Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Starkweather Society

  • Romeo, MI
  • starkweatherarts.com

Mission Statement

To support the arts and artists of the Romeo Community and to help maintain the historic quality of the Village of Romeo.

Main Programs

  1. Open Mic Night
  2. Gallery Art Shows
  3. Member's Exhibition
  4. Thumb Area Artists' Exhibition
  5. Romeo Community Schools Art Show
  6. Monthly Concerts
  7. Art Classes

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

We are in South East Michigan, in Northern Macomb County.
We are located in historic Downtown Romeo, Mi, right on Main Street.
We also have members and customers from surrounding counties such as Wayne, St. Clair and Oakland.

ruling year

1997

Board of Trustees, President since 2013

Self-reported

Mr. David J Pyrce

Board of Trustees, Secretary since 2011

Self-reported

Ms. Grace A. Venet

Keywords

Self-reported

Community Arts Center

Notes from the Nonprofit

We are part of the "heart" of Romeo! Many of our residents had Helen Starkweather as a teacher, and our building and programs are dear to our community.
It is very difficult for small non-profits to gain support when large entities garner much of the grants and corporate backing.
However, all large institutions start out small, and without the help needed, growth with newer start ups will be stunted, and smaller communities will suffer as a result.

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EIN

38-2864141

 Number

4863148983

Physical Address

219 N. Main

Romeo, MI 48065

Also Known As

Starkweather Arts Center

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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

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Gallery Art Shows all year.
Gift Shop open all year.
Monthly music programs.
Art classes and clay studio for all ages.
Community event planning and participation.

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

Open Mic Night

Monthly open mic, running since 2009. Anyone, any age or ability is invited to perform for an intimate audience.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 2

Gallery Art Shows

Monthly or bi-monthly art shows focusing on solo or groups of artists in every medium.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Program 3

Member's Exhibition

Yearly exhibition of art from our Members. Allowing not only professional, but hobby artists, the chance to show their work.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Program 4

Thumb Area Artists' Exhibition

Yearly Juried Show submitted by artists from area 9 counties.
This exhibit is curated by the Romeo Guild of Art

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Program 5

Romeo Community Schools Art Show

Yearly art show with art from K-12 from all Romeo Schools.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 6

Monthly Concerts

Concerts of all genres of music but focusing on blues, jazz, classical, light rock, new age and interesting performances such as Elizabethan or madrigal.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Program 7

Art Classes

Includes Clay Studio, Watercolor Classes, Figure Drawing, Youth Art

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Males, all ages or age unspecified

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

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?
    We aim to provide arts programming to the Romeo Community and preserve our 1865 historic building.
    We hope to be able to do so with fewer volunteers and more permanent staffing in the future.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We hope to attain grants and donations in order to complete building repairs, along with fundraising.
    Increased sales and revenue would allow us to hire more part time staff to replace volunteers.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We are working hard to apply for grants and donations, and fundraising to meet our building goals.
    We have increased marketing, using social media and print media, hoping to increase our sales and participation at events.
    We have participated and helped plan more community events to improve our visibility in the community.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We would like to have more art classes taken, especially for youth and teens. When our classes are maxed out, we will know we have met our goal.

    We would like to see more participation at music programs. Some are Standing Room Only, but a few seem to miss their mark. If all our music programs fill close to capacity, that would let us know we have fulfilled that need.

    We would like to have more sales of art and gifts from our shop and gallery. We would like to see a sales increase.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Although tremendous progress has been accomplished in 29 years, complete renovation of the 1865 building is not quite complete. Areas needing attention are the frontage, carriage house roof, balcony and basement floor.

    We would like to see more Art Programming in the Romeo Community Schools. In the past 20 years, severe cuts in arts programming has been taking place.

Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

We are in South East Michigan, in Northern Macomb County.
We are located in historic Downtown Romeo, Mi, right on Main Street.
We also have members and customers from surrounding counties such as Wayne, St. Clair and Oakland.

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Financials

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Operations

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

Starkweather Society

Leadership

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Board of Trustees, President

Mr. David J Pyrce

Board of Trustees, Secretary

Ms. Grace A. Venet

BIO

David is also the Music Program Co-ordinator at Starkweather, and handles building rentals.
He is a retired engineer, but still works as an engineering consultant.
David is an active Boy Scout leader, a member of the Romeo Rotary and also a volunteer for MCrest.
His hobbies are playing guitar and photography.

STATEMENT FROM THE Board of Trustees, President

"We work hard to maintain the quality programs and community involvement offered at Starkweather.
Many volunteer hours have make Starkweather the Community Placemaker it is today, and we continue to honor Helen Starkweather's vision to support the arts and artists of the Romeo Community."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. David J. Pyrce

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?

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?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
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
No
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We are open to all individuals, regardless of sex, sexual orientation or identification, skin color, age, ability or disabilities, as far as participation in our programs, or to apply for a board membership or to volunteer.