BUILDABRIDGE INTERNATIONAL

Transforming Live Through Art-Making

aka BuildaBridge   |   Philadelphia, PA   |  www.buildabridge.org

Mission

BuildaBridge is a non-profit 501(c)3 arts education and intervention organization. Our mission engages creative people and the transformative power of art making to bring hope and healing to children, families, and communities living in the contexts of crisis and poverty. BuildaBridge envisions a world where all children are resilient, experience self-efficacy, and have a vision for their future. BuildaBridge dedicates its resources to building the capacity of creative adults and local communities to fulfill this vision.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Ami Yares

Main address

205 West Tulpehocken Street

Philadelphia, PA 19144 USA

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EIN

23-3048553

NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our constituent audience consists of the lower 20% of the US and world’s population who suffer in abject poverty, physical pain, homelessness and emotional suffering as a result of war, catastrophe, human trafficking, abuse and neglect. BuildaBridge recognizes that these people desire to live with hope and joy, strong connections to family and local communities, fair and satisfactory employment, and meaningful visions for their future and the future of their children. Lack of access to facilitated art-making as a result of socio-economic status, crisis, conflict and trauma reduces opportunity to heal and realize-hope infused futures. The intrinsic value of art-making's therapeutic qualities leaves voids in a person's and community chance to move beyond terrible situations. BuildaBridge seeks to employ art-making as a means to help people heal from pain and use their creativity to enact hope-infused futures.

Our programs

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

Community Programs

Community: BuildaBridge Community provides creative arts educational experiences and therapeutic intervention through art-making in music, drama, dance, creative writing, and the visual arts to children and families in under-served communities of Philadelphia. We collaborate with local schools, community centers, transitional homes, and religious congregations in Philadelphia. BuildaBridge Community is comprised of severtal programs currently: Orchestral Dialogues: Accepting Self, Accepting Other; Refugee Program, PhilaSing and by request direct service providing.

By request direct service providing offers after-school and evening arts-integrated educational programs to children and youth living in emergency homeless shelters and transitional homes, as well as those attending school and recreational center after-school programs. These programs connect compassionate, talented teaching artists with interested, creative children in need.

Population(s) Served

BuildaBridge International travels the world to restore hope and healing to communities affected by cultural and religious conflict, environmental catastrophe, poverty, illness, and social injustice. International trips focus on Education, Healing and the Environment. Since 1997 when we responded to requests for intervention following an earthquake in Costa Rica, our services have included creative arts camps, extended internships, training and special arts-based projects. These have taken place in Asia, Central and South America, Africa, Europe and the United States. As a professional organization, we train volunteers for service, provide trainers for local arts-based education, and collaborate with local organizations for building their capacity to serve children and families.

Population(s) Served

The BuildaBridge Institute is a training and applied research academy designed to prepare artists, youth workers, community and congregational leaders, teachers, social service professionals, and nonprofit organization personnel to integrate the arts effectively in education, social services and community development. All BuildaBridge trainings are listed as part of the Institute, including: monthly trainings at the BuildaBridge House, the Annual Institute offered the first week of June each year, International trainings as part of Arts Relief and Development, and the Online Institute.
The BuildaBridge Institute also partners with Eastern University to provide a Certificate in Arts in Transformation and a Master’s Degree in Urban Studies (Community Arts Concentration). Each year graduate students attend the Institute as part of their academic and practical training.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2001

Financials

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Operations

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

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BUILDABRIDGE INTERNATIONAL

Board of directors
as of 9/17/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Melby-Gibbons

Musician/Non-Profit Community Leader

Term: 2016 - 2020

Delano Shane

Eastern University/People for People Institute

Danielle Dembrosky Bossert

Nationalities Services Center

Tan Suet Ferng

Yellowren Productions

Aya de Groot

Creative Arts Therapist/artist

Kelly Finlaw

New York City Department of Education

Kayon Watson

Oxfam

Dr. J. Nathan Corbitt

BuildaBridge International Co-Founder

Dr. Vivian Nix-Early

BuildaBridge International Co-founder

Monica Major

Young Scholars Frederick Douglas Charter School

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 ? 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? Not applicable