Minutes from 10/25/17 Member & Supporter Meeting

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Refresh. Reboot. Reroot.

The Glenwood Springs Arts Council wants to move into the future, and we want you to move with us. We want to “hit the refresh button” on this organization. To reboot our programs, our events, and our exhibits. To reroot our presence in the community and the Roaring Fork Valley.

Here’s a summary of the discussion had at our last Membership and Supporter meeting.

Membership Meeting 10/25/2017

1.     Judy O’Donnell called meeting to order 7:10PM

2.     Brie Carmer gave a financial update.

a.     Currently in Operating Account

b.     Approx. Operating Acct. balance after October and Move Out Expenses

c.     Income generated by Asset and Costumes Sales

d.     Debt still owed – $32,391.92

i.         Sheila asked clarifying question about what was in the account vs. what we owe

ii.         Taxes

iii.        Dumpsters (move out expense)

3.     Christina Brusig update: at this time, we still don’t know anything (news release has appeared since).

4.     We have board positions available. We might bring the number of Board of Directors members down from nine to five.

5.     Piano: someone offered $15,000 for the piano today, which would cover nearly half our debts. While it is difficult for us to part with such a lovely and beautiful part of our history, if the person interested decides to buy the piano, we will sell it.

6.     Marley Flooring:

a.     Maurine talked about the importance and mechanics of a Marley Floor. It’s multi use for modern, ballet, barefoot, pointe, etc. It came from the Wheeler Opera House. We’ve had it a good 26 years. Replacement value would be in the thousands of dollars. It’s transportable, and can be rolled out on top of other floors. Maurine is wondering if someone could store it. She’s talked to our lighting designer Matt, and he expressed a willingness to store the Marley floor. We wouldn’t get much for it if we tried to sell it, but the replacement cost is high.

b.     Sheila suggests we use it as an asset, and rent it out.

7.     While the City is uninterested in purchasing the sprung floor in the Center, we know that they plan on hosting dance classes in the Center, and it would be unsafe for them to not have the floor. We plan to donate it to the City, as we don’t want dancers taking classes without it.

8.     Options moving forward:

  • Do nothing, file for bankruptcy
  • lay low and fundraise
  • hold classes/events/exhibits around town, etc.

9.     Brie will stay on as on independent contractor, and on an “as needed” basis.

10.  Sheila: Treadz donated dance shoes, and Sheila will look into finding people or places that will pay for the shoes to chip away at the debt. She brought up that the Liston family bought all the remaining of costumes, and if anyone buys the costumes from her, she will give the money back to the Center. She also brought up the idea of matching funds. Suggested smaller donations from previous members to get a small 35th year commemorative membership. So more people can notice in a very positive way. Sheila thinks we got too dependent on public money. She believes that the Center should focus on fundraising, and continue as an organization in a smaller capacity more like it was when it was simply the Arts Council, and not the Center.

11.  Pam: What happens if the Center dissolves? She suggested we get a new loan to pay off all our debts. We answered that it isn’t currently a viable option. She suggested we stop asking for donations, and instead research things that might make us money. “Let’s start all over again, brand new name, etc.” Just because we don’t have a particular place, doesn’t mean we don’t have art in our town. Suggested the old CMC space on the corner, but the listing agent said it was too dangerous for use. Empty shop spaces, schools, churches, outside, snow carving festival, anything we can do that is outside, a costume show… She offered a number of ideas for community presence and raising money. She is willing to volunteer to meet with different programs around the valley, and find people to work together to create a programing committee. She suggests upping our Facebook presence.

12.  Veronica: Huge need in all the schools for after school art classes taught by volunteer parents. Funding is so down that they can’t afford to have an after school program, especially on Wednesdays when school gets out early. At her AmeriCorp class she learned nonprofits need to be broken into committees, and she suggests we see who’s willing to be involved in each committee. Member showing: bring your artwork, appetizer, and $5. The Center doesn’t have to end when the building is gone.

13.  Bonnie: Committees of people to work on certain things. Suggesting program/event, fundraising, membership, and maybe some other committees. There are programs that don’t need a teacher. A show once a month that has wine and h’orderves. What are other arts organizations in the Valley, and who do they serve? This will need to be reorganized to fit unmet needs. Right now we need active people working on saving the organization, 50 people.

14.  Maureen asks what about the City? What are they planning on doing? We quoted that they may have classes. Our place is to fill in whatever holes and compliment classes the Art Community has, not to directly compete with them.

15.  Email out to membership, pass along great ideas to motivate people to come and get involved. Email your ideas to brie@glenwoodarts.org

16.  Ron suggests that tonight we set up two or three committees that we will then email out to the membership to generate interest. Says once we get traction people will see us as a new organization. A year from now what art needs will the community have? A newsletter needs to regularly be sent out to the membership.

17.  Board members: handed out application papers for those present to fill out.

18.  Ideas: Create programing, fundraising and event committees.

19.  Committees meet Thursday November 16, 2017 at 7:00PM at the Glenwood Springs Library, upstairs.

20.  Meeting adjourned 8:41PM

We are continually seeking new ideas and suggestions as to how we can offer Arts and Arts Experiences to our community. If you’d like to join a committee mentioned here  – fundraising, programming, membership – or if you have a committee you’d like to form, email brie@glenwoodarts.org

If you’re interested in being a board member, please click here for an application. Please return to Brie by December 1st.

Cheers,
Judy O’Donnell, Acting Board President
Brie Carmer, Executive Director


Sale of Items. Member Meeting. Next Steps.

Sale of Items. Member Meeting. Next Steps.

The Center for The Arts will be holding a sale Friday, October 20th from
5:00pm – 8:00pm and Saturday, October 21st from 10:00am – 2:00pm.
We invite all of you and your friends, to come by. Items include everything from costuming, to office and art supplies, to assorted household items.

The following week, on Wednesday, October 25th at 7:00pm, the Art Center Board of Directors will be holding a membership meeting to get member input on next steps for the organization. They are looking for ideas on the following: spaces to use for dance, art, music, pottery, and silversmithing classes; meeting places; event space; and if possible, art exhibitions.
If you have any preliminary ideas, please feel free to contact Brie at brie@glenwoodarts.org so that we can explore them. We are looking to continue to offer programming and more to our community.
We sincerely appreciate all your help and continued support.

The Board of Directors is also looking for helpers to assist in the cleaning of the building – a Cleaning Party. We would like to vacate the building by the end of October, in hopes the organization can save approximately $3,000/mo. This money would be better spent on a rebuilding of the Arts Council. We need man/woman power and supplies (wood cleaner, glass cleaner, brooms, etc).
I’d also recommend a pair of rubber gloves.

Again, thank you for all you continue to do to support the Arts and the Art Center. We look forward to your attendance and input as we move into the future. The Board has no intention of dissolving the Glenwood Springs Arts Council, we are just moving out of the building.

All Our Best,
Judy O’Donnell, Acting President
Rita Wagner, Vice President





A message from the Board of Directors

We are a volunteer board to an important and beloved nonprofit, the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. We give our time and energy to the center because we believe in the center’s mission “to provide opportunities to create and enjoy the arts.” We believe access to art, music and dance classes is vital to molding an intelligent, hard-working, compassionate and open-minded community.

Until April 2017, we understood our organization to be financially viable with a modest fund balance. Less than four months ago, we released our 2016 Annual Report to the public with pride. At that time, and after hearing some staff voice concerns about operations, the board began taking steps to improve oversight of the operations of the art center. We took steps to create more checks and balances and to implement clearer separation of duties. We increased communications with our teachers; we better aligned payroll with cash flow, and we spent more of our volunteer time working with staff to address daily operational issues.

The board was continuing these efforts when it realized it could not meet current operation costs. We have determined that we need about $75,000 to pay all bills and instructors.

What only recently came to light about the art center’s financial situation has brought more than just shock to this board; it has brought anger, confusion and a deep, bitter sadness. We are feeling many of the same things our teachers, parents, volunteers and community members are feeling.

Since we announced that we may have needed to shut to the doors after “Dancers Dancing,” the response from the community has been overwhelming. The board is hopeful that we will raise $75,000 or more and will be able to bring this wonderful community asset back to full health. If so, the board and its incredible community of teachers, volunteers and members are prepared to work tirelessly to make sure this never happens again and the art center thrives once more.

Some of the steps we have already taken to ensure the financial health of the center are working with Peter Gilbert, executive director of Carbondale’s Dance Initiative, on a budget and business plan for our dance programs. Peter has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to running healthy nonprofits, and his guidance during a transition like this would be invaluable.

Betsy Suerth, former administrator and operations director for Basalt, Silt and Garfield County, has also offered to use her skills and experience to oversee operations of the art center on a volunteer basis. A group of teachers and volunteers have rallied to plan a benefit for the Art Center on June 9 at the Vaudeville (learn more about getting involved by joining the Facebook group). Countless others have come forward to offer their help and support, too, and we are prepared to tap into the strengths of each individual to make the art center thrive.

Strict financial oversight will be our main priority. We as a board will work closely with our outside bookkeeper to make sure the financial records are complete and accurate. We will assure each program pays for itself, and we will work with Peter Gilbert and others to build and maintain a financial reserve to assure the center’s sustainability.

We believe in the Center for the Arts and have been moved and inspired by members of the community coming forward to offer their help. Every single one of us in the art center family will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the community is able to create and enjoy the arts under one beautiful roof for years to come.

Signed by members of the board of directors: Stacey Barnum, Jessica Cabe, Anais Liston, Melissa Matlock, John Quinn, Kate McRaith and Rita Wagner.


Art Scene – April 7

A Celebration of the Spirit.

Next Friday, April 14, something wonderful will take place here. We want to invite you to the opening of the Center for the Arts current exhibit Old Glenwood. International artists (and faculty members) Noemi and Kristoff Kosmowski studied the history of our town researching historic documents and photos and then created over 50 paintings of the early days of Glenwood. The results are astonishing. These sepia-toned masterpieces will be on exhibit/sale at the Center beginning April 14th with the Artists Reception from 6:00 – 7:30 and will run through April 28th. We are extremely proud of all of our exhibits and Old Glenwood is no exception. The work honors our rich history and is a fitting tribute to the courage, ingenuity, artistry and grit of everyone who created our city. And if that is not enough, in the proximity of the Doc Holiday painting, you will see the ‘Doc Holiday’ derringer on loan from the Glenwood Springs Historical Society.

 Perception and Identifying Your Audience

 “Beautiful little town, Glenwood.” “Beautiful little place, the Art Center.” Well, they’re half right. Beautiful – yes. Little – not even close. Ancient geology and breathtaking beauty brings them here but the people, industry and the arts make them stay.

We’ve always known this area is unique but when SMU’s National Center for the Arts named Glenwood Springs the No. 1 small city in the nation in their first-ever Arts Vibrancy Index, it is the kind of validation, based on hard numbers not campaigning or whim, that carries the weight of unbiased recognition. Suddenly, we lead search lists and are added to the short list of destination locations.

This brings me to our audience and yours. Anyone in the business of business can exhaust themselves with the world of marketing as you search for the right method to reach your audience. After trying “consumer oriented marketing, targeting, demand creation, relationship marketing, customer centric focus, key performance indicators” and every buzzword currently trending, I’m happy to make your life a little easier.

Every year, in this city of a little over 9,000 people, more than 17,000 attend the Art Center’s 12 gallery exhibits, Summer of Music, Culinary Wine and Brewfest and Dancers Dancing. Look at any of our audiences and you’ll see a cross section of this area at every event and they have at least one thing in common – they are all consumers. Call me to discuss a truly far-reaching and effective way to connect with your audience and be a part of the vital artistic heart of your community and you can start with the Summer of Music 2017!

 Dancing the Night Away

Tickets for our 25th Anniversary performance of Dancers Dancing – A Legacy are now on sale. Performance will be May 12th and 13th at the Jeannie Miller Theatre at Glenwood Springs High School. Presale price through April 30 are Adults $14 and Children $8, May 1 through opening night Adults $16 and Children $10. Visit glenwoodarts.org or come by the Art Center. Don’t miss this special gala!

Be part of a wonderful thing….the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts – at the heart of it all.


Art Scene – March 31

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

John Hines knew his job. It was the 20th Century but he knew he was part of the hand off that began in 1886 when Walter Devereux formed the Glenwood Light & Water Company and electric power came to town. He worked in the power plant on the north bank of the Colorado River and understood the flow of knowledge and ideas that would come together at historic moments.

He wrote “Thomas Edison traveled through the mountains of Colorado during the summer of 1878, visiting mines and observing the hand-powered drilling techniques. Moved by the immense and difficult effort expended by hand in the mining industry, Edison reportedly turned to a traveling companion at a point above the Platte River and stated ‘Why cannot the power of yonder river be transmitted to these men by electricity?’ Returning home to New Jersey, he ceased work on the phonograph and put all of his laboratory’s energies into the development of electricity.”

The Glenwood Springs hydroelectric plant was the conduit of the future, the change agent that transformed the everyday lives of individuals and industry. That structure has been the home to the Center for the Arts for decades and we continue to be the conduit of change and transformation. We do it with a dedication to finding the creative spark in everyone and making sure it powers the imagination. Like lightning, the arts rebalance the universal energy.

Glenwood Springs grew from the water and the willingness to build and innovate. Walter Devereaux seized the ancient waters and built the largest hot springs pool in the world and the hydroelectric plant that brought power and light to the mountains. The small businesses that lined Grand Avenue in the 19th century were a partner with each resident, each new arrival. The streets may have been mud and the seasons a challenge but they lived in the stunning mountains that demanded their attention and enhanced their lives.

New Vision, Old Glenwood

 We honor every part of our city’s past and we will do that with a beautiful new exhibit. International artists Noemi and Kristoff Kosmowski studied the history of our town by researching historic documents and photos and created over 50 paintings of Old Glenwood. These sepia-toned masterpieces will be on exhibit/sale at the Center with an opening reception April 14 from 6:00 – 8:00 and will run through April 28th. Purchase a piece of history and an original work of art for your home or office. You will be dazzled by their artistry and concept of your town.

Music to Our Ears

The SOM reputation has grown and bands from around the country vie for a spot on the roster. The word is out there that they are coming to a beautiful town with a big audience of dedicated music fans that any musician lives for.

This is the second largest public event in the valley and we are proud that every year we raise all $106,000 in operating expenses through fundraising donations and sponsorships alone. This closely managed budget represents the cost of 6 terrific bands, opening acts, Two Rivers Park rental, sound equipment, musical director, security team and complete marketing costs.

Be a corporate sponsor and put your name in front of 15,000 or be part of our loyal individual base. Visit our website at glenwoodarts.org, drop by the Center at 601 East 6th Street or give us a call at 945-2414 and donate to the most popular community event in the valley. Join the band!

 The Legacy

Tickets for our 25th Anniversary performance of Dancers Dancing – A Legacy are now on sale. Performance will be May 12th and 13th at the Jeannie Miller Theatre at Glenwood Springs High School. Presale price through April 30 are Adults $14 and Children $8, May 1 through opening night Adults $16 and Children $10. Visit glenwoodarts.org or come by the Art Center. Don’t miss this special gala!

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Albert Einstein


Art Scene – March 24

The Making of the Music.

It’s November 2016 and upstairs at the Art Center we take our seats around the table to begin a process. There may be frost on the windows but the minute we hit the play button, it’s June 28th at Two Rivers Park as the opening band of the Summer of Music 2017 grabs the audience by their senses and won’t let go for the next 3 hours. During the next several weeks, we listened to over 100 bands to design this year’s knock out lineup.

Seven years ago, the Center for the Arts took the hand off from Mary and Bob Noone ending their astonishing 25-year run with Summer of Jazz. We expanded the genres and, each year, spent a great deal of time assessing what worked and what didn’t. We kept the good and risked changing everything else. The results were amazing. Our top-flight team works above and beyond dedication with an outstanding commitment to our community.

The SOM reputation has grown and bands from around the country vie for a spot on the roster. The word is out there that they are coming to a beautiful town with a big audience of dedicated music fans that any musician lives for.

This is the second largest public event in the valley and we are proud that every year we raise all $106,000 in operating expenses through fundraising donations and sponsorships alone. This closely managed budget represents the cost of 6 terrific bands, opening acts, Two Rivers Park rental, sound equipment, musical director, security team and complete marketing costs.

Be a corporate sponsor and put your name in front of 15,000 or be part of our loyal individual base. Visit our website at glenwoodarts.org, drop by the Center at 601 East 6th Street or give us a call at 945-2414 and donate to the most popular community event in the valley. It will be music to our ears!

Here’s this summers line up:

 

  • June 28 –  The Spicy Pickles featuring Jesse Carolina Denver’s premier, award-winning vintage jazz band puts their spin on the classics that says one thing “Get up and dance!”
  • July 5 – Battle of Santiago. This Toronto-based group combines classic Afro-Cuban rhythms and               vocals with a distinctly Canadian post-rock spirit and sensibility.
  • July 12 – Major and the Monbacks. Hailing from Norfolk, VA, they have created their own blend                 of rock ‘n roll, merging retro 60’s, psychedelic twang, soaring three-part harmonies and southern soul.
  • July 19 – Taylor Scott. This international touring Denver-based artist brings a new hybrid of                    soul, funk, blues, jazz and rock to town. Scott and his band deliver.
  • July 26 – The Black Lillies. What began as a group of friends making music in a living room                       became an internationally-renowned band of roots-rockers, armed with songs that blur the boundaries between folk, soul, red dirt country, blues and jazz.
  • August 2 – Peter Rowan. Grammy-award winner, six-time Grammy nominee, and 2015 IBMA                    Award winner for Recorded Event of the Year, this bluegrass master is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades.

 

Noemi and the History of Glenwood

 This astonishingly gifted artist and member of our art staff has done it again. Noemi Kosmowski delved into the history of our town and created 30 paintings of Old Glenwood. These sepia-toned masterpieces will be on exhibit/sale at the

Center with an opening reception April 14 from 6:00 – 8:00 and will run through April 28th. Purchase a piece of history and an original work of art for your home or office.

Mark your calendar for the History of Glenwood and Summer of Music 2017. We’ll see you there!

“You cannot leave a place where there has been music and not be changed. It’s just not possible.”                                              Carla Jennings


Art Scene – March 17

The Heart, the Fire and the Spirit.

That could easily describe Ira Shore and his passion for his music. I can’t think of a better way to launch our 2017 Summer of Music community fundraising than with his music and comedy. With special guest, Rita Shore, they will deliver a great evening of music and fun. This free concert starts at 7:00 tonight at the Center for the Arts. Bring a donation, enjoy some refreshments and help us get ready for Summer of Music – Season 7, an unmatched celebration of the heart, the fire and the spirit of our community.

The Gathering Place

 The Center for the Arts is not just about classes, exhibits and events. The power and light that was generated in this building in 1887 would illuminate the mountains for the next 70 years. It may have been decommissioned in 1961 when a new facility was created to meet the growing demands of the time but the energy from those powerful years remains.

The audience is always the true gauge of any performance and our positive community influence that has grown over the last 3 years has brought more people here who want to draw on the energy of this historic place for the important events in their lives.

March has been a very powerful time as gifted young artists shared their vision through 80 pieces of original art in our annual Battle of the Walls, family and friends gathered to mark several birthdays, state employees from around Colorado chose the Center for their educational seminars and a Victorian Ball wedding reception this Sunday that will turn back the clock to the beginning days of this magical place.

From the past to the present…

Then join Amy Spradlin, Monday March 20th from 7:00 – 9:00 at the Center for the Arts for Rise Up: A Celebration of Women’s Voices. Amy describes it. “This is a free event for women to give voice to what needs to be heard. Tell your story, share your writing, sing your song or beat your drum.”

Refreshment created by Appetit Cherie Catering for purchase and donations accepted for several local charities serving the needs of women in the valley. For more information, call Amy at 618-4256. Rise up!

Dancers Dancing – A Legacy  

We are extending a special invitation to all former dancers, teachers and contributors who have been part of the Center for the Arts dance history for the past 25 years. Please join us for this year’s performances of Dancers Dancing at the Jeannie Miller Theatre at Glenwood High School on May 12th and 13th, as well as a special after-party for dancers, alumni, and family following Saturday evening’s show. Alumni will be recognized at all 3 shows and are invited to mingle with friends during intermission.

After Saturday’s evening show, we will gather at Rivers Restaurant for food, drinks, fun and more reminiscing.  If you are an alumni reading this, please e-mail brie@glenwoodarts.org so we can officially invite you and please help us spread the word to other alumni!

We are gathering photos and memorabilia from all of our past galas to display at this year’s performances and at the after-party. Please share any photos digitally through dropbox.com, email brie@glenwoodarts.org or drop them off in person with Brie at the Center for the Arts. We are hoping to receive all photos by April 30th and we to see you on May 12th and 13th!

“This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.                   Alice Waters

 

Christina Brusig is the Executive Director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at christina@glenwoodarts.org.