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ArtsNow, Inc.

Transforming education through rigorous, innovative teaching strategies for the 21st century learner.

aka ArtsNow, Inc   |   Atlanta, GA   |  www.artsnowlearning.org

Mission

The mission of ArtsNow is to transform lives through customized solutions to meet educational needs utilizing arts-integration and innovative strategies. ArtsNow Learning is the leading professional learning organization for resourceful and innovative approaches which engage students, equip educators, and grow school communities for meaningful impact on the future.

Ruling year info

1999

President and CEO

Ms. Pamela Walker

Main address

10 Glenlake Pkwy Suite 130

Atlanta, GA 30328 USA

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EIN

58-2425381

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Students in the traditional school setting are not graduating with the needed skill set to be prepared for the workforce. Many students are dropping out of schools due to the lack of engagement and hands-on learning. Students are not reaching their full potential in a day and age of high-stakes testing and accountability. Teaching towards the test stifles creativity and is preventing students from being prepared with 21st century skills (creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking).

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?

ArtsNow

ArtsNow provides professional learning opportunities, workshops and resources on arts and arts integration.

Population(s) Served
Students
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.

Number of clients reporting increased knowledge after educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

ArtsNow

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

After every professional development workshop, we provide an evaluation to ascertain the effectiveness of each session. Built into this evaluation tool are three questions that directly address this.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

ArtsNow

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have seen an exponential increase in the demand for services, thus impacting our numbers significantly.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to higher demand for services over the past two years, we have an increased presence in the schools. Therefore, we have significantly increased the numbers of students served.

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.

ArtsNow wants to positively impact the lives of students, educators, and the overall school community. Our goal is to actively engage students in non-traditional approaches in educations through the arts, which provides them with 21st century skills.

ArtsNow provides professional learning opportunities, workshops and resources on arts and arts integration. In addition, as a strategic partner helping to support and advance teaching and learning in and through the arts, ArtsNow meets with school leadership teams and faculty to create a Professional Learning Plan that supports the Local School's Improvement Plan. ArtsNow team members act as consultants to the principal in designing and delivering modules that are customized to address the needs of the teachers and students in the school. Individualized plans and professional learning service can be custom designed to provide on-going, data driven, job-embedded support. We also provide two and a half day professional learning opportunity invites teams of educators (K-12) to explore arts-integrated instructional strategies aligned to Common Core and Fine Arts Standards. These strategies promote 21st century skills, critical and creative thinking, student achievement, and academic growth. Educators leave equipped to bring creativity, innovation, and arts integration into the classroom across all content areas. Workshop participants receive research-based information and ideas to improve instructional design and delivery and are exposed to arts integration as a best practice in teaching and learning. ArtsNow becomes strategic partners with a school to design and deliver professional development workshops and coaching opportunities addressing specific teacher effectiveness and student learning needs within the school. Each partnership begins with a local school needs assessment and customized plan. Local, on-site support and experiences are provided that include workshops, collaborative planning sessions, arts-integrated demonstration lessons with students, coaching, mentoring, teacher observations, and reflections. In addition to local school support, ArtsNow offers networking, consultations, action research, strategic planning, and special projects. STEAM workshops and fine arts modules are also delivered by our highly qualified consultant team.

ArtsNow has created a team of outstanding, nationally recognized artists and educators who provide instruction and coaching to educators about integrating the arts into their daily lessons. In addition, Pamela Walker, President of ArtsNow, assisted by members of the team, offers consultation services to a school's principal and leadership team to create a strategic plan for Professional Learning that addresses the School's Improvement Plan.

ArtsNow has received several federal and state grants, focusing on increasing math and literacy scores through authentic arts-integration. Data points from these grants show increased growth for both teachers and students. Math results demonstrated double digit gains. ArtsNow has been recognized as the Young Audiences affiliate for Georgia, gaining national recognition. As well, we have expanded services beyond the state of Georgia to include Florida and South Carolina. We plan on beginning a new partnership in Tennessee and look forward to expanding our consultant team. We have established several district-wide partnerships and have designed a Center for Innovative Teaching through our partnership with a local county school system. Next steps include continuing our growth trajectory to impact more school communities through the southeast.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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

  • 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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ArtsNow, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Carol McGrevin

Carol McGrevin

Rick Rosell

Bobbo Jetmundsen

Pamela Walker

Lucinda Chapman

Sherry Cohen

Steve Mensch

Jill Robinson

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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/25/2023

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
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/06/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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.