Allied Arts Council of St Joseph MO

Bringing the arts and people together

aka A.A.C.   |   St. Joseph, MO   |  www.stjoearts.org

Mission

The Allied Arts Council seeks to make St. Joseph and the surrounding communities a better place to live through the arts. Our mission is to enrich the lives of our citizens by advancing and promoting the arts community and to bring arts and people together.

Ruling year info

1964

Executive Director

Ms. Teresa Fankhauser

Main address

118 S 8th Street

St. Joseph, MO 64501 USA

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EIN

43-0810827

NTEE code info

Arts Council/Agency (A26)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Vision: The Allied Arts seeks to make St. Joseph and the surrounding communities a better place to live through the arts. Mission: The Allied Arts Council exists to enrich the lives of the citizens of St. Joseph, Missouri, and the surrounding area by bringing arts and people together. Tag line: The Allied Arts Council brings arts and people together. Goals are centered on: • Arts Experiences • Advocacy for the Arts • Maintaining and growing institutionalized activities and events • Operational Planning Critical Issues • Promote the arts for all • Provide a fiscal plan for operations that will enable goals to be met • Advocate for the arts (local, state, and nationally)

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?

Arts Fund

The Arts Fund drive raises funds to help support 7 funded agencies. In 2021 the drive raised $235,000.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The Arts Education program is one of the most important programs of the Council with four components. Artists in the Schools is a very popular adjunct to the curriculum in local and area classrooms.  Artscape, a weeklong summer arts camp operates at full capacity, providing an arts experience to students, engaging them in six disciplines. Kennedy Center's Partners in Education Program is a partnership with the Council and the St. Joseph School district. The mission of the partnership is professional development programs integrating arts into the classrooms.  The Allied Arts Council conducts Poetry out Loud, a program in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Missouri Arts Council. This program for high school students encourages exploration in poetry, as a spoken word art form.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

The goals of our public art program are:
•Promote the appreciation and integration of high-quality accessible art in St. Joseph
•Heighten public awareness of the importance of art in enriching the quality of life for our citizens
•Build partnerships with other public and private entities to further interest in the arts
•Increase opportunities for residents and visitors to participate in a range of artistic endeavors
•Enhance the positive identity and image of our City through a coordinated public art program
•Establish public and private policies that incorporate public art within a well-designed environment reflecting imagination and a strong sense of place
•Provide the resources to support the public art program
•Support the viability of professional artists .

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Missouri Arts Award- Arts Organization 2009

Missouri Arts Council

Affiliations & memberships

Americans for the Arts 2009

Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies 2019

Missouri Citizens for the Arts 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total number of grants awarded

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

Age groups

Related Program

Arts Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As a funding organization we offer all of our member agencies the opportunity to apply for funding through the annual Arts Fund Campaign. Seven of the agencies applied.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Arts Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Annual Arts Fund campaign raises funds to support the works of our member agencies.Our goal is to increase funding levels.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Arts Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The need for scholarships to Artscape, a summer arts camp grows each year. Our goal is to secure enough donations each year to pay for all students who demonstrate financial need.

Number of donations made by board members

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

Arts Fund

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Board members are required to donate annually to the Annual Arts Fund Campaign and the annual membership drive. We have had 100% participation since the policy was established.

Average grant amount

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

Arts Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We are able to fund fun approximately 50% of the requests each year. In 2016 we funded 60% of the request because there were only 6 applications. In 2017 and 2018 we funded 7 agencies.

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.

Arts Experiences

• Enhance the cultural climate of our community by increasing opportunities to participate in the arts.
o Encourage collaboration among member agencies.
• Expand opportunities to promote the arts in the business community.
o Create partnerships with businesses.
o Develop arts-based training programs.
• Develop new strategies to deliver arts experiences.
o Utilize the standing arts-based committees in developing a strategic action plan (new).
o Implement the strategic action plan to reach all populations in our community, including underserved.


Continuing Arts Experiences

● Trails West!®
● Beer Walk
● Sculpture Walk
● Artscape
● Artists in the Schools

Advocacy

• Build an active and engaged board that meets the needs of the organization.
o Continue working committees to ensure the success of the strategic plan.
 Recruit potential board members who are willing to work on projects.
• The Nominating Committee will recruit board members with interests in education and art and who have important business connections.
• Through a partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, continue to strengthen relationships with businesses.
o Develop arts-at-work programs. (new)
• Continue to provide opportunities to member agencies that strengthen their position in the community.
o Marketing
o Coordination
o Collaboration
o Communication


Ongoing Advocacy

• Local (Member agencies, City and County Government)
• State (Missouri Arts Council, Missouri Citizens’ for the Arts, Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies, legislature)
• National (Kennedy Center, National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, legislature)
Operations

• Develop a system to ensure adequate funds for the Arts Fund
o Increase the amount raised in the Arts Fund in order to increase benefits.
o Explore sustainable revenue streams. (New)
• Expand the Allied Arts Council’s Arts Fund Endowment.
o Continue to build an active committee for endowment fundraising. (New)
• Develop a system to ensure adequate funds for the Arts Council
o Continue to appoint a volunteer committee for fundraising. (New)
o Increase number of AAC patrons contributing to the annual Membership Drive. (New)
• Establish cash reserves for Allied Arts Council equal to six months of expenses.
• Develop a strategic approach to funding public art programs.
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• Facilities (new)
o Develop a plan for updating and/or replacing fixed assets as needed. (New)
• Staffing (new)
o Develop a succession plan for use as needed. (New)
• Governance (new)
o Recruit and cultivate volunteers as board members as part of a succession plan for the Board of Directors. (New)
o Maintain and/or revise By-Laws of AAC (new)
o Implement the approved Strategic Plan. (New)
 Convene committees to develop action plans for implementation of the approved Allied Arts Council Strategic Plan. (New)

Standing Committees of AAC


• Nominating
• Finance
• Allocations
• Personnel
• Presidents’ Roun

Each committee is working to develop action items to reach the goals listed above.

We are blessed with a community that values the arts. The Arts Council programs enlist the use of over 2,000 volunteers each year and over 1,000 people support the Council programs through contributions. Over 150 businesses give money, time, and services to Council programs. The City of St. Joseph abates $2,100 in annual rent payments and contributes over $50,000 each year to the Arts Fund drive and Trails West!®. The Arts Fund, administered by the Council, provides a united campaign for six arts agencies and is supported by 96 businesses and over 800 individuals. Funding for Trails West!® comes from earned income, the City of St. Joseph, the Buchanan County Convention and Visitors Bureau, sponsorships and the Missouri Arts Council. Financial support for the Arts Education programs comes from earned income, the Arts Fund, private contributions, and the Missouri Arts Council. The St. Joseph Sculpture Walk is supported by the St. Joseph Downtown Community Improvement District, the City of St. Joseph, business sponsorships and private donations.

Although we have created an endowment fund, it has been more difficult that anticipated in raising the necessary funds and more importantly finding the right people to help raise the money.

The public art program has been very successful in attracting people to downtown St. Joseph, but the challenge is finding buyers for the sculptures and raising enough funds to sustain the project over time.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Allied Arts Council of St Joseph MO

Board of directors
as of 10/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

President Lee Ann Smiley

Retired

Term: 2019 - 2022


Board co-chair

1st Vice President Terri Modlin

Felix Street Gourmet

Term: 2020 - 2023

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Liby Waltemath

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Brendon Clark

Commerce Bank

Sandy Miller

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Bobbie Cronk

United Way

Kathy Hill-Bahner

St. Joseph Historical Society

Tom Smith

American Guild of Organists

Denise Meyer

Creative Arts Production

Marcy George

AKMA

Alison Schieber

Jill Vanderpool

River Song

Bassam Ghatasheh

US Bank

Martin Rucker

Former Missouri Legislator

Tona Williams

American Family Insurance

Janell Becerra

St. Joseph School District

Dawn Cooperider

Business Owner

Sara Markt

Architect

Michelle Norman

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Valarie Jones

East Buchanan School Disrict

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 10/18/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data