Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

60 Years of Inspiration (1961-2021)

Winter Park, FL   |  www.polasek.org

Mission

Our mission is to promote the legacy of internationally known Czech-American sculptor, Albin Polasek, and to enrich lives through the power of inspiration conveyed by his STORY, SETTING and ART.

Ruling year info

1966

Principal Officer

Ms. Deborah Jones Komanski

Main address

633 Osceola Avenue

Winter Park, FL 32789 USA

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EIN

59-1102352

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Albin Polasek Home, Studio, and Sculpture Garden Tours

The Polasek’s unique story, setting, and art can be experienced daily by visitors through docent-led tours of world-renowned Czech-American sculptor Albin Polasek’s historic home, studio, and chapel, as well as exploring our peaceful gardens and outdoor sculptures. Historic Artist’s Home and Studio - Polasek’s home and artist’s studio, built in 1949, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and furnished with Polasek’s own work, his European decorative art and object collection, original sculptor’s tools, artwork by notable contemporaries of Polasek’s, and a collection of Czechoslovakian folk art and heritage objects. A small chapel built by Polasek adjoins the home and studio. Outdoor Sculpture Garden – Many of the Polasek’s significant works of art are displayed outdoors in the sculpture garden, which is the largest in Central Florida. Fifty-five works of sculpture are on permanent display, created by Albin Polasek and Ruth Sherwood (an award-winning sculptor and Polasek’s first wife) as well as other contemporary artists.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The gallery space at the Polasek Museum hosts five rotating exhibits per year.  These changing exhibits allow the museum to offer visitors new and more varied experiences in the arts each time they come.  Exhibits range from traditional to contemporary and include all forms of art, historical collections, and exclusive private collections that can be enjoyed in the intimate gallery space.  The gallery exhibit program enhances visitors’ cultural experience and helps the museum reach more diverse audiences than the permanent collection would.  Examples of exhibits from 2018 include:Island Objects: Art and Adaptation in Micronesia 10th Annual Winter Park Paint Out Arabesque: Contemporary ConversationsThe Soul of Graffiti: Jan Kalab Lay of the Land: The Art of Florida’s Cattle Culture

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Polasek Museum hosts several types of educational programming events throughout the year. Each one of the rotating gallery exhibits includes events tailored to extend the visitor experience.  These may include lectures, workshops, panel discussions, meet-and-greets with the artists, or free open house days that typically include complimentary arts activities and feature community partner collaborations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This popular week-long event focuses on the art of painting in “plein air,” a French term meaning “in the open air.”  Throughout the week, 25 nationally-acclaimed artists gather to create one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork reflecting the beauty of Central Florida.  The museum is open free to the public for the entire event, held annually in April.  More than ten educational painting demonstrations are held for free for the public, and the gallery is open for the public to view the artists’ works. A student component is held each year which strives to expose underserved students to the arts.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

American Association for State and Local History 2002

Chamber of Commerce 1979

National Trust For Historic Preservation 2009

American Association of Museums - Member 1986

Florida Association of Museums 2019

Historic Artists Homes & Studios Program 2008

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of audience members

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

Adults, Seniors, Young adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes museum visitors and those reached through outreach programs.

Total number of guided tours given

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

Adults, Seniors, Young adults

Related Program

Albin Polasek Home, Studio, and Sculpture Garden Tours

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of tours offered.

Total number of exhibitions

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

Adults, Seniors, Young adults

Related Program

Rotating Gallery Exhibits

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of classes offered

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

Adults, Seniors, Young adults

Related Program

Educational Programming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Educational programming events offered.

Total number of fields trips

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

Children and youth, Seniors

Related Program

Albin Polasek Home, Studio, and Sculpture Garden Tours

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of group tours hosted. Not tracked in 2018 and 2017.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Inspire visitors by sharing the home, studio, collection, and garden of artist Albin Polasek which illustrate his story of an immigrant achieving his goal of becoming a world-renowned sculptor and overcoming disability from a stroke to continue creating monumental works of art.Meaningfully contribute to Central Florida’s vibrant and growing local arts scene with relevant, unique, and thought-provoking gallery exhibits that change throughout the year.Serve the community by offering quality programming that educates, instructs, or celebrates visual arts in various forms.Provide low-cost and enriching cultural experiences for those with economic barriers to access.Expand awareness of the museum, often referred to as a “hidden gem,” and broaden its audience through marketing, exhibition/program offerings, and partnerships

Maintain and preserve the historic home and studio, sculpture gardens, and 200+ piece collection of Albin Polasek, keeping it in proper condition to present to the public and ensuring that it is accessible to all visitors. The entire property encompasses 3 acres and includes 50+ pieces of outdoor statuary that are exposed to the harsh Florida environment. Curate and present five gallery exhibitions per year that feature Florida artists, private collections, themed open-call shows, artists with a connection to Albin Polasek, and artists of diverse backgrounds. Offer free and low-cost programming associated with each rotating exhibition (3 programming events per exhibition) and several other annual programming events unique to the Polasek Museum. Add a part-time Programming Coordinator to better execute events and relieve burden from curator. Host annual Winter Park Paint Out plein air festival which includes 11 free painting demos given by professional artists and 7 free open house days. Offer 9 additional free open house days per year, 3 of which will be accompanied by free educational programming relating to exhibitions. Use a combination of strategic marketing, appealing and diverse program offerings, and community partnerships to broaden the museum’s audience. Closely track visitor statistics to monitor progress.

Extraordinary volunteer support allows the museum to offer tours to 10,000+ visitors annually. In 2018, 109 volunteers worked 4,262 hours by giving tours, staffing the reception desk, and maintaining the gardens. The museum also employs an extremely knowledgeable senior docent who has been with the museum since 2002 and speaks multiple languages. The museum’s five gallery exhibits per year are professionally produced by a full-time curator with a master’s degree in Museum Studies. Strong partnerships with individuals in the art community help to procure these exhibits, and partnerships with community organizations, sponsors, and grantmakers assist with funding to bring them to life. For example, the 2018-2019 exhibition, “Lay of the Land: The Art of Florida’s Cattle Culture,” was identified through a board connection, sponsored and co-curated community partner the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation, and received funding from the Florida Humanities Council through a grant program. Corporate and community partnerships are invaluable to helping the museum produce programming events for the exhibits as well as the annual Winter Park Paint Out. Corporate support makes free programming at the Winter Park Paint Out possible while the museum has created a comprehensive sponsorship program to support year-round educational programs and free admission days. In the future, a part-time programming coordinator position would greatly help to improve the quality of programming and relieve this burden from the curator. Grant funding from the State of Florida (General Program Support Grant) and United Arts of Central Florida (Operating Support Grant) helps the museum cover its operating expenses while offering free days in addition to keeping daily ticket prices competitive. Partnerships and memberships with organizations like the National Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Program, American Horticultural Society, and Visit Orlando raise awareness of the museum to increase visitors. Strategic digital marketing drives a significant and increasing number of visitors. Audience feedback is collected and analyzed to determine the success of museum offerings and marketing efforts.

Expanding
the infrastructure of the Polasek Museum was targeted as a primary goal in
2000. With the addition of the east lot—now home to the Capen House—the museum
and board fulfilled this long-term goal and are moving ahead on the next
steps.  Next long-term goals include
upgrades to and restoration of the historic Polasek Home and Studio as well as
creating an onsite research center. Being able to make these improvements will
not only make the visitor experience better but bring the museum a step closer
to achieving American Association of Museums accreditation.

How we listen

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

    Paper surveys,

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

    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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Laura Walda

Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor, & Reed, PA

Term: 2021 - 2023

Susan Vernon-Devlin

UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Laura Walda

Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A

Sarah Grafton

Grafton Wealth Management

Virginia Poe

Community Volunteer

Alex Gourlay

Fifth Third Bank

Tris Filliez

Leading Edge Title

Scott Hillman

Fannie Hillman & Associates

Chris Leary

Community Volunteer

Jennifer Yasinsac

Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, PA

Martin Crean

Retired

Sarah Butterfield

MBA Student, Rollins College

Patrick Noze

Artist

Mariana Gomez

Full Sail University

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/28/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/28/2020

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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 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.