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United Arts Collier

All the Arts for All of Collier

aka United Arts Collier   |   Naples, FL   |  www.unitedartscollier.org

Mission

The mission of United Arts Collier is to enrich lives and strengthen our community through the power of the arts.

Ruling year info

1981

Principal Officer

Elysia Dawn

Main address

340 Tamiami Trail North #201

Naples, FL 34102 USA

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Formerly known as

Naples Fine Arts Society

Fine Arts Society of Collier County

United Arts Council of Collier County

EIN

59-2070580

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The mission of United Arts Collier is to enrich lives and strengthen the community through the power of the arts. UAC unites and promotes the arts and cultural community in Collier County. We focus attention on the importance of all the arts to our economy and quality of life as well as provide vital cultural services. We advocate for more arts education in schools, more support of the arts, and more art in public places. Our values include creativity, collaboration, inclusiveness, resilience, and responsiveness to community needs. Collier County, Florida, is larger in land area than the State of Rhode Island and is the largest county by land size in Florida. The main population centers are the cities of Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City as well as the town of Immokalee. In the agricultural town of Immokalee, with about 25,000 residents, the population is roughly 70% Hispanic and 25% Black. About half the town’s residents live at or below the poverty line.

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?

Arts Outreach

Providing outreach arts programs to at-risk students and senior citizens in Collier County;
After-school education in arts and music for at-risk children;
Consolidated calendars for all area cultural activities;
Grants to area artists and arts groups;
Networking support for arts organizations;
Cultural Assessment, planning and advocacy;
Art/Music insruction to Immokalee, East Naples and Golden Gate;
Rural Outreach;
Technical Assistance.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Leadership Collier Foundation 2024

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 free registrants to classes

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

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Arts Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Children receiving free out-of-school arts enrichments classes annually

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.

United Arts Collier is the official Local Arts Agency of Collier County as designated by the State and the Collier County Board of County Commissioners. UAC is much like a Chamber of Commerce for the Arts. We serve artists and cultural organizations. We advocate for more arts in education and more art in public places. We strive to be the premier source of arts education programs for at-risk youth and those who lack access to the arts due to age, disability, poverty, geographic isolation, or other factors. We nurture relationships with local government officials in order to advocate for more arts and cultural opportunities for the county population. Collier County government is currently assessing future needs for arts and cultural services in response to continuing growth and development throughout the county, and UAC is participating in that process as a liaison to the local arts community.

United Arts Collier continually seeks additional funding for support and expansion of our arts programs. We provide arts enrichment classes for at-risk youth at more than twenty locations around the county, including all schools in Immokalee partnering with community-serving organizations such as Grace Place for Children, Families in Golden Gate, Boys and Girls Club, and the Gargiulo Education Center in North Naples. Additionally, we collaborate with strategic community partners including Collier County government, the City of Naples Public Art Commission, Naples Children, Education Foundation, the YMCA of South Collier, Collier County Public Schools, and the Marco Island Center for the Arts.

United Arts Collier's core assets include staff expertise, teaching ability of our independent contractor teaching artists, a supportive board of directors, dedicated volunteers, and partnerships with diverse local organizations. Staff expertise: Elysia Dawn, Executive Director, has a masters degree in nonprofit management from Columbia University with an undergraduate degree in art history and a concentration in business management also from Columbia University, and worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Teaching artists: United Arts Collier has been providing art classes to underprivileged children and to senior citizens for many years. We have a roster of approximately 35 experienced teachers drawn from the local arts community who teach these at-risk populations. We provide them with continuing education opportunities and assist them in curriculum development.Board, volunteers and community partnerships: UAC's board of directors consists of patrons of the arts, arts professionals, and members of the local business community. We are assisted by volunteers who provide office assistance and help with receptions and special events. As we are the umbrella agency for the arts in Collier County, we work with other arts organizations to collaborate in achieving mutual goals.

UAC's vision is to be a catalyst for all the arts for all of Collier. We aim to be the most recognized source for arts services and cultural information and to be the premier provider of artistic collaborations, and education for at-risk students and low-income adults. United Arts Collier has developed successful, ongoing education programs and services to the cultural community. Our membership numbers are increasing and public participation and interest in our community engagement programs is growing dramatically. UAC is working to increase its staff in order to pioneer new programs and services at the county level and meet the increasing demands for arts engagement. UAC thrives on generous contributions and grants from the community.

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 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

  • 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, 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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United Arts Collier

Board of directors
as of 02/24/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gregg Zavodny

Gregg Zavodny

Retired, Federal Aviation Administration

Matthew Riley

Thomas Riley Artisans' Guild

Suzette Fernandes

Retired Project Director, IBM

Laura Alexander

Consultant, Self-Employed

Jennifer O’Dell

Co-Founder, The Wellington Group at Morgan Stanley

Daryl Berg

Entertainment and Music Executive, Strategic Partnerships Executive at Dropoff

Reagan Gillette

Brand Director, Live Nation

Dennis Goodman

Photographer and Gallery Owner, Self-Employed

Eileen Smith

Licensed Therapist, Personalized Counseling Center

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/12/2023

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

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/24/2024

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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 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.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.