YOUNG ARTS ARIZONA LTD

Making kids feel good about themselves through art!

Phoenix, AZ   |  www.youngartsaz.org

Mission

Increasing the self-concept, and giving hope, healing, and recovery through art making and public exhibition for children who are ill, dying, disabled, detained, and more. Young Arts Arizona Ltd. is dedicated to: • serving challenged children through the arts • making children’s art accessible to the community through public exhibition. • empowering children who are ill and at risk to achieve their full potential through artistic expression, art education, and exhibition of their art. • providing quality art programming, exhibition, advocacy, and accessibility for children and the Arizona community.

Notes from the nonprofit

Statements from parents, teachers, and audience members regarding the art making and exhibition experience for the children:

I absolutely believe that displaying their artwork in a professional setting had an impact on these students. Creativity is a lost aspect of cognitive development in today’s world.

Seeing my child’s work displayed was a proud moment. I was even more amazed at how excited he was referring to himself as an ‘artist.’

My grandson, who rarely shows emotion, was beaming the entire day. I saw the same smile and excitement in all the students. They were so proud to show their work!

I believe the displaying of the artwork has a very positive impact on these students which will last a lifetime. It has been beneficial for self-esteem. I think it might well trigger a deeper appreciation for artwork, and who knows… a career choice!

Displaying student artwork gives them a sense of accomplishment.

They experienced the “awe” of seeing their work and others on display.

My son was excited and saw how proud I was!

Displaying our kids’ artwork had an impact because it gave them more confidence and rewarded them for doing a good job.

The students got to see different ways different cultures express art.

Our child was very excited and happy their work got to be displayed in a museum.

Ruling year info

1999

President/CEO

Dr. Judith G. Wolf

Main address

2009 North 7th Street Suite 1

Phoenix, AZ 85006 USA

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EIN

86-0933814

NTEE code info

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

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

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization is continually seeking to secure funding for our ongoing programs. We address this issue by requesting funds from corporations and foundations, running two fundraisers per year, and we solicit funding from social media. We also engage in crowd sourcing to raise funds.

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?

Art of Freedom

Young Arts Arizona's goal is to offer a perspective of pride, hope and possibility through the creation and exhibition of art by juvenile detainees. Objectives are 1. For detained youth to find a creative outlet for their difficult emotions with focus on improving their sense of self and balancing behavioral responses that lead them to be detained. 2. To exhibit the juvenile detainees’ art a) as a means to increase their sense of self-worth, b) advocate for children’s art, c) make art accessible to the broad community.

The participants create art that is exhibited in two detention centers in Phoenix and Mesa, and in Maricopa and Pima County Juvenile Court Systems. Annually, more than 10,000 children live at the detention centers and see the exhibited art created by their peers.

The project serves large portions of the community by making art publicly accessible: An estimated 200,000 audience members, including parents and siblings of detainees, detention center staff, judges, attorneys, and visitors see the exhibited art shown within the court systems. Exhibiting the art of detained children and youth increases the community's awareness of the difficult lives and circumstances the juvenile detainees endure. No other organization provides this type of important program.

The project serves up to 100 children in juvenile detention and addresses a need of detained youth to connect with their creativity through the arts in order to improve their sense of self and thus help balance the behavioral responses that lead them to be detained.

The children we serve are extremely at risk. They are detained for delinquent or incorrigible acts and are waiting for their court dates -- often up to a year, which is a long time for a child to live in a strange environment. Most come from exceedingly difficult family situations and are lacking in social/coping skills. Frequently, they have been exposed to drugs and are academically below average. The chances for these children to succeed in school and in society are slim. There is an urgent need for these youth to be validated and acknowledged so that they have any chance to thrive and become happy, healthy community members now and later as adults.

Our program engages detained youth in art making and lets them know that their art will be professionally framed and exhibited for all to see. This has a profoundly positive effect on their sense of self. The children are free to draw and paint their fears, frustrations, and disappointments, and are encouraged to express their hopes and dreams.

They are able to see some of their art displayed at the detention centers and in court, which gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment. The program teaches them that despite all their differences, they are all still people. It opens them up to life of possibilities that is free of delinquencies and criminal behavior. It allows them to envision a world the way they want it to be and instills hope in their future.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

The Art of Healing is a project with which Young Arts Arizona Ltd. serves children who are receiving treatment for and management of complicated and disabling illnesses and disorders at 5 medical facilities: Cardon Children’s Medical Center Phoenix Children's Hospital, Banner Thunderbird Hospital, Ryan House - palliative care for children, and Children's Rehabilitative Services - serving children with birth disorders.

Our goal is to give these children a positive outlet through art and help them cope with this difficult time in their lives. Young Arts Arizona exhibits the children's art at a Young Arts galleries in the facilities as well as in 3 other public galleries where it is seen by the community at large.

Phase 1: Experienced art therapist facilitate 12 3-hour art classes for the young patients in each facility. They teach them the use of diverse art media, art supplies and techniques. In addition, the art therapists visit children who are too sick to leave their rooms and give them one-on-one attention and art instructions. As the participants learn to create art, they are empowered to apply their knowledge and skills on their own and are encouraged to express their feelings through their work. An art curriculum, specifically developed for this project, is implemented. The curriculum is in adherence to the Art Standards of the Arizona Department of Education.

The expression of difficult emotions and the learning of art techniques help the children feel better about themselves, takes their minds off their pain and discomfort, increases their self-esteem, and helps them define themselves as creators and exhibitors of art. As the children benefit from this project, so do their families, who are under much stress.

Phase 2: From the art created, Young Arts' curator chooses and professionally frames 60 pieces of art. Twenty pieces are shown at Young Arts’ gallery at the medical facilities. The young patients, as well as families and hospital staff are able to see this art on a daily basis. Forty pieces are in Young Arts' collaborative galleries, which are in accessible public buildings. Young Arts hosts a public exhibit opening its home gallery Purple Space.

Through the exhibition of their art, the children have the opportunity to be recognized and celebrated by their friends, family and the community. This powerful validation is instrumental in helping them feel better about themselves which in turn helps physical healing and recovery.

The exhibit The Art of Healing rotates through our galleries at Young Arts' Purple Space, Arizona State Capitol, Arizona State Senate, and the medical facility galleries for a total of 9 months. It is seen by an audience of 100,000. This extensive community outreach not only serves to make art accessible to the broad public, but also raises awareness of the importance of art to children, especially children living with illness and disorders. No other organization fulfills this need in our community.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have a sense of their own feelings and an ability to express empathy for others

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

Adolescents

Related Program

Art of Freedom

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Juvenile detainees release difficult emotions through art creation. By working with others in workshops, they learn balanced social behavior.

Number of works exhibited temporarily

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

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Young Arts exhibits children's art in currently 43 public galleries. The art rotates year round. Last year we showed 4800 pieces of art in 135 exhibitions. The art was seen by 2 million people.

Number of overall donors

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

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers are for individual donors at an annual fundraising event that is attended by approximately 80 guests.

Number of Facebook followers

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

Adults

Related Program

Art of Freedom

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Facebook is a good way for people to receive information about Young Arts' work. We publish exhibition openings and invitations, as well as successes. Users are able to contribute to Young Arts' work.

Number of grants received

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

The Art of Healing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018, many foundations and organizations granted less or no money due to our country's financial stress. However, Young Arts is constantly working to expand its funding base.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

YA has a rolling 3-year strategic plan for programming, fundraising, and marketing activities. The exhibition schedule is is developed with input from board and staff. It coordinates workshop schedules and collaborations with schools, agencies, galleries.

YA's plan implements current programmatic goals: 1. conduct art workshops at 5 medical facilities and 2 juvenile detention centers; 2. partner with 66 schools and 8 agencies to obtain children's art; 3. annually exhibit 120+ shows of children's art; 4. serve more children (currently 5000 per year), increase collaborations (currently 103), and reach greater audiences through art exhibits.

Continuing Goals:
1. Serve challenged children through the arts. 2. Make children's art accessible to the community through public exhibition. 3. Empower children achieve their full potential through art. 4. Provide quality art programming, exhibition, advocacy, and accessibility for children and the Arizona community.

Rating scales and surveys provide ongoing evaluations of our programs to meet set goals.

YA has a rolling 3-year strategic plan for all programming, fundraising and marketing activities. The exhibition schedule is used to coordinate all of YA's teaching schedules and collaborations with schools, agencies, and gallery venues.

Strategies in Progress: YA is a collaborative organization. Our partners consist of 66 schools, 8 agencies, 40 gallery venues, 5 school districts, 2 art therapists, and 4 teaching artists.

We continually seek new partnerships with gallery venues, include more diverse children, seek out new collaborations with agencies and schools. Every year we expand our exhibition venues and our teaching programs.

Financial Capabilities: YA receives funding through government agencies, corporations, foundations, individuals, fundraisers, and micro grants. YA has never shown a deficit.

Administrative Capabilities
1. YA's President/CEO manages the organization: plans the exhibit schedule and framing/hanging of art; solicits art from schools/agencies; communicates and coordinates with Young Arts' collaborators; administers all financial aspects; conducts major gifts fundraising; designs, implements and analyzes evaluation tools for our programs.
2. The Deputy Director raises funds from government, foundations and corporations, and manages online fundraising utilities, handles all aspects of marketing (web content, internet, newsletters, press-releases, etc.)
3. YA's artistic curator frames and hangs the children's art, and rotates the exhibits through our 40 gallery spaces.
4. Framing assistant
5. Curator
6. The assistant helps the President/CEO.

We have accomplished to create collaborations with 66 schools, 8 social agencies, and 43 gallery venues. We show over 130 public art exhibits per year, which are seen by 1+ million community members in Arizona. Annually we serve 5000+ at-risk children through the arts. We are now working with 2 qualified art therapists and 4 teaching artists who conduct art workshops for children in 5 medical facilities.

What we have not accomplished: Receive financial support from the medical facilities for the free workshops we are giving their children. We are seeking to compensate our very qualified staff appropriately.

Financials

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YOUNG ARTS ARIZONA LTD

Board of directors
as of 3/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. David Bolger

Corporate/Education Consulting, Inc.

Term: 2011 -


Board co-chair

Jamie Dove

Consultant

Term: 2017 -

Judith Wolf

Judith G. Wolf Unlimited

Tom Phinney

Honeywell, Consultant

Jack Clifford

Clifford Consulting

Jennifer Jacobs

LeBrun Foundation - Chair

Sharon Landis

Foundation Consultant

Paul Perez

Trans-Am Equitiy LLC

Phyllis Steckler

Business Executive

Apryl Allen

Singer/Composer

Beverly Clifford

Elementary School Teacher - retired

Derrick Platt

Maricopa County Education Service Agency

Mario Romero

Romero Team - Real Estate Executive

Peggy Cohen

TravelbyDesign, President

Jaimie Craig Dove

Consultant

Sandra Ramsey Lines

Forensic Document Examiner

Kimberley Smith

US Army Colonel, retired

Warren Harris

Rodney Paz

Banker

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? No
  • 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 03/30/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data