Arts For Life

Inspiring Courage Through Creativity

Asheville, NC   |  artsforlifenc.org

Mission

Arts For Life is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people facing serious illnesses and disabilities. By providing educational art programs, we enrich patients' lives, nurture their minds and spirits, and encourage positive healthcare experiences for children and their families. Arts For Life helps children in three cities across North Carolina.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Katharine Phlegar Broughton

Main address

7 Beaverdam Rd Ste. 207

Asheville, NC 28804 USA

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EIN

56-2250962

NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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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?

Hospital-Based Arts Programs

In-person, hospital-based arts programs are the foundation of Arts For Life, quite literally meeting patients and families where they are. Arts For Life art tables are permanent fixtures in outpatient clinics and waiting rooms in our partner hospitals. Staff and volunteers facilitate creative activities for patients while they are waiting for an appointment, lab test or a medical treatment. Anyone who accompanies a patient to an appointment – whether a sibling, cousin, guardian, parent, grandparent, a best friend – is welcome to participate at the art table. When young patients need to stay overnight or stay in their room at the hospital — sometimes for months at a time — Arts For Life programs come directly to their bedside. Staff and volunteers knock on doors and bring materials to patients for one-on-one creative sessions in their hospital rooms. They offer patients the opportunity to deepen and explore their creative interests, but also to exercise autonomy, choice, and control.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Families

Where we work

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?

    Arts For Life serves pediatric patients and their families who are treated in our partner hospitals — this includes toddlers through young adults, with a wide variety of healthcare needs, diagnoses and treatment plans. We offer programming in outpatient clinic waiting rooms, as well as in inpatient units where children have to stay overnight or for extended periods of time. Additionally, we believe that art is for everyone, and so anyone who accompanies a young patient to an appointment – whether a sibling, cousin, guardian, parent, grandparent, a best friend – is also welcome to participate in our creative arts programming.

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

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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Arts For Life

Board of directors
as of 08/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Whitney Feld

Mary Alexander

Fleenoil Lane

Kimberly Moore

Scott Rempe

Doris Rouse

Jessica Schwartz

Ginna Priola

Sharon Davis

Tim Doby

Sylvia Hicks

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? Yes
  • 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 8/2/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/25/2022

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Policies and processes
  • 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.