Arts, Culture, and Humanities

The Kentuck Museum Association, Inc.

Kentuck is a heaven of a place.

aka Kentuck Art Center & Festival

Northport, AL

Mission

Kentuck is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating the arts, engaging the community and empowering the artist.

Ruling Year

1985

Executive Director

Mrs. Amy Echols

Main Address

503 Main Ave

Northport, AL 35476 USA

Keywords

arts, culture, folk art, workshops, art festivals, community, arts education, galleries, mu

EIN

63-0896818

 Number

5540739205

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

Art Museums (A51)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2018, 2017 and 2016.
Register now

Social Media

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Arts fuel a community. When the arts are not encouraged, the community as a whole suffers. Those who create art need to be valued and supported so that through their efforts, the community at large can be lifted.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Kentuck Festival of the Arts

Monthly Art Night

Red Dog Potters

Gallery Shop

Artists in Schools

Kentuck Members

Dickens Downtown

Studio Artist Program

Year-Round Workshops

Artist Exhibitions

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of Festival of the Arts tickets sold

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Kentuck Festival of the Arts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This does not include tickets sold as a part of a package or complimentary tickets.

Number of students who benefit from the Artists in Schools program

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Artists in Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

The number of benefitting students depends upon the number of third graders enrolled at participating schools.

Number of individual donors in a year's time

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Dollar total of donations, by year

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Through 2017, Kentuck was engaging in a $1.2M capital campaign to support much-needed renovations to our facility in Northport, AL.

Number of attendees to monthly Art Nights over the course of a year

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Monthly Art Night

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of visitors to gallery shop/exhibitions

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Artists and performers

Related program

Gallery Shop

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This data includes "during the day" walk-in customers and exhibit appointments, but excludes data from Art Night attendance, (which is already reported separately).

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

As stated in our mission, we aim to accomplish three goals:

1. Perpetuate the arts.

2. Engage the community.

3. Empower the artist.

We believe that to successfully address one of these goals, all three must be attended to.

To perpetuate the arts, we strive house and display artistic works of all mediums, with an emphasis on folk and self-taught pieces. We work on a grassroots level to advocate for the image of art as an investment rather than a charity.

To engage the community, we hold several events throughout the year ranging from monthly Art Nights at our main campus to a two-day flagship festival during a weekend each October. Furthermore, we provide numerous workshops and engaging experiences both at our facilities and in outside venues such as elementary schools in order to both invite the community in and to meet them where they already are.

To empower the artist, we provide affordable studio space for resident artists to set up their tools and create artistic works. We currently offer eight studio spaces and house nine artists. We exhibit numerous outside artisans throughout the year in our galleries, and we act as a public vessel for artists to utilize when selling their creations.

At our physical campus, we have multiple studio spaces for resident artists as well as ample room for consistent workshop opportunities. Our permanent gallery shop allows us to sell art on behalf of artists, and also acts as the main indoor area for our Art Nights. We furthermore have plenty of outdoor space to accommodate visitors and fuel creativity.

Having existed for decades, we are happy to have forged meaningful connections in our community that allow us to connect artists to the area, whether that be through our yearly festival or through local elementary schools.

We also host third-party cooperatives such as the Red Dog Potters and the University of Alabama's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, encouraging the community to become involved creators of art, not just consumers.

As with most organizations, success with Kentuck can be monitored in part by tracking numerical data. Whether that be an increase in membership or a growth in yearly festival attendees, we aim to engage more people every year that we operate.

We also track our successes by holding conversations with supported artists and confirming that they are being encouraged and given room to perpetuate their art. While this data isn't numbers-based, per say, it is nonetheless crucial that we maintain such dialogue with this community and ensure that they are able to create freely.

Financial security is of the upmost importance to Kentuck, and we promise to maintain transparency and honesty in our fundraising. We will fund our operations through donations and grants, promising to utilize money as we initially state to. Financial success to us is properly preparing for the future without withholding services in the present.

Kentuck Art Center has seen many accomplishments throughout the years. We've introduced many new programs ranging from Art Nights to ever-changing workshops, while maintaining the success and growth of the yearly festival.

We've recently renovated our entire facility, raising over 1 million dollars in a capital campaign. This astounding number shows that the community embraces our vision and wants to support us as we support artists.

Looking ahead, we would love to grow our physical campus, providing more space for classes and residential workshops. We want to continue the upward trajectory of our festival, growing it each year to include more artists and be attended by more people.

As our reach and impact grows, we want to be able to bring on more staff while maintaining responsible practices and transparency. We hope to encourage more local influencers to join our board, leading the organization towards new heights.

External Reviews

Financials

The Kentuck Museum Association, Inc.

Need more info on this nonprofit?

Need more info on this nonprofit?

FREE: Gain immediate access to the following:

  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2018, 2017 and 2016
  • A Pro report is also available for this organization.

See what's included

Operations

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

Need more info?

FREE: Gain immediate access to the following:

  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2018, 2017 and 2016
  • A Pro report is also available for this organization.

See what's included

Board Leadership Practices

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & 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

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/04/2019

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Female
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & Ethnicity

No data

Gender Identity

No data

Sexual Orientation

No data

Disability

No data