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BALLET ARKANSAS, INC.

Beauty in Action

aka BALLET ARKANSAS, INC.   |   LITTLE ROCK, AR   |  http://www.balletarkansas.org

Mission

Captivate the public through artistic excellence in the presentation of world-class performances and education programs. Grow, develop, and educate a devoted and diverse audience of dance enthusiasts. ​

Ruling year info

1979

Executive and Artistic Director

Michael Charles Fothergill

Associate Artistic Director

Catherine Brynn Fothergill

Main address

PO BOX 941

LITTLE ROCK, AR 72203 USA

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EIN

71-0508968

NTEE code info

Ballet (A63)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Performing Arts (A60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Ballet Arkansas seeks to bridge the funding gap hindering artistic productions, educational programs, and community outreach. This limits our ability to expand access to exceptional ballet performances and educational opportunities for all Arkansans.

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?

World Class Productions

Providing more than 50,000 Arkansans with access to world-class performances that feature the classics, masterworks of American dance, and cutting-edge works by the world's most daring dancemakers each year. Producing performances that provide meaningful experiential opportunities for community participants. May include digital broadcasts.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Providing unparalleled, year-round dance education programs to children and adults in the areas of classical and contemporary dance by way of enrolled education program at the Ballet Arkansas School for Dance and outreach programming. Producing performances that showcase the abilities of child and adult participants enrolled in these programs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Presenting interactive and educational programs to more than 10,000 k-12 students each year that inspire self-discovery and improve scholastic performance. Programs in the theater and in the classroom are accompanied by stunning visual aids and supporting digital materials. May include digital broadcasts.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Presenting free programs and performances to the public and to partners in healthcare, government, social services, and the military. Program formats are variable.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Where we work

Total number of open rehearsals

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

Adults

Related Program

World Class Productions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Ballet Arkansas invites the public into its state-of-the-art downtown studio to enjoy free rehearsals for upcoming productions.

Numbered of staff who are satisfied to be an employee of the institution

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The entirety of our current staff.

Average price of field trip tickets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Educational Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

$5-$10 average

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Educational Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of paid admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

World Class Productions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

World Class Productions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Complimentary ticket giveaways

Total number of off-site performances held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

World Class Productions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total cost of work acquired this year (in dollars)

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

Adults, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Families, People with disabilities

Related Program

World Class Productions

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Seasonal Repertory

Total number of free performances given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

World Class Productions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Community Outreach Performances

Number of periodicals distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Educational Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Educational materials for k-12 students

Number of free registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Enrolled Dance Education Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

50+ in free classes and workshops

Number of pre-recorded hours of broadcast

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

World Class Productions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

More than 200 hours of rehearsal and performance broadcasts each year

Average dollar price for performance tickets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

World Class Productions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

$30-$65 average

Total number of works commissioned

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

Adults, Children and youth, Families, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

World Class Productions

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Educational Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

On-site and enrolled programs for k-12 students, offered throughout the year

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.

CORE OBJECTIVES
Proactively anticipate and respond to the diverse programming needs of all Arkansans.
Attract and collaborate with exceptional performers, collaborators, and staff members.
Educate and nurture the next generation of professional dancers through the presentation of unsurpassed education programs.
Foster inclusiveness and create a vibrant atmosphere where all are embraced and celebrated.
Strengthen our financial and organizational foundations to provide for the expansion of programs and services that uplift, enrich, and inspire Arkansans.
Be a driving force of innovation within the art form.

We've established a robust network of partnerships across Arkansas to amplify our impact. Collaborating with business leaders, government officials, and community partners in areas like planning, healthcare, and education allows us to leverage combined resources and achieve our shared goals more effectively.

With support from an active board, the staff has advanced more than 150 community projects over the course of the past 7 years. By working with community partners and sharing resources, Ballet Arkansas has exponentially advanced its core mission while increasing the operational capacity of its staff, volunteers, and board members.

Ballet Arkansas has undergone a remarkable transformation in the past five years. We've diversified and expanded our programming, leading to a staggering 70% increase in audience size. Our thriving education programs, and enrolled programs a part of the Ballet Arkansas School for Dance, now reach diverse communities, and we've built a network of over 35 partnerships across social services, healthcare, government, and the arts. These collaborations have resulted in impactful programs and services that touch the lives of tens of thousands of Arkansans annually. As a testament to our success, our gross operating budget has tripled, and we've been recognized as a Top 100 Ballet Company in America by the Dance Data Project.

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 inform the development of new programs/projects, 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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BALLET ARKANSAS, INC.

Board of directors
as of 06/27/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Ann Patel

N/A

Term: 2023 - 2025


Board co-chair

Dr. Alan Bagley

Arkansas Families First, LLC

Term: 2025 - 2023

Andy Terry

Chris Johnson

Amy Galdamez

Ross Owyoung

Julie Robinson

Stacy Sebree

Amanda O'Neal

Megan Hall

Rachelle Maass

Debbie Davis

Suzanne Babbie

Sarah Mathews

Michal Harris

Abby Jennings

Angela Rowe

Monica Lo

Monica Lo

Charlie Moulton

Erin Russell

Lisa Brumley

Justin Bank

Elizabeth Michael

Matthew Sewell

Elizabeth Irby

Jenny Cockrill

Robert O'Neal

Frederick Gentry

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 6/27/2024

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

The organization's co-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

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/27/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • 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 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 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.