric is for fiscal year ending August 31, 2022.

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Performances

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric is for fiscal year ending August 31, 2022.

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 Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts aims to provide a variety of arts and culture experiences to the community both inside and outside of our 30,000 sq ft facility. The Center was built in 2005 by the community for the community. As such, it has been the organization's mission to continue providing relevant and stimulating programming meeting the needs of a diverse audience. The Arts Center also has several theater company renters increasing the diversity of productions offered while providing a state-of-the-art facility to bring their productions to life.

The Arts Center is accomplishing this by restructuring and reinvigorating our live programming, bringing in thoughtful and engaging productions. As a result, this has brought in a younger, more diverse audience with many of the offerings selling out. In addition, we have expanded our youth programming to include both our children's theater and visual arts programming under one experience. This has helped to promote cross-over of participation and increase enrollments.

The Arts Center has lean operations under the direction of 14 regular administrative staff members and over 45 contractors. We rely on individual expertise and strengths as well as the collective "all-hands-on-deck" approach to projects. There is also a governing board which participates on various committees in addition to their board responsibilities. Given the Arts Center's history and community involvement, there is also a large and dedicated volunteer base.

The Arts Center is in need of an improved comprehensive Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database to: (i) develop and maintain constituent engagement; (ii) provide program and donor analysis; (iii) integrate marketing and communication efforts; (iv) manage classes, programs, and events and; (v) provide POS and inventory management.

In 2021, the Arts Center completed a major renovation of its entrance, lobby, gallery, and educational spaces to increase traffic flow and improve patron experience.

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 inform the development of new programs/projects, 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 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 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 tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Vincent Piccirilli

Ann Forbush

Lisa Gabel

Elaine Mosesian

Charleen Onanian

Vincent Piccirilli

Brad Resnick

Shaunna Harrington

Linda Kaboolian

Levon Kurkjian

Regina McGregor

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? 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 1/27/2023

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
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/27/2023

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 review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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.
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 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 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.