Visual Arts Center of Richmond
1812 West Main Street
Richmond VA 23220-4520
Mission Statement
Art for Everyone. Creativity for Life.
 
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond engages the community in the creative process through the visual arts. We believe there is a creative spirit in all of us that nourishes our humanity and enriches our society. We foster a creative culture that encourages people of all backgrounds and skill levels to explore, participate and experiment in the visual arts.

 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Stefanie Fedor
Board Chair Patty Wilkerson
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired
Contact Information
Address 1812 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 232204520
Telephone 804 353-0094
E-mail info@visarts.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1963
Former Names
NameYear
Hand Workshop1963
Hand Workshop Art Center1985
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,760,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,775,000.00
Statements
Mission
Art for Everyone. Creativity for Life.
 
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond engages the community in the creative process through the visual arts. We believe there is a creative spirit in all of us that nourishes our humanity and enriches our society. We foster a creative culture that encourages people of all backgrounds and skill levels to explore, participate and experiment in the visual arts.

 
Impact

Fiscal year 2016 was one of continued growth for the organization.

  1. Brought in a record revenue total at our annual fund raiser, Collectors' Night.
  2. Brought important artistic voices to our art gallery and launched a paid artist residency program that lets artists live and work in Richmond for up to 20 weeks to push their creative boundaries, produce new works for their VisArts exhibition, and open their studios and practices to the Richmond public so the community can experience contemporary art making at a unique moment in an artist's process.
  3. Continued to connect underrepresented audiences to meaningful art interactions, such as military veterans, economically vulnerable senior adults, and young people who live in challenging circumstances. 
  4. Make Space was honored by the Virginia Mentoring Partnership with the Outstanding Mentoring Program Award. Only two programs were honored in the Commonwealth.
  5. Continued working as a selected service provider in the Richmond Pubic Schools NextUp program, delivering after school art classes to middle school students. 


Needs

 

  1. General operating support. This is the most difficult support to obtain, but essential to the life of the organization. Our annual operating budget is just north of $1.7 million.
  2. Funding for our youth programs including Art After School, ENGAGE, and SOHO (Space of Her Own). For example, $500 will provide one week of classes in a safe and nurturing environment during our on-site Art After School for a whole class of kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond (one of our partners). 
  3. Scholarships for at-risk and underserved youth to attend our summer ArtVenture program. For example, $500 will allow 20 children in need to enjoy 10 hours of amazing learning in ArtVenture.
  4. Increased awareness of who we are and what we do. We offer a vast array of art classes for a wide range of ages of youth and adults, have powerful outreach programs that we know make a difference in the lives of those who participate, and a lovely gallery that hosts six first-rate exhibitions each year. 
  5. Sponsorships for our two major fundraising events. Money raised at Collectors Night (March 2016) and the Craft + Design Show (November 2015) is crucial funding for the overall success of our organization. 

 

Background

 

In 1963 Elisabeth Scott Bocock, along with a team of community-minded women, founded this organization when they envisioned at-risk young people learning to create with their hands. Through their vision, we began as a grassroots organization called the Hand Work Shop in an historic house on Church Hill.   As subsequent leaders incubated new ideas in new locations, this small enterprise has grown into the region’s essential hub for the visual arts. In 2005 we changed out name to the Visual Arts Center of Richmond to convey our mission more directly. Our tagline, Exploring the Creative Spirit, captures our essence—using the visual arts to tap the fertile, inventive core of people from every walk of life.   We engage adults and children in the artistic process through art classes, contemporary art exhibitions, programs and lectures. We foster a creative culture that encourages people of all backgrounds and skill levels to explore, participate, and experiment in the visual arts. As in 1963, we maintain the organization’s commitment to serving at-risk children.

By providing opportunities for individuals to explore and nurture their artistic spirits, we are helping to build and sustain a collective environment, a future where art, innovation and creative problem-solving are the norm, not the exception.

 

In pursuing our mission to engage the community in the creative process through the visual arts, VACR provides studio classes for all ages taught by professional artists; studio space for artists; free programs for at-risk children and youth; professionally curated exhibitions of national and international artists; and an annual Craft + Design Show that draws thousands of people to experience the creative work of fine craft artists from throughout the country. Our goal is to integrate all of our programming to give the community a number of ways to enter into the adventure of art and art-making.
CEO Statement The Visual Arts Center is unique in that it offers adults and children alike, from rank beginners to advanced artists, the opportunity to experience art and the creative process through a wide spectrum of activities that engage the hands, the heart and the mind.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Powhatan County
The Visual Arts Center primarily serves the City of Richmond and the five surrounding counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, and Powhatan.  We have students who come from other areas including Charlottesville and Petersburg.
Board Chair
Board Chair Patty Wilkerson
Company Affiliation retired
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Email pattywilkerson55@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Kate Ackerly Peter-Blair
Ric Arenstein Arenstein and Associates
Nicole Bielawski Altria
Marshall Chambers Heritage Wealth
Jenni Lee Crocker Marsh
Katie DeLuca McGuireWoods
Stefanie Fedor Visual Arts Center of Richmond
C.N. Jenkins Jr.Richmond Circuit Court
Josh Kayer Martin-Star
Sue Ann Messmer VCU
Michael Neese Performance Food Group
Joel Ray Davenport & Company
Susan Sadid Joyner Fine Properties
Cheryl Slokker Community Volunteer
Ed Trask Artist
Andrew Valerie Wells Fargo
Mark Webb Dominion
Patty Wilkerson Retired
Jere Williams Collegiate School
Bruce Yoder Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 8
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 67
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 84
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Stefanie Fedor
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Rachel Beanland Director of Operations
Jordan Brown Director of Education
Liz Bryant Director of Development
Staff
Full Time Staff 10
Part Time Staff 5
Volunteers 350
Contractors 110
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 July 2013
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
CultureWorks2008
Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce2014
Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence2014
Virginia Association of Museums2014
Virginia Mentoring Partnership2014
Programs
Description

 Art After School is a creative-arts program that believes, through the process of art making, young people can develop a greater self-confidence and a deeper awareness of the world around them. Art After School engages an inclusive and diverse youth community in multi-week classes in the visual and literary arts. Held onsite at VisArts and offsite at partner locations to expand the program reach, all classes are taught by working artists using professional studio equipment and materials. Partnership with several middle schools in the Richmond Public School system ensures 400 students each year have regular access to meaningful arts education led by caring instructors. Through creative expression, students begin to see their abilities and themselves in a new light.The program culminates in a celebratory public expo of student that reinforces for students that they have something important to say, and that art makes our communities special.

 

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $50,000.00
Short Term Success
By the end of Art Of After School program:  75%  of the students will have had the opportunity to exhibit their art work in a gallery setting, allowing them to experience great sense of pride and ownership of the work.  For many of the students this form of self-esteem changes their behavior and creates a love for learning.
Long Term Success Art After School offers new knowledge for students through exposure to different art mediums; increases students' art, visual and motor skills and critical thinking; improves attendance at school; increases self-discipline and sense of accomplishment; improves respect for others; provides a strong sense of safety in the classroom; and provides awareness of other "life options" to pursue.
Description

Make Space is an outreach program that pairs 12 sixth grade girls who live in challenging circumstances with 12 women mentors for a shared journey through art-based leadership and personal development workshops. The program culminates with each girl and mentor team using the artwork they created to transform the girl’s bedroom into an inspiring environment, making a new space to study, live, and dream within. By experiencing leadership and life training through a hands-on learning process, art exploration, and creative mentoring, the women and girls expand the way they see and engage in relationships, transforming spaces and lives—inside and out. An in-depth program, girls enjoy 70+ active contact hours with their mentors. VisArts is proud to partner with Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School to engage all the girls in their 6th grade class with Make Space programming each year.

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Budget $45,000.00
Short Term Success

The interactive arts projects are designed to present teams opportunities to practice and apply lessons learned in the life-skills training: how to collaborate and delegate; how to plan steps and strategize to solve a problem; how to communicate effectively while frustrated; how to try, fail, and try again; how to show encouragement and gratitude. Experiences are enhanced by the connection and closeness of thoughtful mentor relationships and a safe community of support and affection. All teams help one another with challenges and problem-solving.

Long Term Success

Children living in low-income families are twice as likely as those in middle-income families, and five times more likely as those in high-income families, to drop out of school (Maternal and Child Health Bureau Report, 2010). Truancy and high school dropout rates have been associated with subsequent substance abuse, gang involvement, and other criminal activity. Moreover, truant teens are more likely to become dependent on public assistance, become incarcerated, and have children with behavioral problems (Baker, Simon & Nugent, 2001).Make Spacecombats these threats by empowering the girls with practical tools that teach them how to make healthy choices. This strengthens them to take agency over their futures.

Description

Studio S art classes are designed to nourish the minds, bodies, and spirits of our city’s seniors. Multi-week hands-on arts classes stimulate creative thinking, help seniors realize hidden talents, and provide social opportunities in a creative atmosphere. By working with colors, patterns, textures, and tools, Studio S participants keep their minds flexible, improve memory, and maintain dexterity. The opportunity to socialize and create something beautiful with their hands reinvigorates our senior students and encourages healthy aging. Studio S participants enjoy classes in a variety of media including clay, wood, fiber arts, painting, printmaking, glass, drawing, and oral histories. In the past, classes met once a week for three hours over a six-week period. Studio S students also enjoy guided tours of exhibitions in VisArts’ acclaimed True F. Luck gallery. We partner with area organizations and the YMCA growing younger program to reach seniors living in Richmond’s East End. Seniors receive a combination of art, music and exercise classes through this partnership.

 

Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Budget $17,500.00
Short Term Success

By working with colors, patterns, textures, and tools, Studio S participants keep their minds flexible, improve memory, and maintain dexterity. The opportunity to socialize and create something beautiful with their hands reinvigorates our senior students and encourages healthy aging.

Long Term Success
Classes are designed to nourish the minds, bodies, and spirits of our city’s seniors.
 

These classes help seniors realize hidden talents, and provide social opportunities in a creative atmosphere.  The process of creating and experimenting keeps minds flexible, engages hands and muscles, and sparks new ideas about art and creativity.

Description

Summer ArtVenture offers week-long studio art classes in a positive, nurturing learning environment. Each class provides focused attention on a specific media, skill or subject, and each week brings a selection of unique choices. All classes are taught by a professional artist and artists-educators who will help inspire and develop individual expression.

 

Morning studio classes (9:00am – 12:00pm) and afternoon studio classes (1:00 – 4:00pm) classes are available for all age groups. Enrollment is limited to 10 students per class to allow for individual instruction and learning. Some classes integrate teamwork or collaborative projects.

 

A limited number of scholarships are available each year and are awarded on the basis of need.

 

CEO/ED/Board Comments We have a great opportunity ahead of us to continue to grow our youth programs. Because art in the schools has been drastically cut by tight budgets and focus on SOL achievement,  it is more important than ever to fill  that gap with structured yet creative programming for students.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,760,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,775,000.00
Endowment Value $661,241.00
Spending Policy Income Only
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
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Government Contributions$76,111$77,313$57,315
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$76,111$77,313$57,315
Individual Contributions$523,991$622,097$583,645
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$1,156,764$960,170$948,758
Investment Income, Net of Losses($39,207)$30,637$104,826
Membership Dues$35,935$68,830$82,353
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$2,359$1,381--
Other$91,612$48,468$63,521
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,615,047$1,558,534$1,565,973
Administration Expense$134,204$96,888$102,387
Fundraising Expense$288,206$277,465$224,385
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.910.940.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%81%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue48%40%35%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$5,032,417$5,191,688$5,302,173
Current Assets$161,389$192,169$130,129
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$267,007$236,384$222,880
Total Net Assets$4,765,410$4,955,302$5,079,293
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.600.810.58
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements.
  • Audited financial statements and IRS 990s prepared by Harris, Hardy & Johnstone, P.C.
  • Revenue from "Individuals" also includes corporate and foundation support.