Drawing People Together

aka Cultural Arts of Waco   |   Waco, TX   |
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EIN: 05-0616886


TO PROMOTE MULTICULTURAL EVENTS FOR WACO AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES BY CELEBRATING DIVERSITY AND FOSTERING UNDERSTANDING OF CULTURAL DIFFERENCES THROUGH THE ARTS. Purpose: to celebrate and promote the community's diverse artistic and cultural life; develop and enrich its cultural capacity; and champion the economic, social, and educational benefits of the arts.

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We are approaching a $4million capital campaign to include the renovation of a segregated cinema in East Waco to become a neighborhood Arts Hub - ArtPlace Waco Cultural Arts Fest dba Cultural Arts of Waco has been active for the last 19 years with community arts programs and events, “Drawing People Together” through the arts. The ArtPlace Campus will continue to expand our current footprint within the community. A permanent facility that offers visual, multimedia and even culinary/garden arts for all people. A campus, tailored to fill a vacancy in supporting community needs. ArtPlace building will house visual and multimedia arts, the Yellow Cottage Kitchen will develop an untapped, marginalized, disabled community into productive employees utilizing joint efforts between our community and employers through the culinary/garden arts.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Doreen Ravenscroft

Main address

814 Elm Avenue

Waco, TX 76704-2658 USA

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Formerly known as

dba Cultural Arts of Waco



Subject area info

Arts and culture

Cultural awareness

Community and economic development

Special population support

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Sexual identity

Family relationships

Ethnic and racial groups

Social and economic status

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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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?

Branding The Brazos

Thanks to a million dollar challenge grant, WCAF instigated the project "Branding the Brazos" in Waco, with a 150% of life-size monumental sculpture "The Waco Chisholm Trail Heritage" Robert Summers, Sculptor. The final arts investment was $1.9million, sculptures include the Trail Boss, Vaquero and Drover all on horseback, and twenty-five longhorns depicting the three trails that converged in Waco at the historic Waco Suspension Bridge. The project, a collaborative effort, began in 2009 and completed in 2016. This public art brought the first tourist bus to Waco!
The sculpture dominates Indian Spring Park as it stands on the west side bank of the Brazos River and the river crossing at the Waco Suspension Bridge, popular with locals, visitors and a centerpiece for many events staged in Indian Spring Park.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Religious groups
Women and girls
Men and boys
LGBTQ people

Waco City Council dedicated a 2-acre site in Bledsoe-Miller Park for a public art piece honoring WWII hero Doris Miller. A jury selected the design from 27 entries, creating a local and national memorial for this African American serviceman, commemorating his bravery during Pearl Harbor and ultimate sacrifice at sea.
The project began in 2009 and dedicated in 2018. The Memorial was designed by Stan Carroll, Oklahoma City, and features a 145ft contemporary steel sculpture that represents "Many Sailors Make a Ship" and a reflection pool in remembrance of the loss of lives at sea. The Memorial includes a nine foot bronze statue of Doris Miller, and three bronze reliefs depicting the his young life, Eddie Dixon, Sculptor. The fundraising and project management was lead by Waco Cultural Arts Fest dba Cultural Arts of Waco and supported with individual donations from all over the USA, local Foundations and Businesses. $2.7 million was raised to construct the Memorial in East Waco.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Religious groups

Art at The Arc 
Art at the Arc is a summer camp tailored for neuro-diverse students K-12, and it plays a crucial role in the educational outreach programs offered by Waco Cultural Arts Fest, dba Cultural Arts of Waco. Each year, we are delighted to welcome back returning campers. Witnessing their continued participation allows us to observe their growth as individuals and assess how well they retain the knowledge of the art process from one year to the next.
Our approach involves providing personalized attention to campers, working with them in small groups during sessions that last from 15 to 45 minutes. The focus of these lessons is on encouraging personal exploration and experimentation with various art materials. We guide young adults and children in understanding the use of color, shape, line, pattern, and texture while engaging in artistic activities involving paint, clay, collage, and construction projects. Zen gallery showcase

Population(s) Served

The Yellow Cottage Kitchen evolved from our work in collaboration with the Arc of McLennan County with young adults on the autism spectrum at the Opportunity Center and their need to be valued assets within our community of Waco, TX. Pioneering the Future of Inclusive Employment and Empathy for Neuro-Diverse Individuals we are is taking on the challenge of transforming employment opportunities for individuals with neuro-disabilities. Our journey began with a pilot program involving 20 young adults on the spectrum from 2017 to 2019, collaborating with the Opportunity Center at the Arc of McLennan County. Funding is needed to transform a cottage in East Waco into a culinary arts baking center that includes a gluten free products kitchen , a main kitchen, classroom/community space with an attached culinary garden.
As a component of the ArtPlace Campus the Yellow Cottage Kitchen will anchor our future programs for our neuro-diverse community.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status
Sexual identity
Young adults
Older adults

-Transforming a derelict but historically significant building (built-in 1941), and eight empty lots into ArtPlace as a multicultural community arts hub focusing on youth arts education, community arts, and music and film workshops linked to public art space. From the ArtPlace Campus, radiates the hope for tomorrow. East Waco becomes a community where everyone can realize their artistic potential. A community that celebrates one another's artistic work. A community striving to tell its story.
A campus, tailored to fill a vacancy in supporting community needs. ArtPlace building will house visual and multimedia arts, the Yellow Cottage Kitchen will develop an untapped, marginalized, disabled community into productive employees utilizing joint efforts between our community and employers through the culinary/garden arts. These joint ventures between our staff and employers will provide real-world training that our community can take with them into the workforce.

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Where we work


Bronze Pinnacle Award 2010

International Festival & Events Association

Zenith Award 2010

Texas Festival & Events Association

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 4.04 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 6.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of WACO CULTURAL ARTS FEST’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 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $417,633 -$65,598 -$371,965 $1,955 $1,419
As % of expenses 318.1% -21.7% -89.6% 0.1% 0.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $417,103 -$67,083 -$373,936 $273 -$95
As % of expenses 316.4% -22.1% -89.6% 0.0% 0.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $549,424 $220,297 $226,471 $1,180,052 $1,604,961
Total revenue, % change over prior year 71.4% -59.9% 2.8% 421.1% 36.0%
Program services revenue 8.5% 9.2% 7.4% 0.7% 0.5%
Membership dues 0.2% 0.0% 0.5% 0.1% 0.3%
Investment income 0.0% 0.5% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 91.0% 90.3% 91.9% 99.2% 99.2%
Other revenue 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $131,291 $302,494 $415,360 $2,153,585 $466,735
Total expenses, % change over prior year -51.4% 130.4% 37.3% 418.5% -78.3%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 26.7% 10.6% 15.0% 1.8% 11.6%
Occupancy 18.1% 11.1% 5.1% 0.4% 1.7%
Interest 1.1% 0.5% 0.7% 0.2% 0.9%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 54.1% 77.8% 79.2% 97.6% 85.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total expenses (after depreciation) $131,821 $303,979 $417,331 $2,155,267 $468,249
One month of savings $10,941 $25,208 $34,613 $179,465 $38,895
Debt principal payment $0 $2,000 $2,004 $0 $1,250
Fixed asset additions $0 $3,894 $0 $1,950 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $142,762 $335,081 $453,948 $2,336,682 $508,394

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Months of cash 37.4 12.6 0.4 0.1 0.2
Months of cash and investments 37.4 12.6 0.4 0.1 0.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 56.8 13.4 -1.0 -0.2 -0.9
Balance sheet composition info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Cash $409,287 $318,228 $15,347 $16,987 $6,187
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $239,272 $51,885 $2,250 $250 $12,500
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $10,484 $19,378 $19,378 $21,328 $21,328
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 95.5% 61.9% 72.1% 73.4% 80.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.6% 8.7% 24.8% 1726.6% 13.0%
Unrestricted net assets $621,957 $344,680 -$29,256 -$28,983 -$29,078
Temporarily restricted net assets $31,848 $213 $131,904 -$843,584 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $2,420 $0 $0 $0 N/A
Total restricted net assets $34,268 $213 $131,904 -$843,584 $293,223
Total net assets $656,225 $344,893 $102,648 -$872,567 $264,145

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Principal Officer

Ms. Doreen Ravenscroft

Born in the UK. 1976 moved to USA with husband William Ravenscroft to M&M Mars Hackettstown, New Jersey. Moved to Waco in 1979. Board service: Art Center Waco, Trustee & Chairman of the Board, Waco ISD Foundation, AJ Moore Advisory Board. Committees Waco Women's Symphony Guild, Historic Waco Fort House, Community Race Relations Coalition. 1997- 2003 co-chaired Open Door Arts Fest, 2000 co- chaired "Wacows", a public art exhibition. 1982 founded an event design company in Waco. Founder: Waco Cultural Arts Fest, Waco National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Art at the Arc for students with autism and cerebral palsy; project manager: $1.9 million Waco Chisholm Trail Heritage; $2.8million Doris Miller Memorial. Awards - 2001 American Fundraising Professionals Volunteer Award of the Year. 2006 Zambelli Internationale Volunteer of the Year award International Festival & Events Association, 2007 Make a Difference award for the Arts Waco, 2011 Waco Foundation Ruth & Lawrence McMillan arts award

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 01/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Doreen Ravenscroft

Waco Cultural Arts Fest

Term: 2023 - 2021

Board co-chair


Salon DaDa

Term: 2019 - 2021

Brandy Abel-Clark

Great Expectations

Sugako Stone

Community Volunteer

Carla Dotson

The Boardwalk

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 ? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/5/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/28/2023

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  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • 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 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.