CultureWorks, Inc.
1906-A North Hamilton Street
Richmond VA 23230
Mission Statement
CultureWorks’s mission is to drive a vibrant community by inspiring, enabling and cultivating world-class arts and culture.

CultureWorks’ primary strategies to serve the Richmond and Tri-Cities community include:

  • Engaging the community in arts and culture, and more directly with the activities of CultureWorks, through promotion and advocacy efforts.
  • Providing assistance (funding opportunities and consultative support) to artists and 501c3 nonprofit arts and culture organizations.
  • Driving collaborations that can address various challenges and opportunities in the community.
Web and Social Media
Video
CultureWorks Grant Recipients
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Scott Garka
Board Chair Mr. James Rothrock
Board Chair Company Affiliation VA Dept of Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Contact Information
Address 1906-A North Hamilton Street
Richmond, VA 23230
Telephone 804 340-5280
Fax 804 340-5285
E-mail caron@richmondcultureworks.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1965
Former Names
NameYear
Arts Council of Richmond2009
Site Visit No
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $962,473.00
Projected Expenses $967,873.00
Additional Documents
RCAP 5 Year Update2014View
5 Year Donor List2014View
2012 President's Report2012View
2012 Xpo Slideshow2012View
RCAP Year 1 Report2010View
Statements
Mission
CultureWorks’s mission is to drive a vibrant community by inspiring, enabling and cultivating world-class arts and culture.

CultureWorks’ primary strategies to serve the Richmond and Tri-Cities community include:

  • Engaging the community in arts and culture, and more directly with the activities of CultureWorks, through promotion and advocacy efforts.
  • Providing assistance (funding opportunities and consultative support) to artists and 501c3 nonprofit arts and culture organizations.
  • Driving collaborations that can address various challenges and opportunities in the community.
Impact
Major accomplishments for 2015-2016 include:
  1. The CultureWorks Annual Grants Program awarded 13 grants to organizations and 3 practicing artists totaling $98,785 in 2016. Grants were awarded for two purposes: building capabilities and rewarding innovation.
  2. CultureWorks continued to promote arts and culture across the Richmond region through our weekly discount offers, monthly newsletters, and our website. Our weekly email discount offers result in 150-200 discounts annually. Our website serves as a repository of arts and culture information and opportunities for the region, and we have increased our focus on social media. We now have 1,300 likes on Facebook and 248 followers on Twitter (this was only 20 one year ago).
  3. CultureWorks refined its key messages and branding in an effort to improve capabilities to promote arts and culture organizations and to engage the public more directly with CultureWorks. With new marketing strategies in hand and a new brand identity was launched April 2016 with a revised website and other digital messaging.
 
Goals for 2016-17 include:
  • CultureWorks is seeking to expand its role in engaging the community and driving collaboration by supporting a month-long celebration of arts and culture in the Richmond region. October 2016 will be the inaugural celebration – artoberVA. Learn more at www.artoberva.com.
  • Local implementation of the Americans the Arts' Prosperity 5 economic impact study.
  • Continue driving collaboration among arts and culture organizations as well as with the local business community to address key challenges and maximize common opportunities.
 
 
Needs
A pressing need for CultureWorks is for sustained general operating support, which is crucial to accomplish our mission and ultimately add to the success of the organizations we serve, and the community as a whole.
We also have needs to support specific projects we are undertaking on behalf of the community, including:
  • Artober- a month long celebration of arts and culture, intended to increase audience participating in arts and culture in October and throughout the year.
  • Economic Impact Analysis- CultureWorks will implement a local impact study as part of the Americans for the Arts’ national impact study.
  • Marketing Strategy Implementation: In addition to Artober, we aim to design and implement new marketing strategies to further engage the public in arts and culture.
Background

Originally founded in 1949, the Arts Council gave the region’s cultural arts a unified voice, and worked to make the cultural arts a fundamental benefit of the region’s citizens and a driving force in building and strengthening all aspects of the Richmond region. During 2008-2009, the Arts Council participated with the Richmond Regional Cultural Action Plan (RCAP) initiative. In March 2009, the Arts Council was charged with the responsibility of becoming the Plan’s “coordinating entity” and began a process of restructuring scopes of work and moving forward as the new entity CultureWorks in October 2009.

Today, CultureWorks serves an essential role as a primary source of cultural information and opportunities for the Richmond and Tri-Cities region, and provides important assistance and support for the more than 150 nonprofit arts and culture organizations in our community. From individual practicing artists to large well-established cultural nonprofits, from the general public to government entities CultureWorks engages a diverse audience with an overarching goal to vitalize our community through the strengthening of arts and culture.

CEO Statement

It used to be that our region was known primarily for its important history. Increasingly, arts and culture is becoming part of who we are and what we are known for outside the region. Recently a travel website named Richmond the “most artistic mid-sized city”. Our region’s arts and culture not only affect us as individuals, but can have an incredible impact on our community when we embrace them.


Now in its sixth year of service and support to the Richmond and Tri-Cities region, CultureWorks acknowledges its founding by the recommendations of the Richmond Region Collaborative Action Plan (RCAP) but and moves forward with the framework of a new strategic plan based on the themes of the RCAP, an established new President and a re-energized board of directors.

CultureWorks is now fully on the other side of a transition period and moving into 2016 with a comprehensive strategic plan that will direct the operations of CultureWorks for the next three years. The strategic plan provides a fundamental roadmap for CultureWorks – refining the mission, establishing goals, outlining strategies and guiding outcome measures. The strategic plan also amplifies the role of arts and culture as key players for the benefit of the community and the significant part CultureWorks plays for the Richmond and Tri-Cities region.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Chesterfield County
Richmond, City
Hanover County
Henrico County
Tri-cities Region
Ashland
Chester
Petersburg, City
Colonial Heights, City
Hopewell, City
New Kent County
Powhatan County
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. James Rothrock
Company Affiliation VA Dept of Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Term July 2014 to June 2017
Email james.rothrock@drs.virginia.gov
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Pamela Comstock Community Volunteer
Ms. Sara Cowherd FM Solutions
Ms. Katheryn Curtis Dominion Power Generation
Mr. Doug Dorsey Community Volunteer
Mr. Robert Dortch Dortch Group
Mr. Scott Hammer NorthHighland
Ms. Tammy Hawley City of Richmond, Press Sec. to Mayor
Mr. Hugh Joyce James River Air
Mr. Brennen Keene McGuireWoods
Ms. Jenni Kirby Crossroads Art Center
Ms. Chrystal Neal Greater Richmond Chamber
Ms. Jessica Noll WTVR CBS6
Mr. Charles Piper BCWH Architects
Mr. James Rothrock VA Dept. of Rehabilitative Services
Dr. Gaynell Sherrod VCU - Dance
Ms. Jessica Simmons River City Tattoo
Mr. Brooks Smith Troutman Sanders
Ms. Deborah Sommers Modlin Center for the Arts
Ms. Lisa Streat SunTrust Bank
Mr. Jerry Williams TVJerry
Mr. Greg Williams Ernst and Young
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 11
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 1
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Scott Garka
Experience

Scott Garka joined CultureWorks on January 20, 2015. Mr. Garka has extensive leadership experience with a reputation for driving results across diverse teams through collaboration. He served as the Senior Director for Consulting Services with VHQC (formerly Virginia Health Quality Center) and prior worked for Capital One and Arthur Andersen, LLP. Mr. Garka holds a B.S. Degree in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at University of Virginia, holds a certificate in Fundraising and Development through the University of Richmond, Institute on Philanthropy, and a Certified Public Accountant in Virginia. In addition Mr. Garka is deeply involved with the Richmond Region’s arts and culture community serving as Board Member, Development Chair and Treasurer for the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and performing locally with the Chamberlayne Actors’ Theater, Henrico Theater Company, Monument City Music and St. Michael’s Players.

Staff
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
CultureWorks2009
Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce2010
Virginia Association of Museums2010
Virginia Network of Nonprofit Organizations2010
Programs
Description
CultureWorks serves as a backbone organization serving our region and the arts and culture community.
CultureWorks does not conduct programs that attract a traditional audience, but offers an array of services which accommodate the needs of a variety of constituents. CultureWorks' services to the region's 501c3 arts and culture organizations can be categorized into three main areas: engaging the community in arts and culture, providing assistance through consultation and funding, and driving collaboration among the 501c3 arts and culture organizations as well as together with businesses in our community.
Description
CultureWorks offers the region two distinct funding opportunities:
1. CultureWorks Grants Program
The Grants Program was developed with direct intent to support smaller 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with limited resources and operating budgets less than $500,000, as well as funding for individual artists. With few resources available in the region focused entirely on helping small to mid-size arts and culture organizations, the Grants Program fulfills this need and funds quality programs, events and initiatives for our community. Application are accepted annually and due March 31 and and focuses on two funding priorities – Rewarding Innovation and Building Capabilities.

2. Richmond Arts and Cultural Funding Consortium
Established in 1996, the Arts and Cultural Funding Consortium’s mission is focused on maximizing the collective resources of the arts and cultural community – to maintain stability and encourage the advancement of arts and culture in the Richmond region. The 2015 Consortium is comprised of municipal funding received from the City of Richmond, Hanover County and Henrico County. Currently applications are not being taken for the Arts & Cultural Funding Consortium.

Description

 

CultureWorks assists a multitude of constituents: individuals, nonprofit organizations, businesses, community organizations, government bodies and more. CultureWorks provides an extensive range of services including: marketing and promotion of arts and culture opportunities, pro bono consultation, board retreat facilitation, philanthropy consultation to companies, workshops, technical services for nonprofits, and experience with government projects, etc. Additionally CultureWorks maintains a website which serves as a repository of arts and culture information and opportunities for the region.


Description
CultureWorks is expanding its role in engaging the community and driving collaboration by presenting artoberva - a month-long celebration of arts and culture in the Richmond region during October . The goal of artoberVA is to increase awareness of and participation in arts and culture offerings across our region during the month and throughout the year.
Key elements of artoberVA include:
  • Branding a region-wide celebration of arts and culture, presented by CultureWorks and its partners with the goal of creating community buzz similar to Washington, DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival.
  • Promoting already-planned cultural arts events, educational programs and performances across the region through traditional and social media channels.
  • Potential to stipend artists to hold “pop-up” performance events in areas with typically limited access to arts and culture opportunities.
  • A website - www.artoberva.com - with links to regional events, programs and opportunities during the month.
  • Engaging the business community through sponsorships and other collaborations.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $962,473.00
Projected Expenses $967,873.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$359,643$512,250$735,188
Government Contributions$448,052$513,463$13,400
Federal------
State$430,052----
Local$18,000$513,463$13,400
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$146,443$101,753$211,957
------
$24,580$48,528$17,605
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,273$1,582$1,171
Membership Dues------
Special Events$432$1,290$6,600
Revenue In-Kind$12,644$14,313$6,400
Other----$1,341
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$741,617$922,488$610,479
Administration Expense$113,009$99,509$113,236
Fundraising Expense$183,642$174,432$127,296
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.961.001.17
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%77%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue19%15%13%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$501,463$623,589$525,947
Current Assets$496,677$616,178$525,947
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$103,049$179,974$79,082
Total Net Assets$398,414$443,615$446,865
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.823.426.65
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose N/A
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2017View