GADSDEN CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION INC

aka CAF, Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, EYO, GCSA, DDC, Center for Cultural Arts   |   Gadsden, AL   |  http://www.culturalarts.org

Mission

Our mission:
The Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation serves as a hub of community arts education.

Our vision:
We enrich lives, support artistic and cultural progress, affirm individual value and dignity, and promote a sense of well-being for all people.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Mr. Tom Banks

Main address

P. O. Box 1507

Gadsden, AL 35902 USA

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EIN

63-0899081

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Performing Arts (A60)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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?

Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts

Project supported by the Cultural Arts Foundation are: Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, Etowah Youth Orchestras, Imagination Place Children's Museum, Gadsden Reads, Gadsden Community School for the Arts, Exhibitions, Coosa Valley Model Railroad Club, Gadsden YouthALIVE!, CenterstagePresents..., Film Movement Gadsden, 90 Courtyard Concerts a year, and school outreach programs in music and art.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Imagination Place is an experiential learning center that is focused on ages birth through 12

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Music, art and dance lessons are taught by professionals and a liberal financial aid program is in place to ensure accessibility

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

The Etowah Youth Orchestras was founded in October of 1990 to complement the established strings program in the Gadsden City Schools by offering beginning strings in selected Etowah County and Attalla City Schools; to establish an intermediate string orchestra and an advanced full orchestra; and to offer and promote private string instruction in Etowah County, Alabama.

Under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Michael R. Gagliardo, the Orchestras have presented concerts throughout the United States and abroad.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

A 4,000 square foot exhibition hall is used for changing exhibits

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

We serve as a presenter and operate a a box office for Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

To provide art and other educational programming to the often underserved

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Attraction of the Year 2009

Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association

Event of the Year 2008

Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association

James C. Howard Urban Enrichment Award 1992

US League of Municipalities

Most Livable City - Small City Division 2000

US Conference of Mayors

Event of the Year 2008

Alabama Department of Tourism and Travel

Affiliations & memberships

National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts - Member 1996

Leage of American Orchestras - Member 1994

National Endowment for the Arts 1990

National Endowment for the Arts 1990

Association of Science and Technology Centers 1990

Southeastern Museum Conference 1990

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 fields trips

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Imagination Place Children's Museum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Number of field trips to Imagination Place Children's Museum

Total number of paid admissions

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

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Total program participants in 2020 were greatly reduced due to the pandemic.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Gadsden Community School for the Arts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Students enrolled in music, art and dance classes

Total number of off-site performances held

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Imagination Place Children's Museum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

outreach programs in schools

Total number of performances

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

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Total number of programs offered

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.

We want to offer the highest quality arts education to all who desire it.

Partnering with others and making the community aware of our many programs.

Professional staff and high quality space is one of our assets.

We have established a two million dollar investment account to fund access for community members.
We have outgrown our space and need to find a way to expand.
We have a living strategic plan that the Board follows and regularly reviews.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 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?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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GADSDEN CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 4/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Catherine Martin


Board co-chair

Mrs. Belinda Reddick

Michael Causey

Life Insurance Company of Alabama

Catherine Martin

Exchange Bank

Kay Moore

Downtown Gadsden, Inc.

Sherman Guyton

City of Gadsden

Helene Haller

Preschool Administrator

Elisabeth Hardin

Business Executive

Spencer Williams

Alabama Power Company

Lisa Thacker

Retired CPA

David Simmons

Radiologist

Belinda Reddick

Educator

Noorkarim Nagji

Pediatrician

Heidi Prime

Medical Professional

Catherine Bailey

Attorney

Teresa Rhea

Retired Community College Administrator

Bo Arthur

Insurance Executive

Cody Robinson

Circuit Judge

Jessica Brown

Community College Administrator

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 01/28/2021

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
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/28/2021

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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 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 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.