Arts Council of Anne Arundel County Inc

ANNAPOLIS, MD   |  https://www.acaac.org/

Mission

Our mission is to provide leadership, funding, and support that promotes artistic excellence and historic preservation and to advocate for resources and education that expand arts opportunities for all, helping to create an enriched and healthy community. We envision Anne Arundel County as a place where artists are inspired and creativity thrives, where arts and culture bring people of all backgrounds together to enrich, bind, and celebrate our community.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Ms. April Nyman

Main address

2666 Riva Road Suite 150

ANNAPOLIS, MD 21401 USA

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Formerly known as

Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County, Inc

EIN

52-1821633

NTEE code info

Arts Council/Agency (A26)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

“The integration of arts into communities leads to better outcomes; [including] improved early learning, higher educational achievement, increased teacher and parent engagement, enlivened elderly, better citizens, and enhanced business performance,” according to the the National Endowment of the Arts. Clearly, the research strongly supports weaving the arts into every aspect of community life. However, it takes leadership, vision, resources, intensive collaboration, and a significant organizational capacity to realize this goal. In our region, the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County (ACAAC) has taken on this role. ACAAC effectively provides county-wide leadership in advocacy, funding, programming, and promotion of the arts. Embracing and celebrating the cultural diversity of our community, ACAAC encourages local investment in the visual arts, performing arts, and cultural resources, fostering a vibrant local arts culture that enriches the quality of life for every resident.

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?

Community Arts Grants

Community Arts Grants provide general operating funds to established nonprofit cultural/arts organizations in Anne Arundel County. Organizations must have IRS 501(c)(3) status, and have previously received a Founding Grant.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Founding Grants for general support are awarded on a one-time basis to new nonprofit cultural/arts organizations or those that not previously received grant funding from ACAAC.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Mini Grants support targeted projects or arts programming by nonprofits or community organizations that will benefit an underserved audience or fill a community need. Partnerships are highly encouraged, and a 1:1 cash match is required.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The Arts in Education (AiE) program builds future audiences by fostering the integration of the arts into the K-12 curricula in accredited Anne Arundel County public and private schools. It includes:
• AiE Teachers Institute – fun and interactive half-day workshops which feature a guest speaker emphasizing the benefits of arts-integrated teaching.
• AiE Directory – an annually updated database of artists from visual, performing, history and other arts-related disciplines that is made available to schools and libraries.
• AiE Showcases – two annual events that offer short performances by artists with educational programs, giving them the opportunity to connect with PTA/PTO members, faculty, and school staff who schedule artistic programming.
• AiE Auditorium & Residency Grants – a funding stream for schools and PTO/PTA groups, enabling them to present quality performances and residencies for students in dance, history, music, theatre, and arts-related or arts-integrated projects.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

For over 20 years, ACAAC has annually recognized “Annie Award” winners for their lasting, significant, and inspiring contribution to an art form, an arts organization, and to the wider community of Anne Arundel County. Every October, ACAAC publicly celebrates conferring of the prestigious awards, honoring one local resident in each of the nine categories: Arts Education, Arts Leadership, Arts Maverick, Arts Patron, Historic Arts, Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County partners with the Anne Arundel Medical Center, BWI Airport, What’s Up? Media, and the City of Annapolis to provide local artists with regular rotating exhibit locations at which to showcase and sell their artwork.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 grant program cycles offered

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

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2021, Arts in Education Auditorium and Residency grants were consolidated into a single program. For 2022, ACAAC will offer eight program cycles.

Total number of Community Arts Grants awarded

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Community Arts Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Community Arts Grants provided general operating support to 501(c)(3) arts and cultural resource organizations in Anne Arundel County.

Total dollar amount awarded in Community Arts Grants

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Community Arts Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Community Arts Grants provide general operating support to 501(c)(3) arts and cultural resource organizations in Anne Arundel County.

Average Community Arts Grant award

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Community Arts Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Community Arts Grants provide general operating support to 501(c)(3) arts and cultural resource organizations in Anne Arundel County.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

*2020 figures include $1,000,000 in CARES Act funding from Anne Arundel County.

Total dollar amount awarded in Arts in Education Grants

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Art in Education Grants provide accredited schools in Anne Arundel County with the opportunity to host arts performances and artist-in-residency experiences for their K-12 students.

Average Arts in Education Grant award

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Art in Education Grants provide accredited schools in Anne Arundel County with the opportunity to host arts performances and artist-in-residency experiences for their K-12 students.

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.

1. To generate regional investment in the visual arts, performing arts, and cultural resources through direct grants to local nonprofit organizations.
2. To enhance arts education and create arts performance opportunities Anne Arundel County public and private schools.
3. To create opportunity for artists and allied professionals by through marketing assistance and support for virtual and in-person performances and exhibits.
4. To recognize excellence and celebrate the achievements of local artists, performers, writers, and arts advocates.
5. To support the growth of art in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County public spaces.
6. To expand diversity, inclusion, and multi-culturalism within the local arts community.

Grantmaking
The Arts Council is committed to fiscally supporting the organizations and programs that advance our mission. General operating support is available to established organizations through Community Arts Grants, and Founding Grants, for new organizations. This funding is provided predominately by county hotel tax revenue and grants from the Maryland State Arts Council. Mini Grants are offered twice a year, and support innovative, well-defined arts-related projects that are directed to a new or broader audience, preferably within underserved communities. Strategic Impact Grants are by invitation only, and specifically target arts and cultural resource projects that fall outside the scope of an organization’s normal programming but have the potential to create a major impact on the local community.

Arts in Education
The Arts in Education program brings the arts into our public and private elementary, middle, and high schools through three targeted initiatives:
• The Teachers Institute provides workshops with a featured guest speaker emphasizing the benefits of arts-integrated teaching methods.
• Arts in Education Showcases present short performances by artists, to raise awareness of educational arts programs among stakeholders.
• Auditorium & Residency Grants assist schools and PTO/PTA groups in presenting quality performances and residencies for students in dance, history, music, theatre, and arts related or integrated projects.

Supporting Art Students, Artists, and Arts Professionals
Throughout the year we provide training workshops, sponsor marketing opportunities, and host networking events for our grantees and artists. ACAAC also offers a job bank, a free resource to share arts-related job opportunities around the area, and an online directory of local artists. Arts Angel scholarships provide local students with the resources to study the creative or performing arts.

Annie Awards
Since 2000, ACAAC has annually recognized “Annie Award” winners in ten categories for their lasting, significant, and inspiring contribution to an art form, an arts organization and/or the community.

Public Art
ACAAC and its partners are key drivers of the thriving local public art scene. Wie promote strategically placed art showcasing our deep history, maritime culture, and country residence, works that evoke wonder and diversity. ACAAC continues to be an advocate for a designated “Arts and Entertainment District” in Annapolis, generating economic growth for the city while creating a welcoming environment where artists can live and work.

Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
ACAAC embraces the Maryland State Arts Council’s directives to enhance diversity and inclusion within the local arts community. We are working within the county to support innovative programs that can dismantle persistent inequities, increase the sustainability of all organizations, and celebrate the creativity and diversity of all members of our community.

Executive Director April Nyman has led the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County since 2007. During her tenure, the ACAAC’s budget has tripled, exponentially expanding its ability to impact the local arts community. She has fostered strong partnerships with the city of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County leaders, and the state of Maryland, all of which have helped to generate investment and support growth in the local arts community.

Members of the Board of Directors, representing the diversity of Anne Arundel County, serve up to three consecutive two-year terms. They are recruited to bring a breadth of skills and talents to the table, including legal, financial, marketing, management, and entrepreneurial expertise. Artists, arts advocates, and local arts organizations leaders are also represented, to ensure that working artists have a voice is at every level of leadership. Board members are actively engaged in Anne Arundel County Arts Council operations, and are required to belong to at least two standing committees. These bodies focus on either organizational oversight, including Finance, Government Relations, Governance, Marketing, and Personnel, or program delivery, such as the Annie Awards, Arts in Education, Exhibits, Gala, and Grants.

Over the last decade, the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County has tripled its annual investment in the local arts community. We have greatly expanded our grant programs, helped to create an Arts District in the city of Annapolis, provided support to myriad individual artists, and partnered with public and private local schools to bring the creative and performing arts to our elementary, middle, and high school students.

The COVID-19 pandemic devastated the local arts community. ACAAC was able to step in to help by diverting strategic funds to provide immediate economic relief. Working with County Executive Steuart Pittman, In 2020 the Arts Council received a CARES Act allocation of $1,000,000, which was regranted to 77 artists and 54 arts organization to help offset the pandemic's impacts. In 2022, partnering with Anne Arundel County and the Maryland State Arts Council, ACAAC will againbe offering emergency support grants to both artists and arts organizations, accelerating the recovery of our art community.

Looking at the next ten years, ACAAC is working strategically to expand our reach within the local community. New initiatives will broaden inclusivity in the arts through education, training, and outreach. We will continue to support increased diversity, accessibility, and multiculturalism among our artists and performers, arts organization administrators and leaders, and most importantly, our audience. We know that in unity, there is strength. Working together, we can realize our vision of creating a vibrant cultural arts community that enriches the quality of life for every Anne Arundel County resident.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County serves every member of our community. We are committed to advancing and modeling equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in all of our programs and services and those of our grantees. ACAAC is dedicated to embracing equity and non-discrimination regardless of race, religious creed, color, age, gender expression, sexual orientation, class, language, and/or ability.

  • 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,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County annually provides $65,000 in grants to public and private schools. However, during the pandemic remote learning reduced the demand from schools for Arts in Education grants. So, we asked the public school system how we could help. They let us know that providing basic supplies for virtual art class – paper, markers, pencils, scissors, clay, etc. – was a struggle for many families. As a result, ACAAC pivoted funding to provide Art Kits for students in Title I schools, enabling them to participate fully in arts-integrated curricula.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Seeking feedback – and our being responsive to it – is creating a seismic shift in how our stakeholders interact with us. We have always been a key funder of the arts in Anne Arundel County. But now we are being asked to take the lead, build collaborative networks, and drive arts growth in the region. Some examples include: • Coordinating the initiative to fund and create a Cultural Arts Master Plan for the City of Annapolis. • Funding innovation through grant-making for Anne Arundel County Arts Week. • Leading the effort to expand diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the arts in the county.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Arts Council of Anne Arundel County Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/3/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Jessica Daigle

Dan LeDuc

Pew Charitable Trusts

Jerray Slocum

Severn Bank Annapolis

Patricia Horn

Aetna Insurance (ret.)

Carole Alexander

Arts Advocate

Andy Bienstock

WYPR

Martha Blaxall

Retired Economist

Liz Borcik

Planit Agency

Matthew Earl

World of Beer

Cynthia Jones

MD LIVE! Casino and Hotel

Sunhee Jung

Artist/Arts Educator

Kris Kohlmann

Financial Consultant

Sean Looney

Comcast

Shannon Morton

Ketch Group

Joe Natoli

Bluenose Capital Management

Tony Spencer

Artist

Lucy Spiegel

CNN (ret.)

Amy Tate

Attorney/Tate Foundation

Mark Yarborough

PNC Bank

Roberta Pardo

Urban Walls Brazil

Jeannette Nunez

Artsy Partsy

Darin Gilliam

ArtFarm

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? 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 01/20/2022

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)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/28/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.