The Art League of Manatee County dba ArtCenter Manatee

The premier visual arts center in Manatee County

aka ArtCenter Manatee   |   Bradenton, FL   |  https://www.artcentermanatee.org

Mission

Provide a welcoming, professional environment,Educate novice and experienced artists of all ages,Provide galleries to exhibit and market original artwork, andEnhance the visual arts in Manatee County through special events and outreach programs.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our goal is to make art accessible to everyone regardless of age, background or experience level through over 400 visual arts classes, exhibits that change monthly and are open to all, quarterly events that reach into the community and a gift shop featuring the handmade work of local artists. Research shows that the arts contribute to a more vibrant community, attracting tourists, residents and businesses, all of which support the local economy. The arts connect people across boundaries and make our communities more engaging places to live, work and play. In 2021, we celebrate 84 years of serving our community in the visual arts.

Ruling year info

1952

Executive Director

Ms. Carla Nierman

Main address

209 9th St W

Bradenton, FL 34205 USA

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Formerly known as

The Art League of Manatee County

EIN

59-0967824

NTEE code info

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

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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?

KidsArt Camp

Each year ArtCenter Manatee hosts a summer long art camp for children ages 4 - 15.  The following camps are offered:
Sprouting Artists - ages 4-6, two hours once a week, 3 weeks for each of 3 sessions held June, July and August
Thrilling Thursdays & Wonderful Wednesdays- ages 6 - 10 -  classes in clay, painting, drawing and mixed media , three consecutive Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 sessions throughout the summer
KidsArtCamp - ages 6 - 10, running  9 am - 3 pm Monday- Friday,9 weeks starting in June. Media covered include, drawing, sculpture, pottery, painting, mixed media 
Emerging Artists - ages 11 - 15.  These week-long program runs 9 am - 12:00 or 1:00-4:00 & subjects covered are: photography, painting, cartooning, wheelthrown pottery, hand-built pottery, jewelry, film making

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
Multiracial people
People of African descent

In addition to our youth programming,
ACM offers over 400 classes for adults ages 16 to 99+.

   *Watercolor Classes and
Workshops

   *Painting Classes and
Workshops

   *Drawing/Pastel Classes
and Workshops

   *Pottery/Sculpture
Classes and Workshops

   *Photography Classes
and Workshops

   *Jewelry Classes and
Workshops

   *Mosaics Classes   *Fiber Classes 

   *Enameling Workshops

   *Mini-workshop series
in various media

Population(s) Served
Adults
Seniors

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Bradenton Kiwanis 2021

Service Club of Manatee County 2021

Manatee Public Art Board 2021

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 students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance

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

KidsArt Camp

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

During covid we had 270 students attend our camps, all were kept safe. In 2021 that number grew to 470 and we expect it to be higher in 2022

Number of children who have the ability to use eye-hand coordination, strength, and motor control to use age-appropriate tools and utensils effectively

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

Children and youth

Related Program

KidsArt Camp

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have access to education

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

Children and youth

Related Program

KidsArt Camp

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We offer scholarship to 25-35 students in need every year

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Our goal is to make art accessible to all through our exhibits, classes and artisan gift shop.
We offer over 400 visual arts classes every year to over 3,200 adults aged 16 to over 80. Our 40-45 instructors, who are professional artists, have diverse backgrounds and methods of teaching to satisfy the learning styles of our students. Based on evaluations completed after each class, our classes and instructors receive high approval ratings. Repeat attendance and positive feedback are also indicators of class success.
Visual arts education has been proven to encourage creative thinking, increase engagement, relieve stress, boost self-esteem and provide a sense of accomplishment, all of which improve quality of life for our students, their families and our community.
We offer six, 5-wk sessions of our Arts & Healing Program to adults of any age who are experiencing mild to moderate loss issues. Research shows that those suffering from memory loss issues are able to reconnect to themselves and others through participation in the arts, relieving a burden for families and other caregivers and allowing them to more fully participate in their own lives. It serves a growing and underserved population in our community
Lou, a former community leader, was brought to the pilot program by his wife, Betty. Lou would not leave Betty’s side or participate in daily activities. He did not interact with family or friends – he had retreated. After the first 3 sessions, Betty was able to leave Lou for the 2-hour 5-week class sessions. He started talking to the other students and instructors. At home, he began to interact with family. He started smiling and participating in his life again. He has attended every class since and this not only helps Lou, it gives Betty a chance to have lunch with friends, run errands or do whatever she likes for 2 hours a week. She and Lou now attend weekly swim classes together. Stress levels were greatly reduced for both Lou and Betty. Lou had found a place where he felt safe. The Arts & Healing Program is offered free to all participants and fills a growing need to help an underserved population in our community.
We offer 30-40 visual arts classes every year to up to 600 children aged 4 to 15. Our professional instructors and trained aids have diverse backgrounds to satisfy the learning styles of our young students. Based on evaluations completed after each class by parents/guardians, our classes and instructors receive high approval ratings. Repeat attendance in our summer camps year to year and positive feedback are also indicators of class success.
Research shows that children exposed to arts education are more engaged students, increasing overall performance, reducing behavior issues and drop-out rates and building a future generation of workers and leaders who are more creative, out-of-the box thinkers.


Exhibits: Offer exhibits that change monthly in our three galleries and that are free and open to the public. Hold a free opening reception every month where the community can meet the artists and view their work. Offer high-caliber exhibits to expose our community to regional, national and international artists. Offer free exhibit space to a least one emerging artist every year. Offer all three galleries along with marketing, to the Manatee County Schools K_12 students.
Education: Provide an Arts & Healing program for adults with mild dementia that is free to all participants, including all supplies. Provide up to 50 scholarships a year to children in need to our KidsArt summer camps and after school programs. Keep our class fees competitive by using proceeds from our artisan market to reduce class fees by about 20%.
Artisan market: Provide a sales outlet to local and regional artists in our artisan market and online shop, which expands their marketplace and income.
Overall: We are in a capital campaign to build a new facility that will double our space for classes, exhibits and events. This will allow us to triple out Children's education area so we can offer more kids classes and offer space to outside groups such as Just for Girls. We will also have more space for the pottery group, and space for more media such as wood and stone.

We are in a capital campaign to raise funds for expansion of our facility so that we can offer more classes in many media. We are over halfway to our goal and expect to break ground in 2022.
In addition, once our new facility is complete we will raze our current facility and create a community park and sculpture garden that will be open to all allowing both residents and visitors a place to relax and share experiences, bringing art outside our walls and accessible to all. The part will increase walkability to our downtown area and river front park and will allow us to hold small art-related music and exhibits open to the community. This will happen beginning at the end of 2024.
We are currently offering Arts & Healing free for adults with dementia and would like to expand to include illness recovery, such as heart and stroke, and PTSD for adults and children. We will do this by seeking additional funding from individuals, businesses and foundations. We currently receive funding from Manatee Memorial Hospital Foundation, Rotary Foundation and Blick Art Materials.
We currently offer about 35 scholarships to children in need and would like to expand to 50 scholarships.
We would like to offer more scholarships to adults and are seeking funding to do so. We receive scholarship funds from Service Club, Creative Arts Assoc and The Bradenton Arts & Culture.

Our capital campaign is underway and we expect to break ground at the end of 2022 given availability of materials and workers. The project would be completed in 2024
We apply for grants, local and national, to support our programming. And we receive support from community groups as well. Seventy percent of our income is earned and thirty percent is raised, which allows us to support our current programming and future plans.

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?

    We serve exhibiting artists, art students of all ages and experience levels, we serve our community

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, 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 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently added an Arts & Healing program to address the needs of the people in our community that are experiencing mild to moderate memory loss. This is an underserved segment of our population and often students are economically disadvantaged. After conducting a pilot program, we are now offering this year-round, for no charge to the participants. This is also an example of the importance of private support in funding programs.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    They know we not only hear them, we act on suggestions and feedback with our classes and exhibits

  • 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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The Art League of Manatee County dba ArtCenter Manatee

Board of directors
as of 4/4/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Robert Moran

St Stephens School

Term: 2021 - 2022


Board co-chair

Mrs Christine Meyer

Financial Planner

Term: 2021 - 2022

Ted Camp

Retired

Linda Enberg

Retired

Carol Krah

Community Volunteer

Bruce Body

Raymond James and Associates

Darlene Johnson

Community Volunteer

Mary Hoagland

Commuity Volunteer

Roberto Andreos

Lawyer

Rob Moran

Community Volunteer

Kathy Simon-McDonald

Artist

Christine Meyers

Transamerica

Jacquelyn Taylor

Community Volunteer

James Brandys

Community Volunteer

Donna Morrison

Artist

Daryl Shepherd

VP

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 ? 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 02/04/2021

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
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

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/04/2021

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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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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.