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ProjectArt (dba), Art Creates US, Inc. (legal)

aka ProjectArt   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  www.projectart.org

Mission

ProjectArt transforms public libraries into vital cultural hubs through artist residencies where contemporary visual artists teach free, after-school art classes to underserved youth, while developing new artwork in the library.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Adarsh Alphons

Main address

483 Humboldt St

Brooklyn, NY 11211 USA

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EIN

46-1518061

NTEE code info

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over 4 million elementary school students do not receive any arts instruction and 11 million children are without supervision between the hours of 3-6pm. As an essential part of STEAM and 21st-century learning, the long-term positive impact of arts education stretches beyond the classroom. Yet, arts education is severely underfunded in public schools throughout the country.

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?

ProjectArt

ProjectArt offers tuition-free visual art classes in public libraries across the US with a highly effective and scalable model - ProjectArt grants emerging artists space in underutilized public libraries where they can create their art. In return, the artists teach art classes to youth who do not receive it in their public schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

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.

Our goal is to build the largest art school in the nation without owning a single building. We aim to provide the opportunity for youth in divested neighborhoods to express themselves creatively, overcome social barriers, and foster the development of pro-socialization skills so they can grow as thoughtful, empowered young adults.

At ProjectArt's core, there are three distinct elements - youth, public libraries, and artists.\n\nYouth: Over 4 million elementary school-aged children in the US do not receive access to arts education\nPublic libraries: There are millions of square feet of underutilized space in public libraries across the US\nArtists: There are thousands of emerging artists who cannot afford a studio space to create their art due to high real-estate rent prices\n\nThe solution: ProjectArt grants emerging artists space in underutilized public libraries where they can create their art, and in return, artists teach art classes to youth who do not generally receive it in their public schools.

ProjectArt collects evidentiary data and depends on a partnership-based model that reflects long-term impact and relationships with the organization's students and partners. \n\nSo far, the impact has been significant on the lives of students as it touches all aspects of their lives while driving new audiences into libraries. Compared to those who don't have access to arts education, kids with exposure to the arts:\n\nOn average do 96 points better on the SATs\nAre 3x more likely to earn a Bachelor's Degree \nAre 5x less likely to drop out of high school\n\nIn addition to introducing libraries in a new way to youth, ProjectArt also boosts confidence and strengthens their sense of community:\n\n89% of students believe their art-making has improved through ProjectArt\n88% of students reported feeling more confident after taking ProjectArt\n91% of students learned more about art and artists through ProjectArt\n72% of students spend more time at the library since joining ProjectArt\n72% of students have checked out books before/after ProjectArt\n73% of students have a parent/guardian who comes to the library during ProjectArt

With a highly effective and scalable model, ProjectArt is now in 8 cities, serving nearly 2,000 students annually. To celebrate its 10 year anniversary in 2021, we look to be in 10 cities.

Financials

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Operations

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ProjectArt (dba), Art Creates US, Inc. (legal)

Board of directors
as of 05/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Adarsh Alphons

ProjectArt

Term: 2018 - 2026

Heidi Hovland

Agostina Pechi

Osman Khan

Adarsh Alphons

David McGhee

Anita Durst

Liz Radke

Matthew Trebek

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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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 4/3/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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