Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center

aka Pullum Center   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.pullumcenter.org

Mission

The Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center is a nonprofit organization providing quality performing arts instruction to underserved students in South Los Angeles.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Fernando Pullum

Main address

P.O. Box 561528

Los Angeles, CA 90056-0237 USA

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EIN

45-2800295

NTEE code info

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

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Our programs

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Arts Education

The Pullum Center provides free arts instruction to more than 600 students, ages 5 to 20, at our headquarters and partner schools. Classes are designed to run throughout the school year with at least three opportunities for each student to showcase their talent at community performances. Each student receives personalized instruction based on their age and level of experience.

Population(s) Served

Pullum Center aims to hold two musical productions every year. The fall musical features middle school students, while the spring musical features high school students.

Population(s) Served

Our Summer Program engages children in arts education when schools are closed, and most parents are working. During the summer, students attend up to six-hour-long classes per day (Monday to Thursday) and participate in one field trip per week on Fridays.

Population(s) Served

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Our results

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Number of free registrants to classes

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Population(s) Served

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of audience members

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No target populations selected

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Pullum Center aims to provide a program filled with structure and well-planned curriculum to help students build self-esteem, develop civic responsibility and teach them to apply the same dedication and commitment to their academic aspirations.

Our goals are to:

Improve students’ academic success.

Develop students’ self-esteem and leadership skills, impart sense of belonging and reduce self-destructive behavior.

Increase students’ appreciation for the performing arts and how participation can improve their lives.

Contribute to local community through performances and service activities.

Our strategy to achieve the expected outcomes is to provide a performing arts program (i.e. instrumental music, voice, dance, and drama) with quality instruction that instills confidence and fosters artistic excellence in our students. Currently, 30 weekly performing arts classes are held at the Center headquarters and another 30 are held at participating schools. Students are provided a free dinner and a snack at the Pullum Center and Marcus Garvey School during the school year to ensure they are nourished. During the summer, when school is not in session, students are offered breakfast, lunch and a snack.

Executive Director Fernando Pullum is an educator and professional musician. Despite his difficult childhood growing up on Chicago's Westside, the city's toughest neighborhood, Fernando earned his bachelor's degree in music education and master's in trumpet performance. Fernando moved to Los Angeles in 1984 to follow his dream of becoming an educator and professional musician. He assumed the music program at L.A.'s Washington Prep High School. Under his tutelage, the program thrived. In 1989, LAUSD recognized Fernando's music program as the first music magnet in South Los Angeles. During the years that followed, 100% of Fernando's students graduated with a high school diploma and only one student failed to enroll in college during the next fifteen years. Fernando has been recognized by many organizations and individuals throughout his tenure, including Oprah, VH-1, John Lennon Foundation, and the State of California as its teacher of the year. He has performed and recorded with many industry greats, such as Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Jackson Browne, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Eddie Murphy, Fishbone and more.

The Pullum Center employs 20 part-time arts education staff members with expertise in instrumental music, dance, voice, and drama.

The Pullum Center has been successful in increasing our capacity to serve 600 students every year--a 100% increase from 2015 to 2017. Recent accomplishments include:
- Our students recorded with Aloe Blacc on the John Lennon educational tour bus.
- Students plays and sang with Ronnie Spector at the National Music Merchandisers (NAMM) in Anaheim.
- Ten students were hired as extras on the HBO hit show Insecure.
- Two students performed in the Shakespeare Festival in Scotland.

The Pullum Center continues to strive for financial sustainability. It is currently taking strategic steps to ensure the organization is supported by diversified revenue streams.

Financials

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Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center

Board of directors
as of 2/7/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James O'Brien