Art Essential

Empowering Workshops for the Modern Seekers

Phoenix, AZ   |  ArtEssential.org

Mission

Our organization provides​ art and wellness education to underserved minorities ages 12-65. Our academic programs cover basic educational components for a successful life in the workplace or as an independent artisan. All our programs include business development components that are taught by successful entrepreneurs, we also help to introduce them to new points of sale such as farmers markets, and pop up retail spaces.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Alfonso Corona

Main address

1532 W Winter Dr

Phoenix, AZ 85021 USA

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EIN

83-1330758

NTEE code info

Vocational Technical (B30)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The lack of funding for the arts and wellness in public schools in the past decades has created a grave cultural situation around the country, this situation impacts future generations and their families. When we talk about Hispanic or first generation immigrant minorities the problem is even worse. We have developed two academic programs for ages 12-65, focused on providing art and wellness education to these minorities, our signature programs offer diverse skill-development and business-development components, also wellness tools to deal with stress, anxiety such as non-dogmatic meditation, mindfulness, design thinking, among others. We also involve the parents or best friends as part of every education program. Every student graduates our 4-month long afterschool program with a design portfolio and produces a collective art exhibition where they begin making their first sales derived from their newly acquired skills. Our goal is to soothe and self-empower everyone!

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?

Academic Program - Multidimensional Education

We invited top Certified Teachers, Pedagogy Professionals, Educators, and Facilitators to help us design and implement one of the most avant-garde and comprehensive educational programs ever created.

We have called it Multidimensional Education or ME. Our goal is to facilitate non-linear, hands-on, and self-empowering education that develops new areas of expertise, wellness awareness, and business skills.

ME is a revolutionary vocational program available for anyone 12 years old and up. Every student (we call them Creators) brings along their best friend or family member (we call them Co-Creators), both go through the entire learning curve as they share precious time together by supporting each other in their individual learning processes.

We customize and adapt every ME program by learning in-depth about every Creator's top interests, educational goals, and by following their highest excitement as a guidance system. We focus on 6 main Education Hubs: STEM, Art, Service, Admin, Social and Wellness.

We take everyone from zero to making a profit or landing a desired job by focusing on nurturing specific areas of interest. Our Coaches continue to be available empowering any new business models for up to 1 year after graduation.

Every session is facilitated remotely and offers one-on-one coaching with every pair of Creators. Our sessions are scheduled and facilitated from the comfort of everyone's home and based on their availability, we do them via Zoom, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, and similar platforms. Our partnership with Instituto Prekop also allows us to provide vital emotional and psychological support for our Creators and their Families.

ME is here to fill in the educational voids that exist in any educational programs, strengthening and empowering education paths. We are the equivalent of a powerful multivitamin supplement to all education programs. Any educational levels are welcome! Our Facilitators and Coaches are experts in the different areas our program covers. ArtEssential.org/multidimensional-education

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
People of Latin American descent

Where we work

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.

Our mission as a nonprofit organization is to generate funds that are consolidated into scholarships. These scholarships allow us to provide fundamental art and wellness education to underserved minorities around the California Central Coast.

Your generous donations allow us to cover operational expenses like the use of venues, classrooms, materials, teachers and facilitators fees, and others.

For every $10,000 US we raise, we're able to offer the four-month-long Academic Program to 20 low-income students. The full term tuition cost per student and their parent is only $500.

Through your partnership with Art Essential, you become a sponsor of every student's future success and their new-found abilities of self-empowerment through useful art and wellness tools.

In this program, each student also acquires new manual, communication, and social skills, as well as business development components that will allow them to succeed in life.

We create diverse fundraisings​ such as DogFestbytheSea.com and FeriaBienestar.com we also facilitate our programs in diverse corporate environments such as destination resort hotels and corporations.

We are a group of teaching artists, wellness professionals, and philanthropists that have honed their skills for decades.

Our facilitators profoundly understand some of these infinite forms of human expression and know how to translate them. Our facilitators also enjoy the process of sharing their invaluable tools and techniques needed for anyone to experience and empower their creative skills.

Our collective goal is to create memorable experiences for every participant that also derives in the creation of beautiful objects of Art, regardless of any current skills or previous artistic experience.

As a non-profit organization, we focus on making these art and wellness tools available to underserved Latino communities. We produce fundraising events that derive in scholarships, materials, and the use of classrooms.

We are developing diverse partnerships with other local nonprofit organizations in order to broaden our impact. We're developing diverse fundraising events with trade show formats, and always looking for new classrooms!

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.), 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, 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,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Art Essential

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Vanessa Delarrue

The Scott Resort

Term: 2018 -


Board co-chair

Elizabeth Aguilera

Latina Hope

Term: 2018 -

Jose Uribe

Art Essential

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

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
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/28/2021

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 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.