St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce

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aka St Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce   |   St Louis, MO   |  https://stlouisartschamberofcommerce.org

Mission

The St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce is a member community of artists of all mediums. We share an interest in growing professionally while building our businesses. Creating collaborative art programs addressing current issues is one way we support the arts. In addition the Arts Chamber offers unique business support through workshops, mentoring and mastermind groups. As an industry of creatives, we are building St. Louis as an arts destination. Join the STL Arts Chamber and participate in the Region’s Art Renaissance.

Ruling year info

2019

Executive Director

Sandy Brooks

Main address

1511 Mason Hill Ct

St Louis, MO 63131 USA

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EIN

37-1911258

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Professional Societies, Associations (J03)

Promotion of Business (Chambers of Commerce) (S41)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

St Louis has a broad, diverse arts community which does not receive the recognition it deserves as a major contributor to the economy of the region (more than all the sports teams combined). Because of the diverse nature and number of individual artists and smaller organizations, creation of a collaborative, member responsive organization created the critical mass necessary to influence the content and direction of the arts and the region.

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?

Silent Skies St Louis

Join the St Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce and the St Louis Zoo as we bring the Silent Skies Mural to St Louis April, May and June 2020 for a true citywide discussion of arts and conservation. The mural will be displayed at the Zoo, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Museum at the Gateway Arch. Artists from around the city will be exploring the issues of endangered animals, habitat destruction and current success in conservation through the arts including Plein Air, exhibits, interpretative activities, storytelling, dance, theater, among others around the city. Many of the small, medium and large organizations as well as most of the conservation organizations are participating by aligning their programming or creating new activities during the time of the exhibition. Schools are participating by creating visual and 3-dimensional art, dance, music and stories which will be included in an online student mural. Heartland Art Club will be developing the BiArtisan project for students and professional artists. The Zoo and Audubon Society, along with the International Dark Skies Association, will debut the Lights Out St Louis Program.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

The Mask Up StL project is designed to:
bring awareness to the public health issue and means to slow the virus down
support organizations that are requiring masks
create a campaign to remind people to wear masks as will be required for the start of school
support artists
support a marketing message of Explore St. Louis and that St. Louis is a safe place to visit, play and work.
We masked 120 sculptures from City Garden and others owned by Gateway Foundation to Milles Fountain in front of the Train Station to Washington University and the entrance at Children's Hospital, Busch Stadium and Ball Park Village, Enterprise Center, Kirkwood, Manchester, Wildwood, Ballwin, Maplewood, City od St. Louis, Ellisville, parts of U City and Clayton as well as the Art Museum. Firefighters from the CIty of St. Louis and Clayton assisted in installing the masks.

Nine fiber artists made the masks while UPI and volunteer photographers documented the project.

The logo on the City of St. Louis flag was used as the image.
The project picked up multiple press coverage locally as well as regionally and nationally.

Population(s) Served
Health

2020 Program Summary
Inaugural Holiday Arts Expo event for the Arts Chamber, with the goal to host annually.
Most art fairs occur between April-October; no “holiday shopping” opportunities for St. Louis artists.
Originally planned to be held in-person (w/ a virtual component) at Union Station Hotel.
Due to COVID-19, this program will be held completely virtually in 2020.
With the economic impact of COVID on the arts this year, this expo hopes to fill a need in the business plan of artists to help recover some of their income:
For artists, this has been a turbulent and disruptive year for them to display, perform, and sell their artistic contributions to our community (it is estimated that creatives lost 95% of their usual income due to the pandemic).
For patrons and the supporters of all the great arts and culture St. Louis provides, this expo offers the opportunity to engage with artists and support our local economy.
Being the first year of this event, it is also in a position to help market the benefits of membership in the Arts Chamber, drive brand recognition, and build community support around both the Arts Chamber and Expo participants.

Population(s) Served

Strategic Overview: Overall Program Vision, Mission, Priorities, and Goals

Program Vision: To facilitate the safe, open, and productive exchange of communication about violence, as well as to help create therapeutic solutions to trauma caused by violence for perpetrators, victims/survivors, first responders and trauma personnel, caregivers and the community.

Program Mission: Aligned with the Arts Chamber’s overarching goals to support local artists and develop a strong arts and cultural network within the St. Louis region, the Art Heals Violence Initiative seeks to:
Create a two-month, region-wide series of performances and exhibits around the theme of violence awareness in our communities, in partnership with national, regional, and local artists.
Create partnerships bringing artists and arts organizations together with other organizations to decrease violence throughout the St. Louis region..
Provide training for artists who choose to work with trauma survivors.
Create opportunities for local artists to build their businesses to include working with trauma survivors.
Develop the arts in neighborhood revitalization programs, including working with improving vacant lots into community spaces especially in opportunity zones and promise zones.


Program Goals: The Arts Chamber, in collaboration with community partners and corporate sponsors, seeks to elevate the work of the region’s artistic community, as well as to provide business opportunities, in efforts to:
Create dialogue around the epidemic of violence in its many forms.
Highlight participation in the arts as a constructive alternative means of communication to violence as well as a mechanism for healing from trauma related stress.
Create ongoing community based local arts opportunities in partnership with programs working to decrease violence.
Provide an additional revenue-generating opportunity for local artists.
Market and support individual artists/arts organizations to further build a patron base.
Cultivate and facilitate community, corporate, and artist relationships/intersections.
Drive brand awareness and valuation of the Arts Chamber in order to enhance membership base.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Work status and occupations
Social and economic status
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Work status and occupations

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.

Number of competition entrants

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

Work status and occupations, Social and economic status, Family relationships, Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

inaugural virtual Greater St. Louis Arts Expo

Total number of competitions held

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

Work status and occupations, Social and economic status, Family relationships, Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Inaugural virtual Greater St. Louis Holiday Arts Expo

Number of works exhibited temporarily

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

Work status and occupations, Social and economic status, Family relationships, Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Inaugural Greater St. Louis Holiday Arts Expo art exhibited and programs included in the Creative Corner.

Total number of classes offered

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

Age groups, Family relationships

Related Program

Silent Skies St Louis

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Prepandemic classes offered: HEC TV art and conservation Earth Day 2020 art and conservation

Total number of exhibitions

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

Work status and occupations, Social and economic status, Health, Family relationships, Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Exhibitions included this year: Silent Skies St. Louis (partially exhibited, the rest rescheduled) #MaskUp StL Greater St. Louis Holiday Arts Expo

Total dollars paid to artists

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

Work status and occupations, Social and economic status, Health, Family relationships, Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Payment for artists creating masks for #MaskUp STL

Number of professional artists employed

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

Work status and occupations, Social and economic status, Health, Family relationships, Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Artists and photographers participating in #MaskUp STL

Number of people influenced to undertake conservation action

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

Work status and occupations, Social and economic status, Family relationships, Ethnic and racial groups, Age groups

Related Program

Silent Skies St Louis

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

New partners who agreed to participate in the LIghts Out St. Louis as part of Silent Skies St. Louis

Number of programs documented

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

Age groups, Health, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations, Ethnic and racial groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Three 2020 programs: Silent Skies St. Louis #MaskUp StL Greater St. Louis Holiday Arts Expo Art Heals Violence

Total number of organization members

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

Work status and occupations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Members in the St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce

Number of community initiatives in which the organization participates

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Earth Day Festival Explore St. Louis National Dance Week-St. Louis Storytelling Festival Transportation Month Creative Communities Red Circle Delmar Neighborhood renovations #MaskUpStL

Total number of free admissions

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

Work status and occupations, Social and economic status, Family relationships, Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of free visitors to the Greater St. Louis Holiday Arts Expo. This number does not reflect the community viewers to the regional #MaskUpStL nor the number of viewers to the Earth Day and HEC TV

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

St Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce provides:
A safe resource for discussion in individual art medium as well as across mediums
A resource for business development in the arts
A means to allow individuals and smaller organizations an opportunity to influence the reputation of the region as an arts destination
Multiple collaborative opportunities creating city wide awareness of the arts and region wide awareness of St Louis as an arts destination.

Establish the St Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce office in the historic Jarville House
Establish the Arts and Culture Subcommittee of Explore St Louis
Include non-arts organizations in arts oriented collaborative activities such as the Silent Skies St Louis Project
Create the Business of Arts Mentorship program
Create the annual Thanksgiving region wide indoor arts fair
Create classes in all mediums for after school programs in an underserved area
Create a region wide workshop marketing program to maximize the reach of workshop sponsors and contribute to the reputation of St Louis as an arts education destination

Establishment of the St Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce at the historic Jarville House is currently underway with a public private partnership and extensive in kind donations.
The Arts and Culture Subcommittee of Explore St Louis has been established
The first city wide collaborative project, Silent Skies St Louis, is underway with extensive partners in the arts, conservation, corporate and school communities.
A major sponsor for the region wide Thanksgiving Art Fair is on board and planning has begun with partners already working with the Chamber
During the marketing for the Silent Skies St Louis project, teaching opportunities for after school and evening classes will be announced and instructors interviewed.
Working with our partners and a printer willing to donate printing of the brochure, the workshop marketing is set to begin July 1, 2020.

Completed:
Arts and Culture Subcommittee of Explore St Louis
Silent Skies St Louis Project in progress with over 50 partners,
Established the Lights Out St Louis Program for St Louis Audubon Society as an outgrowth of the Silent Skies St Louis Project
In process of developing the leasing arrangements for the Historic Jarville House

Next steps:
Add staff including a dedicated social media person, grant writer
Grant funding to support new programs

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve artists and community members. Many artists and community members sit on our committees and have direct input to our programs.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We work with several neighborhoods whose input adjusted our priorities in a program established via our Art Heals Violence Initiative. Many members of the neighborhood leadership sit on the committee determining priorities.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    As a relatively new organization, our model has always been based upon the input from our constituents and partners. The feedback has reinforced this approach to achieving positive outcomes.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce

Board of directors
as of 3/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mike LaBozzetta

Faro Law

Term: 2019 - 2021

Christian Wargo

Black Twig

Mike LaBozzetta

Faro Law STL

Charles Purnell

FarFetched

Ian Graham

Mastercard

Arian Aquilino

St. Louis RCGA

Joshua Idowa

Save-A-Lot

Sandy Brooks

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/29/2019

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/29/2019

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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.