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ARTSNOW

Connecting Arts, Culture, and Community

Akron, OH   |  www.artsnow.org
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ARTSNOW

EIN: 47-5513742


Mission

ArtsNow strengthens Summit County by advancing its arts and culture assets and building connections between arts, culture and the broad community. ArtsNow: provides residents of Summit County access to information about the diverse arts and culture offerings available in Summit County; Aggregates and analyzes data about arts and culture to drive sector improvement; Advocates for arts and culture across the public, private and nonprofit sectors; Convenes and connects makers and presenters to strengthen the sector's impact and relevance; Builds and strengthens funding for arts and culture.

Ruling year info

2019

Executive Director

Nicole Mullet

Main address

Ohio Building, 175 South Main Street Suite 100

Akron, OH 44308 USA

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EIN

47-5513742

Subject area info

Arts and culture

Population served info

Adults

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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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Communication

Blog

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Some of the key problems or needs our organization is working to address include: 1. Lack of Connectivity and Collaboration: We aim to bridge the gap between artists, arts organizations, community leaders, and government agencies by fostering collaboration and creating a connected arts ecosystem. We recognize the importance of collective impact and believe that by working together, we can enhance the overall impact and reach of our local arts and culture sector. 2. Limited Access and Participation: Our organization strives to ensure that all members of our community, regardless of their backgrounds or socio-economic status, have equal access to and participation in arts and culture. We are committed to breaking down barriers and providing opportunities for everyone to engage with and contribute to the arts. 3. Lack of Resources and Support for Artists and Arts Organizations: We understand the challenges faced by artists and arts organizations, including limited funding, professional

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?

ArtsNow: Mission and Vision

ArtsNow serves Summit County, Ohio.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 individuals attending community events or trainings

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of people on the organization's email list

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Engagement on social media.

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of stories successfully placed in the media

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Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

As ArtsNow, our local arts and culture agency, we are working to address the need for a vibrant, inclusive, and thriving arts and culture scene in Summit County. Our organization recognizes the importance of arts and culture in shaping the identity of our community, fostering creativity, and promoting social cohesion.

At ArtsNow, we employ several strategies to accomplish our goals and vision:

1. Information Access: We strive to provide residents of Summit County with easy access to information about the diverse arts and culture offerings available in our region. We maintain a comprehensive database or platform that lists events, performances, exhibitions, workshops, and other artistic and cultural activities. By making this information readily available, we encourage community members to engage with and participate in the arts.

2. Data Analysis: We collect and analyze data about the arts and culture sector in Summit County. By studying this data, we identify trends, gaps, and areas for improvement within our sector. This information helps us drive decision-making and develop strategies that enhance the impact and effectiveness of our arts and culture initiatives.

3. Advocacy: We serve as strong advocates for arts and culture across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. We raise awareness about the importance of arts and culture in Summit County's economic and social well-being. Through partnerships, campaigns, and public outreach, we promote the value of arts and culture, influencing policy, funding, and support for our sector.

4. Convening and Connections: We facilitate connections and collaborations between artists, arts organizations, and the broader community. We organize events, meetings, and forums that bring together makers, presenters, community leaders, and stakeholders. These gatherings foster dialogue, knowledge-sharing, and collaborations, ultimately strengthening the impact and relevance of the arts and culture sector in Summit County.

5. Funding Development: We actively work to build and strengthen funding for arts and culture in Summit County. This involves identifying funding opportunities, cultivating relationships with potential donors and sponsors, and developing sustainable financial models to support artists and arts organizations. By securing financial resources, we help ensure the continued growth and vitality of the arts and culture sector.

Through these strategies, we leverage the arts and culture assets in Summit County to enhance the region's economic and social vibrancy. By increasing public demand and participation, fostering creativity and innovation, and establishing strong support from the public and private sectors, we envision a highly creative community that attracts artists, businesses, and residents, ultimately contributing to the overall prosperity of Summit County.

ArtsNow has developed a strong set of capabilities to effectively address the opportunities and needs in Summit County's arts and culture sector. These include:

1. Collaboration and Partnership Building: ArtsNow excels in bringing together diverse stakeholders, including artists, arts organizations, community leaders, and government agencies across sectors. We have established strong partnerships and networks within the community, allowing us to collaborate and coordinate efforts effectively. By fostering collaboration, we amplify the collective impact of the arts and culture sector in Summit County.

2. Strategic Planning and Implementation: ArtsNow possesses expertise in developing and implementing strategicinitiatives. We work closely with our partners to identify goals, objectives, and action plans that drive the growth and development of the arts and culture scene. Through our strategic approach, we ensure that our efforts align with the needs and aspirations of the community.

3. Advocacy and Policy Influence: ArtsNow actively advocates for the arts and culture sector at the local, regional, and state levels. We engage with policymakers and decision-makers to raise awareness of the importance of arts and culture and the need for adequate support and resources. By leveraging our expertise and relationships, we strive to influence policies and decisions that impact the arts and culture sector.

6. Resource Development and Grantmaking: ArtsNow is adept at resource development, including fundraising and grantmaking. We actively seek funding opportunities, both public and private, to support artists, arts organizations, and our own initiatives. Through our *new* grant program, we provide financial support to projects that align with the Akron/Summit Cultural Plan and contribute to the growth and vitality of the arts and culture sector.

7. Cultural Equity and Inclusion: Our organization has a deep commitment to fostering cultural equity and inclusion. We actively seek out and support projects that amplify underrepresented voices and perspectives. Through our initiatives, we provide p

Financials

ARTSNOW
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2021 ArtsNow
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

3.51

Average of 177.45 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

11

Average of 12.9 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

14%

Average of 10% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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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 ARTSNOW’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 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $60,841 $124,338 $71,275 $30,061 -$313,704
As % of expenses 15.6% 36.7% 14.2% 7.1% -47.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $60,841 $124,338 $70,725 $29,511 -$314,375
As % of expenses 15.6% 36.7% 14.0% 6.9% -47.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $799,024 $260,919 $856,414 $439,431 $870,822
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -67.3% 228.2% -48.7% 98.2%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 7.8% 0.0% 4.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Government grants 1.2% 4.8% 1.1% 0.0% 6.2%
All other grants and contributions 98.8% 93.5% 91.0% 100.0% 89.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 1.7% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $389,983 $338,831 $503,508 $425,620 $655,795
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% -13.1% 48.6% -15.5% 54.1%
Personnel 29.2% 38.3% 27.4% 39.8% 38.8%
Professional fees 8.6% 14.7% 36.2% 22.5% 17.5%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 24.3% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 62.3% 47.0% 12.1% 37.6% 43.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $389,983 $338,831 $504,058 $426,170 $656,466
One month of savings $32,499 $28,236 $41,959 $35,468 $54,650
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $4,452 $0 $3,404
Total full costs (estimated) $422,482 $367,067 $550,469 $461,638 $714,520

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 13.4 14.4 11.1 14.6 11.0
Months of cash and investments 13.4 14.4 11.1 14.6 11.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.5 7.3 6.5 8.5 -0.3
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $436,828 $406,528 $467,619 $516,077 $598,610
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $303,020 $283,750 $200,000
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $4,824 $4,824 $8,228
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 19.1% 30.5% 26.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.1% 13.7% 25.8% 26.9% 21.2%
Unrestricted net assets $81,977 $206,315 $277,040 $306,551 -$7,824
Temporarily restricted net assets $354,350 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $354,350 $152,100 $300,000 $283,750 $642,015
Total net assets $436,327 $358,415 $577,040 $590,301 $634,191

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Nicole Mullet

Nicole is the founding Executive Director of ArtsNow, an organization that helps strengthen and build a thriving Summit County arts and culture scene to add economic viability and social vibrancy to our region. In this role, she advocates for arts and culture in collaboration with community leaders and local organizations, helps shape resources for arts and culture in the county, connects local talent to resources, and leads a team that shares information about the diverse arts and culture offerings to Summit County residents across a number of platforms. \n\nNicole is a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 34, serves as Secretary of the board of the Gay Community Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation and co-chaired the 2017 Sugar Plum Tour. Nicole is also a proud alumna of Torchbearers, where she served on its board from 2013 to 2017 and as president in 2016.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 06/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Sean Joyce

inSITE Advisory Group, LLC

Term: 2022 - 2024

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 6/16/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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