Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Joel Chandler Harris Association

  • Atlanta, GA
  • http://www.wrensnestonline.com

Mission Statement

By preserving the legacy of Joel Chandler Harris and the heritage of African American folklore through storytelling, tours and student publishing, the Wren’s Nest serves as an educational resource for the community, the greater Atlanta area and visitors from around the globe.

Main Programs

  1. The KIPP Scribes
  2. The Wren's Nest Publishing Company
  3. The Wren's Nest Ramblers
Service Areas

Self-reported

Georgia

The Wren's Nest hosts visitors from around the world and provides educational programming to the students of Metro Atlanta.

ruling year

1961

Principal Officer since 2006

Self-reported

Mr. Lain Shakespeare

Keywords

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History Museum, House Museum, Student Writing, Storytelling, Atlanta

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Also Known As

The Wren's Nest

EIN

58-0966186

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

History Museums (A54)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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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Last year we completed a $200,000 capital conservation project that restored the home to its original paint colors and addressed 16 years of deferred maintenance.



 

This year we launched the KIPP Scribes program, pairing 17 students from our neighborhood with professional writers. The students learned how to record an important family story. We compiled their stories for a book called Don't Forget That Day and launched it at the Decatur Book Festival.

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

The KIPP Scribes

The KIPP Scribes are 5th graders in our neighborhood who worked 1-on-1 with a professional writer to record an important family story. We compiled their stories for a book called Don't Forget That Day and launched it at the Decatur Book Festival.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$14,000.00

Program 2

The Wren's Nest Publishing Company

Each summer we invite 8 - 10 metro Atlanta high school students to learn how to publish a professional calibre literary journal. We enlist print professionals to show them the ropes of publishing the work of their peers.

The end result, a completely student written and edited literary journal, is released at the Decatur Book Festival. This year's journal, The Bard & The Muckraker featured the work of students from over 20 different high schools.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 3

The Wren's Nest Ramblers

Our storytellers will perform the Brer Rabbit stories over 250 times in 2010. They preserve this African American oral tradition here at the Wren's Nest and around the Metro Atlanta area by appointment.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$20,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Georgia

The Wren's Nest hosts visitors from around the world and provides educational programming to the students of Metro Atlanta.

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JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS ASSOCIATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Joel Chandler Harris Association

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Principal Officer

Mr. Lain Shakespeare

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"As the great-great-great grandson of Joel Chandler Harris, I've been proud to help turn this organization around. In 2006 the house was in shambles, the organization was in serious debt, and there was almost zero programming. Heck, we didn't even have a functioning email address.
 
Just four years later our donors have proven that the Wren's Nest is an indispensable Atlanta institution. We've been granted the opportunity to once again greet visitors from around the world and make a significant impact right here in our community. Thank you for your continued support.
 
- Lain"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jeffrey Robinson

J.W. Robinson and Associates

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