MAAG in Action

aka MAAG   |   Philadelphia, PA   |

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EIN: 46-5490288


The Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) connects and supports multi-disciplined artists and art lovers as a force for change in Northwest Philadelphia. MAAG builds local and city-wide partnerships to bring art and creativity to people who have limited access to the arts.

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Interim Executive Director

Ms. Pat Smith

Main address

7054 Germantown Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19119 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture

Community improvement

Youth organizing

Population served info

Children and youth


Ethnic and racial groups

At-risk youth

Retired people

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NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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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?

Community of Pride Mural and Literacy Project (COP)

This community art program, now in its tenth year, is a cornerstone of MAAG's youth-focused initiatives. Operating in a historically underserved community, this program provides arts education in a school without a formal art program, culminating in a publicly created and displayed, youth-designed and painted mural creation. Despite interruptions during the pandemic, the program has been impactful, garnering appreciation from Emlen Elementary School for positive student behavior and vocabulary development. The COP Program extends beyond traditional art education, immersing students in dynamic experiences through field trips and visiting artists. The curriculum design fosters creative skills and contributes to vocabulary development, which is crucial for increased mental agility in problem-solving. The program's impact is evident in student reflections, where expressions of community pride, happiness, and resilience are prevalent.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Every third Wednesday of the month, 6:00 8:30 p.m., MAAG and the musical group, Passage Jazz, host a jam session, where enthusiasts gather for the soulful melodies of Jazz. Musicians, both adults and youth (with parental permission), are welcome to participate. Music aficionados seeking lively and dynamic performances are invited to bring snacks and drinks and picnic in the Event Hall while enjoying the smooth jazz sounds of local musicians. MAAG provides ice and cups. Tickets: $15/person, $10/members, $5/musician to join in the jam.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Every second Tuesday of the month, starting at 7:00 p.m., is dedicated to a vibrant mix of music, variety acts, spoken word performances, and comedy, providing attendees with a diverse and entertaining experience. Seating is limited. Tickets are $15, and members are $10. The public can bring snacks and drinks, and MAAG provides ice and cups.

Population(s) Served

Every first Sunday of the month, 2:00 4:00 p.m., contemporary music performances and brunch are offered for those who prefer a daytime concert. These concerts combine the pleasures of art and music in a relaxed settingtickets: $20. Brunch provided by the Malelani Caf is an additional $15. Sponsored by Malelani Caf and MGK Entertainment.

Population(s) Served

During the past two-plus years, MAAGs Gallery has featured the work of local photographers, women artists, youth, figure drawing enthusiasts, Black artists, as well as highlighting the talent of MAAG members. These exhibitions are open to anyone living in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. In addition, MAAG has opened its gallery to individuals and groups who wish to host their own art show. All together providing a rich diversity of art for public viewing. In 2024, MAAG has scheduled 4 in-house exhibitions and 5 art shows hosted by individuals.

MAAGs Gallery provides an essential service to local artists by providing them with a venue to showcase their artistic and curatorial skills; and, in doing so, MAAG encourages creative growth. The art receptions and other events connected with each exhibition deliver opportunities to network with fellow artists and art supporters.

Population(s) Served

The shop, staffed by volunteers, is a place where MAAG artists can sell their work paintings, drawings, illustrations, ceramics, textile/wearable art, jewelry, sculpture, furniture, dcor, and more creatively handcrafted and one-of-a-kind. The shop is also the first impression made upon people who first enter the building.

Population(s) Served

The studios at MAAG offer affordable workspaces to artists, makers, crafters, designers, photographers, and other creatives. Amenities include Wi-Fi, parking, a loading dock, a slop-sink, and a full kitchen,gallery, gift shop, and event hall. Artists can as well as the open their studios and interact with the community during art markets, festivals, receptions, and other events.

Population(s) Served

This Mt Airy arts and crafts festival is held each fall on Germantown Avenue between Mt. Pleasant and Sedgwick Avenues. This will be its fourth year; MAAGs goal is to help it grow into the neighborhoods major autumn event and be a significant fundraiser.

Population(s) Served

As part of our commitment to community engagement and support, MAAG has provided arts and culture programming for Philadelphia school children through the Breakthrough Greater Philadelphia program housed with our partners at Germantown Friends School.

In the future, we envision a more robust year-round youth program with a special focus to boost summer arts offerings.

Population(s) Served

Each Holiday season, MAAG hosts a series of juried Holiday Art Markets displaying original fine art and handcrafts. During the these events fine art, handcraft, live music, food, and a wonderful time is had by all. All artists are invited, and they have the choice to sell for only one or more weekends. Current MAAG members have priority in the jurying process. In 2023, the fee for MAAG members was $100/per weekend; and for non-members $150/per weekend. The artists retain 100% of their sales when selling during the Art Market. All exhibitors receive a space up to 10 x 10, and they must bring their own tables, chairs, displays, supports, etc., whatever is needed for their presentation. Electricity is available.

Population(s) Served

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How we listen

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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 229.41 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8.1 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 9 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 MT AIRY ART GARAGE’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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$5,292 $1,244 $1,553 -$21,895 $1,731
As % of expenses -9.0% 2.7% 2.9% -21.4% 1.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$5,292 $1,244 $1,158 -$22,479 $664
As % of expenses -9.0% 2.7% 2.1% -21.8% 0.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $53,745 $47,069 $55,716 $90,472 $104,945
Total revenue, % change over prior year 17.9% -12.4% 18.4% 62.4% 16.0%
Program services revenue 10.5% 22.4% 11.5% 33.9% 57.4%
Membership dues 9.1% 10.2% 9.7% 9.5% 7.1%
Investment income 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 80.4% 67.3% 78.8% 56.6% 35.4%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $59,037 $45,825 $54,163 $102,367 $113,214
Total expenses, % change over prior year 56.9% -22.4% 18.2% 89.0% 10.6%
Personnel 52.6% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 3.8% 4.9% 3.0% 2.4% 4.5%
Occupancy 14.0% 17.8% 31.1% 64.6% 59.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 29.6% 77.4% 65.9% 33.0% 35.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $59,037 $45,825 $54,558 $102,951 $114,281
One month of savings $4,920 $3,819 $4,514 $8,531 $9,435
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $2,922 $0 $3,211
Total full costs (estimated) $63,957 $49,644 $61,994 $111,482 $126,927

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 9.8 13.0 10.4 6.1 3.4
Months of cash and investments 9.8 13.0 10.4 6.1 3.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 10.1 13.4 11.0 3.3 2.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $48,294 $49,522 $46,851 $51,627 $32,022
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,050
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $2,922 $2,922 $6,133
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 13.5% 33.5% 33.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.2% 0.2% 3.6% 31.9% 27.6%
Unrestricted net assets $49,776 $51,020 $52,178 $29,699 $30,363
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 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 $0 $0 $0 $10,000 $0
Total net assets $49,776 $51,020 $52,178 $39,699 $30,363

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Interim Executive Director

Ms. Pat Smith

Patricia has been a volunteer leader at Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) for over ten years. She was recruited to join the Board of Directors in 2014, bringing her knowledge of Real Estate and the supervision of Artist Studios at the MAAG location on Mt. Airy Avenue. She is a professional Realtor and served on several nonprofit boards in Philadelphia including Center In The Park, Episcopal Diocese of Philadelphia, St. Lukes Episcopal Church, and Friends of Lovett Library. As the Interim Executive Director since the spring of 2023, she currently oversees the management of all staff, managers, programs, and operations.

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 03/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ms. Pat Smith

Mt. Airy Art Garage

Term: 2023 - 2025

Patricia Cousins Smith


Victor Juarez


Janet Amato

Board Member

Elayne Bender


Denise Benrahou

Vice President

Steven LaCheen

Board Member

Camille Gaynus

Board Member

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 ? 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 3/7/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
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