Carpe Diem Arts, Inc.

Bringing the Arts to Life: Engaging Communities across Generations and Cultures

aka Carpe Diem Arts   |   Silver Spring, MD   |
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Carpe Diem Arts, Inc.

EIN: 81-4336754


To create opportunities for people of all ages and walks of life to engage in the visual, literary and performing arts, with the goal of building community, strengthening education, celebrating diversity, and promoting creative expression, while also supporting the livelihoods of master teaching and performing artists representing a broad range of cultures and traditions.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Busy Graham

Main address

9207 Long Branch Parkway

Silver Spring, MD 20901 USA

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Subject area info

Folk arts

Community improvement

Civics for youth

Population served info

Children and youth



NTEE code info

Folk Arts (A24)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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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?

Jump Start with the Arts

Jump Start with the Arts is an early childhood arts enrichment program that includes public performances, arts outreach programs, and teacher/parent workshops. The goal is to provide a jump-start to healthy and joyful social and cognitive development in the early stages of learning by engaging young children in memorable, educational, developmentally appropriate, and culturally diverse experiences through the Arts. Jump Start “Family Fun Night Out” is a monthly performance series for preschoolers and families. Proceeds benefit our arts outreach fund for low-income early learning centers and Head Start programs.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Ukes On The Move! introduces children, teens, adults and seniors to music-making and songwriting via the UKULELE! The project was inspired by seeing the joy derived from learning to play an instrument, at any stage of life. You will find Ukes on the Move! in schools, community centers, after-school programs and summer camps, correctional facilities, senior centers and retirement communities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

CARPE DIEM YOUTH ARTBEAT AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS take place in several area housing developments, serving primarily immigrant and refugee communities and low-income children and families. These programs are offered through creative partnerships with other non-profits, housing organizations, local schools and townships.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Carpe Diem offers arts-infused French and Spanish immersion camps for grades 3-5, including ukulele, songwriting, arts and crafts, playwriting, field trips, international folk dancing and singing, cooking and yoga. We also offer sleep-away camps for 10-14 year-old girls on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, as well as family retreats, arts weekends, board and staff retreats, with visual, literary and performing arts activities, kayaking, canoeing, and other outdoor recreation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Carpe Diem-Revels Community Family Sing takes place on the 21st of each month. Welcoming all ages, we celebrate heritage months, birthdays and holidays, exploring diverse cultures and traditions of song, and providing opportunities to work with master teaching artists, song leaders and composers. Additional offerings include song circles, workshops and choral arts residencies, inviting participants to delve more deeply into a genre or tradition of music and prepare a program for public performance.

Population(s) Served

The Silver Spring Community Dance takes place on the second Thursday of every month. The dance provides an opportunity for everyone, all ages, backgrounds, and abilities (no matter how many left feet!) to participate in the experience of dancing to live music, featuring outstanding musicians and dance callers. Our belief is that a community – individuals, couples, colleagues and families, that share in the experience of singing and dancing together tend to stay together – and that participation in the arts promotes health of mind, body and spirit. Our goal is to is to create a welcoming space for children and teens, families and seniors from all walks of life, where we can embrace and celebrate the diversity of our community. The Second Thursday monthly Silver Spring Dance includes contras and squares, circle and line dances, and takes place in the Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building.

Population(s) Served

Centered on Arts is a collaboration between Carpe Diem Arts and the Montgomery County (MD) Department of Recreation with the goal of arts integration in recreational programming. Professional teaching artists present performances, workshops, and residencies in area community and senior centers -- as part of MoCo Rec summer programs, after-school enrichment, and senior programming. Past offerings include Hip-Hop Dance, African Dance and Drum, Freedom Quilt Banners, a Mural Residency, Puppet-Making, Mosaics, Ukulele, Songwriting, International Folk Dancing, Salsa Dance, Squares and Contras, Swing Dance, Creative Writing, Book-Making, Theater, Decoupage and Collage, and more.

Population(s) Served

Providing opportunities for seniors to engage in the visual, literary and performing arts as an outlet for creative expression and a springboard for a new lease on life, benefiting health of mind, body and spirit.

Population(s) Served

Community arts programming partnerships involve working with area housing and community development organizations to provide cultural arts enrichment programming, celebrating diversity, strengthening education, and building community through shared experiences. Activities include the creation of indoor and outdoor murals, mosaics and other visual arts residencies, music, dance, theater and storytelling workshops, house concerts, and more. Current partners include Generations of Hope @ Genesis House, Telesis Corporation, Montgomery Housing Partnership, Community Preservation and Development Corporation.

Population(s) Served

A bi-weekly e-posting of an aesthetically pleasing compilation of recommended arts events and activities in the greater DC area -- benefitting arts presenters, artists and audiences alike.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Carpe Diem Arts, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.57 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.6 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Carpe Diem Arts, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Carpe Diem Arts, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $7,137 $12,521 $15,015 -$42,456
As % of expenses 4.9% 5.9% 8.2% -14.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $7,137 $12,521 $15,015 -$42,456
As % of expenses 4.9% 5.9% 8.2% -14.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $153,918 $227,032 $197,604 $294,777
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 0.0% -13.0% 49.2%
Program services revenue 35.0% 31.0% 16.5% 26.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% -0.1% 0.4% 0.0%
Government grants 48.9% 23.1% 41.2% 21.7%
All other grants and contributions 16.1% 46.0% 42.0% 51.9%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $146,781 $213,600 $182,589 $295,110
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 0.0% -14.5% 61.6%
Personnel 28.0% 35.4% 49.5% 41.8%
Professional fees 0.3% 50.9% 42.6% 43.3%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.9% -0.2% 3.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.2% 0.0% 3.3%
All other expenses 71.7% 12.6% 8.0% 8.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $146,781 $213,600 $182,589 $295,110
One month of savings $12,232 $17,800 $15,216 $24,593
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $159,013 $231,400 $197,805 $319,703

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.1 2.3 5.1 1.2
Months of cash and investments 1.1 2.3 5.1 1.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.6 1.6 2.9 0.1
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2020 2021 2022
Cash $13,137 $41,587 $77,493 $29,647
Investments $0 $0 $0 $4,105
Receivables $0 $1,842 $4,950 $53,578
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 45.7% 28.7% 44.2% 48.9%
Unrestricted net assets $7,137 $28,931 $43,946 $1,490
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $2,044 $2,044 $44,068
Total net assets $7,137 $30,975 $45,990 $45,558

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2020 2021 2022
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Busy Graham

Busy Graham has been a tireless arts advocate, from an early career in music education to the development of “big picture” arts programs at state and local levels. In 1995 she founded Class Acts Arts (Artivate), developing a roster of international master artists-educators and program offerings, focused on arts outreach to low-income schools and under-resourced communities. In 2000, Busy launched Project Youth ArtReach, earning national recognition for its work in correctional facilities and juvenile detention centers. In 2006 she founded Carpe Diem Arts, presenting multi-generational, multi-cultural community events and activities in the national capital region. Her signature programs include Jump Start with the Arts, Ukes on the Move, French & Spanish Immersion arts camps, Community Family Sings, Community Dances, Arts-to-You e-postings of arts events & activities. Through creative partnerships, Carpe Diem has extended its reach while also supporting the livelihoods of many artists.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 11/14/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ingrid Gorman


Term: 2022 - 2024

Paula Posas

Dianne Harrison

Josephine Garnem

Tom Armstrong

Cristina Frey

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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 11/14/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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