Art on Wheels
3108 B West Leigh Street,
Richmond VA 23230
Mission Statement
To bring comprehensive arts programming to communities with limited access to the arts.  
Web and Social Media
Video
Liz Moore at The Virginia Home, paints her Clay Sculpture.
Multi-Media Comments
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Andrea Orlosky
Board Chair Ms. Sarah Allen-Short
Board Chair Company Affiliation Thrive Communitications
Contact Information
Address 3108 B West Leigh Street,
Richmond, VA 23230
Telephone 804 726-5119
Fax 804 555-5555
E-mail info@artonwheels-va.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2007
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
 
 
Projected Revenue $120,000.00
Projected Expenses $119,598.00
Additional Documents
Brochure2012View
Annual Report2012View
Annual Report2011View
State Corporation Commission2007View
Statements
Mission
To bring comprehensive arts programming to communities with limited access to the arts.  
Impact

Impact Statement

  • Aging in the Arts student Queen Miles, (86 years young!) sums up the impact of our programming well when she said:

    “Being in the Art on Wheels program gives me more confidence with my friends. Anytime you try something new and succeed it gives you a great feeling. I can tell the instructors want me to succeed- you can tell they enjoy what they do.” 

  • Through our involvement in creating community-driven works of art, thousands of community members each year embrace the joy of creativity through innovative projects and adventures in art, led by Art on Wheels.  We are committed to continuing on a path of innovation and progress as advocates of the arts, and are excited each year to unveil new and exciting Community Art events. From the Veterans' Impact Project where we empowered 170 veterans to create their own monument to military service, to Find Art Doors, a collaboration with Virginia Supportive Housing and the largest public art installation and scavenger hunt in 15 years, our Community Art draws significant attention to the arts in Richmond from local and national perspective.

  • Thousands of miles were traveled, increasing access to the arts for thousands of community members across Central Virginia. Nearly 300 art classes and a dozen community art projects kept us working hard all year long. - Our team has a lot to be proud of!
 
Goals for the coming year:
  • Expand the Healing in the Arts program by bringing in new agency partners, reaching new communities impacted by cancer.
  • Continue to build organizational infrastructure: Increase use of volunteers, and interns. Create fund for future expansion of staff.
  • Provide professional development opportunities to keep staff on the cutting edge of arts education techniques and adaptive approaches. 
  • Increase individual donors, and major giving.
Needs

Money

  • Art on Wheels' programming fees only cover part of the costs of delivering our services to needy communities. Your donation can make a huge impact on the quality of life of one of our participants, enriching their life through the many therapeutic benefits of arts participation. 
  • $25 covers the costs to provide one class session to one senior citizen.
  • $250 covers the costs of one person with disabilities for a 10-week program.
  • $2,500 covers the costs for a class of 10 cancer patients to receive therapeutic benefits of a 10-week program.

 

People
  • Volunteer Class Assistants and Studio Volunteers: Must have patience, though a background or interest in art is great!
  • Interns: Internships are available to work as a Teaching Assistant, Development Assistant, and Office Administrative Assistant. Art on Wheels will coordinate with your Department Chair or Advisor to ensure academic credit requirements are met. 
  • Teaching Artists: As programming expands, our needs for Teaching Artists expand as well. Must have academic background in fine art, art education, or music therapy and teaching experience. 

 

Stuff
  • Visit our wishlist at: http://www.dickblick.com/lists/wishlist/1ADD82HGYR5AU/publicview/ for a complete list of needed art materials. 
Background

Founded in early 2007, Art on Wheels’ therapeutic arts outreach provides a vital link between the therapeutic benefits of art making to communities which can show substantial health improvements from arts participation, yet historically have very low arts exposure. According to the World Health Organization, by 2020 mental ill-health will be second only to heart disease as the major cause of chronic morbidity in Western nations (White, 2010).

 

Art on Wheels’ programming provides a vital link between the benefits of art making to communities which can show substantial health improvements from arts participation. In order to expose participants to exceptional enrichment experiences, our art education curriculum utilizes visual, music and performing arts. Customized, high-quality curriculum offer unique and challenging learning experiences beyond the scope of facility-run craft programs. Our programs are adaptive to ensure age and ability appropriate programming while gently pushing participant limitations in a sensitive manner. Traveling with all supplies to instruct participants in their own facilities enables us to affect typically isolated populations.

 

In our assessment of existing programming and arts outreach, Art on Wheels has uncovered a systemic and significant gap in services to our targeted populations throughout the region. Buoyed by the continuous and widespread demand for Art on Wheels programming, we seek to meet this need through comprehensive class offerings, careful evaluation, and meticulous program development. In response to the importance of social engagement, cognitive exercise and quality-of-life for long term wellness and health outcomes, Art on Wheels implemented program focus areas which correspond with best practices that are supported by a vast amount of research, and a burgeoning community need.
 
 
Our Arts in the Community program complements our facility-based outreach by seeking to increase public participation in the arts; encouraging creative ownership while providing community members with new opportunities to have meaningful arts experiences. As a tool to build community support for the arts, community art opportunities are offered for the general public at local fairs, festivals and public events. Additionally, the program challenges the professional workforce and the general public with creative scenarios, emphasizing problem solving and leadership, and beautifies the community through art and service projects.
CEO Statement Imagine you are riding a unicycle on a bright sunny day. You are singing, as loud as you can, your most favorite song in the world. Now imagine a different colored balloon is tied to every one of your fingers and toes. And to every balloon, a teeny tiny bell is tied. And inside each balloon there is a goldfish swimming and flipping about, jingling the bells. You are still riding the unicycle. And you are wearing a tutu. Now imagine the looks of wonder, disbelief, and excitement you receive from passersby, young and old. Some survey you with caution; they are not certain what to think of all this. They still require a little coaxing, a little encouragement because all of this is so new and unfamiliar to them. Others, with a giddy and resounding WHOOP! run full force into the fray to join in your song.

That, my friends, is a fair approximation of what it is like week after week, operating Art on Wheels programs in facilities all around our community. Certainly, at times it can be exhausting and challenging - but it is never, ever boring! Through assisting Kevin in managing these programs, I see every moment of uncertainty and hesitation in a student’s eyes met twice over by looks of amazement, feelings of pride and sheer uncontainable joy at being a part of the creative process. Each frustrated sigh that escapes a student’s lips is dissolved by just as many smiles, chuckles and gasps of surprise at a job well done. It truly is rewarding work.
 
Unlike most arts education outreach programs that focus solely on children, Art on Wheels has a unique scope which celebrates arts learning in advanced age, through chronic illness and disability. We believe ALL citizens can reap enormous benefits from participating in the creative process. We also seek to alleviate many of the root causes of the lack of substantive arts programming - be that proximity to opportunities (we travel to you!) prohibitive cost (our programming costs cover just the essentials) or any of the other difficulties community members face in accessing arts education.

From the very beginning, our students have run the gamut! From precocious toddlers to WWII veterans, our programming has touched the lives of thousands of community members. The wide range of our student’s life experiences has brought insight and growth to our own lives as well. Whether we are teaching photography to homeless families, painting silk scarves with senior citizens suffering from Alzheimer’s, or exploring printmaking with special needs children, you can bet we are learning as much as they are!

 
Though customizing each program is time-consuming, it is an integral part of what we do. If you are looking for a program for your facility, please contact me and we will sit down to customize the classes we offer to create a program that best meets your needs. I hope you will take some time to explore our profile, and consider supporting our endeavors.
 
Cheers!
 
Andrea Orlosky
Executive Director, Art on Wheels
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Ashland
Chester
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Matoaka
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Charles City County
Central Virginia
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Sarah Allen-Short
Company Affiliation Thrive Communitications
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Email sarah.allenshort@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Sarah Allen-Short Thrive Communications
Mr. Jon Baliles City of Richmond
Ms. Raven Bates Colonial Athletic Association
Ms. Dawn Campbell Visual Artist
Ms. Irene Montero McGuire VA Medical Center
Mr. Robert Saur Mitchell, Wiggins & Associates
Mr Noah Scalin Another Limited Rebellion
Mr Brooks Smith Troutman Sanders
Ms. Emily Smith 1708 Gallery
Ms. Mary Ann Wilson Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Standing Committees
Finance
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Nominating
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
We are currently expanding our Board of Directors.  We are seeking Board Members who are passionate about art and who believe in our mission.  We are currently looking for Board Members who have fundraising and community engagement experience.  If you fit this criteria, we hope you contact us!
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Andrea Orlosky
Experience Over the years, Andrea Orlosky took a circuitous route to finally arrive in Richmond in 2006. We aren’t sure where she first became inspired by art – whether it was when she was toddling along the Great Wall of China as a tot; hiding out in the secret passageways of Versailles or hollering from the parapet of a castle on the Rhein… maybe she was exploring the night sky with a telescope in the Mojave Desert when it finally clicked. However it happened, we are certainly glad it did, for she has become a passionate advocate for the arts ever since. Perhaps seeing so much beauty and mystery in the world led her down this path, or maybe all those crazy adventures gave her just the right amount of courage and sense of humor needed to start Art on Wheels. After 18 long years exploring the masterpieces of the world, she took a break in Savannah, GA where in four short years she was a A Suma Cum Laude graduate of the Savannah College of Art & Design, with a B.F.A in Illustration and a minor in Drawing. Not one to do anything half-heartedly, her excellent academic career speaks to her determination to succeed and the importance of art in her life. After graduation she worked as a Gallery Director for fine art galleries in Savannah, GA, Chicago, IL, and finally here in Richmond, VA. It didn’t take long for Art on Wheels to take shape in her brain, and after that it was only a matter of time before her and her husband Kevin started spreading the message of art for all people around the region. In 2011, she was featured in the first annual Belle Magazine’s Women in the Arts edition.
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Mr. Kevin Orlosky Director of Programs
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 30
Contractors 15
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Oct 2012
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations

2016 Program Activities: 

Healing in the Arts (2 locations, 47 class sessions, 123 participants)

Aging in the Arts (12 locations, 97 class sessions, 694 participants)

Arts and Disabilities (6 locations, 96 class sessions, 589 participants)

Arts In the Community (26 projects, thousands of participants)

Therapeutic Arts Agency Partners: Crater District Area Agency on Aging, The Cameron Foundation, Brandermill Woods Healthcare Center, Interfaith Adult Day Care, Hiram Davis Medical Center, Better Housing Coalition, The Virginia Home, Tree of Life, Richmond Residential Services, Bon Secours, Independent Living, Magnolia’s of Chesterfield, Care More, Greater Richmond ARC, Faithworks Adult Day Center

Community Art Partners: Studio Two Three, HandsOn Greater Richmond, Altria, Capital One, RVA Street Art Festival, Massey Cancer Center, CultureWorks, Virginia Commission for the Arts, 1708 Gallery, Better Housing Coalition, Shalom Farms, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Locations of Installed Community Works: McGuire VA Medical Center, Maymont, The Community Foundation, Genworth Financial Headquarters, UPS Headquarters, old GRTC Bus Depot, Weinstein JCC, Senior Connections, YWCA, Housing Families First, ROSMY, Northside YMCA, Henrico County Department of Parks, The Virginia Home, Crater Area Hospice, Lucille Brown Middle School, Blackwell Elementary School, Chimborazo Elementary School, Boys & Girls Club, Shalom Farms, Junior Achievement, Boushall Middle School, Citadel of Hope

Programs
Description

While the benefits of arts participation are frequently extolled for its dramatic effect on youth populations, the benefits to senior populations are no less dramatic. In fact, regular arts participation yields truly outstanding results in senior populations;

 

…From fewer instances of falls to less medication usage, higher ratings of overall health and less loneliness and depression; results point to powerful positive intervention effects of community-based art programs run by professional artists. These results signify true health promotion and disease prevention effects, revealing a positive impact on maintaining independence and on reducing dependency; qualities which provide real impact in reducing risk factors that drive the need for long term care (Cohen, 2006).

 

Partner locations operate as senior centers, and typically provide meals, exercise and coordination services for isolated, home-bound seniors. Aging in the Arts provides much needed relief and support to family members and caregivers, who frequently struggle to keep elders engaged throughout the day. Aging in the Arts fills the gap in activity at these centers, further facilitating the positive health benefits associated with increased mental and physical activity level, by fostering new friendships and creating new avenues for socialization among isolated seniors. 

Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Budget $14,000.00
Short Term Success
  • Students are exposed to unique and interesting art processes, and music therapy, allowing them an outlet to express themselves, and explore their creativity.
  • Students become more confident of their abilities to do other things as a result of mastering new skills in the program.
  • Families and caretakers have a positive and rewarding experience knowing that high quality activities and socialization opportunities are being offered to their older adult. 
  • Provide older adults with unique socialization experiences, combatting loneliness and isolation in this population.
  • Bring a range of physical and mental health benefits to participants through hands-on, experiential arts learning.
Long Term Success
  • Students explore creativity and ability through the arts. Students create original artwork.
  • Raise self confidence of participants by increasing difficulty of processes gradually.
  • Assist families and caretakers by providing fun and challenging creative activities.
  • Build camaraderie and friendship through the collaborative nature of arts programming.
  • Immerse participants in a highly engaging setting, compounding positive health benefits. 
  •  Improve quality of life by providing a creative outlet to constructively battle a variety of challenges faced by senior populations including lack of confidence, loneliness, depression, perceived frailty and dependency issues. 
  • Improve long-term mental wellness through the formation of new friendships as a result of collaborative bonding experiences.
  • Maximize cognitive engagement and critical thinking through methodology approach.
Description

The Art and Disability program brings visual art activities to people with physical, developmental or intellectual disabilities in the region.

 

In addition to improving self esteem and promoting socialization skills in participants with disabilities, the arts also help students with major disabilities express anger, frustration, fear, confusion, and unhappiness. Art not only gives students with disabilities a way to express themselves, but it also provides them with a vehicle to communicate with their peers. Because choice is central to art making, arts programming increases feelings of independence, and can improve mental wellness in disabled populations. (Mason, Thormann & Steedly, 2004)

 
Custom designed to engage participants while gently pushing limitations faced by disabled populations, the Art and Disability curriculum focuses on methodology, an approach which maximizes cognitive engagement and critical thinking abilities. This approach also increases participant success, self esteem, enjoyment and socialization by focusing on process rather than an end product.

 

Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Budget $14,000.00
Short Term Success
  • Students are exposed to unique and interesting art processes, and music therapy, allowing them an outlet to express themselves, and explore their creativity.
  • Students become more confident of their abilities to do other things as a result of mastering new skills in the program.
  • Families and caretakers have a positive and rewarding experience knowing that high quality activities and socialization opportunities are being offered to their loved one. 
  • Provide people with disabilities with unique socialization experiences, encouraging the development of friendships and camaraderie.
  • Bring a range of physical and mental health benefits to participants through hands-on, experiential arts learning. 
Long Term Success
  • Create an empowering arts learning environment, where participants experience pride in accomplishments, and a desire to remain engaged in the arts.
  • Raise self confidence of participants by increasing difficulty of processes gradually.
  • Maximize cognitive engagement and critical thinking through the curriculum’s methodology approach.
  • Provide students with a creative outlet to constructively battle a variety of challenges faced by disabled populations.
  • Improve mental wellness and cultivate independence by allowing participants to exercise choice in art making.
Description The Healing in the Arts program utilizes art making as a tool for promoting healing. The arts gives patients and caregivers an opportunity to express difficult emotions while going through a challenging time in their lives.

 

 
The incorporation of the arts into the healthcare experience has a positive impact on patient health outcomes. The arts benefit patients by aiding in their physical, mental, and emotional recovery including relieving anxiety and decreasing the perception of pain. In an atmosphere where the patient often feels out of control, the arts can serve as a therapeutic and healing tool, reducing stress and loneliness and providing opportunities for self expression. Art also has the power to communicate and educate, giving it a growing role of significance in healthcare institutions. In addition, research shows that the arts can reduce patients’ use of pain medication and length of stay in the hospital, and improve compliance with recommended treatments—offering substantial savings in healthcare costs. (Society for the Arts in Healthcare, 2009 State of the Field Report)
 
While there is substantial research to support the benefits of arts participation for individuals with chronic illness, there is as of yet no comprehensive arts outreach to health care organizations in the region. Currently, a partnership with Art on Wheels and Bon Secours Oncology provides patients receiving treatments for cancer the opportunity to engage in positive experiences with their caretakers.

 

Population Served People/Families of People with Cancer
Budget $7,000.00
Short Term Success

  • Students are exposed to unique and interesting art processes, allowing them an outlet to express themselves, and explore their creativity.
  • Students experience stress relief and a distraction from pain.
  • Families and caretakers have positive and rewarding new experiences together during a challenging time. 
  • Provide students with unique socialization experiences, building their network of support.
  • Bring a range of physical and mental health benefits to participants through hands-on, experiential arts learning.

Long Term Success
  • Provide students with a creative outlet to constructively cope with a variety of emotions faced by chronically ill populations.
  • Improve patient health through therapeutic stress relief and facilitate decreased perception of pain through a highly engaging and emotionally supportive learning environment.
  • Create an empowering arts learning environment, where participants experience pride in accomplishments, and a desire to remain engaged in the arts.
  • Raise self confidence of participants by increasing difficulty of processes gradually
Description

This program seeks to increase public participation in the arts; encouraging creative ownership experiences. As a tool to build community support for the arts, community art opportunities are offered at local festivals and events, with additional programming for corporations with volunteer engagement initiatives to participate in customized art projects which are then donated to local nonprofits and schools.

 
As an arts innovator, Art on Wheels' strategic goal is to increase the presence of the arts at community events, and create opportunities for healing and growth for the whole community through culture. Through community focused art, we facilitate dialogue and healing through public works that are created by the community, for the community.

 


Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $35,000.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $120,000.00
Projected Expenses $119,598.00
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$96,273$124,028$89,992
Administration Expense$12,580$979$5,089
Fundraising Expense$6,646$236$4,015
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.980.920.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%99%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue17%1%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$29,234$30,842$41,043
Current Assets$13,123$10,229$18,704
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$1,200$629$647
Total Net Assets$28,034$30,213$40,396
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.9416.2628.91
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View
Solicitations 2017View
Comments
Organization Comments
The 2011 year end surplus was due to a $35,000 grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation for the purpose of purchasing a vehicle. In January, 2012 a Dodge Sprinter utility van was purchased.