Up Your Arts

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Southport, NC   |  https://upyourarts.org

Mission

Up Your Arts is a non-profit organization founded in 2017 to support and enhance the creative and performing arts throughout the greater Southport area. Our vision is to expand the perception of Southport from its historic identification as a 'quaint fishing village' to that of a community where people experience exceptional arts, culture and live music.

Notes from the nonprofit

Up Your Arts has been engaged since 2019 in a concerted, community-supported effort to create a center for the creative and performing arts in the heart of downtown Southport by restoring the now-vacant historic Brunswick County Courthouse and former city hall. The vision is for a self-sustaining, state-of-the-art public facility that reflects the society in which it exists: informal, creative, responsible, caring. Built in the mid-1800s, the city-owned building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Long-delayed roof repairs caused extensive water damage and the structure was declared uninhabitable in 2016. The building is structurally sound but will require significant mold remediation and upgrades to mechanical and energy systems, an elevator and staircase, and improvements unique to arts center management in order to regain its place at the center of municipal life.

Ruling year info

2018

Board of Directors Chair

Bob Gentile

President

Tina Powers

Main address

PO Box 11326

Southport, NC 28461 USA

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EIN

82-2910014

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

IRS filing requirement

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

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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?

Southport Plein Air Festival

The Southport Plein Air Festival is an annual two-day festival featuring the work of plein air artists and offering music, dance, and art programming free to the general public. The festival is jointly sponsored with the City of Southport and supported the last two years by a North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Grant awarded by Brunswick Arts Council.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Southport, Open Your Doors! is a year-long program featuring the work of local artists selected last spring to reimagine interior doors donated from an historic Southport home to celebrate the community's emergence from the Covid-19 pandemic. The eleven doors have been displayed in various locations throughout the city for the last four months and will be auctioned at a gala event in March 2022.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

The Calendar of Events is a year-round calendar of live performance events in the greater Southport area, updated and emailed weekly free of charge to over 2,000 subscribers and posted on Facebook to over 4,000 members.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Adults

Open Mic Night is an ongoing program supporting the development of area musicians with an open performance forum free of charge every Thursday night from March-December. It is jointly sponsored by American Fish Company, which provides dedicated space, power, and audio equipment to new and returning musicians, who alternately play together or alone to a weekly audience of 150-200 attendees.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Save the Hall, Y'all is a multi-year campaign to build a community-based center for the creative and performing arts in downtown Southport by renovating the historic Brunswick County Courthouse, built in the 1850s. The now-vacant building is owned by the City of Southport and served as city hall from the 1970s until 2014; it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The arts center project has progressed since 2019 via three memorandums of understanding with Southport elected officials exploring the project's feasibility as a self-sustaining entity. Up Your Arts has been approved to engage architectural services to develop schematic, design, and construction drawings that will guide the renovation.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

NC Arts Council Grassroots Grant 2022

Brunswick Arts Council

NC Arts Council Grassroots Grant 2021

Brunswick Arts Council

Community Arts Grant 2021

Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation

Quick Arts Grant 2019

Brunswick Arts Council

Community Arts Grant 2022

Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation

Quick Arts Grant 2022

Brunswick Arts Council

Community Entertainment Grant 2022

NC Fourth of July Committee

Media Sponsor 2022

State Port Pilot

Affiliations & memberships

City of Southport 2022

NC Fourth of July Committee 2022

Southport Historical Society 2022

Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce 2022

Downtown Southport, Inc. 2022

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Up Your Arts exists to serve the general public of the greater Southport area by aiding creative and performing artists and arts organizations to maximize their connections with and their opportunities for growth within the community. The organization seeks to provide programming for all demographics and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, gender, or disability.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, 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 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Up Your Arts added more ethnically diverse program material to its Southport Plein Air Festival in 2021 and 2022 in response to clear evidence the event did not previously appeal to local minority populations.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    As a result of ongoing discussions among members, the Up Your Arts board of directors actively seeks opportunities to diversify its programming and increase connections with community partners serving all demographics.

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

    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 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?

    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, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Up Your Arts

Board of directors
as of 07/30/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bob Gentile

Bonita Bray

Larry Cabral

Robert Carroll

Jwantana Frink

John Keiffer

Rick Kranz

Tina Powers

Diana Setaro

Emma Thomas

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/30/2022

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)

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data