Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Verde Valley Archaeology Center

  • Camp Verde, AZ
  • www.verdevalleyarchaeology.org

Mission Statement

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center’s mission is to preserve archaeological sites and collections, to curate the collections locally, and to make them available for research and education; to develop partnerships with American Indians, cultural groups and the communities it serves; and to foster a deeper understanding of prehistory and American Indian history in the Verde Valley through the science of archaeology.

Main Programs

  1. Preserve Cultural Heritage Sites
  2. Preserve Cultural Heritage Artifacts
  3. Provide Educational Opportunities
Service Areas

Self-reported

Arizona

State of Arizona, primarily Central Arizona encompassing the Verde Valley which includes Sedona, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome, Cornville and Camp Verde

ruling year

2010

President since 2013

Self-reported

Dr. James Graceffa

Vice-President since 2013

Self-reported

Mary Kearney

Keywords

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archaeology, museum, anthropology, native american

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EIN

27-3436708

 Number

4016024069

Physical Address

385 S. Main St.

Camp Verde, 86322 7272

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Center's vision is to sustain an archaeological center and museum where: the preservation of prehistoric and Native American historic sites will be fosteredarchaeological materials will be cared for in a state-of-the-art environmentarchaeological materials will be available for academic and professional researchartifacts will be used in educational programs and exhibits so the public can enjoy learning about the prehistory and Native American history of the Verde Valley region The Center will evolve with a variety of tools and services including training, research, publications, public and school programming, exhibits and internet resources.

Programs

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

Program 1

Preserve Cultural Heritage Sites

A significant goal is to identify a range of tools to enhance the effectiveness ofthe Federal and private property owners toward protection of cultural resources.  We will research, examine and prioritize a range of programs, incentives, and mechanisms to increase the number, and oversight, of protected cultural resources.
 
Toward this end we are working to develop a cooperative agreement with the Archaeological Conservancy. The Archaeological Conservancy is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving the best of our nation's remaining archaeological sites. Every day, archaeological sites are lost forever with the precious information they contain. Modern-day looters use backhoes and bulldozers to recover artifacts for the international market. Urban development and some agricultural methods destroy ancient sites. The Center and the Conservancy seeks to protect the remaining sites in the Verde Valley by acquiring the land on which they rest, preserving them for posterity.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Native Americans/American Indians

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 2

Preserve Cultural Heritage Artifacts

The Center is the only organization in the Verde Valley dedicated to thepreservation of ancient cultural sites and the care, management and use ofarchaeological artifacts found throughout the Verde Valley. The Center's vision is to sustain an archaeological center and museum where:
the preservation of ancient sites will be fostered
artifacts will be cared for in a state-of-the-art environment
artifacts will be available for academic and professional research
artifacts will be used in educational programs and exhibits so the public can enjoy learning about the prehistory of the Verde Valley region
The long-term goal of the Center is to either build, or acquire and remodel, facilities to meet all of its current and future needs as presented in the Strategic Plan. Buildings will be required for storage, administration, exhibits, a visitor center to accomplish the curatorial, research and educational functions.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Native Americans/American Indians

Budget

$750,000.00

Program 3

Provide Educational Opportunities

To promote participation of the regional community in our mission, theCenter will sponsored lectures and programs to educate the public on the rich cultural heritage of the Verde Valley. We plan to expand efforts to support the K-12 education community with resources on archaeology by offering tours and in-school programs to grades K-12 and present teacher workshops. We also plan to develop programs to offer training toward the achievement of an Archaeology Merit Badge for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. 
We also provide educational opportunities to adults through conferences,
workshops and training sessions through events in cooperation with the National Parks Service, the U. S. Forest Service, the Hopi Tribe and the Yavapai-Apache Nation.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$10,000.00

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our primary goal for 2014 is the acquisition of land for the construction of an accredit repository and museum. We are also seeking a relationship with Yavapai College to add archaeology to their curriculum for 2015.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    In discussions with the Town of Camp Verde, the Town has offered the Center 3 acres of town-owned land on a lease-to-purchase agreement. In addition, a local developer has offered the Center 12.9 acres of property adjacent to a housing development. We continue discussions with both and plan to finalize a selection by October 2014.

    We have also met with the Dean of the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus to discuss an archaeology program and have provided a suggested course outline.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Center's Board of Directors includes three individuals with advanced degrees in archaeology, in addition to our Director of Archaeology who holds a PhD in history/archaeology. Our Executive Director holds an MBA in finance and has been the past Executive Director of a Presidential Advisory Commission in Washington DC charged with studying the long-term financial viability of a major Federal program.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We anticipate receiving a "letter of intent" from Yavapai College by the summer of 2014.

    The Town of Camp Verde has already indicated they are prepared to enter into a lease-to-purchase agreement at our convenience. We also anticipate a decision by the land developer by the summer of 2014.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Meetings have been held with the land developer and with the Town of Camp Verde concerning land acquisition. Likewise, meetings have been held with various officials of Yavapai College to discuss the educational offerings.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Arizona

State of Arizona, primarily Central Arizona encompassing the Verde Valley which includes Sedona, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome, Cornville and Camp Verde

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Funding Needs

Construction costs for build-out of new Visitor Center Museum display cases Research laboratory tables, storage, etc.

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Verde Valley Archaeology Center, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Verde Valley Archaeology Center

Leadership

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President

Dr. James Graceffa

Vice-President

Mary Kearney

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"Since our humble beginnings in late 2010, the Center has grown to over 350 members and has recently moved into a 3,300 sq. ft. building in which we established a modest museum. The building also provides us with a classroom for workshops and lectures, and in the summer we will be converting a 400 sq. ft. space in the building to an archaeological research laboratory.The challenge before us is to maintain and build on this momentum.  As with most nonprofit organizations our number one challenge is sustainable funding.  This will be one of my areas of focus in the coming year.  Another area of focus will be to enhance our relationship with Yavapai College to offer credit and noncredit archaeology classes and workshops to meet our educational mandate.  This includes the development of our "Archaeology for Kids" program and area within the museum."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. James V Graceffa

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Term: Jan 2010 - Jan 2014

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?

Yes

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?