Arts Bus Inc

The Arts Bus - now in its 2nd decade of empowering children to find joy & authentic self-expression through art!

aka Arts Bus, The Arts Bus   |   Randolph, VT   |  http://artsbusvt.org/

Mission

Empowering children to find joy and authentic self-expression through the arts. The Arts Bus is a traveling pop-up theater, music & dance stage, ceramic/paint/textile studio, library & creative safe space. Its creation responded to the challenge parents in rural towns face attempting to transport children to educational and cultural activities at distant sites by bringing the visual, performing and literary arts to kids where they live. The impact from its work is 1) consistent integration of & improvement in the quality art programming provided to children; 2) emphasizing public commitment to the priority of art; 3) affirming the value of the region’s many excellent artists and cultural institutions as EncourageMentors and resources; and (4) connecting art to the heart & hands.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Ms. Guinevere "Ms. Genny" Albert

Main address

c/o Kimball Library 67 N. Main Street

Randolph, VT 05060 USA

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Formerly known as

Arts Bus Project

EIN

45-4078211

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

After a decade of service, the Arts Bus mission of “empowering joy & authentic self-expression through the arts” finds Vermont’s beloved green bus at the crossroads of limited public art education resources and ever-increasing costs of raising children. The programs are based on acceptance of two systemic facts: 1)there will FOREVER be children at-risk and under-exposed to art; and 2) quality art education will ALWAYS be limited in school budgets. Therefore, the Arts Bus has a unique opportunity at libraries, camps, schools & after-school programs, to capture the ‘after’ time to achieve quality art-education and our mission. The Arts Bus is a traveling pop-up theater, music & dance stage, ceramic/paint/textile studio, library and creative safe space. Its creation responded to the challenge parents in rural towns face attempting to transport children to educational and cultural activities at distant sites by bringing the visual, performing and literary arts to kids where they live.

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?

Ever After Kids - Quality art education to at-risk youth perpetually in after care programs

Targeting the after-care programs (after hours, after school, after work, after spring), The Arts Bus provides youth (ages 5-12) with activities andclasses in visual arts (painting, collage, paper arts, mask-making), music (African Drumming, singing, traditional music), movement, yoga, theater arts, crafts (ceramics, fabric arts), storytelling and writing, and a wide range of learning projects (e.g. studying and creating Egyptian obelisks, prehistoric cave art, and Chinese calligraphy).

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Provide +1000 art/craft kits to kids in Central Vermont with basic art supplies in response to the sudden school/store closures resulting from COVID19 Stay-at-Home mandates. Basic Kits include art & construction paper, watercolor paints, crayons, scissors, liquid glue, glue stick, jumbo & small plain and colored craft sticks, multi-colored pipecleaners & puffballs, and googly eyes!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Through the "Peace by Piece" program, Arts Bus will sponsor community collage art led by local artists in
12-15 community projects throughout Central Vermont to be created in pieces & assembled together for on-line, remote and (finally) collective in-person viewing & celebration!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

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 free admissions

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

Children and youth, Families, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Free admissions equates to the number of children directly served by The Arts Bus each year.

Total number of audience members

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

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The "audience members" include all people inidrectly impacted by The Arts Bus, including participants other than children, gallery attendees, attendees at events where The Arts Bus is offering program

Number of teachers recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Art Educators with skills & expertise in ALL mediums assist The Arts Bus in providing quality art education in drama, paint, clay, puppets, mosaics & more! We pay artists to travel & teach with us!

Number of lessons taught

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

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Seniors, Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020, in spite of the COVID19 pandemic, we taught 78 in person classes and made 87 bus stops through all programs, safely empowering joy & authentic self-expression in our biggest year ever!

Total dollars paid to artists

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The Arts Bus pays Art-Educators & Artists because we value their expertise and skills.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

The impact of the Arts Bus Project seeks from its work is (1) consistent integration of & improvement in the quality art programming provided to children of Central Vermont; (2) emphasizing public commitment to the life priority of art; (3) affirming the value of the region’s many excellent artists and cultural institutions as EncourageMentors and resources; and (4) connecting art to the heart & hands of generations of children.

Each year, we evaluate and reset our short- and long-term strategic goals to meet the needs of the communities we serve. In 2019, we made over 70 stops, served 1540 children directly and indirectly impacted over 16,000 people in the State of Vermont , or 3% of the state's population by a single-employee nonprofit with $65,000 in Gross Revenues. This might be a small organization, but we are efficient & mighty! Our 2020 program includes stops at libraries, schools, camps and public-access locations with the following goals:

• Provide 130+ opportunities for children to receive quality art-education in a safe environment for NO CHARGE to the family beyond the payments they make for after care, summer camp, or event charges. Achieve up to 2,000 direct art education interactions with young blooming artists in a variety of settings, year-round.

• Foster and achieve 10 connections of community participation. This spans from working with volunteers & crafting communities to make kits “ready-for-assembly” to having the kids’ creations make debuts on a big stage at The Chandler Center for The Arts and the galleries at The Chandler, Gifford Medical, and through local public viewing spaces.

• Positively influencing, mentoring, and nurturing Central Vermont’s at-risk youth by providing art education and literacy, skills/techniques laddering, progressive development & composition – with the aim to create the spark of joy that leads to voluntary participation, self-reliance, pride in outcomes.

Our Long-Term Goals are (Years 3+):
• Show demonstrable art education, skills/techniques laddering, progressive development and composition in Central Vermont’s youth.

• Provide progressive andragogic and pedagogic learning, evidenced in art product of children over time and quantitative/qualitative data collection methods (interviews, observation, surveys, feedback loops).

• Achieve mission fulfillment through subjective feedback, photos, verbal, and written documentation of empowering joy and authentic self-expression through the arts.

• Consistently deliver 150+ bus stops for the community’s children, from which we have memories & smiles across generations of Central Vermonters who have participated in a community of art.

• From all of the above, a measurable decrease in at-risk children in Central Vermont with indicators of increased artistic abilities, expression, and outlets. This would also be measured in parental and youth resiliency, social connections, and cognitive, social & emotional competence of children.

The Arts Bus best practices are formed through experience, feedback, research, process- & self-improvement. And, they are aligned with CSSP’s identified Protective & Promotive Factors, as the “Everyday Actions” that build both are what we do!

Protective: Our programs are in safe, friendly spaces with familiar, knowledgeable art-educators & EncourageMentors; provide consistent child development, reliable in all times, including times of need; specifically address social & emotional competence-building through the practice of art and empowerment of authentic self-expression.

Promotive: By providing art/craft lessons, programs, kits & educators, we are intent on mentoring in the arts – written, visual, performance, edible, S.T.E.A.M., textile, mixed-medium – for all children. Each stop has 8-30 children for whom we customize age-appropriate lesson plans, foster creativity, guide to authentic self-expression, and learn from to allow for progressive social, emotional & knowledge development.

Compelling recent research is always instrumental in our program framework, including Univ of New Hampshire’s, 2017 “Understanding Early Childhood Education Needs & Opportunities in the Upper Valley” White Paper, “Working Families’ Access to Early Childhood Education”, Carsey Research Brief #137, CSSP’s research & publications, help-for-helpers workshops, program formation participation & evaluation from stakeholders.

The Arts Bus is mobile, thus its greatest asset is the ability to drive to the children and close the distance between the needs of the community and the resources to satify them. The magic of the bus is evident each time a child climbs up the stairs and enters a classroom filled with opportunities for creative imagination. At eye-level are bins of colorful paper & pens, watercolors & canvasses, costumes & make-up, writing pads & books, scissors & tape, glue & glitter. Hand-puppets Sunny Girl & Joe Cool greet each child with giant smiles, waiting to be given a voice (with clean hands). A library of books, from fantasy to coloring to poetry, are ready to be plucked and taken home. And, ever present is a local Artist-Educator ready to share an art lesson, offer a new skill and empower a child to find joy & authentic self-expression through the arts.

After 11 years of operations, the Arts Bus is firmly rooted in the community it serves and has built a network of support and resources. From fundraising to art educators to supply donations, the strength of the mission has engendered continuous loyalty and contribution. The organization also has thrived under direction of its recently appointed Executive Director and Legacy Gifts from long-standing donors and the founders of the nonprofit. This speaks to its resiliency and capabilities to continue to achieve The Arts Bus mission for another decade and more!

In the midst of 2008, The Arts Bus was an idea formed by a group of Central Vermonters in response to the need for children to have consistent & meaningful exposure to the arts. The group shared a conviction that learning through & living with the arts should not be peripheral, but basic in the educating process, of high quality & wide variety. They agreed that proximity to the arts accelerated healthy development during early childhood & served people through every subsequent stage of life, profoundly affecting human function and fulfillment. The Arts Bus debuted May 8, 2010 at the Fiddlehead Festival in Randolph, VT, and since that day-- with consistent support from grantors, family trusts & foundations, township appropriations & program clients--the bus has directly connected the joy of art to children over 13,250 times!

Now in its second decade of rolling through the green hills of Central Vermont, The Arts Bus is a fixture of quality art education, facilitating children to explore their own innate creativity, irrespective of economic means or geographic proximity to an arts center. We write grants, find sponsors, use creativity, and problem-solve to consistently achieve our mission and deliver fresh annual programming. There is no charge to climb aboard The Arts Bus, and there never will be. By providing a mobile art education service, The Arts Bus is driven to provide a creative resource right where our communities need it most.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email, Solicitation from Stakeholders,

  • 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 modify educational practices to best suit the children we serve.,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In 2019, we learned that most all children in our service area have a lack of basic art supplies at home, as parents rely upon public schools to provide the materials for art in classroom settings. Further, whatever funds parents have for art supplies are most often expended in back-to-school times or for special projects, leaving children scrambling for the basics like art paper, scissors, watercolor paints, crayons, glue and more. While The Arts Bus responded by ordering more art supplies to freely give to children who asked, in 2020 we took this a step further in response to COVID19 school & store closures in March. By April, we'd launched Kits4Kids to put basic supplies in the hands of 1000 kits in Central Vermont. By May 15th, we achieved that goal and are still in production!

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners, Parents, Teachers, Principals, Care Providers,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Feedback sometimes is too subjective.,

Financials

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Arts Bus Inc

Board of directors
as of 3/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Bethany Silloway

Gifford Medical Center

Term: 2018 - 2021

Joan Feierabend

Retired Art Educator

Cherie Landi

Artist/Art Educator

Kevin Harty

Founder, White River Craft Center

Courtney Bowen

Public LIbrary, Youth Services Librarian

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 02/22/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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 with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/22/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.