Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Art Association of Harrisburg

  • Harrisburg, PA
  • www.artassocofhbg.com

Mission Statement

The Art Association of Harrisburg enriches the cultural vitality of the region through promoting the visual arts with art exhibitions and art education.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Art Association of Harrisburg School
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Central Pennsylvania is the primary region served by The Art Association of Harrisburg, although artists from across the US exhibit regularly in shows in the AAH galleries at 21 N. Front St.,Harrisburg.

ruling year

1964

Principal Officer since 1986

Self-reported

Carrie Wissler Thomas

Keywords

Self-reported

art, exhibitions, cultural enrichment, art classes

Notes from the Nonprofit

The Art Association of Harrisburg was founded in 1926 with the mission to promote the visual arts through exhibitions and education, and for all the intervening decades AAH has adhered to this mission. Not only does AAH showcase a widely-eclectic array of artwork in its own historic building at 21 N. Front Street in downtown Harrisburg, but AAH also presents 40-50 additional exhibitions annually in sixteen community locations in the Region. AAH offers classes for youth and adults in four semesters each year, serving approximately 600 students. Scholarships are presented to those with financial need.

The Association promotes the visual arts for the entire community with the annual Gallery
Walk presented each September, which showcases all the exhibition venues throughout Harrisburg.

With the gallery open seven days per week, free of charge, The Art Association is welcoming to all visitors of every ilk. The Art Association looks forward to continue to fulfill its mission into the future.

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EIN

23-6299916

 Number

6345141057

Physical Address

21 N. Front St.

Harrisburg, 17101

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

The Art Association of Harrisburg offers art classes for youth and adults in four semesters annually, mounts ten exhibitions in the 21 N. Front St. galleries, and presents 40 additional exhibitions annually in community venues. The Association provides services to both artists and to the community at large, with free admission and 7-days-per-week gallery hours.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

AAH offers 30 different art classes in 4 semesters annually, and presents 10 exhibitions in-house, with 50 exhibits in community sites yearly. Artists whose works are presented are both regional and national.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Art Association of Harrisburg School

The AAH School consists of 4 semesters annually of 31 classes each, with students ranging from 5 through older adult in age. Classes are all taught by professional, dedicated artists.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$62,000.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Art Association of Harrisburg strives to promote the visual arts through education and exhibitions in the Central PA Region. The Art Association's goal is to reach as wide an audience as possible, providing art classes for youth and adults, and showcasing artists' works from the Region, across the US, and from other countries.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Art Association of Harrisburg promotes our art classes and exhibitions through a wide variety of venues, including the AAH website, Facebook, direct mail, print ads, emailed press releases, mass emails, billboards, and TV promotions. The Board and staff work together to promote The Art Association and its many programs to the community so that the maximum number of individuals can benefit from the AAH classes and exhibitions.

    The Association attempts to work collaboratively with other organizations in order to reach wider audiences. Additionally, since 1988 AAH has organized the Annual Gallery Walk, a citywide free walking/driving tour of all the exhibition sites. Gallery Walk is a mammoth promotion of the visual arts in the City of Harrisburg, organized yearly by the Art Association.

  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Art Association of Harrisburg staff is well versed in the use of social media, the Internet, as well as traditional press releases and direct mail pieces, including a glossy quarterly newsletter magazine, all very important in letting the community know of the Association's many exhibitions, classes and other cultural programs. Additionally, the AAH Board Members serve as informal "ambassadors" to keep the community informed of events and programs.

    Another strength is the enthusiasm of the AAH patron base, who host Soirees to showcase artists' works and to raise funds, and who invite their own friends and colleagues to attend AAH special events.

    The downtown location of the Association's historic mansion headquarters also is a benefit in reaching the public.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Art Association of Harrisburg can track the progress of our efforts to increase our audience base through the number of students enrolled in our four semesters of art classes, the number of artists who participate in our exhibitions, the number of attendees at our events and receptions, and the number of new members who join the organization.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Art Association has accomplished a number of significant capital improvements and upgrades for our historic building in the past 8 years, including repainting classrooms and installing LED track lighting in the galleries, all of which enhance the experience of visitors and students.

    The Association is constantly engaged in efforts to recruit more members for the organization, and more students for our classes. It is often difficult for people to decide to "commit" to an entire semester of art classes, or to pay for a membership in order to exhibit their work. Attracting new members and students is an ongoing project.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Central Pennsylvania is the primary region served by The Art Association of Harrisburg, although artists from across the US exhibit regularly in shows in the AAH galleries at 21 N. Front St.,Harrisburg.

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Funding Needs

The Art Association needs funding in support of the art classes for children and adults, to assist in meeting the costs of pottery supplies and equipment, instructors' fees, and youth supplies.   AAH also needs funding to continue to maintain the historic Governor Findlay Mansion, wherein are housed the galleries and studios.

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Financials

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ART ASSOCIATION OF HARRISBURG
Fiscal year: Jun 01-May 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Art Association of Harrisburg

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Carrie Wissler Thomas

BIO

Ms. Wissler-Thomas, who holds her BA from Hood College in Fine Art and English Literature, earned her MS from Temple University in 1987. Prior to being hired by AAH as Executive Director in 1986, she had been a freelance art reviewer for several publications, a professional artist, and an instructor of painting, both privately and for AAH. She has served on the Board of Trustees at the PA College of Art and Design for 18 years.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Art Association of Harrisburg has provided art education, exhibition opportunities for artists both regionally and nationally, art career counselling, and cultural enrichment for the public since its inception in 1926."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

David Volkman

PA Department of Education

Term: May 2014 - May 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
The Art Association of Harrisburg art classes are open to everyone, regardless of income level, ethnicity, gender, gender orientation, and age. We offer scholarships to low-income individuals so that everyone is able to attend AAH classes. The AAH galleries are open seven days per week free of charge so that everyone can come in to enjoy the art on display, regardless of their income level. The Art Association of Harrisburg website is www.artassocofhbg.com. It includes class schedules, exhibition announcements, and information about all the many special events and lectures that AAH offers.