Wombwork Productions, Inc

"to heal and empower youth, families, and communities through the performing arts"

Baltimore, MD   |  www.wombwork.com

Mission

Our goal is to heal and empower youth, families, and communities through the performing arts.

Notes from the nonprofit

WombWork Productions, Inc. has striven to heal and empower communities, families, and youth throughout Baltimore, MD. Throughout the years, countless lives have been affected by the powerful, homegrown community that WombWork Productions, Inc. has fostered through its community performances, full-scale productions, and workshops. WombWork Productions, Inc. fills the niche of funneling black youth through a theatre arts skills pipeline that revolves around care of the individual and focus on the community. The impact on the neighborhoods and streets comes from channeling the hardships, struggles, and pain into empowered voices that can trumpet stories to audiences near and far. This is a powerful community, comprised of families bonded through shared experiences of hardship.

Ruling year info

2001

Artistic Director

Kay Lawal-Muhammad

Program Director

Rashida Forman-Bey

Main address

3724 Kimble Rd

Baltimore, MD 21218 USA

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EIN

52-2276025

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Baltimore City has been at the forefront of national news regarding homicide rates, drug abuse, gang violence, race inequity, and poverty. As a hyper-segregated city, many of Baltimore's problems lie in predominantly black, lower-income neighborhoods. WombWork Productions, Inc. functions as a beacon of stability, healing, and empowerment for youth, young adults, and families throughout the Baltimore City area. A large portion of the art ensemble performers come from families who have been affected by these issues in their daily lives.

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?

Nu World Art Ensemble

Nu World Art Ensemble, (Nu World) is the professional theatre company originally founded in 1996 to train younger youth and teens. Nu World has evolved into an adult-driven theatre company co-directed by many of the original members. Nu World members (ages 21 and over) are carrying on the legacy of writing and creating theatrical productions that engage our community on issues including HIV/AIDS, gang violence, domestic violence, bully prevention, mental illness, substance abuse, poverty, comedy, and many more relevant social issues. Nu World Art Ensemble is currently comprised of thirty adult paid performing artists who perform an average of eight performances per month. These performances engage thousands of community members both in the Maryland area and nationally.15 the art ensemble members are Screen Actor Guild eligible and 6 of them are officially Screen Actors Guild members.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People of African descent

• Nu Generation Art Ensemble, (Nu Generation) engages youth (ages 13-20) in culturally relevant, healing, performing arts programming outside of school hours during the summer season. Nu Generation participants are empowered to develop their artistic skills, which builds confidence and resiliency. The program for Nu Generation Art Ensemble includes hands-on training by members of the Nu World Art Ensemble, which includes dancing, theatre, drumming, and personal reflection. Emphasis is placed on the healing process for the youth, who then share those lessons with their audience. Nu Generation Art Ensemble is currently comprised of ten youth year-round and twenty youth during the summer.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Economically disadvantaged people

• Next Generation Art Ensemble, (Next Generation) offers performing arts, self-determination and cultural education programs for children (ages 5-12) after school hours and during weekends. Next Generation Art Ensemble is mentored by both Nu Generation Art Ensemble and Nu World Art Ensemble. Twenty children participate in Next Generation at least once a week.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Children and youth

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.

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

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

Ethnic and racial groups, People of African descent, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

WombWork Productions, Inc. holds many community events and trainings throughout the year whether out in a venue or in the Black Box Theatre.

Total number of works developed

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

Ethnic and racial groups, People of African descent, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

WombWork Productions, Inc. creates its own scripts and performances for community events.

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

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

Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, People of African descent

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

WombWork Productions, Inc. teaches virtues training, theatre skills, drumming, and rites of passage in several schools and communities throughout the course of the year.

Hours of mentoring

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

Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, People of African descent

Related Program

Nu Generation Art Ensemble

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Members of the WombWork Productions, Inc. art ensembles mentor those who are in the younger ensembles. Furthermore, the adult members of Nu World Art ensemble also teach student in Baltimore schools.

Number of youth who identify, manage, and appropriately express emotions and behaviors

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

Ethnic and racial groups, People of African descent, At-risk youth

Related Program

Next Generation Art Ensemble

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

WombWork Productions, Inc.'s goal is to heal and empower youth, families, and communities through the performing arts. The goal is to engage youth in a culturally congruent program that harnesses their artistic and creative abilities as a means of catharsis and empowerment. Another aim is to allow those affected by emotional, physical, and mental trauma to express their experiences through theatrical productions that enact social change in their communities. These productions not only allow participants and performers a stage to share their stories, but also raise the awareness of the surrounding communities and neighborhoods.

WombWork Productions, Inc. currently has three art ensemble troupes: Nu World Art Ensemble (ages 21+), Nu Generation Art Ensemble (ages 13-20), and Next Generation Art Ensemble (ages 5-12) that allows members of all ages to join. Older members from the ensembles mentor members of younger ensembles through a mentoring system. Art ensembles rehears on a weekly basis in preparation for their social change productions that are regularly performed several times per month. All three art ensembles engage in community activism through their productions. These productions involve connecting with the Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts and performing at both larger, citywide festivals such as Artscape to community block parties and introductory performances at smaller neighborhood events. Over more than 20 years, WombWork Productions, Inc. has touched the lives of thousands of people and families throughout Baltimore's neighborhoods, while giving its performers the theatrical skills and confidence to succeed as professional performers.

WombWork Productions, Inc. has had over two decades of experience and connections with various performers and directors. Due to the many connections made through the black community in Baltimore, as well as the theatrical and arts community in the area, WombWork Productions, Inc. has benefited from the inclusion of Emmy award-winning casting directors, tv actors/actresses, master drummers, master dancers, and artists from all walks of life who want to contribute to the WombWork Productions, Inc. mission. Art ensemble members have the dynamic energy and mobility to perform at venues and community spaces all over Baltimore, and are regularly booked for various community events.

WombWork Productions, Inc. has become a household name for social change theatre in the Baltimore area. Over 1,600 youth have been reached who have performed in over 550 performances and productions. These productions have engaged audiences regarding culturally relevant social change issues. Several performers and directors form WombWork Productions, Inc. have been featured in tv shows such as HBO's The Wire, The Corner, and The Deuce. The majority of youth who start performing with WombWork Productions, Inc. gain the skills necessary to build confidence and give themselves a voice for their struggles. In the future, WombWork Productions, Inc. strives to reach even larger audiences and expand its art ensemble programs so that more communities and neighborhoods in the Baltimore City area and beyond can benefit from its productions.

Financials

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

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Wombwork Productions, Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Teara Booker

Creative Resolution Consulting

Term: 2020 - 2022

Stella Marine

Green Room

Geri Peak

Two Gems Consulting

Teara Booker

Creative Resolution Consulting

Danista Hunte

Child First Authority

Cheryl Hinton

Baltimore City Community College

Mothyna James-Brightful

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/7/2021

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data