Arts, Culture, and Humanities

MEADOWEDGE ART FOR CHILDREN

Nurturing Joy!

Quick Facts

aka meadowedgeart.org

Bernardston, MA

Mission

Meadowedge Art for Children, a non profit organization supported by donations and tuition, provides area children an  intimate studio environment where each child is encouraged to explore and expand his or her unique  enthusiasms and skills for making art.

Ruling Year

1988

Exec Director

Ms Cynthia Fulton

Main Address

46 Fox Hill Rd

Bernardston, MA 01337 USA

Keywords

Visual arts education

EIN

22-2827291

 Number

1087902849

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Childrens' (and their parents' )access to quality visual art experiences and education are very limited in the 100 mile radius of Bernardston MA ,an area that has been identified by the state as culturally underserved .The schools provide very limited access, often unable to serve the individual needs of young artists.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Art Classes

Summer art and swim Program

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Meadowedge has always been a place where children make art with many media in classes and workshops throughout the year. now adding new programs that will serve more diverse and multigenerational sectors of our community .

1. Offering more family workshops during which parents or caretakers and children work together to make a painting, make a diorama box , create a fairy centerpiece for the holidays, and similar joint undertakings. 2. Bringing drawing and watercolor workshops to teens in library settings and senior centers 3. Providing space and materials to adults who wish to present/teach a workshop 4. Adding an EBT discount and financial aid to families that qualify for assistance 5. Hosting in town pop up events such as CREATATHON, at which passers by are challenged to stop in and make art from recycled materials.

Director and teacher Cynthia Fulton has been teaching visual arts in a variety of venues from India to Brooklyn NY and now The Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts. For Meadowedge, she has attracted several community members who share common interests in seeing the organization grow beyond the walls of the studios, reaching a variety of populations in other public places. Meadowedge has received several grants from State and Community Foundations and Arts Councils to do this. In addition, the tuition and fees earned through its offerings help support the ongoing operations.

Most of Meadowedge's feedback comes from attendance records at classes and events. Of course, we want to see these grow. We also solicit comments from participants, as well as list of our newsletter recipients . At quarterly board meetings, we decide what is working well, and put resources and energy in those places. Less popular events, classes and workshops are evaluated for problems that might be solved, or abandonment.

Over the past 10 years Meadowedge has given more than 6oo children ages 4-16, opportunities and guidance in the visual arts. Along with after school workshops, the community has benefitted from a preschool arts program, a program for teens to create multimedia sculptures of there favorite book characters, summer art/swim workshops where children learn stone carving, clay construction, and many other crafting skills, and adult workshops in felting, batik, paper making and drawing. Meadowedge now is aiming to expand into the wider community by providing outreach services in schools, libraries, and other public places.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No