Spark+Echo Arts

aka Spark and Echo Arts   |   Beacon, NY   |
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Spark+Echo Arts

EIN: 27-2014427


Spark+Echo Arts forms communities of artists who engage with and create in response to the Bible.

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Executive Director

Rebecca Testrake

Main address

9 Pocket Rd

Beacon, NY 12508 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture



Population served info

Artists and performers

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

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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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Despite the profound impact that it has had on personal spiritual development and world history, readership is down. The divide between the "Arts" and "Faith" worlds often makes it so that institutions identifying in each category are suspicious of the other. In an increasingly post-Christian world, the Bible often feels inaccessible.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Bible Illumination Project

Our philosophy is that the Bible is ceaselessly relevant to any person, anywhere. Artists who create for Spark+Echo Arts come from a wide range of backgrounds. They are urban, rural, from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. They create in every style and discipline imaginable, are religious, secular; deeply familiar with the Bible, or rarely open it. With the help of our patrons and community, we curate phenomenal artists from all over the world, letting Scripture speak through them and their life experiences.

We foster a space of respect for the artist, the Bible, and the audience. Partnering with curators, we ask each artist to approach the task of responding to the Bible with an open mind and without agenda, to focus on the passage itself, to treat the text and our audience with respect. Each artist is given the freedom to respond in their voice without censoring their work or process. We ask our audience to approach works with open minds.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

If we are successful…

Artists are affirmed in their calling.

Artists connect deeply to God and one another.

Artists from diverse spiritual and cultural backgrounds work with each other.

The Bible is recovered as a common subject of artistic conversation and creation.

Artists provide the curious with new forms of engagement with scripture.

Every verse of the Bible will be illuminated with art, music, theatre, poetry, dance, or film by Christian and non-Christian artists from every nation across the world.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Spark+Echo Arts
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Spark+Echo Arts

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

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Executive Director

Rebecca Testrake

Spark+Echo Arts

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Spark+Echo Arts

Board of directors
as of 08/18/2023
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Board chair

Peter Sahlstrom

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/18/2023

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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
Decline to state

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