Forward Progress Arts & Entertainment Centers Inc

"encouraging creative dreamer to become Authentic Artists"om your dream to the screen, from the page to the stage... making forward progress at any age!

aka FwdProgress   |   SAN ANTONIO, TX   |

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Forward Progress Arts & Entertainment Centers Inc

EIN: 36-4765690


Our mission is To Encourage Creative Dreamers to Become Authentic Artists

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DeAnna R Brown

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Formerly known as

FwdProgress A & E Center



Subject area info

Performing arts

Film and video

Youth organizing

Population served info

Ethnic and racial groups

At-risk youth

Artists and performers

NTEE code info

Film, Video (A31)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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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?

Arrows In Motion

San Antonio's film and entertainment, and media industry is currently growing at a rapid pace. The Arrows In Motion (A.I.M.) Project is a weekly program to develop, train, and prepare young adults to follow their passions in the entertainment industry. By providing performances and resume-building opportunities that align with our mission of encouraging creative dreamers to become authentic artists, A.I.M. promotes community education and training, which, in part, prepares the participants (Arrows) for productive employment that meets the new professional needs of the City.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Artists and performers

Dream2Screen is the perfect place for young filmmakers and aspiring actors to turn their dreams into reality. Our program gives San Antonio Youth the unique opportunity to experience what it takes to make a professional short film while learning directly from the best minds in the film industry.
Our program consists of an immersive mentorship program where you will gain valuable insight and instruction on how to take a script and bring it to life on the big screen. You will act, direct, or produce the film in teams, depending on your preferences. Throughout the process, you will have guidance and support from experienced and award-winning mentors and directors, gaining the necessary confidence and experience needed to start a successful film career.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Ethnic and racial groups
Artists and performers
Ethnic and racial groups
At-risk youth

Where we work

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Financial data

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Forward Progress Arts & Entertainment Centers Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $5,400
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $2,000
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $129
Program Services $15,810
Administration $24,000
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $15,041

Forward Progress Arts & Entertainment Centers Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $5,000
Total Liabilities $21,842
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $12,888


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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DeAnna R Brown

DeAnna Brown is a multi-disciplined artist and the Founder of Forward Progress Arts & Entertainment Center, Inc. since 2013. A 2021 Luminaria Artist Grantee. Most noted for the 2018 short film Breaking Brokenness, Brown won 3 Best Actress awards and 1 Best of Fest Acting Award. DeAnna was an actress and producer in award winning short film Retirement Day. She wrote and produced Grandmas a stage-play and followed up with The Rays a television. comedy. Through programs she created such as; The Digital Showdown-an online talent show, The FwdProgress Show-a television talk/variety program, and the Arrows in Motion-an incubator space for creative writers. Brown has enjoyed working with gifted people for over 30 years encouraging them to pursue their God-given gifts & talents, believe in their dreams, and prosper in their purpose. She was an inaugural founder of the San Antonio Black International Film Festival, still serving on the Awards Show Committee.

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Forward Progress Arts & Entertainment Centers Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/13/2024
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Board chair

Patsy Whitfield

Nevetta K King

Niecy N Brown

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? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/13/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/13/2024

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.