Arts, Culture, and Humanities

HUBBARD HALL PROJECTS INC

Making Art and Community Happen

aka Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education   |   Cambridge, NY   |  www.hubbardhall.org

Mission

Hubbard Hall gathers people from all walks of life to create, learn, and grow together, while developing, producing, and presenting world-class art and artists. We do this in order to enrich people's lives – and the life of our community. We are an arts incubator, a training ground for artists of all ages and backgrounds, a magnet for artistic activity, a safe haven for risk-taking, an economic driver for our region, and the beating heart of our community. We are dedicated to cultivating, sustaining, and promoting the cultural life of our rural community. We are also committed to restoring and preserving Hubbard Hall and all of the buildings on our campus as community cultural assets.

Ruling year info

1978

Executive & Artistic Director

Mr. David A Snider

Main address

25 East Main St

Cambridge, NY 12816 USA

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EIN

22-2188736

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Performing Arts (A60)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hubbard Hall just celebrated it's 41st anniversary! It is now time to reflect again on how we make art and community happen. During the next two seasons Hubbard Hall is in a deep process of strategic planning, as we strengthen our ability to continually deliver high quality arts education, while finding new ways to produce, present, and develop world-class art and artists. We’re also experimenting with rolling out just six months of programming at a time. This is purposeful, as we strive to be more nimble, responsive and dynamic in our programming, while recognizing that very few of us plan twelve months in advance. This planning will help us align our staffing requirements, programming and fundraising efforts to sustain and fulfill our mission going forward.

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?

Hubard Hall Theater

Since 1878 Hubbard Hall has developed, produced, and presented theater, music, opera, dance, and the visual arts and in recent years has become a world-class development center for new work. Since 1977, Hubbard Hall’s current nonprofit has engaged thousands of artists, students, and audience members. As a training ground for both young and seasoned artists, Hubbard Hall continues to develop a new generation of artists and audiences while providing opportunities for individuals to take new risks and stretch beyond their comfort zone. Through classes in dance, theater, music, movement, visual arts, puppetry, creative writing, martial arts, yoga, and even gardening, Hubbard Hall gives students of all ages an opportunity to train, collaborate, and thrive.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Budget
$65,000

Since 1878 Hubbard Hall has developed, produced, and presented theater, music, opera, dance, and the visual arts and in recent years has become a world-class development center for new work. Since 1977, Hubbard Hall’s current nonprofit has engaged thousands of artists, students, and audience members. As a training ground for both young and seasoned artists, Hubbard Hall continues to develop a new generation of artists and audiences while providing opportunities for individuals to take new risks and stretch beyond their comfort zone. Through classes in dance, theater, music, movement, visual arts, puppetry, creative writing, martial arts, yoga, and even gardening, Hubbard Hall gives students of all ages an opportunity to train, collaborate, and thrive.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Budget
$10,000

Hubbard Hall classes start new terms in September, February and June. We offer class tuition discounts for parents and any children in a household. Most classes accept new students joining during the term — patrons can try a class for just $5! Hubbard Hall is committed to making the arts accessible to all. We have an active work-study scholarship program where students in our dance, movement arts, music, theater and visual arts programs can volunteer time in a variety of ways in exchange for partial-tuition or full-tuition support for classes, workshops and intensives. Work-Study Scholars (or their parents) help with a variety of tasks, from class registration to building maintenance, from sewing costumes to outreach & marketing.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Budget
$130,000

Hubbard Hall offers the graceful forms of Ballet and Lyrical, the fun moves of hip hop and jazz, and the classical styles of Bollywood and Irish Step!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Adults
Budget
$25,000

Music from Salem brings together musicians of international reputation to prepare and perform chamber music in the peace and beauty of rural Washington County, New York, and environs. Chamber music is classical music written for a small group of performers, and includes a range of styles, from the 18th century to today.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
Budget
$10,000

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Our plan is to refine our business and financial model to lower the risk and financial stress on the organization. To accomplish this we will explore and develop a staff structure that will support our programs and be sustainable, along with a fundraising effort, to both increase contributed income and ease the workload and stress of the current fundraising model. The hope is to establish a cash reserve to support future endeavors and allow us to be more responsive to projects that support our mission.

Develop and promote our arts education programming, both on and off campus; Further develop our program of hosting or presenting outside groups in our four historic buildings; Develop a residency and incubator model, in which artists are invited to develop artistic projects at Hubbard Hall, share them with the local community and become evangelists for Hubbard Hall in the greater arts field; create a three-year budget aimed at ensuring we have sufficient resources before green lighting projects. Develop a summer fundraising season; further articulate the Annual Fund as an ongoing, year-round campaign with only two asks for individuals each year; Explore State, Federal and Individual Donors currently beyond Hubbard Hall’s geographic or political networks; Work with consultants to develop relationships with stakeholders in Albany and New York City; Cultivate new donors from summer visitors and those with connections to larger markets, including Boston, New York and Washington, DC.

We have over 40 years of history providing the arts & educational programs to the community. Since 1878 Hubbard Hall has developed, produced, & presented theater, music, dance, & the visual arts, & in recent years has become a world-class development center for new work. Since 1977, Hubbard Hall’s current 501c3 has engaged thousands of artists, students, and audience members in acclaimed productions. Our education programs are at the heart of our work, as we engage learners of all ages in hundreds of classes and workshops annually, both on campus and off. Hubbard Hall operates four buildings, including the hall, dance, music, and visual arts studios, offices, arts exhibit spaces, and a black box theater. We also own and operate the Cambridge Community Garden. We have a staff of 6, with a full-time ED and 5 part-time staff, a hardworking board of directors, a large company of artists and teaching artists, hundreds of students, and an army of volunteers who make everything possible.

If we are making progress we believe that our overall financial strength will have improved, the stress level on the staff will have been reduced and the overall sustainability of the organization will be more manageable. The community will be more engaged with our organization and have a clearer understanding of our future goals.

So far we have booked and experienced several new events that were presented rather than produced by the hall, successfully promoted them and retained the interest of theater and music lovers in the community. By presenting more events it allowed us to invite creative artists to develop and promote new works and Hubbard Hall to foster emerging artists by following our mission and values. We expanded and contracted with two school districts to continue to provide an after school Drama Club for school students including training in theater, music and other art disciplines and will culminate one of the programs with a live theater version of a well known classic play with the students fully involved in the production. We have developed and launched a new marketing plan using social media, especially Facebook, Instagram and a newly created blog. We developed a Fellows program to provide recently graduated arts students the chance to work in an arts organization based on State funding we received. The program has provided the time to focus on establishing the necessary guidelines for technical staff. All of these efforts have provided stability to the organization including financial and the knowledge that it is possible to refine our business model and still be fully engaged with the community on all levels. Our next goal is to review and redesign our various fund raising campaigns to develop a more streamlined approach and focus on developing stronger relationships with our major donors. We are starting this part of the plan with our largest fundraiser of the year, our annual Gala where we honor a local person with the "Making Community Happen" award. We had great success last year developing an honorary committee to support our 40th Anniversary and will continue with this theme. We will continue to explore other funding opportunities outside the local area in hopes to encourage support from Foundations and Corporate entities to support the arts in rural Washington County.

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 the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), community meetings/town halls, suggestion box/email.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: 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.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback.

Financials

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Operations

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

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HUBBARD HALL PROJECTS INC

Board of directors
as of 6/3/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Margaret Surowka

Judith Pate

Andrew Pate

Alyson Slack

Elyssa Macura

Kenneth Facin

Michele Anderson

Megan Harrington

Margaret Surowka

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/19/2019

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
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/19/2019

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. 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 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.

Keywords

Non-profit, arts center, theater, opera, music, education, dance, washington county