Mohawk Valley Collective, Inc.

Fort Plain, NY   |  http://mohawkvalleycollective.com

Mission

Our mission is to rehabilitate local historic landmarks and buildings, revitalize neighborhoods and provide arts and cultural opportunities in the Mohawk Valley Region.

Ruling year info

2012

President

Mr. Gerritt Platel

Executive Director

Mr. Andrew Salimian

Main address

PO Box 53

Fort Plain, NY 13339 USA

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Formerly known as

Historic Fort Plain

EIN

45-2692487

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

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Summer Music Series

At one point in the 1800's Fort Plain was considered a worthwhile stopping point for well-known, national speakers, performers, and other notable people such as Mark Twain, Susan B. Anthony, and Frederick Douglas. Unfortunately today Fort Plain is known mainly for the devastating flooding it experienced in June and July of 2013, and before that, for a man who kept his mother in this freezer to continue receiving her Social Security checks, which made the national news. Our aim is to put Fort Plain on the map with a music series that gets a lot of "bang for the buck" drawing in important musical acts with a lot of cachet, acts that would also draw in "tastemakers" from the capitol district.

The Mohawk Valley Collective is focused on attracting more visitors to Montgomery County as part of our mission. We are also working towards the restoration and reuse of the historic, National Register Listed 1896 Universalist Church of the Messiah, which we have renamed Unity Hall. In an effort to advance both aspects of our mission listed above we have put together our first "Summer Music Series," a monthly showcase of talented, nationally touring musicians in our grand sanctuary on the second floor of Unity Hall. The acts we are booking include the up-and-coming Xenia Rubinos, who has received highly positive reviews in the NY Times, New Yorker, on NPR's national broadcasts of their "Fresh Air" program, etc. Our goal is to make Unity Hall, and by extension Fort Plain a destination for the hip and connected from the capitol region. As part of this we hope to fill local bars and restaurants.

Population(s) Served
Families
Seniors

In an effort to (re)introduce people from outside the area to the varied assets of our region, we intend to host the second annual iteration of our "Standing Strong: River through Time” (aka RTT) event, which both celebrates the rich history of Montgomery County and the Mohawk Valley while raising awareness of our and other similar preservation projects by hosting the collaborative event on August 9th (coinciding with the widely promoted NYS Canal Splash Weekend). It will encourage involvement and a fully immersive experience; including special tours and exhibits created for the event, vendors & crafts, all culminating in live music, and a barbecue in the heart of Canajoharie & Fort Plain. We envision the event as an experience that will appeal to a wide demographic, from families with school age children to those in their 20's-30's interested in live music, to an older set interested in historical sites.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

The Mohawk Valley Collective's long term mission is to restore and rehabilitate our two main properties, Historic Unity Hall and West Hill School. We have undertaken multiple building projects at each site with funds leveraged from private donors and grant awards. Some projects we have completed roof repair, electrical and plumbing work, landscaping, demolition, and general maintenance. We choose to employ local workers. many of who are hard-to-employ or underemployed individuals, giving them valuable experience in the construction trades.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

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Our results

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At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people

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Increasing

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Adults

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Summer Music Series

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Summer Music Series

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our primary focus for this program is livability, strengthening of communities through the arts. Currently the fabric of our community is in tatters. The young must leave our area to find suitable employment, incomes, and ultimately happiness. The community is left with people with low education, low skills, and few options. Through our center and the programs we promote and plan to expand through the adaptive reuse we hope to change these trends, stop the flight away from our community, and give those that leave a reason to stay and those that never left hope for a better future.

Our secondary focus of engagement will hopefully bloom with the livability. Our vocational students make homes more beautiful, returning them to their former glory. Our residencies draw in artists from outside the region for the natural beauty and inspire the locals with their work, art shows and performances remind residents of the life outside of working to make a living wage. This will only continue and grow with the plans and ultimately renovation of our center.

Through the restoration and adaptive reuse of two historic buildings in a struggling area, Mohawk Valley Collective aims to create jobs and develop the local economy. Our fundraising and cultural events have already begun to bring art to the area and bring the community together. Using these strategies, we hope to build a stronger sense of community and make the Mohawk Valley region a desirable place to live and work.

As seen through our successful events, fundraising acumen, well-rounded team, and extensive network of support, Mohawk Valley Collective is capable of accomplishing the goals we have set. As mentioned previously, our programs, including the annual River Through Time fundraising event and Summer Music Series have been effective ways to bring the community together, raise money, and attract people to the area. In addition, we currently own several properties, which we utilize regularly for events. For example, in fall of 2012, we set a goal to build a park adjacent to the church, and this project is currently underway.
While we are a young organization (just over three years old), the success of our annual campaign bears out that we are effective fundraisers. In the past three years, we have raised over $170,000, averaging about $60,000 a year as a nonprofit in a small, rural community. Not only is our organization supported financially, we also have the goodwill of the surrounding communities. We are confident that, as necessary, we can mobilize a large group of volunteers who care for the community as much as we do.
The resources available to us through our team and relations in and outside of the community enable us to follow through with our goals. Members of our board include a contractor/carpenter, a Fortune 500 businessman, and several small business owners. Our board members contribute their experience and knowledge to the organization. Like the board, our broad base of volunteers has varied experience and talents, including many artists and musicians who participate in our events.
Because of the positive connections the Mohawk Valley Collective has engendered over the years with local businesses, we collaborate with them often for fundraisers – in addition, many of them carry our merchandise. We have also built lasting relationships with the local government and media. Our board is in regular communication with our County Executive, State Senator, State Assemblyman, as well as our legislators in Congress. Our media connections help us reach a large audience, advertise our events, and more effectively spread the word about our cause.

In the summer of 2013, Fort Plain experienced a devastating flood. While this affected our buildings and our community, it did not keep Mohawk Valley Collective from moving forward. Unity Hall, the first property we owned, went from a condemned building to a structurally safe community space in which events are hosted on a regular basis. We took our idea of the Summer Music Series, monthly concerts in Fort Plain, and brought it to fruition, made possible by our accomplishments with Unity Hall. In order to begin work on a community park, we tore down one of our properties behind Unity Hall. The location will allow Unity Hall to be both an indoor and outdoor community space.
Our fundraisers and events are other examples of significant accomplishments. As our Summer Music Series draws to a close, we can be proud of the many musicians we brought to Fort Plain and all the community members who came out to support us and enjoy our musical guests.
In 2013, the Mohawk Valley Collective was able to raise thousands of dollars at our 1st Annual River Through Time fundraiser, which went towards helping flood victims. We are now approaching our 2nd Annual River Through Time fundraiser, with the goal of helping people still recovering from flood damages. In the future, we hope the proceeds from this event will go towards general relief for those in need, whether from a house fire or natural disaster.
Aside from our successful events and fundraising, we have benefitted from the publicity garnered from our media connections. Mohawk Valley Collective has quickly become the de facto historic preservation group in the area. Increasingly, municipalities, other organizations, corporations, and individual homeowners, turn to us for our expertise regarding historic properties. This is a significant accomplishment for such a young organization, reflecting the recognition and respect we have gained in the eyes of the community.
If we had unlimited resources, would we have done things differently? Sure. That being said, we’ve always set ambitious goals. In our day-to-day actions, we focus on what we have the resources and capacity to achieve while always keeping an eye towards the big picture. Regardless of what happens, we feel confident in the path we have chosen and our ability to accomplish what we set out to do.

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Mohawk Valley Collective, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Gerritt Platel

Tanya Towne

Sportsman's Den

Steven Donovan

Gerritt Platel

Jocelyn Mosher

Jo Clayson

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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/06/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Middle-Eastern
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

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