Studio Two Three
3300 W Clay St
Richmond VA 23230
Mission Statement Studio Two Three makes [art] work through studio access, education, and exhibitions.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ashley Hawkins
Board Chair Alyssa Salomon
Board Chair Company Affiliation VCU daVinci Center & VCU Arts, Professor, Professional Artist
Contact Information
Address 3300 W Clay St
Richmond, VA 23230
Telephone 804 254-7302
Fax 804 254-7302
E-mail info@printrva.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $233,011.00
Projected Expenses $225,208.00
Additional Documents
The Addition Case Statement2015View
Statements
Mission Studio Two Three makes [art] work through studio access, education, and exhibitions.
Impact

We are Central Virginia’s only arts incubator. We feature studio facilities, classes and workshops, artist residency, and open doors. We provide 24/7 access to presses, darkroom, digital lab, communal workspace, and individual studios to support production, creative practice, and discourse. We are professionals, amateurs, teachers and students. making its creative community and its future. In our communal workspaces, private studios, In May of 2015, we dramatically increased organizational capacity by relocating to a new facility in the Scott’s Addition neighborhood. Our facility doubled in sized, and our community impact has expanded dramatically since the move. Now:

· We are safer, healthier, and more productive. Professional and aspiring artists have access to a beautiful studio that is non-toxic, full of energy, and bustling
with people building their careers.
· We are better, and we are more. Each week, over 200 people use our space to foster community, to share ideas, and to create beautiful things.
· We are becoming. We are an arts incubator. A career-builder. An economic-driver. A place where community thrives.
 
2015 was a transformative year, and we continue to evolve as an organization to serve the vibrant creative community of Richmond.  Our strategic plan for FY16-17 focuses on expanding community impact, ensuring program excellence and sustainability by: launching the PrintMobile to expand community outreach; increasing earned income; hiring support staff; increasing annual giving with a focus on major gifts; deepening board member involvement; and, improving branding and communications.
Needs

2015 was a major growth year for S23 and our strategic plan for FY16-17 focuses on our 5 most pressing needs:
 
1. Ensuring program excellence and sustainability by: increasing earned income (from retail sales, classes, and artist residency)
2. Hiring support staff (moving our Program Manager into a full-time position)
3. Increasing annual giving with a focus on major gifts (our Executive Director is enrolled in the Moose Management Academy to further this goal)
4. Deepening board member involvement (creating individual development plans for each board member)
5. Improving branding and communications (defining who we have become, because “community print shop” has become far too narrow for what we do at S23).
Background

We are Central Virginia’s only arts incubator. We feature studio facilities, classes and workshops, artist residency, and open doors. We provide 24/7 access to presses, darkroom, digital lab, communal workspace, and individual studios to support production, creative practice, and discourse. We are professionals, amateurs, teachers and students. S23 is a place where Richmond is making its creative community and its future. At Studio Two Three, ideas become projects, and individuals become catalysts for and participants in our creative economy. In our communal workspaces, private studios, darkroom, digital lab, classes, internships, gatherings, speaking programs, film nights, parties, and casual talk, we become the people who make the stuff that forms the dynamic, inventive Richmond we want to live in. Studio Two Three, through its serious gear and generous spirit, is an energizing incubator for the current generation and the next one, keeping our creative class robust and evolving, producing the goods and services that move through our city’s galleries, schools, festivals, homes, and life.
Founded by four artists in 2008, S23 has grown rapidly and sustainably ever since. In May of 2015, we dramatically increased organizational capacity by relocating to a new facility in the Scott’s Addition neighborhood. Our facility doubled in sized, and our community impact has expanded dramatically since the move.

CEO Statement

We started Studio Two Three believing Richmond could not only train a talented group of artists, but could become a city where those artists stayed after completing school. We created Studio Two Three to sustain a community of young artists in Richmond. We believed that this city was full of talent and that we could create a community and a space to support that talent. Over the past five years, that belief has become a reality.

 

What began as four artists in a 600 square foot studio with a borrowed printing press has come so far. The Richmond art scene is growing rapidly, and Studio Two Three has grown dramatically over the past 4 years in response to clear community demand.

 In 2015, we undertook an incredibly successful capital campaign, combining traditional gift asks with a crowd funding campaign, and we were able to relocate to a newly-renovated, non-toxic facility. This space is my proudest achievement as Director of Studio Two Three. It is bright, safe, bustling with productivity, and inspires everyone who walks in the door.
 
Since moving,

· We are safer, healthier, and more productive. Professional and aspiring artists have access to a beautiful studio that is non-toxic, full of energy, and bustling
with people building their careers.

· We are better, and we are more. Each week, over 200 people use our space to foster community, to share ideas, and to create beautiful things.

· We are becoming. We are no longer just a "community print shop." We are an arts incubator. A career-builder. An economic-driver. A place where community thrives.

There is magic inside the doors of Studio Two Three; it is the magic of creative people making the work that fulfills their spirit, pays their bills, and enables them to be passionate, contributing members of our city.
 
This year, we are launching the PrintMobile, a mobile printmaking and photography studio in a 14' box truck, modeled after an ice cream truck, to emphasize art's ability to feed the human spirit. With the PrintMobile, we will share creative inspiration with an expanded audience.
 
I invite you to visit us at Studio Two Three any time, I would love to introduce you to the artists and creative entrepreneurs who are making Richmond the cultural capital it has become.  
 
We work hard to make every dollar count, and hope you share our conviction that Richmond can be a permanent home for artists and a destination for art lovers. We look forward to supporting visual arts, art making and creative learning from our new home for many years to come.
Ashley Hawkins, MPA
Board Chair Statement
I have had the pleasure of being involved with Studio Two Three (S23) as a member of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board since 2009, and have served as Chair of the Board of Directors since 2013.
 
The amazing and exponential growth of the organization
can only be attributed to the clear need for S23’s presence in the Richmond area, and the exceptional dedication and drive of the staff, volunteers, artists, and community members who have made S23 an outlet for the energy and talents.
 
S23 was founded upon the idea that Richmond could support a true resource center for working artists, providing an accessible, affordable environment that drives discourse and creates community. The growth in our Artist Residency Program demonstrates that we are indeed providing a necessary opportunity for Richmond area artists, especially younger artists who have recently graduated from VCUarts.
 
We have also worked to make the entire community more aware of printmaking as a form of art through our workshops and classes; with our Steamrolled RVA maps exhibitions, we’ve brought printmaking to the community in a (literally) larger-than-life way. S23 has also created and sustained an exceptional internship program. With over 36 interns each year, we provide students and young artists the opportunity not only to learn more about printmaking, but to experience the operation and administration of an arts nonprofit first-hand, giving them valuable experience for work after graduation. Many interns who participate in the program stay on as instructors, resident artists, and volunteers after their internship ends, demonstrating the dedication and sense of community that S23 inspires in all of those who are involved with it.
 
Currently, S23’s largest challenge is the demand for our services, and the space required to meet that need in the community. It has become increasingly apparent over the past year that without relocating to a larger facility, we cannot operate at the level at which artists and other community members need.
 
It is an exciting time for Studio Two Three as we look toward the future. Over the past four years, we have achieved exceptional but responsible growth through prudent investment of resources, careful planning, and fiscal responsibility. Ours is a success story, and one that I hope you will be excited to support. This is your opportunity to be a part of a unique artistic community, regardless of experience, skill level, or even artistic ability.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Metro Richmond
Board Chair
Board Chair Alyssa Salomon
Company Affiliation VCU daVinci Center & VCU Arts, Professor, Professional Artist
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Email saltwork@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mary Arritt HR, Martin Agency
Laurie Carnohan Community Volunteer
Ted Elmore President, Bridge Park Foundation
Christopher English CPA, Lane and Associates PC
Josh Epperson Prophet
Mary Holland Director, VMFA Studio School
Mary Lorino Architect, LoCh Design
Alyssa Salomon Artist, VCU daVinci Center, VCU Arts
Nisha Singh-Grant Development Director, Inspire International
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 7
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 92
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 10
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Finance
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Sally Bowring Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Terry Frank EsqLaw Offices of Kaufman and Canoles
Rosemary Jesionowski University of Mary Washington College of Arts and Sciences
Andrew Kozlowski Professor, Auburn University
Matt Lively Professional Artist
Emily Smith 1708 Gallery
Barbara Tisserat Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Katie Ukrop Quirk Gallery/Quirk Hotel
Executive Director
Executive Director Ashley Hawkins
Experience

Ashley Hawkins is one of the founders of Studio Two Three and assumed the role of Executive Director in September 2011.  Ashley graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007 with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking. In 2007 she was recognized with the Most Outstanding Senior Award from the Department of Painting and Printmaking. Ashley has Masters of Public Administration and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

Senior Staff
NameTitle
Megan Nolde Program Manager
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 15
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Oct 2015
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
Studio Two Three has collaborated with the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Art180, Peter Paul Development Center, the Church Hill Academy and the Richmond Young Writers, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Richmond, Maggie Walker Governor's School, Binford Middle School, The People's Library project in conjunction with the Richmond Public Library, C3's Talk 20 Series, Masthead Press, and Zygote Press.
Programs
Description

·      Supporting Professional Artists & Creation of New Art

S23 stands alone as the only organization in Central Virginia providing artists with affordable, 24-hour access to a studio that facilitates traditional printmaking, including intaglio, relief, lithography, and screen printing, as well as a digital lab and black and white community darkroom. There is no other organization in Virginia that gives artists the autonomy and trust to work 24/7 on their own, with such an abundance of equipment, materials, and resources. for Demand for this service is evidenced by the 55% increase in S23 Artist Residents from 74 in 2014 to 115 in 2015. S23 features 20 private studios, as well as a communal print studio, reference library, black & white darkroom, meeting spaces, and lounge.

Population Served Adults
Budget $120,000.00
Short Term Success
We currently serve 55 artist residents in our location. Upon relocating in early 2015, we hope to serve over 100 artists.
 
Upon relocating, we also plan to expand private and semi-private studio spaces from 4 to 17.
 
We are streamlining the print shop layout in the new facility, and providing expanded and improved work space. 
Long Term Success
We strive to be a fully-equipped resource for every artist in Central Virginia seeking a space to create work in printmaking and photography.
 
We strive to support artists in all aspects of their practice; from studio space to professional development opportunities, to a community of support.
 
We strive to be a part of what makes Richmond a destination for the creative class. 
Description

 

· EXHIBITIONS: Presenting New Work by Emerging Artists to the Richmond Community We focus on large-scale, interactive, community-based exhibitions that showcase emerging work by Virginia artists. We are on the planning team for the 2016 RVA Street Art Festival at which we will feature our fifth-annual Steamrolled RVA exhibition, featuring an woodblock map of the City of Richmond designed and carved by S23 artists and volunteers and printed with a steamroller. This year’s event will also feature “Richmond Icons,” designed by well-known RVA artists and sold to benefit S23. We have developed a partnership model for exhibitions, featuring annual shows at Quirk Gallery and Capital One as well as traveling printmaking portfolio exhibitions. We launched an on-site retail store in December 2015 in conjunction with our annual Winter Print Fair. The event featured 20 artists in addition to S23’s retail goods, and generated $20,000 in sales in two days.

Population Served Adults
Budget $20,000.00
Short Term Success We have decided to forego a dedicated gallery space in our new facility in order to maximize work space for artists. We are planning to launch open studio nights in Scott's Addition in collaboration with neighborhood restaurants and organizations to drive a sense of community and creativity in our new home. We plan to create a third Steamrolled RVA map in 2015 at the RVA Maker Fest, and will lead 2 collaborative printmaking portfolios showcasing the work of 30 emerging and established artists.
Long Term Success We strive to make printmaking an ever-present part of Richmond's art scene. We hope to advance to profile of printmaking and the visibility of young artists through public printmaking exhibitions such as our annual Steamrolled RVA map project. We also plan to create a mobile printmaking press and gallery upon relocating to Scott's Addition so that we may provide an educational outreach vehicle at Broad Street First Friday openings.
Description

We offer arts education through affordable classes, seminars, and field trips. Our classes address two vital needs in Richmond: first, they provide affordable opportunities for professional artists to develop skills; and second, they fill growing demand from Richmond community learners for opportunities to engage in “participatory arts activities in social settings” Our faculty is comprised of established artists who bring their expertise to the classroom. Topics range from Super 8mm filmmaking and photolithography, to digital image preparation and darkroom photography, to intaglio and experimental screen printing. We regularly offer workshops with community partners, including The Martin Agency, The Spark Mill, United Methodist Family Services, Sabot at Stony Point, ACE Homeschool, and Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and Richmond public schools. In the first two months of 2016, all of our classes have filled to capacity; we are on par for annual enrollment of 3,000.

 

 

Population Served Adults
Budget $45,000.00
Short Term Success The 63% increase in enrollment in our workshops over the past year is clear evidence of demand for our offerings. We plan a dedicated classroom space and more worktables within our new facility to respond to demand for a dedicated work space for classes. This will enable us to increase our workshop offerings to serve 2000 individuals in 2016.
Long Term Success We strive to provide educational opportunities that develop the skills of working artists, enabling more people to create work in Richmond. We strive to provide professional development opportunities for professionals and amateurs, and a vocational training program in screen printing. We strive to be Richmond's most accessible, affordable, welcoming educational institution, with something for every level of learner.
Description

 

Internships: Our internships develop the young artists’ artistic and administrative skills. Offered in partnership with area universities, the program is thriving, having grown over 400% since its inception. Interns gain experience in all aspects of operations, including exhibitions, event planning, educational programs, fundraising, community outreach, and nonprofit administration. Interns are a vital component of our operations, as we only have one full-time staff person. Our interns express “feeling valued” and “truly contributing” to the continued success and rapid growth of S23; they are consistently challenged, consistently educated, and consistently busy. Many interns go on to teach, become S23 artist residents, and pursue careers in the arts. Our former interns are now enrolled in internships at MOMA PS1, Printed Matter, MASS MoCA, 1708 Gallery, the VMFA, and The Valentine.

Population Served Adults
Budget $10,000.00
Short Term Success
S23's internship program has extended the administrative capacity of S23. Interns assist with 100% of exhibition installations and gallery openings, 100% of special events, 100% of Second Saturday workshops and adult classes, assist with office tasks, creating and printing outreach materials, and are chiefly responsible for functioning as studio monitors to assist Artist Residents and open studio hours clients.
 
 Upon relocating to our new facility in early 2015, we plan to create a paid vocational training program which equips interns with the skills to screen print retail items, brand and market them online. This will provide S23 with printed items for retail sales, career experience for young artists, and additional revenue from commissioned work from area businesses.
Long Term Success
S23 will serve as a unique resource for emerging Richmond artists to provide them with hands-on learning experiences in nonprofit administration and arts administration outside of the university environment. This will equip young artists for future careers in the arts and creative fields, enrich the Richmond artistic community, and encourage artists to remain in Richmond after graduating from college. 
Description

Events: To serve a wide segment of the community, we regularly host events, including Presentation Party Night, figure drawing sessions, film nights, comic book gatherings, and professional networking groups. In September of 2016, ware launching “Making It” - a series of professional development seminars, successfully piloted in 2014, to provide artists, craftspeople and designers with the practical skills to attain business success, from incorporation, to branding, to invoicing and marketing. In just 6 months of 2015, over 2000 people attended events at our new facility, an increase of 150% over the prior year.

Budget $20,000.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $233,011.00
Projected Expenses $225,208.00
Spending Policy Income Only
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
--$11,177--
Government Contributions$1,540$3,860$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$1,540$3,860--
Individual Contributions$96,779$38,989$40,644
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$91,235$35,949$31,967
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$1,262$14,570$17,060
Revenue In-Kind$22,255----
Other$17,186$8,550$10,433
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$136,655$68,902$64,344
Administration Expense$19,577$19,795$16,650
Fundraising Expense$18,773$2,711$906
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.321.241.22
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%75%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue19%4%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$109,476$51,579$50,833
Current Assets$48,255$23,898$21,924
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$4,888$2,243$23,184
Total Net Assets$104,588$49,336$27,649
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities9.8710.650.95
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
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
  • If an organization has gross receipts less than $200,000 and total assets at the end of the tax year less than $500,000, it can choose to file Form 990-EZ.
  • Financial information provided by Form 990-EZ.
  • Form 990-EZ prepared by Thomas & Thomas, P.C.
  • Profit & Loss Statement prepared internally by the organization.