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Blair Center for the Arts

See you at the Blair!

aka Blair Theatre   |   BELLEVILLE, KS   |  https://www.theblairtheater.com

Mission

The Blair Center for the Arts (BCA, the Blair) is a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization in Republic County, Kansas. Our mission is to provide quality arts and entertainment opportunities to the area to help counter the artistic and cultural void that occurs in rural locations. At our core, we work to improve the mental health and quality-of-life for everyone in the community by programming live Arts, movie entertainment, and maintain a venue that can host local school, business, and community event needs.

Ruling year info

2001

President of the Board

Merle Hadachek

Main address

1310 19TH ST

BELLEVILLE, KS 66935 USA

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EIN

48-1240833

NTEE code info

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

Film, Video (A31)

Music Groups, Bands, Ensembles (A6C)

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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?

Free "No School" Summer Movie Series- $7,500.00

Every summer, we partner with the Belleville City Recreation Program (City Rec.) to provide movie entertainment in conjunction with their program. While we focus on providing an enjoyable program for the children participating in City Rec., the secondary audience consists of the entire community. Everyone is welcome to attend these free-to-the-public viewings. The goal of this program is to run from Spring to Fall, when children are out of school, each year. The cost to sponsor a movie is $500.00 and helps cover licensing the movie and our operational costs. For 15 weeks of film, the program cost is $7,500.00. We have successfully run this program free of charge since 2011 with the support of sponsorships and grant funding!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

The Blair strives to bring movies to our rural and underserved areas weekly while maintaining reasonable ticket and concessionary prices for our patrons. Studio licensing fees for a year of programming can vary, but $26,000 would cover all licensing and operational costs associated with 52 weeks of movie programming.
We'd love to find a sponsor who wants to help us continue this great programming!

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Every year the Blair works to bring live theater viewing opportunities to our underserved rural area. The Wichita Children's Theater delights children and audience members of all ages each year with their delightful performances! This amount covers their performance costs and our facility and staffing operation costs associated with hosting this event.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

“No School” Film Series-Not including Summer "No School" series costs
There are several times throughout the year when students aren’t in school. We’d love to be able to them some quality entertainment outside of our standard programming.
Professional Development Days Series-6 days available-$3,000.00.
Christmas/Holiday Vacation Series-23 days available-$11,500.00
Spring-break Series-5 days available $2,500.00
Total Cost: $17,000.00

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Acquisition International - Non-Profit Organisation Awards 2022 21 May22475
Most Empowering Rural Arts & Entertainment Organization - Midwest USA 2022 Winner!

In 2018, Belleville, Kansas, had the unfortunate distinction of being named the most impoverished town in Kansas (source: 247wallstreet.com). Blair Center for the Arts serves people with a median income lower than 31% of Kansas, with 12% below poverty. Its median age is 50, which is 35% higher than average in Kansas. Because this is the organisation’s clientele, it works to provide lots of children’s programming at low or no cost. Alongside this, the Blair has pop-up event equipment that allows it to bring entertainment to different locations in the community. However, the pop-up events are currently on hold as a new projector is needed. It is now trying to raise $37,000 for this project.

Population(s) Served

Being based in a historical building, the Blair is also facing the financial challenge of trying to restore it to its original Andalusian Garden glory. Amy explains, "We want to combine the old look with modern technological amenities to create a space accessible to the community and a vibrant season of live entertainment complete with concerts, musicals, plays, touring acts from all over, and local school
production needs." The total cost for restoring and renovating the main facility and expanding into the adjoining building it owns is $5 million. This project is the Blair's current and ongoing capital campaign.
"We firmly believe we can be even more empowering to this rural region. We work hard to provide quality and fun entertainment opportunities. We hope to find a partner that believes in our vision and wants to work with us to help improve the quality of life in the community through our programming."

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Blair Center for the Arts (BCA, the Blair) is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization in Republic County, Kansas,
aiming to provide quality arts and entertainment opportunities to the area to counter the artistic and cultural void
in rural locations. At its core, the organization works to improve the community’s mental health and quality of life
by programming arts and entertainment and maintaining a venue that can host school, business, and community
event needs. In 2018, Belleville, Kansas, had the unfortunate distinction of being named the most impoverished town in Kansas (source: 247wallstreet.com). Blair Center for the Arts serves people with a median income lower than 31% of Kansas, with 12% below poverty. Its median age is 50, which is 35% higher than average in Kansas.
Because this is the organization’s clientele, it works to provide lots of children’s programming at low or no cost.
Alongside this, the Blair has pop-up event equipment that allows it to bring entertainment to different locations in the community.

Like any non-profit, the Blair needs funds for upkeep, upgrading facilities, and running programming. Managing Director Amy McGuire tells us of its unfortunate funding struggles, “Covid
dropped the organization’s revenue by over 70%, and we have still not rebounded. We are currently repaying the loans we took out to remain open, and we continue to write grants to upgrade equipment and fund programs. But the most significant way we can continue our work is if each person reading is moved by our plight and cares
enough to take a few minutes to sign up for our three easy and free giving programs. They are set and forget fundraising opportunities that are easy to do!”

Being based in a historical building, the Blair is also facing the financial challenge of trying to restore it to its original Andalusian Garden glory. Amy explains, “We want to combine the old look with modern technological amenities to create a space accessible to the community and a vibrant season of live entertainment complete with concerts, musicals, plays, touring acts from all over, and local school production needs.”
The total cost for restoring and renovating the main facility and expanding into the adjoining building it owns is $5 million.

This project is the Blair’s current and ongoing capital campaign. While that is an enormous upfront cost, the economic engine it will provide to the area will exponentially increase. Nationally, over $31 above ticket cost is spent per person per event in the surrounding areas regarding food, lodging, gas, and shopping. The Blair holds
around 350 people, putting an extra $10,850 into the community per show and $86,000 back into the community per week. In one year, that’s over $4.5 million back into the community and almost a complete return on the $5 million capital campaign investment. Also, if the Blair were fully operational, it would create approximately ten full-time and 70 part-time jobs. Amy comments, “While we can have a broad overview of the economic impact on the area if we were running at 100% capacity, we firmly believe we can be even more empowering to this rural region. We work hard to provide quality and fun entertainment opportunities. We hope to find a partner that believes in our vision and wants to work with us to help improve the quality of life in the community through our programming.”

We are currently pushing our passive giving options so people from all over the world can support our mission if it aligns with their vision and goals to help build a better future for underserved children and individuals through the power of Arts and Entertainment! Our local support base is limited due to our extremely rural location. Many corporations only fund nonprofits that are within their HQ or physical store locations. While people in our area purchase from these stores by shopping online, we are not eligible for their support like many other nonprofits. To help compensate for this, we have started many passive giving options for those wanting to help.

We are signed up for Amazon Smile. Sign up for AmazonSmile and select Blair Center for the Arts
as your preferred charity at smile.amazon.com/ch/48-1240833. Remember to shop at smile.amazon.com or with AmazonSmile on the Amazon app. AmazonSmile will donate to us at no cost to you.

If you use Google Chrome, you can also add the MakeMeSmile extension. When you shop on Amazon, you will be redirected to a corresponding AmazonSmile page, and 0.5% of all applicable purchases will be donated to Blair Center for the Arts. Visit the MakeMeSmile page to learn more:https://www.couponchief.com/makemesmile#48-1240833. This is great for people who want to use Amazon Smile but forget to go to smile. Amazon each time. The MakeMeSmile extension will automatically redirect you there!

We are also on Raise Right. Sign Up for Raise Right on their App. Our Enrollment Code is EH5KW2A5RV2A.
https://www.raiseright.com/
It's easy—and it works. By using gift cards to pay for every day (and not-so-everyday) expenses, each participant in our program can earn over $1,000 yearly. No selling. No extra time. No extra money. buy gift cards through Raise Right, where you usually shop to pay for your purchases. We get a donation of 1-20% of your purchase, depending on the store!

We are also on Bing Give
https://www.bing.com/
Select Blair Center for the Arts As your Charity, and every time you search on Bing, it generates points converted into a monetary donation to the Blair every month! Sometimes Microsoft even matches! Everyone searches so everyone can help!

We are also on Goodshop and GoodSearch
https://www.goodshop.com/search
Sign up on Goodshop and GoodSearch, Select Donate, and Select Blair Center for the Arts!
GoodSearch-Every time you search, it donates a Penny!
Goodshop-donate when shopping at over 7000 merchants!

We are working on getting everyone who supports our mission to help the Blair every time you search and shop!
We know people in our area don't have the extra funds to donate directly, which is why we push these free support options. We also know people from around the world have an interest in helping us fulfill our mission, and these are ways they can also help. Small actions can make a huge impact!

In the last several years, we have added assisted listening and closed captioning devices for our visually impaired and Hard of Hearing/Deaf community for our in-house movie programming.

We have added baby-changing tables to all our bathrooms to be more family-friendly and toddler seats, so toddler-aged children are comfortable using our facilities. During our "No School" summer movie series, we would hear, "I'm going to fall in!" So we found convertible toilet seats and installed those. We take feedback (however we may listen to it) from all ages to work to improve our accommodations.

We installed bike racks out front of our facility so the older children arriving for the "No School" summer series can lock up their most valuable possessions. We even have locks available for them upon request. This accommodation was prompted by having the kids want to bring their bicycles into the lobby so they wouldn't get stolen.

Behind the scenes, we've upgraded our audio to 7.1 surround sound to help our HoH community. We've also received grants to upgrade our server, projector, and audio processor to be able to serve the community as a whole for years to come!

We've expanded our "No School" summer series from 8 weeks and eight shows to 12 weeks with 28 shows because of feedback from the community asking for us to cover more of when school was out until school resumed and showing three shows a week instead of one. We've not received any additional funding on a town or county level to help cover this program that runs in conjunction with our City Rec. program. We've worked extra-hard to get the donations and grants needed to continue this over tripled expanded program in two years without passing along costs to the community.

Our Wichita Children's theatre program was completely grant-funded this last year, allowing us to invite the area schools and not charge an admission fee to help cover program operating costs! We worked extra hard for this grant funding because many schools expressed a desire to attend, but they didn't have it in their budgets to pay $2.00 per student to help us offset our programming costs.

Through grant funding, we acquired the essential items needed to start Pop-Up Events that can travel around the area. That entirely new program was implemented during COVID to help keep entertainment options available and our communities safely distanced. Unfortunately, our previous projector is no longer a public option, and this program is on hold until funds are raised for the projector portion.

These projects were initially conceived by community feedback asking us to improve our services and equipment. We are currently working to restore the facility and expand support facilities because the community wants to be able to attend live shows. Our current capital campaign is to make structural engineering, purchase rigging, lighting, and sound, and create dressing rooms, bathrooms, and smaller event spaces. Help us continue our progress!

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, Suggestion box/email,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Blair Center for the Arts

Board of directors
as of 12/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Merle Hadechek

Blair Center for the Arts

Term: 2022 - 2023

Andy Walker

Blair Center for the Arts

Amy Walker-McGuire

Blair Center for the Arts

Mikel Hadachek

Blair Center for the Arts

Marlea James

Blair Center for the Arts

Steve Breeden

Blair Center for the Arts

Greg McGuire

Blair Center for the Arts

Lesa Zenger

Blair Center for the Arts

Lora Gieber

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Scott McGee

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Lynn Ridder

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Jordan Brown

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Lori Arnold

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Skylar Tuxhorn

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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? 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/10/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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