ELLA SHARP MUSEUM ASSOCIATION OF JACKSON

aka Ella Sharp Museum   |   Jackson, MI   |  www.ellasharpmuseum.org

Mission

The Ella Sharp Museum provides opportunities for everyone to explore, engage in, and enjoy history and the arts.

Ruling year info

1965

Executive Director

Diane Gutenkauf

Main address

3225 4th St

Jackson, MI 49203 USA

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Formerly known as

The Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History

EIN

38-1785309

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Art Museums (A51)

History Museums (A54)

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Our programs

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Sugaring & Shearing Festival

Welcome Spring’s arrival at the Ella Sharp Museum’s annual Sugaring & Shearing Festival. Rain or shine, there is plenty to do indoors and out! Farm Lane will be bustling with activities such as a petting zoo, sheep shearing, traditional craftsmanship, and docents in all of the historical buildings. Don’t miss the “sap-to-syrup” demonstrations at the sugar bush, and a local maple syrup company will be back in the Country Store selling their delicious products.

All six of our galleries will be open with free admission, and the Jackson Handweavers Guild will be demonstrating spinning and weaving in the galleries. Children will enjoy exploring hands-on activities, playing spring-themed games, and creating art projects in the studios to take home.

We are very excited to welcome Family Engineering Day to the Sugaring and Shearing Festival. Hosted by the Jackson County Math and Science Center and located in our Grand Community Room, Family Engineering offers a free opportunity for the whole family to discover the fun of engineering through hands-on projects. Participants who complete the projects receive complementary food as their hard-earned reward.

Festival-goers can warm up with a bite to eat in the Community Room during the day’s many activities. Visiting the historic Popcorn Charlie Wagon for a bag of fresh-popped popcorn, or stopping by our Cotton Candy Machine for a colorful bag of spun sugar is a must!

Sugaring and Shearing is a free admission event with nominal suggested donation fees.

Population(s) Served

The Museum hosts more than 150 Michigan wineries, breweries, and artists, and more than 5000 guests for this annual June festival. Attendees enjoy live music and artist booths nestled on the grounds of the Ella Sharp Museum and within the courtyard of the Museum’s historic Hillside Farm Lane.

This signature event showcases the many talented artists, musicians, wineries, breweries and local businesses available here in Michigan and connects them with an appreciative audience. All proceeds from the festival (including bottle wine and beer sales) benefit Museum programming.

Population(s) Served

The Ella Sharp Museum conducts bi-monthly art sessions at the Jackson Interfaith Shelter. These lessons will be open to shelter residents of all ages and continue through the school year.

The Karen Dunigan Community Heart project will allow residents at the shelter to learn new skills and will provide the supplies to continue this creative outlet after the sessions. This project will continue to exemplify Dunigan’s commitment to youth education both at the museum and throughout the community.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

American Alliance of Museums 1978

How we listen

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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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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ELLA SHARP MUSEUM ASSOCIATION OF JACKSON

Board of directors
as of 2/28/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dan Machnik

Willis and Machnik

Term: 2018 - 2020

Richard Mills

Marcoux Allen, P.C.

Paul Buchholz

Ganton Retirement Centers

H. Ronald Griffith

Hosmer Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Spring Arbor University

Erin Mazur

Johnstone Supply

Chad Noble

Henry Ford Allegiance Health Foundation

Leslie Youngdahl

Consumers Energy

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? No
  • 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