Claremont Museum of Art

Claremont, CA   |  www.claremontmuseum.org

Mission

The Claremont Museum of Art celebrates the richness of Claremont’s artistic legacy and supports the cultural vitality of the Region. We seek to inspire, stimulate and enhance the community through our collection, education programs and exhibitions.

Ruling year info

2004

President

Ms. Elaine Turner

Main address

P.O. Box 1136

Claremont, CA 91711 USA

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EIN

56-2482095

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Claremont Museum of Art (CMA) was incorporated as a 501(3)(c) corporation in 2004 to celebrate the communmity's rich artistic legacy and promote the cultural vitality of the region. This was deemed critical with the reduction of public funding for visual art programs and education, limiting access to the visual arts. Claremont California is a community with art at its core. Some of the West's most prominent 20th century artist studied, lived and worked in the immediate area for decades, establishing a deep quality of creativity integral to the region. CMA is leveraging the talent and art in the community to provide access to the visual arts, that would not be available by other means, through exhibitions and lectures, Artful Evenings in collector's and artists homes, the Padua Hills Arts Fiesta and arts education and appreciation to under-served elementary and secondary school children through it's signature arts education program, Project ARTstART.

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?

Project ARTstART

The Claremont Museum of Art launched Project ARTstART in the Fall of 2011. The program is starting it's tenth year and serves over 3,000 students and families from all Claremont schools, four of which are Title I elementary schools. Project ARTstART is a youth arts education program that engages high school students, mentored by college interns, in teaching elementary students about art through visual learning, museum visits and art making projects. Additionally, Project ARTstART conducts afterschool art workshops at all seven Claremont Elementary Schools, the Claremont Middle School and at various community events.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

The Claremont Museum of Art entered into a venture with Paul Bockhorst Productions to produce a documentary film titled "Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community, 1945-1975". The one-hour documentary focuses on the emergence of the Claremont art community in the post WWII era and examine the art and artists of that unique time and place, with emphasis on Millard Sheets and his leadership role. The DVD is available for purchase at the Museum's Gift shop located in the Historic Claremont Depot

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Claremont Museum of Art provides three to four exhibitions at the Historic Claremont Depot, as well as at several "pop" up venues in Claremont. The exhibitions are of visual art from legacy artists, emerging artists and elementary students from the community of Claremont and the surrounding region

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

In 2011, the Claremont Museum of Art revived the Padua Hills Art Fiesta, as it was held in the 1950's. In the spirit of the original festival's "Art in Action" theme, artists display their work under the olive trees, local art organizations provide demonstrations, musicians perform, and guest enjoy tacos on the patio overlooking the hills. The Fiesta is organized to bring local artists and their work to the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

In 2018, the Claremont Museum of Art started to offer lectures aligned with it's exhibitions. These lectures are conducted by exhibition artists, curators or those closely associated with the artists being exhibited. Additionally, the museum partners with other Claremont institutions to bring authors to the community to share their insight on art and the region's artistic heritage.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Cultural Heritage Award 2019

Claremont Heritage

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

The vision of the Claremont Museum of Art is to be a "community museum", an authority on and resource for regional art, serving as a center or locus with outreach to other community organizations, collaborating on art education, art access, responsive to cultural and societal trends with expansive programing that serves all age groups and audiences. Our 2021 priorities are: 1. Establish a fund to conserve and store our permanent collection 2. Develop use case(3) for each museum space - striving to achieve balance between exhibition space, event venues, community center and programs 3. Acquire estimates to build out Gallery 2 & 3 and West Portico of the historic Claremont Depot (the musuem) and initiate a capital campaign to raise the funds to start the renovations 4. Set aside funds to hire a part-time museum manager 5. Increase membership which would include business memberships 6. Continue supporting art education through Project ARTstART.

The Claremont Museum of Art's strategy to achieve it's 2021 priorities is to focus on the six priorities and allocate budget resources accordingly.

The CMA Board contains highly motivated professionals, experienced in development, finance, graphic design, talent acquisition, and non-profit governance. This group is well integrated into the community of Claremont and has developed partnerships with the City of Claremont, Claremont Unified School District and other local community organizations such as the Claremont Educational Foundation, Kiwanis and Rotary clubs; and other local cultural organizations such as the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation, California Botanical Gardens, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona College Benton Museum of Art, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College and the dA Center for the Arts, Pomona. The museum inhabits the historic Santa Fe Railroad station in downtown Claremont, a Claremont and regional icon located on the Metrolink line and readily accessible to visitors from Los Angeles and Riverside.

The Claremont Museum of Art has accomplished the following: 1) The Board members has been expanded to include board members with estate planning expertise 2) Construction ROM's have been solicited 3) $80K has been received for museum renovation and 2021 budget established for Capital Campaign consulting 4. Job description for Executive Directed drafted and search conducted. Hiring put on hold due to current COVID-19 restrictions but search can be refreshed readily once restrictions lifted. 2021 budget has been set aside for this position 5. Retained data base support to mine membership data base for opportunities.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Claremont Museum of Art

Board of directors
as of 3/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms ELAINE Turner

Sandra Baldonado

Past President

Barbara Brown

Emritus

Janet Myhre

Emritus

Marilyn Ray

Mary Weis

Susan Guntner

Swan Graphics

Elaine Turner

The Turner Group

Ryan Zimmerman

WheelerSteffen Sotheby's

Rae Rottman

Susan Allen

Barbara Musselman

Joe Unis, MD

Marguerite McIntosh

Pres. Emeritus

Harold (Hal) Nelson

Special Advisor to Board

Alba Cisneros

Artist

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
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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 11/25/2020

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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

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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