Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Pulse Arts

Building quality arts programs for youth

aka Pulse Arts

Santa Rosa, CA


PULSE Arts develops accessible youth arts programs by establishing sustainable relationships between schools and professional creatives.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Established 7/24/2018

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Allison Leigh Frenzel

Main Address

PO Box 3231

Santa Rosa, CA 95402 USA


arts education, arts organization, youth arts programs, advocacy, intergenerational leadership, creative professionals, arts education consulting





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Single Organization Support (O11)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

With decreased funding for arts education in public schools, students rarely have opportunities to move past rudimentary exposure to the arts. Arts organizations and agencies are helping fill the gap with teaching artist-in-residence programs, but many organizations focus on art-making and could use support in educational program development and teacher training. Additionally schools often don't have the resources to identify and coordinate sustainable partnerships with arts organizations.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Why Arts Matter

WUSD Strategic Plan for the Arts Implementation

Dancers Unite Elementary Dance Program

Where we work

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Pulse Arts aims to bridge the divide between Public Education and and further the development of arts education programs, facilitating equitable access to quality programs for youth.

We will be writing project-specific grants for artist in residence programs and doing outreach to arts organizations and school districts in the greater bay area to offer support and services. We hope to be able to offer consulting services at a subsidized rate and are in the process of generating a strategic plan for the organization.

We are currently working on a volunteer basis. We are collaborating with other organizations for grant implementation.

We will start to generate programs with the Pulse Arts name. We will also send out newsletter updates to our supporters regularly

We have written and obtained our first grant that will allow us to host 3 public arts events in the community and generate footage for a promotional video. We are working with two organizations to begin program implementation and support with curriculum development.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization


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?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable


Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

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Race & Ethnicity


Sexual Orientation

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This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members.

Diversity Strategies

We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
We have a diversity committee in place
We have a diversity manager in place
We have a diversity plan
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We believe in both intergenerational and multicultural leadership in the arts and advocate for equitable access to quality arts education programs for youth