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Ann Arbor Art Center

aka Ann Arbor Art Center   |   Ann Arbor, MI   |  www.annarborartcenter.org

Mission

To be a contemporary forum for the visual arts through education, exploration, collaboration and exhibition, and to engage minds, expand perspectives and inspire growth in students of all ages, teachers, artists and the community.

Ruling year info

1945

Executive Director

Jennifer Queen

Main address

117 W Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI 48104 USA

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EIN

23-7205537

NTEE code info

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

IRS filing requirement

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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?

Education

Ann Arbor Art Center education programs provide an array of experiential learning opportunities for a diverse and evolving audience. In our fully accessible, ADA compliant facility, we serve youth and adults at skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced. All classes are taught by experienced instructors with MFA, BFA or art education degrees and high standards are maintained through our clearly articulated contractual agreements with artists, regular staff reflection, class observations, and student surveys. Educational programming is hosted both on- and off-site. Examples of off-site programming in and around Ann Arbor include an 8-week outdoor drawing course at multiple sites throughout downtown Ann Arbor and classes indoors includes sessions at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

The Art Center hosts 8-12 themed exhibitions annually on the 2nd floor of our facility and may be juried or curated. Programming intentionally includes something for everyone, and by expanding the transition time between exhibitions we have enhanced our ability to stay responsive to the possibilities of special events and special short-run exhibitions.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Ann Arbor Art Center’s 117 Gallery Shop presents the work of over 175 local artists for retail sale, including painting, jewelry, sculpture, and pottery. Notable artists include Motawi Tile Works from Ann Arbor, Pewabic Pottery from Detroit, and Rebel Nell, another Detroit artist group whose mission is to employ, educate, and empower disadvantaged women in Detroit through making jewelry using unique local resources.

The mission and vision of the 117 Gallery Shop is to support three categories of artists in retail sales: emerging, established, and expanding. Emerging artists are provided with unique retail space, website presence, and invitations to professional development activities, such as our new "Artists' Meet & Greet,” designed to help local artists network with each other and develop entrepreneurial skills.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Ann Arbor Art Center offers a variety of opportunities for the community to engage in visual arts production. We annual the "Global Cardboard Challenge” and provided a creative place for over 120 youth, teens, and adults to play and create their world out of cardboard at the AAAC, as well as four to six other free drop-in public art-making events annually.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Golden Paintbrush Awards 2021

Public Services Administration - City of Ann Arbor

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free registrants to classes

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

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We had limited numbers in 2020 because of the pandemic and 2021 because of the renovations that started that year and concluded in 2022.

Number of paid registrants to classes

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

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We had limited numbers in 2020 because of the pandemic and 2021 because of the renovations that started that year and concluded in 2022.

Total number of works commissioned

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

Exhibition

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This data comes from our Art in Public, A2AC Murals, program.

Total number of classes offered

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

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We had limited numbers in 2020 because of the pandemic and 2021 because of the renovations that started that year and concluded in 2022.

Total number of exhibitions

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

Exhibition

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We had limited numbers in 2020 because of the pandemic and 2021 because of the renovations that started that year and concluded in 2022.

Total number of audience members

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

Community Engagement

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This data only reflects active paying members. It does not reflect our website or social following.

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.

At the successful conclusion of our 2013-2016 strategic plan, the Art Center is ready to
tackle an updated vision that will begin with strengthening the financial foundation of the
organization. Over the past 12 months the Art Center has turned away over 500 patrons
because classes were at capacity and events were sold out.

We are actively preparing to meet the economic opportunities and challenges of the future.
To this end we are developing a robust, state-of-the-art business model, one that is flexible
and enables the Art Center to continue to serve our mission, retain our talented
professionals, and easily adapt to inevitable economic fluctuations.

Goal #1 – Happy Employees
Create a positive work environment through ongoing facility and space
improvements and by nurturing a creative culture.

Goal #2 – More Space
Expand capacity from 5 to 9 classroom/flexible spaces enabling the Art Center.

Goal #3 – Increase Fundraising Capacity
Build and nurture strong relationships with current and new donors, passionate
students, talented artists, and art enthusiasts, positively impacts our fundraising
success in the organization.

Goal #4 – Rebrand
Founded in 1909, and having been in our current location in downtown Ann Arbor
for the past 43 years, the Art Center is looking to update our brand.

Goal #1 – Happy Employees

Strategies for Success:
1. Ensure competitive employee compensation and benefits packages.
2. Continuously improve the workplace environment.
3. Support professional and personal employee development.

Goal #2 – More Space

Strategies for Success:
1. Launch ArtNext Capital Campaign.
2. Successfully raise $4.0M to fund the purchase of the adjacent building and
contiguous renovations.
3. Deliver excellence in programming for expanded space.

Goal #3 – Increase Fundraising Capacity

Strategies for Success:
1. Continue efforts to develop and implement a comprehensive donor
relations strategy for the organization.
2. Build a strong board of directors capable of leveraging their networks to
expand community reach and visibility.
3. Attract and hire additional resources to support the development team.

Goal #4 – Rebrand

Strategies for Success:
1. Elevate our digital presence in all that we do.
2. Work with The Phire Group to refresh the visual identity.
3. Launch a rebranding initiative concurrent with the expansion grand opening.

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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, 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?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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Ann Arbor Art Center

Board of directors
as of 02/02/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chrislan Manual

Artist

Matthew Bower

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Stephens Palms

Miller Canfield

Douglas Gross

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Marianetta Porter

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 2/2/2024

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
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/06/2022

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.
  • 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.