Educational Institutions

New Works Writer Series

  • Toledo, OH
  • www.newworkswritersseries.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to produce and present in Northwest Ohio and the Toledo area new and existing art by, for and relevant to artists of African descent that will enrich and educate the public and influence culture and to continue and to preserve the African heritage and to celebrate the culture through various artistic disciplines such as theatre, dance and poetry in Northwest Ohio and the Toledo area. As the director of New Works, I also will provide an environment in which artist can share their creativity and audiences can celebrate the African heritage in an open forum that can promote an understanding and define the artistic and cultural heritage of Africans.

Main Programs

  1. Ruby Anmaze
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Our mission is to produce and present in Northwest Ohio and the Toledo area new and existing art by, for and relevant to artists of African descent that will enrich and educate the public and influence culture and to continue and to preserve the African heritage and to celebrate the culture through various artistic disciplines such as theatre, dance and poetry in Northwest Ohio and the Toledo area. As the director of New Works also will provide an environment in which artist can share their creativity and audiences can celebrate the African heritage in an open forum that can promote an understanding and define the art

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 1986

Self-reported

Dr. Imelda Hunt

Keywords

Self-reported

Performing Arts

EIN

31-1548808

 Number

3265990029

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

(Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards) (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

New Works is a non-profit 501(c) 3 community theatre organization, specializing in stage performances, poetry readings, and collaborations by artists who work in various mediums. For more than twenty years, New Works has provided a creative outlet and opportunity for the exchanging of ideas among students, professionals and community residents and hosted such artists as Sonia Sanchez, and Jessica Care Moore. New Works have staged performances or held workshops at Bowling Green State University, the University of Toledo, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and numerous other community institutions. Hunt is a playwright, director, and poet and has been a member of Black Theatre Network and the National Conference on African American Theatre. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities 2009 Fellowships and is currently teaching at Owens College in Toledo, Ohio.

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

Ruby Anmaze

Not available

Category

Public Art Programs

Population(s) Served

Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

2000.00

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?
    Our goal is to produce and present in Northwest Ohio and the Toledo area new and existing art by, for and relevant to artists of African descent that will enrich and educate the public and influence culture and to continue and to preserve the African heritage and to celebrate the culture through various artistic disciplines such as theatre, dance and poetry in Northwest Ohio and the Toledo area. New Works also will provide an environment in which artist can share their creativity and audiences can celebrate the African heritage in an open forum that can promote an understanding and define the artistic and cultural heritage of Africans.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    New Works is a non-profit 501(c) 3 community theatre organization, specializing in stage performances, poetry readings, and collaborations by artists who work in various mediums. For more than twenty years, New Works has provided a creative outlet and opportunity for the exchanging of ideas among students, professionals and community residents and hosted such artists as Sonia Sanchez, and Jessica Care Moore. New Works have staged performances or held workshops at Bowling Green State University, the University of Toledo, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and numerous other community institutions.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have a board and many artists who contribute to the success of New Works by donating their time and talent . We have been funded in the past at both the city and state level through grants and donations.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    New Works is Northwest Ohio’s oldest independently operated organization specializing in promotion of the arts to urban and multicultural audiences. The organization and its founder have built solid reputations for quality, educational programming throughout the central city and beyond, including events in public venues like the Toledo Art Museum and Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. New Works and its founder have received awards and recognition for their commitment to the arts and public service, including the 2003 and 2009 National Endowment for the Humanities (Summer Seminar in Puerto Rico and Jackson State University).
    While there are many theatre companies producing gospel plays and one time performances, New Works is the only organization with this vision. While we hope for a more inclusive society and institutions, places for artist to hone their craft and perform from their own ethnic values, culture and perspective are rare if at all. Hence New Works plays a valuable role in this present culture climate.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Our success has been proven and received i the Toledo and surrounding areas for over 20 years. This year we have presented at one poetry exhibition, participated and received the honor of Poetry Walk, a public arts contest of Arts Commission of Greater Toledo. We have also received from the Block Communications, Inc. a $500 donation to host acclaimed artist Ruby Amaze. Future programs include a book-signing and staged reading in Bowling Green State University. Also a celebration of of poetry for the late Malcolm X's birthday is planned.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Our mission is to produce and present in Northwest Ohio and the Toledo area new and existing art by, for and relevant to artists of African descent that will enrich and educate the public and influence culture and to continue and to preserve the African heritage and to celebrate the culture through various artistic disciplines such as theatre, dance and poetry in Northwest Ohio and the Toledo area. As the director of New Works also will provide an environment in which artist can share their creativity and audiences can celebrate the African heritage in an open forum that can promote an understanding and define the art

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New Works Writer Series

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Imelda Hunt

BIO

Dr. Imelda Hunt, artistic director and founder of New Works Writers Series (New Works), has an academic background in African American theatre, history, and culture. New Works is a non-profit 501(c) 3 community theatre organization, specializing in stage performances, poetry readings, and collaborations by artists who work in various mediums. For more than twenty years, New Works has provided a creative outlet and opportunity for the exchanging of ideas among students, professionals and community residents and hosted such artists as Sonia Sanchez, and Jessica Care Moore. New Works have staged performances or held workshops at Bowling Green State University, the University of Toledo, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and numerous other community institutions. Hunt is a playwright, director, and poet and has been a member of Black Theatre Network and the National Conference on African American Theatre. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities 2009 Fellowships and is currently teaching at Owens College in Toledo, Ohio.

Hunt is an educator, playwright and poet. Her dissertation for the completion of her doctoral program at Bowling Green State University was “The Oral History of Art Tatum in Toledo, Ohio 1910-1932.” She was worked as a principal and teacher in the Toledo area for more than twenty-five years. She brings a wealth creative and educational knowledge to the classroom experience. She is the recipient of a number of community awards including National Endowment for the Humanities 2009 Fellowships and UT Upward Bound Summer Program Best Teacher 2010.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Gisella Oliver

UTMCO

Term: Jan 2014 - Jan 2019

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

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?

No

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?