MoCA Westport

Your destination for contemporary visual arts exhibitions, music performances, and comprehensive arts education.

aka Westport Arts Center   |   Westport, CT   |  www.mocawestport.org

Mission

MoCA Westport is a 501(c)(3) visual and performing arts organization dedicated to creating arts experiences that enrich the lives of area residents and the entire community. Formerly known as the Westport Arts Center (WAC), MoCA Westport has been dedicated to connecting the community through the arts for more than 48 years and reaches an audience of 12,000 people each year. MoCA Westport presents compelling and timely contemporary arts exhibitions featuring both local and world-renowned artists. With a goal to inspire and educate, MoCA Westport offers arts education for adults, teens and children, a POD Learning Program to supplement the hybrid learning model, a robust concert series and other community events.

Ruling year info

1974

Executive Director

Ruth Mannes

Main address

19 Newtown Tpk

Westport, CT 06880 USA

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Formerly known as

Westport Center for the Arts, Inc.

Westport - Weston Arts Council

EIN

06-0890501

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

MoCA Westport has benefited richly from its location and involvement in the Westport, Connecticut community. A challenged faced is the perception the Westport Arts Center is exclusive to the Westport community and it is not. The Westport Arts Center provides exhibitions, programs, and services to all of Fairfield County, Connecticut and beyond. We are working to ensure engagement in Westport remains consistent while expanding awareness in all of Fairfield County Connecticut and beyond that the Westport Arts Center exhibitions, education programs, and services are open and available to all.

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?

Visual Arts

Contemporary art exhibitions engage the public with outstanding works curated by internationally recognized Visiting Curators each season. Integrated programming in Children's and Adult education, and active partnerships with other organizations, connect the MoCA Westport to growing audiences in Fairfield County.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Through The Academy, students of all ages and level of expertise will experience a wide variety of arts education classes and workshops as well as private art education. Additionally, our POD Learning Program provides academic support and arts enrichment to students K-5, as a supplement to the current hybrid learning system in Westport, CT.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

The Westport Arts Center is excited to announce its new 2017-18 Concert Series led by esteemed curator Alexander Platt.

The Arts Center has combined its previously distinct Jazz and Chamber music programs into a singular stellar Concert Series, featuring the most engaging and renowned music performers from across the globe. The five concerts will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings between September 2017 and May 2018 at the Arts Center.

Alexander Platt has been named as curator for the Concert Series, and will serve as a guide for concert attendees, sharing his perspective and insights at each of the performances. A native Westporter, Platt has previously served as the Music Director of eminent orchestras around the country, and will now make Westport his primary residence and focus.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 classes offered

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

The Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Youth and Adult Studio Arts Classes include after school & evening on site; Continuing Ed classes taught offsite; and Partner Program Outreach classes taught offsite at Partner Organizations.

Number of paid participants on field trips

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

Children and youth

Related Program

The Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

School groups attended the exhibition of Yayoi Kusama in the fall of 2019.

Total number of paid admissions

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

Visual Arts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Grand Opening in the fall of 2019 brought over 4000 people in the last 3 months of 2019.

Number of paid participants of guided tours

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

Visual Arts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of paid seats filled for performances

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

Concert Series

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The new MoCA Concert Hall allows increased seating capacity, and attracts great performers.

Average dollar price for performance tickets

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

Concert Series

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of works exhibited

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

Visual Arts

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2019 was the year of the relocation, with galleries closed for half the year.

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 Westport Arts Center strives to inspire creativity and exploration, enriching lives through a broad spectrum of curated exhibitions, immersive education programs,and distinguished concert performances for all participants.

The strategies launched to successfully achieve our goals and objectives are:
- Ensure a solid, experienced team is in place to plan and deliver the programs and services outlined.
- Ensure our financial development is thriving by adopting and implementing a development plan executed by management, staff and the Board of Directors.
- Ensure that our communication plan is clear and delivered in a timely manner to provide those served with information necessary to engage in all we offer.
*Execution of our programs as follows:
Present Curated Exhibitions - The Westport Arts Center presents four (4) curated exhibitions and art talks each calendar year.
*Education Programs - The Westport Arts Center presents education programs directed toward the young learner or all abilities and backgrounds. It is immersive in making and creative problem-solving and geared to excite the imagination and enrich minds.
*Concert Series - The Westport Arts Center presents five (5) concerts in a calendar year with a wide range of performers.
*Outreach/Partnerships - The Westport Arts Center outreach program engages those with little access to transformational art experiences. We partner with a variety of organizations in Fairfield County Connecticut to make this happen.

The Westport Arts Center is strategically positioned to achieve all of these goals in 2019 and going forward. The organization is lead by an Executive Director and Board of Directors who work to ensure all financial needs are met and the staff is fully engaged to execute on strategies through success.

In addition, WAC has plans to relocate to a larger, more flexible space, to allow for growth in programs and inclusion of more members of the community to attend the exhibitions, concerts, programs and services offered as well as participate in educational programs.

The Westport Arts Center is pleased to have successfully...
-Secured a new space for a grand re-opening in September 2019
-Reviewed our programs and services to meet the needs and desires of our current audience and to expand our capabilities (as outlined above) of engaging more in the communities served. This includes days and times of our concerts which has resulted in an increase in attendance to our maximum capacity in the current space.
-We have expanded our reach in the community and lower Fairfield County for Board and volunteer representation.
-We have expanded our reach in the community and lower Fairfield County to renew and initiate collaborations with other nonprofits to fulfill our mission and to expand reach/meet needs of those we serve and would like to reach for engagement.

Financials

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Operations

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

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MoCA Westport

Board of directors
as of 02/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

William Felton

Felton Properties, Inc

Term: 2015 -

Willliam Felton

Felton Properties, Inc.

Gary Cosgrave

Elizabeth Strick

Joyce Thompson

Joyce Pauker

Rachel Pencu

Cohen and Wolf, P.C.

Deborah Murphy

Michael Delgass

Wealthspire Advisors

Derek Goodman

Thomas Hofstetter

Wells Fargo Advisors

Michael Kalman

Deirdre Price

Doug Tirola

4th Row Films

Andrew McGrade

Jane Preiser

James Marpe

First Selectman, Town of Westport

Oliver Pursche

Shari Lebowitz

Leonard Fisher

Eric Bernheim

FLB Law

Paul Efstathiou

Hollis Taggart Southport

Kristin Foster

Elizabeth Gorayeb

Wildenstein Plattner Institute

Pamela Hovland

Yale School of Art

Jennifer Kanfer

Samantha Yanks

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 ? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/16/2021

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

Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/07/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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.
  • 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.