CUBE PROJECTS

San Antonio, TX   |  www.cubeprojectspace.com

Mission

We are a brand new non profit looking for funding opportunities. Please check out or profile to see the great programs we have been working on for years through the help from Brick at Blue Star. Our core mission for Cube Projects at Brick is to continue to provide services, space and technology to artists, musicians, chefs, designers, video art, film makers and arts entrepreneurs. Our goal is to offer artist run programs free to the public, along with incubator programs offered to artists at any stage in their careers, to push their creativity towards ambitious projects and unimaginable heights though art and cutting edge technology. Programs are offered to emerging and transitioning artists to help jump start their art careers and create a model to sell/perform/display their work.

Ruling year info

2020

Principal Officer

Elizabeth Ciarfeo

Main address

108 Blue Star

San Antonio, TX 78204 USA

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EIN

83-3027157

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Urban, Community (S31)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Our programs

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

PUBLIC ART TEST SITE

CUBE PROJECTS is housed in Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex. We have an outdoor area with an iron gantry reaching 24 feet high that can serve as a public art project test site for artists to hone their art construction process using the latest technology to create a prototype for outdoor projects that deal with elements of light, wind, weight, weather and safety. This test site will yield prototypes for larger installations with full documentation of process, construction materials, installation fees, artist fees, housing, insurance, equipment rental (scissor lifts, cranes etc,) budgeting skills, and engineering reports. This program will help artists apply for public art commissions with confidence and material to back up their creations as well as push artists beyond their comfort zone. NOTE: This project is open to artists of -2d/3d visual, film/projection, sound, music, dance, performance, and experimental arts using the latest technology. 3 projects /4months each per year.

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As of May, 2020 CUBE PROJECTS will be housed in Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex-- a 4,800 square feet of indoor gallery and market space in the urban core of San Antonio, Texas.  Incubator programs are offered to emerging and transitioning artists to help jump start their careers and/or take their art and business in another direction. The Micro Business Market Support & Incubator Program hopes to continue our support by raising money to help fund these initiatives.

In May, 2020 we expanded our ability to raise money to keep these programs going through our new 501c3 -- CUBE PROJECTS.

Our 100+ Sunday, Vintage, Vegan, and First Friday Markets have provided a space for many merchants/artists to sell their products.  We are seeking grant money available to help local entrepreneurs and artists, over the next 12 months, get their products back to market by being able to sell at Brick Markets for free.
Our mission at Brick has always been to provide services and space to the artist community along with supporting our micro entrepreneurs at a very low price, and now with Cube Projects # 83-3027157 we would like to offer these services for free to all artists/merchants.  Our arts and merchant markets have pumped millions dollars back into the downtown and near downtown economies through sales of their art work and products since 2014 - though hard hit by the 2020 Covid19 pandemic.

Obtaining some form of subsidy would be a significant win for the entrepreneurs and artists of San Antonio and Bexar county, and will hopefully ensure the continuation of their businesses. The artists keep 100% of the income from the sale of their work, so they can start to build their own business income. Eliminating the $40 fee per market would be a tremendous gain to their bottom line and also give them a chance to get back in the game. 

Funding needed :
To subsidize artist and merchant fees (up to 50 micro entrepreneurs/artists for 100 markets at $40) for the next 12 months -  $200,000. ($4,000/vendor/ per year)

Merchant/Artist Demographics:  60% woman owned
                                                    65%  people of color

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As the next Texas state-wide shutdown looms again during COVID 19, we are pivoting to help our market vendors ride out the storm. Our in-person markets have been closed since March 13, 2020. We are currently creating a fulfillment center platform to offer local micro businesses an opportunity to display, sell, and provide delivery of their products online in a real time format.

In a recent call for vendors, we had well over 200 posts of interest from local micro businesses in a 24-hour timeframe. This represents the need and the urgency to help these micro entrepreneurs and artists sell their products and keep their businesses going in a safe environment.

We have a beta launch scheduled for the end of this month. Our website/platform will be on its way, but could use a boost in funding to provide all the photos/videos, coding, and marketing required to help our local businesses enter a seamless, virtual environment. Providing this platform will enable them to sell their products in a real time format just like they did at the in person markets.

Ultimately, we would like to provide this service at no cost to our vendors. A subsidy would ensure the continuation of their businesses.

Help us launch Brick Public Market through the Cube Projects non profit program to give micro businesses a chance to get back in the game.

Funding needed :
1. To subsidize business fee to participate (up to 60 micro entrepreneurs) in the program for the next 12 months - $50,000
2. Improve the online fulfillment platform so we can sell more products and include more businesses - $30,000

Cube Projects will serve as the platform manager, point of sale, fulfillment and delivery service.

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Where we work

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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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    CUBE PROJECTS Our core mission for Cube Projects at Brick is to continue to provide services and space to artists, musicians, chefs, designers, and arts entrepreneurs without discrimination. Our goal is to offer artist run programs free to the public, along with incubator programs offered to artists at any stage in their careers to push their creativity to unimaginable heights.

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

    SMS text surveys, social media reviews and comments,

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    MERCHANT SUBSIDY PROGRAM One of our first and proudest programs since opening BRICK in May of 2014 is the Artist/Merchant Markets, a program designed to help micro entrepreneurs and artists further their work in our city. Our 100+ Sunday, Arts, Vintage, Vegan, Sustainable, Holistic, African, Curated and First Friday Markets have provided a space to sell art and products. We are seeking subsidy and/or grant money to help local entrepreneurs and artists over the next 12 months get their products back to market by being able to sell at any of our Markets for free. BRICK has underwritten the Artists/Merchant Market losses for almost 7 years. A subsidy program would ensure our continuation, as well as our artists'/merchants' continuation, as we all crawl out from under the pandemic losses.

  • 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?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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CUBE PROJECTS

Board of directors
as of 7/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Elizabeth Ciarfeo

Augustine Cuellar

Secretary

Marlys Dietrick

Treasurer

Board leadership practices

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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 ? 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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/08/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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