Touchet Valley Arts Council

aka THE LIBERTY THEATER   |   Dayton, WA   |  https://libertytheater.org/index.html

Mission

To promote cultural opportunities in Dayton and the surrounding region. The Touchet Valley Arts Council promotes fine arts in the Touchet Valley and surrounding area, including but not limited to motion pictures, live theater, music, art, and oral interpretation. We present current and classic movies, live community comedy and musical theater, youth theater, and civic events.

Ruling year info

1997

President (of Board of Directors)

David Molesh

Main address

PO Box 233

Dayton, WA 99328 USA

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EIN

91-1754968

NTEE code info

Arts Council/Agency (A26)

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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?

FILM/CINEMA

To make cinema available in this rural area, and at affordable prices, the organization presents current movies, usually a new film each week, except when live performances take over the theater. Matinee and some special showings are at further reduced prices. Some films have special Sensory-Friendly showings. A subsidized very-low-price series of children's films is part of our Summer Cultural Enrichment Program for youth. Special films may be chosen to accompany fund-raising events, community events, holidays, and other seasonal activities. Concessions are provided at reasonable prices, largely by volunteer staff. In 2019 we added a lower-price Third Thursdays film series, including a variety of contemporary topics, classics, and other special films.
However, on March 16, 2020, all further films and shows were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We were able to resume movies in February 2021, with face masks required, and limited COVID seating,

Population(s) Served

The Productions Group presents several live theater events produced, directed and performed by volunteers from the Touchet Valley and surrounding area. Cast members range from about 5 to 95 years of age, and some commute over 30 miles. Cast size occasionally exceeds 60 persons, which fills our tiny stage. This provides entertainment for the community, and recreation, education, and camaraderie for participants, as well as experience in teamwork, leadership, and the performing arts. Events typically include a major musical in the Fall, melodrama, and reader’s theater; and a variety show with song, dance, and other talents. Youth theater experiences include the Missoula Children's Theatre noted below.
However, March 16, 2020, the theater was closed due to COVID-19, all planned shows were canceled, and no plays or rehearsals were possible this fiscal year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
We presented Missoula Children's Theatre in August 2021; but had to cancel the fall musical.

Population(s) Served

The theater is used for community forums and educational events, and occasional private events, throughout the year at a nominal fee, which is sometimes waived for community organizations. This year included a drug-awareness forum for parents. We also host local artists to display paintings and sculptures in the theater lobby on a continuing rotation. This Program includes live performances not produced by our Productions Group, including a comedy play, workshops, and variety of concerts, with a range of visiting performing artists from western music to jazz to classic string quartet. Food-and-a-movie events offer Culinary Arts, serving food items keyed to the international or special theme of the movie. Completely closed most of fiscal year 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to produce 2 virtual live performances. In 2021 we resumed our summer children's programs including Missoula Children's Theatre, a summer film series, juggler/literacy artist and a puppeteer.

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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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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.), Paper surveys, email, online contact form, and verbally from patrons,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, 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?

    We adjusted our marketing tactics to better reach our target audience. We have adjusted the audio processor settings to solve complaints about not being able to hear dialog in some movies.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

    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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people,

Financials

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Touchet Valley Arts Council

Board of directors
as of 1/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dave Molesh

Touchet Valley Arts Council

Term: 2020 - 2024

Glen Mendel

Michael Luce

Kristine Takemura

Mary Luce

Elizabeth Arebalos-Jagelski

Jim Kime

Leah Stockton

Monte Fulbright

Deena Bell-Potter

Regina Weldert

David Molesh

Jae Goodridge

Mary Lenox

Robert Carlson

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 ? Yes
  • 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 12/09/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/08/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.