The Arts Council, Inc.

Inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community.

aka MartinArts   |   Stuart, FL   |  martinarts.org

Mission

Inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community. MartinArts Council envisions a vibrant and thriving community where arts and culture are woven into every aspect of life. As a regional leader, the Council stimulates and advances the economy of the cultural community.

Ruling year info

1980

Executive Director

Ms. Nancy K. Turrell

Main address

80 SE Ocean Blvd

Stuart, FL 34994 USA

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Formerly known as

Martin County Council for the Arts

EIN

59-2015691

NTEE code info

Arts Council/Agency (A26)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The arts community in Martin County is vibrant and growing. The Arts Council of Martin County is celebratiits 40th Anniversary in the year 2020 which provides a framework and impetus for this plan. Although we operate with a focus on local needs and interests, we acknowledge the following national trends in the arts and their impact on our efforts in Martin County. The following issues were considered as we crafted our goals for 2020: • Arts Participation is Evolving. The innovation in audience engagement presents challenges to broaden our relevance and appeal. • Arts Education. The “Every Student Succeeds Act” presents some roadblocks but makes the role of local leadership more important and critical. • Arts & Community Partnerships are more prevalent than ever. Opportunities exist in almost every sector including, the environment (ecoart); health & wellness; and literacy. • NPO Arts organizations are becoming more self-reliant and operating more like small businesses.

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?

Court House Cultural Center

The Court House Cultural Center is a historic buidling serving as home to the offices of the Arts Council as well as a cultural information center and fine arts gallery.

Population(s) Served
Adults

MartinArts magazine, website and email newsletter are flagship publications of the Arts Council.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Within this area of programmatic effort we partner with local schools on projects of mutual interest including Picture People, the Marvin S Cone High School Juried Art Show and the Arts Day field trip.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

As a part of our mission to engage the community in the arts, we produce a number of cultural events to inspire participation, including Sunset Concerts and Story Time in the Gallery

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

We maintain an on-line calendar of cultural events, classes and workshops as well as an artists' registry. We host a variety of seminars and workshops to support professional growth of artists and the leaders of our community's cultural organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Americans for the Arts 1995

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 free performances given

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

Adults

Related Program

Support to Cultural Organizations & Artists

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Sunset Concerts held at the Court House Cultural Center

Total number of free admissions

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

Adults

Related Program

Court House Cultural Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Admissions to the Court House Cultural Center Gallery including opening receptions, special gatherings, concerts and events.

Number of works exhibited temporarily

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

Adults

Related Program

Support to Cultural Organizations & Artists

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our gallery hosted unique exhibitions featuring artists with roots in South Florida, wildlife painter Guy Cohleach, student artists from local high schools and array of emerging contemporary artists.

Number of periodicals distributed

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

Adults

Related Program

Support to Cultural Organizations & Artists

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We published 2 seasonal print magazines called MartinArts magazine. We locally distribute 4,000 to Martin County arts organizations and other businesses.

Total number of classes offered

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

Adults, Infants and toddlers

Related Program

Arts Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Cultural Conversations feature variety of artistic interests in a small group setting. Story Time in the Gallery brings children to the gallery. Writing workshops engage adult learners.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

1. Build greater financial resources and support for the Arts Council, and the broader creative sector, including artists and nonprofit organizations.
2. Deepen member relationships to increase audience engagement and partnerships.
3. Initiate new programming to engage our youth and diverse community through partnerships and collaborations.

Create a series of compelling stories that demonstrate the value of the arts in our community (economy, educational enrichment, tourism, business climate, natural environment, social engagement, and community pride).

Explore collaborations for off-site programming and partnership in Indiantown, East Stuart, and other settings where arts programming is not readily available through partnerships such as with the Old Palm City CRA’s Ripple eco-art project and Martin Health System.

The Arts Council of Martin County’s strengths and community assets include:
• A cultural environment that makes our community a special place to live
• Our schools have a historically high rate of student involvement in the arts (60+% vs 50% statewide) and we have a long relationship in the schools with a reputation for quality programming (94% students satisfied with arts programs)
• A series of highly successful programs such as Sunset Concerts and the Gallery that provide opportunities for civic and government leaders to meet their constituency
• A strong, and growing connected audience at live events and throughout our social media and electronic communications vehicles

Many of the initiatives of the Arts Council are on an annual cycle, so we implement, evaluate and repeat. The Court House Cultural Center hosted some of the most revered glass artists in the world in a gallery exhibition, "Cut Blown Cast" in February 2020 in partnership with Duncan McClellan Gallery and Studio. We seek to diversity the audience in our gallery by presenting an array of programs designed to attract different age groups, for example Story Time in the Gallery for pre-K through elementary, Cultural Conversations for older adults, and Court Room Sessions for the millennial generation. These programs are meeting our expectations to expand our overall audience.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

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

    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, Our community partners,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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The Arts Council, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jeff Bowers

Masterpiece Design Build

Term: 2019 - 2020

Maria Miele

The Pine School | Artist

Jeff Bowers

Masterpiece Design Build

Gabriella Ferraro

Doug Smith

Martin County Board of County Commissioners

Tony Anderson

Martin County School Board

Becky Bruner

City of Stuart Commission

Nancy Johnson

Economic Council of Martin County

Terri Pettengill

Electrical Connections

Karen Barnes

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 11/20/2019

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

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/20/2019

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Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.