Arts for All of Northern Michigan

Inspiring All Abilities

Traverse City, MI   |  www.artsforallnmi.org

Mission

ARTS FOR ALL OF NMI ENGAGES, EMPOWERS AND INSPIRES PEOPLE OF ALL ABILITIES FROM THE GRAND TRAVERSE REGION WITH INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES, BOTH ARTISTIC AND CULTURAL, WHILE PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONAL GROWTH AND LEARNING.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

GRACE HUDSON

Main address

Po Box 4212

Traverse City, MI 49685 USA

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Formerly known as

Artists Creating Together

EIN

47-3509588

NTEE code info

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For individuals with disabilities, access to meaningful art and culture opportunities can be extremely limited. Disabilities span the range of physical, developmental, emotional, behavioral, learning, and more, and can often lead to limitations physically, socially, and in terms of accessibility. These limitations often mean that individuals with disabilities aren't able to take part in the same arts and culture opportunities that neuro-typical individuals can. In addition to this deficit of accessible and adaptive opportunities, many of the communities in our area are lacking the training for their artists and staff to appropriately and efficiently engage and instruct individuals with disabilities.

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?

ACCESS

ACCESS provides a monthly art or cultural outing for teens and adults with disabilities, and their peers.

Population(s) Served

Art Escapes provides in-class art and culture workshops for students in our region, ensuring that even students in self-contained classrooms receive art and culture opportunities, though not mandated by the Michigan Board of Education.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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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 mission is to empower people with disabilities from Northern Michigan with interactive experiences, both artistic and cultural, while providing opportunities for personal growth and learning. We aim to provide high quality adaptive instruction with artist trainings, as well as programs that offer both experiential and one-time learning opportunities, as well as long-term training resulting in new skills and a place to share finished work.

We implement three main programs to address these issues.
Art Escapes - adaptive art workshops lead by trained, professional artists in local classrooms, including special education, general education, and alternative classrooms.
ACCESS - a monthly community outing in the arts and culture realm for individuals with disabilities and their families.
Kid's on the Block - a puppet outreach that teaches children about disability awareness.

We are currently developing additional in-studio programming that will offer more long-term experiences, as well as opportunities for galleries, professional mentorship, and more.

We also participate in many community outreach programs by hosting adaptive art activities!

Our capabilities for addressing this problem have grown significantly since 2017. We are now equipped with our own studio in which we can host programming! We have an Executive Director with a degree in Special Education, as well as a Program Director who has spent years in arts and culture programming! Our educational partnerships include the Traverse Bay Intermediate School District, as well as other local schools and alternative classrooms. We partner with more than 15 local teaching artists, as well as many other local arts and culture organizations, including MI Legacy Art Park, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Clayspace TC, and more. We are supported financially by individual donors, corporate and business sponsors, including Real Estate One, and state and local grant programs, including Rotary Charities, The Optimist Club, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, MI Humanities, and the Swiat Foundation. We are also developing additional programs that will help provide on-going revenue for our program expansions.

We were established as a chapter of VSA in 1993, and later became the Grand Traverse chapter of Artists Creating Together, a state organization with a similar mission, based out of Grand Rapids. In 2015, we became our own 501(c)3, Arts for All of Northern MI and continued providing our area with adaptive art and culture program. In 2017, we had a change in directorship and re-assessed our major strategic plan goals. Since then, we have reached our major goals of securing our own studio and expanding our staff and programming. We have added a Program Director and office staff, and expanded our programs to reach nearly triple the audience. We have improved our teacher training and are planning program additions that will help us reach our adults with disabilities in a meaningful way, as well as provide programs for students during the summer months when we aren't in their classrooms. Our program quality is our highest priority, and our plans include continuing to improve our artist training, adding our summer programming, and establishing a mentorship program for adult artists with disabilities to learn from local professional artists and share their work in a gallery that provides them with partial income from the sales!

Financials

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Operations

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Arts for All of Northern Michigan

Board of directors
as of 6/6/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Claire Walters

Hagerty

Debra Colaianni

Lois Edson

Nick Edson

Gina Thornbury

Kerri Otto

Danielle Price

Ellie Vratanina

Jill Miklos

Martin Miklos

Caroline Simaz

Liz Clarke

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? No
  • 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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No