Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo

Helping to Make the Arts Blossom in Kalamazoo since 1966

aka Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo   |   Kalamazoo, MI   |  www.kalamazooarts.org

Mission

The mission of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo is to enrich and engage our community through the arts.

Ruling year info

1967

Executive Director

Kristen Chesak

Main address

359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 203

Kalamazoo, MI 49007 USA

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Formerly known as

Kalamazoo Arts Council, Inc.

EIN

38-6121183

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As an organization, we aim to support both organizations and individual artists throughout the Kalamazoo community. Culturally, the impact of the arts is not valued as it used to be which as become the main focus of the need we are trying to adress. Through the memberships that ACGK offers to both at the organizational and individual level, the ACGK is able to provide for accessible art to push for a change in value. By providing grants, promotion, advocacy, and free programming, we are working to create a rich and vibrant arts scene strengthening the sense of community.

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?

Re-granting

The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo recieves several funding streams that are intended to be granted back out intothe community to support, organizational projects, and individuals artist projects, and well as professional development for artists.

Population(s) Served

Art Hop is a free event that occurs during the first Friday of each month. It is an evening of art exhibits and events that are sponsored and held at area businesses.

Population(s) Served

This music series is a grouping of free concerts in area parks that are either produced by the Arts Council or area organizations for the benefit of our community. The Arts COuncil supports and promotes these events that take place in June, July, and August

Population(s) Served

This art fair takes place the first weekend in June as a kickoff to summer! It is one of two art fairs and many weekend events for our community to participate in. The Art on the Mall art fair attracts regioanl and some national artisans.

Population(s) Served

The Arts Council is a membershiop organization that seeks to connect artists and arts organizations with resources and patrons. We do this through both direct support of projects, and also through promotional support on our website and through other media channels.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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.

Understanding that the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo exists to infuse arts and culture, our main focus is to be able to provide those access and connection point for artists and members of the community. By referencing our core values, ACGK is able to place what we are trying to accomplish into five broad categories, the first of which being access. ACGK believes that by putting access of the arts at the forefront of our values, we are able to open the doors and start the conversation for cultural participation in and around Kalamazoo. Creating these broad points of access, Kalamazoo can advance in inspiration amongst all forms of art. A large step in seeking inspiration is to start the conversation and dialogue that allows for the exchange of ideas and opinions to push Greater Kalamazoo for equality, understanding, and the ability to address challenges. It is in creating this dialogue that we value empathy as an organization for the genuine appreciation and awareness for these issues. Lastly, following this guide will leave Kalamazoo with a sustainable art scene that is not being damaged or depleted from the ACGK's efforts.

As stated before, access in the arts is key to everything the Arts Council stands for. Our strategies to do this is to provide access to a broad range of artistic and cultural opportunities through grants, promotion, advocacy, and free programming.

The Board of Directors along with the Executive Director and organizational staff dedicated itself to writing a five-year strategic map using the SMART approach. That is, each goal, objective, strategy, and success measure was written to be: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound.

In using this approach, we also dedicated ourselves to achieving ten finite strategies per fiscal year, leaving open two potential strategies a year for unplanned options. In total, then, this plan is built to handle sixty strategies over the course of the plan. This is both achievable and realistic. Having a full staff dedicated to the success of our mission and vision creates for a positive and driven environment.

In the first two years of the developed strategic plan, the largest accomplishment was the restructure of the organization, With a new mission, a new vision, and new core values as well as a new physical office space, the Arts Council was able to jump in head-first to the new strategic plan. Some of the key items that have been accomplished are long-term planning in the sense of staffing and equipment enhancements. There was a focus on clarifying documents such as rubrics for Community Arts Awards, grant proposal rubrics, as well as internal employee handbooks. The current focus is on the re-branding of the ARts Council as a whole organization. In a few months, an app specifically for Art Hop will be released in order to work towards our value of sustainability. The logo and overall image of the Arts Council will also be taken a look at.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo

Board of directors
as of 04/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Laura Latiolais

Hospice Care of SW Michigan, Retired

Term: 2016 - 2019

Tim Kilmartin

Angelita Aguilar

Rem Cabrera

Marissa Harrington

Bob Miller

Cheryl Dixon

Charles Hamman

Rebecca Hartzell

Eric Johnson

Tavian Napier

Kurt Sherwood

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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