The Kentuck Museum Association, Inc.

Kentuck is a heaven of a place.

aka Kentuck Art Center & Festival   |   Northport, AL   |  www.kentuck.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Mrs. Amy Echols

Main address

503 Main Ave

Northport, AL 35476 USA

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EIN

63-0896818

NTEE code info

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

Art Museums (A51)

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

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Kentuck Festival of the Arts

A two day festival every third weekend in October featuring over 280 artists, 8 bands and 10-12 food vendors. Live demonstrations, hands-on experiences for children, and a full music & spoken word lineup round out the weekend.

Population(s) Served

On the first Thursday night of each month, the Kentuck Art Center opens its doors to the general public for Art Night. These events usually mark the beginning of a new exhibition, whether in our museum or Teer gallery. In addition, these events are always stocked with live entertainment and local vendors and pop-up shops. All of our studio artists are present for the night, as well. They open their studio spaces for the public to visit and ask questions. Our members receive special privileges at these monthly events, ranging from complimentary wine to occasional members-only areas.

Population(s) Served

The Red Dog Potters is the new name for our on-campus clay cooperative program. Named after our signature landmark, this group is a collection of individuals with varying skill levels who meet together to hone their craft and learn from one another. Interested individuals can learn more about how to join through our website.

Population(s) Served

Housed in the Kentuck Museum, the Gallery Shop represents the works of over 200 artists at any given time, with at least 50% of the item prices being returned to the artists themselves. The shop exists to give artists a tangible space to sell their work and create revenue for themselves.

Population(s) Served

Working with local elementary schools, the Kentuck Artists in Schools program places real artists in classrooms, engaging with third graders and inviting them to ask questions and participate in artistry. The artists encourage students to live out their passions, and they demonstrate that the arts can be a sustaining industry.

Population(s) Served

With varied levels of financial investment, the Membership program at Kentuck allows supporters to donate the the mission in exchange for exclusive access to events and opportunities. The galleries occasionally offer members-only exhibits, and at every Art Night, free wine is offered to members as they enjoy the event.

Population(s) Served

The streets and shops of historic downtown Northport come alive with music, theatre, and holiday activities at Kentuck's Dickens Downtown. The event offers the community a free holiday event around a Victorian theme. Classical music from the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and other musical groups are the featured attraction. Other Dickens Downtown special events include a visit with Father Christmas; performances of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol; traditional craftspeople demonstrating work such as quilting, weaving, and blacksmithing; and a parade featuring Her Royal Highness Queen Victoria.

Population(s) Served

Offering studio space at below market value price, the Kentuck Art Center currently houses eight artists of various mediums. Located on the Kentuck Campus, these artists lease space in order to pursue their craft and engage with the community as they visit the Kentuck Art Center.

Population(s) Served

Kentuck is proud to offer artist workshops during the year. These classes include lessons on fused glass, oil painting, basket weaving, clay pottery and much, much more. For both the novice artist looking to explore his or her creativity, to the seasoned artist looking to hone his or her craft, Kentuck's year-round workshops offer education experiences guaranteed to enlighten.

Population(s) Served

With three galleries on site (one of which houses our permanent collection) and one partnership gallery at Tuscaloosa's Hotel Indigo, Kentuck invites artists to engage with the surrounding community by displaying their art. During most months, up to four artists/collectors will showcase their work at the Kentuck Art Center, usually beginning during a monthly Art Night. Members gain exclusive early access to these exhibits, and the public is soon invited to join as well.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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 Festival of the Arts tickets sold

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Dollar total of donations, by year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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).

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.

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.

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.

Financials

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Operations

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

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The Kentuck Museum Association, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/5/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Linda Kuhn

Lyda Black

Cullen Smith

Becky Booker

David Pass

Wyatt Collins

Craig Edelbrock

Chet Goldstein

Jason Guynes

Kim Hudson

Daniel Livingston

Francine Marasco

Amy Materson

Julie Ramm

Michelle Robinson

Bryan Winter

Sarah Heggem

Lyda Kuhn

Joanne Gentine

Grace Lee

Leanne Spencer

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
  • 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 11/04/2019

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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

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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