DANCING SPIRIT INC

aka Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center   |   Ignacio, CO   |  http://www.dancingspiritgallery.org

Mission

Dancing Spirit’s mission is to: provide a community arts center that enhances creativity and fellowship; promote the education, appreciation, and enjoyment of the arts; and celebrate the cultural heritages of our diverse population. Dancing Spirit’s core programs include workshops, therapeutic art classes, gallery presentations, and community revitalization initiatives rooted in art, culture, and healing.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Kasey Correia

Main address

Po Box 414 115 Ute Street

Ignacio, CO 81137 USA

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EIN

45-2753491

NTEE code info

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Community Recreational Centers (N31)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adult Pottery

Adult pottery encourages students to learn the expressive potential of hand-building with clay through pinch, coil, and slab construction and introduces beginning and intermediate students to the potter’s wheel. Basic throwing skills are demonstrated and practiced, and design and decorative techniques for functional pottery forms is taught. Individual interests and skills drive the class.

Population(s) Served

Dancing Spirit offers volunteer opportunities to both those who need the community service hours as well as to those who desire to give back to their community. Volunteers are given the skills and training to assist with community beautification projects such as painting town flags or working on art installments as well as helping package art kits that are sent out to area students and elders that are unable to join us for in person classes. Volunteers are assigned to projects based on personal interests and talents whenever possible, and are encouraged to find personal therapeutic healing through the art that they invest their time into.

Population(s) Served

Beginning in March 2020 through present day, Dancing Spirit has met the challenges of COVID 19 and the year long Stay At Home order from the Southern Ute Indian Tribe by creating and distributing At Home Art Kits for our students and elders. These kits are created by our staff, assembled by volunteers and distributed by teachers and/or food share programs (thus encouraging community-wide collaboration) and have become one of our major outreach initiatives. The concept for these kits have been duplicated by local libraries and school programs facing similar situations and has allowed our community to combat the undercurrent of separation and loneliness that has been caused by social distancing.

Population(s) Served

Because of COVID and our proximity to the Southern Ute Tribe, many of our standard programs have switched to virtual options. Dancing Spirit offers Zoom Virtual Art classes for our local academies in place of their participation in our After School Arts Program, and we continue to offer a limited capacity In Person After School Arts program to help working families that need a safe place for their children on our local school district's early release day. Each virtual art class includes a kit with all the necessary supplies and instruction via Zoom, and each in person class includes supplies, a snack and instruction for a variety of arts and crafts.

Population(s) Served

Camp Creative is an in-person, week long art camp that is offered during school breaks (Once during spring break and winter break and once each month during the summer). It is a 4 hour, 5 day class that offers a safe place for our local youth and includes games and activities, arts and crafts and healthy snacks. Students learn and practice skills that give them a sense of involvement, belonging and self regulation while exploring the therapeutic effects art can have.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Dancing Spirit’s mission is to: provide a community arts center that enhances creativity and fellowship; promote the education, appreciation, and enjoyment of the arts; and celebrate the cultural heritages of our diverse population. Dancing Spirit’s core programs include workshops, therapeutic art classes, gallery presentations, and community revitalization initiatives rooted in art, culture, and healing. Family members are invited to participate in family art events where they can share in creating something along with their kids. General membership is open to the community.
Dancing Spirit has set the following 2014-2017 strategic goals in response to area needs to serve more youth, seniors, and veterans: (1) Support a high rate of use of facilities; (2) Maintain regular volunteer support for sustainable operations; (3) Provide targeted community and personal instruction; and (4) Secure a more diverse economic base for the organization.
To support these goals, Dancing Spirit has established: a high-visibility community art gallery; working studio space; ongoing art instruction; and performing arts space. Our programs strategically provide accessible, inclusive passage into artistic training and development that encourages creativity and builds self-esteem and life skills through art. We seek to demonstrate relevance, robustness, coherence, and transparency in our work in the community. Studies generally report on low-income and special needs without focusing on ethnic or rural programming. This indicates the opportunity for our programs to serve as a model for a results-based program construct for rural and multi-ethnic populations in which the program outcome measures directly tied to individualized program objectives.

Dancing Spirit’s mission is to: provide a community arts center that enhances creativity and fellowship; promote the education, appreciation, and enjoyment of the arts; and celebrate the cultural heritages of our diverse population. Dancing Spirit’s core programs include workshops, therapeutic art classes, gallery presentations, and community revitalization initiatives rooted in art, culture, and healing. Family members are invited to participate in family art events where they can share in creating something along with their kids. General membership is open to the community.
Dancing Spirit has set the following 2014-2017 strategic goals in response to area needs to serve more youth, seniors, and veterans: (1) Support a high rate of use of facilities; (2) Maintain regular volunteer support for sustainable operations; (3) Provide targeted community and personal instruction; and (4) Secure a more diverse economic base for the organization.
To support these goals, Dancing Spirit has established: a high-visibility community art gallery; working studio space; ongoing art instruction; and performing arts space. Our programs strategically provide accessible, inclusive passage into artistic training and development that encourages creativity and builds self-esteem and life skills through art. We seek to demonstrate relevance, robustness, coherence, and transparency in our work in the community. Studies generally report on low-income and special needs without focusing on ethnic or rural programming. This indicates the opportunity for our programs to serve as a model for a results-based program construct for rural and multi-ethnic populations in which the program outcome measures directly tied to individualized program objectives.

Dancing Spirit is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, possible only through the generosity of local funders and the dedication of a cadre of volunteers whose 10,000 donated hours each year translate to nearly a quarter of a million dollars in operating and program support annually. In the summer of 2014, Dancing Spirit earned its 501(c)3 non-profit organization status. In 2014, we served some 1,000 youth and their families through year-round workshops, shows, special events, and other well-attended public gatherings. Additionally, we provided ongoing support for the work of other community agencies and civic groups. The Center currently boasts 28 artist members (90% women), who staff the gallery. We also have 10-12 artisans working throughout the year as youth mentors and instructors.

Because our programs increase positive intergenerational activities, preserve cultural traditions, and improve cultural awareness, Dancing Spirit has gained many advocates of its work among both Native and non-Native community members. We, in turn, actively support the work of other area agencies and community groups through fund raising event support, and collaborative program efforts. Many of the Center’s programs become co-creations and joint efforts as we work cooperatively with local governmental and community leaders to design and implement well-aligned with community revitalization planning for the town of Ignacio, area residents, and the Tribe as a whole. Our programming partners allow us to serve youth and their families throughout our service area. Our partners include the Ignacio School District, Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy students, the Tribe’s Boys and Girls Club educational programs, the Southern Ute Detention Center, Silver SPRUCE Academy, SUCAP Youth Services After School Program, Southern Ute Teen Center, Southern Ute Tribal Council, and Southern Ute Tribal Education Department Youth Council. Dancing Spirit is working alongside Riversage Counseling, school staff, and other local artists, providing in-school as well as afterschool programs at its own Center facility.

Our objective indicators related to our strategic goals are:
Goal (1) Support a high rate of use of facilities. Objective (1) We coordinate and provide ongoing workshops, performances, and events on a weekly and monthly basis. Result (1) We currently serve more than 1,100 youth and adults annually.
Goal (2) Maintain regular volunteer support for sustainable operations. Objective (2) We maintain a minimum Artisan membership of at least 20-30 through targeted outreach and stewardship; and member artisans engage in a minimum of 7 hours per month in service. Result (2) Currently, we have 21 artist members who staff the gallery; 10-12 artisans work as youth mentors and instructors; a cadre of other committed volunteers provide clerical, cleaning, and maintenance services; set up and oversee event preparations; serve on important Center committees; and serve on the Center’s Board.
Goal (3) Provide targeted community and personal instruction. Objective (3) Coordinate and provide ongoing art training workshops for 5-20 students each with local artists (age appropriate classes open to the community and personalized instruction art instruction for 3-5 year olds and 6-12 year olds). Result (3) We currently coordinate and provide ongoing school, after school, and community gathering opportunities for targeted community and personal instructions that reach more than 1,100 adults and youth each year both in-center and in other community settings, including performing arts events for youth age 6-18 participating and special events (one Family Night per month and two fundraising events that draw 50-400 persons from all sectors of the community).
Goal (4) Secure a more diverse economic base for the organization. Objective (4) Work with part-time hand-selected resource development contractors to: a) increase program income (gallery sales, memberships, event proceeds) through improved program outreach and center marketing; b) engage new and existing foundation, government, and private grantors. Result (4) We continue to work with local leaders and other stakeholders to maximize use of existing resources to provide stability to our organization and its programs. We are spearheading a collaborative site for more than a dozen education, youth, and community support organizations and agencies, which is expected to open in September 2015.

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 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?

    Dancing Spirit, Inc serves the tri-ethnic community of Ignacio, CO. Our community struggles with a high incidence of familial trauma such as physical and sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, absent parents (jailed parents), and mental health problems in addition to dealing with poverty. (Local schools serve more than 50% reduced-price or free lunches.) We have programs to serve children and give them a safe space where they are respected and creativity is encouraged, and adults at the detention center with therapeutic art programs. We offer community art programs to increase social networking and creativity and we try to incorporate family art activities into the majority of our programs. Many of our programs are collaborative with the Southern Ute Tribe, the local library and schools.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, personal, informal interviews,

  • 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?

    Throughout the community tribulations associated with COVID-19 and the year long stay at home order the Southern Ute Indian Tribe has been on, Dancing Spirit Inc has been reaching out to our elders and children by sending home art kits. As many of our children have not been able to return to in person learning, we have developed a virtual after school art class that includes sending home all the necessary materials and virtual art instruction. This program has combined our much missed After School Arts Program with our At Home Art Kits and allows the students a more advanced art project while still honoring the tribal stay at home order.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

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

    Dancing Spirit Inc began as a community art co-op, so we have always sought out the involvement and ideas of our community members. This allows us to meet needs in our community that are not being addressed elsewhere, and helps us make sure that the classes and programs that we are not only useful to our community members, but also interesting and valuable to them. By involving our community members in the creation of new programs, we are better able to serve them in everything that we do, whether it is public art installations, programs or fundraising opportunities. Without our community's involvement, Dancing Spirit Inc would cease to exist.

  • 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 act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Much of our community does not use technology, so our feedback is collected in personal interviews,

Financials

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DANCING SPIRIT INC

Board of directors
as of 6/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Melody Hedin

Melody Hedin

Ignacio Floral & Gifts

Eva Lewis

Anthony Box

Eula Gregory

Joanne Gantt

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