Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Preserve Eatonville Community Inc.

  • Eatonville, FL
  • www.preserveeatonville.org

Mission Statement

The Association to preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.) is a non-profit/tax-exempt historic preservation organization whose mission is to enhance the resources of Eatonville, Florida, popularly known as ""the oldest incorporated African American municipality in the United States"" and the hometown of writer, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston; to educate the public about Eatonville's historic and cultural significance; and to use the community's heritage and cultural vibrancy for its economic development.

Main Programs

  1. ZORA! STEM
  2. Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities
  3. Excellence Without Excuse (E-WE) Community Computer Arts Lab & Learning Center
  4. The Zora Neale Hurston™ National Museum of Fine Art (The Hurston™)
Service Areas

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Florida

P.E.C. identifies the following counties as the local areas it serves: Orange, Osceola, Seminole (Tri-County) plus Brevard, Hillsborough, Lake, Polk, Sumter and Volusia.

ruling year

1989

Principal Officer since 1991

Self-reported

Mrs. N.Y. Nathiri

Keywords

Self-reported

Pride in Heritage, Educational Excellence, Cultural Arts, Historic Preservation, Cultural Tourism

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EIN

59-2952662

 Number

5609034280

Also Known As

The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.)

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

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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Top3-5 Accomplishments: 1.Successful year-long celebration of the anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston's 125th Birthday. (1891-2016); 2.""Tracing the Caribbean Footprints of Zora Neale Hurston"" Conference Cruise, April 10-17, 2016; 77 participants from the States; 3.At the invitation of the UCF Provost, developing the draft language for a long-term Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Central Florida and P.E.C.; 4.Engaging a second-generation of ZORA! Festival volunteers to re-invent the Education Day program and thereby re-engage young people; and 5.Appointment of the P.E.C. executive director by the Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance to lead a team of scholars and others to submit a planning grant application August 2016 to the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a 4- state cultural corridor.

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

ZORA! STEM

Our organization's approach-The ZORA! STEM Initiative will involve a 2-pronged strategy: (1.) to begin working with Eatonville children at an early age (2-3years) and (2.) to engage their families in the process so as to provide them with an environment where learning is cherised and celebrated. Our approach has the added value of incorporation a culturally-rich layer (vig., ZORA!") to the study of the natural sciences and math. The success of this strategy will be indicated by children who enjoy learning about STEM subjects in elementary/middle/high school, and upon graduation, will either attend college/university or pursue workforce careers, where their earning-power will be magnified because of the proficiercy in STEM-related fields. Though our organization has not secured the required funding to implement the long-term objective, we have taken some steps to advance the initiative.

Category

Science & Technology, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$77,641.00

Program 2

Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities

ZORA! Festival-Orlando DestinationTaking place the last week of January each year in Eatonville and throughout Orange County, this multi-day event, celebrates the life and work of 20th century writer, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston; her hometown, Eatonville, popularly known as the nation's oldest incorporated African American municipality; and the contributions people of African ancestry have made to the U.S. and world culture. Attracting tens of thousands of locals and tourists, ZORA! Festival presents an impressive roster of arts, humanities and cultural programming and includes museum exhibitions, public talks, panel discussions, workshops and concerts. It culminates with a 3-day Outdoor Festival of the Arts, which features:ZORA! Literacy Initiative-a program offering a new, free, age-appropriate books to children and youths;Children's Corner - space for hands-on activities for youngsters;International MarketplaceCenter Stage-local, regional and national talentInternational Food Court and much more

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Blacks

General Public/Unspecified

Other Named Groups

Budget

529032.

Program 3

Excellence Without Excuse (E-WE) Community Computer Arts Lab & Learning Center

A decade + old program, is the Excellence Without Excuse (E-WE) Community Computer Arts Lab & Learning Center. E-WE Lab opened in February 1997. It is a safe and convenient location where youths and adults in the community can use computers and other educational resources to help prepare themselves to succeed in school and on the job. A team of professionals including a manager, an instructor specialist, and a computer technician administer lab programs and services. Clients benefit by having access to computers and the internet; educational software; a capable staff; and environment that encourages learning.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Other Named Groups

Budget

$118,247.00

Program 4

The Zora Neale Hurston™ National Museum of Fine Art (The Hurston™)

The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts (The Hurston™) was established in 1990 to provide a place "in the heart of the community" where the public can view the work of artists of African ancestry, who live in the United States or throughout the Diaspora. There is no set admission, but each visitor is asked to make a donation.For tours, fee and reservations are required. P.E.C. is experienced in providing culture/education/heritage field trips for a variety of audiences on a year-round basis through The Hurston.In addition to a museum tour and gallery talk, visitors may also participate in a walking tour or windshield tour of the town. For secondary school field trips, we can focus on literature, social studies, music, and visual arts. These tours connects to language arts, social studies and the visual arts. With every field trip and/or reserved tour, a grade-appropriate package or other resource package is distributed.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$113,780.00

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?
    Ultimately, our organization's goal is to ensure that as long as the United States of America exists, Historic Eatonville will exist as a vibrant community, representing the history and heritage of people of African ancestry. To accomplish this goal, our organization needs to address certain challenges almost simultaneously: 1. To continue the progress being made to stabilizing the organization's finances and to further strengthen its financial infra-structure; 2.To solidify 3-5 years of funding (through government/education/ private) on behalf of the ZORA! STEM Initiative, P.E.C.'s decade-long commitment to helping to address "the leaky pipeline" which exists in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math education with a special attention being paid to boys of color and girls, as they are the students historically under-represented in these fields; 3.To present a critically acclaimed, as well as crowd-pleasing, 28th Annual ZORA! Festival, which will include a first-time 2-day national event titled "Communities Conference: Civic Conversation Concerning 21st Century American Life;" 4. To advance plans for a 2018 launch of a Farmers' Market Co-op based on organically grown produce by the Yards & Garden Club of Historic Eatonville; and 5. To advance the cultural tourism work being done by P.E.C. as a member of the Historical Black Towns and Settlements Alliance, Inc. (HBTSA).
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. Impacting the education for Eatonville students for the past 15 years, P.E.C. has provided the only place in Eatonville where all children and families have access to computers and individualized instruction in their usage. The E-WE Lab is a resource whose importance to the community has become increasingly obvious as so much of America's everyday life has become computerized. Currently the E-WE Lab serves two groups: elementary school students as an after-school academic support system, providing homework assistance and life skills training; and an adult population which conducts job searches; upgrades skills to improve earnings capacity and has access to social services. Another way P.E.C. will impact education for Eatonville students is by developing the ZORA! STEMinitiative. We have begun this initiative with a two-pronged approach: Our organization's approach - The ZORA! STEM Initiative will involve a 2-pronged strategy: (1) to begin working with Eatonville children at an early age (2-3years) and (2) to engage their families in the process so as to provide them with an environment where learning is cherished and celebrated. Our approach has the added value of incorporation a culturally-rich layer (vig., ZORA!"), to the study of the natural sciences and math. The success of this strategy will be indicated by children who enjoy learning about STEM subjects in elementary /middle /high school, and upon graduation, will either attend college/university or pursue workforce careers, where their earning-power will be magnified because of the proficiency in STEM-related fields. Though our organization has not secured the required funding to implement this long-term objective, we have taken some steps to advance the initiative. 2.Another challenge facing the historic Eatonville community, and one with long-term historic consequences, it's how to develop two parcels of land, originally donated to Orange County Public Schools (OCPS)in the 1950s "for the education of Negro children" by Eatonville residents.Though the land was donated to OCPS, Eatonville will have to purchase the land if it wants it back.P.E.C. believes that it is imperative that the Town regain ownership in order that the community be able to control its economic future. In terms of health disparities, P.E.C. has the ability to impact positively this condition in Eatonville with the Yards and Gardens Club, a program that began in 2010 and which continues to "grow" because of its members' commitment. This group of 10+ faithful represents a collective gardening experience of over 500 years. These are "organic gardeners," their method of gardening based on the way they were "brought up." For example, they use cow manure and rabbit excrement and they compost. In other words, "fancy terms" being used in today's lexicon of "green" are what these folks have been doing-"naturally" for decades. The goal of the Yards and Gardens Club is to develop a Farmers' Market Co-op, with the ability to sell crops grown in Eatonville as well as crafts created by Eatonville Residents in a seasonal market setting. We are projecting a "soft start" for the 2018 season.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Education, Economic Development, Health Disparities - These core issues directly impact our organization's ability to help "Preserve the Eatonville Community." To each of these tasks, we bring certain resources, capabilities, and connections. With education, our organization has considerable resources, both in terms of staff and partnerships to provide quality academic and life skills support.As P.E.C. has focused on our ZORA! STEM Initiative, a 10-year commitment to a research-based approach to preparing academically under-represented middle school youngsters for STEM-focused education, we see more clearly just how strong is our capacity to deliver on this aspect of our program objectives.For example, our E-WE Lab staff employees a manager who holds a double masters, one in English and the other in counseling and who brings over 30 years of experience. Also employed is a retired elementary school teacher with 3-decades+ experience.That our staff is effective in its academic support of elementary grade students is borne out by our data collected on a core group of clients, and that core group is expected to meet at least one of the outcomes, per the contract with the Orange County Citizens' Commission for Children. Strengthening further our core staff is the extensive educational network of which P.E.C. has become part. For example, the success of our 3rd ZORA! STEM Conference for Middle School Students as well as our ZORA! STEM Summer Program are directly related to our partners' educational expertise and/or financial underwriting. Our partners include: National Center for Simulation, Valencia Community College, Orlando Science Center, UCF College of Medicine, Brighthouse Networks, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orange County Public Schools,UCF College of Arts & Humanities, techPATH, Team Orlando and Florida High Tech Corridor Council.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Given the nature of our goals, we recognize that it is going to take at least a decade to know if we are successful. Lest this assertion seem too facile, we need only reflect upon the fact that it has taken us 25 years to achieve the success that we have thus far; and this success represents a "place holder," the ability to prevent the destruction of the physical community and the ability to demonstrate the intrinsic value of Historic Eatonville. The real work of preserving Eatonville, which is generational, has only just begun. Therefore, within the next decade - how can we know we are making progress with our education initiative, our economic development work, and our effort to reverse the health disparities as they exist currently in Eatonville?For the ZORA! STEM Initiative, in collaboration with our partners, our organization will determine certain benchmarks and a timeline for achieving them. Of equal importance, however, will be the buy-in we receive from students, their families, and the community (both inside and outside of Eatonville). Because funding will be a key element of this initiative, our organization's ability to secure adequate funding will also allow us to assess how well we are doing. In terms of economic development work, quantitative analysis accompanied by obvious signs of prosperity will be "the leading indicators." For example, The Hurston Museum is booking a tour group of 45, about once or twice a quarter. We'd like to book this size group once a week. Currently, the Town of Eatonville has not entertained any formal discussion of the Huntley Partners Feasibility Study which was completed in May 2008. A community discussion of this important economic development research document will be an important indicator of the government's understanding of how to move forward.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In reviewing the first 25 years of our organization's history, we can assert credibly that, in the short term, we have been successful in accomplishing the most important goal: We have been the driving force in ""Preserving the Eatonville Community"" by protecting the Town from two actions which would have destroyed the historic integrity of this small municipality. First, our organization ""paved the way"" for the creation of the lovely streetscape which now runs from just east of the intersection at Wymore Rd and E. Kennedy Blvd. to the eastern boundary of the City of Maitland. Without our 10-year advocacy, this stretch of roadway would have been turned into a 5-lane asphalt highway. Our second defense of Eatonville involved protecting the town from an assault by adult entertainment. It was our leadership which identified experienced counsel, who ultimately provided the legal framework to fight off the adult entertainment industry. Another indicator of success is establishing the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities (ZORA! Festival) as an indicator that Eatonville's rich heritage and cultural resources is a catalyst for economic development. Our fourth accomplishment comes in the area of education. Over the past 3 decades with the extra-curricular programming we have developed, on both a year-round as well as in a summer arts camp setting, families have embraced us because they have seen a qualitative improvement in their children's academic performance. Certainly, we have served as a positive force in Eatonville and beyond. Yet, ""the jury is still out"" as to whether, ultimately, we will have been successful in "Preserving the Eatonville Community;"" and frankly, those of us who founded the organization will probably have died before that verdict is rendered. That is because only ""Time"" will tell if our efforts in the final years of the 20th century will last well into the 21st century and beyond. There is however one effort which we have recently begun which we believe augurs well for the sustainability of this town. The ZORA! STEM Initiative is ""the educational driver for the renaissance of Eatonville."" Building upon the tradition of educational excellence as represented by the Robert Hungerford Industrial and Normal School, the private boarding school established in 1899 to prepare its graduates for jobs, the ZORA! STEM Initiative has the ability to replicate that success for Eatonville 21st century students. Eatonville can only survive if our children are prepared to fill the jobs of the 21st century marketplace. If our organization can help to prepare them by developing a ""3rd-generation Hungerford,"" then we will have made the most valuable contribution possible. Over these past 25+ years, the lessons we have learned center on the special advantages of being a 501(c)3 non-profit; how we must be flexible; and how we must be willing to work with persons who represent a variety of interests and constituencies.
Service Areas

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Florida

P.E.C. identifies the following counties as the local areas it serves: Orange, Osceola, Seminole (Tri-County) plus Brevard, Hillsborough, Lake, Polk, Sumter and Volusia.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Our Top 5 most pressing needs: 1. Advance P.E.C. efforts to broaden the base of individual donors; 2. Secure 3-5 years of funding in order to advance the ZORA! STEM Initiative; and 3. Develop a strategic marketing plan which advances, via multiple platforms, P.E.C.'s vision and mission. 4. Secure larger facilities 5. Add one additional professional staff member

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THE ASSOCIATION TO PRESERVE THE EATONVILLE COMMUNITY INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Preserve Eatonville Community Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. N.Y. Nathiri

BIO

N.Y. Nathiri has resumed the position of Executive Director of P.E.C., a 501 (c) (3) historic preservation organization founded in 1987. Under her leadership, the ZORA! Festival was named ""One of 25 Cultural Tourism Success Stories"" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation; received the ""Regional Destination Award in the Humanities"" from the Cultural Olympiad and was named ""One of the Top 100 Events in North America"" by the American Bus Association. Prior to joining P.E.C. in 1990, Nathiri spent 10 years as a communications instructor at Valencia Community College in Orlando. Nathiri holds an undergraduate degree in history from Ithaca College (New York) and a Master of Science degree in library science from Syracuse University. She is the compiler and editor of the award-winning volume, ZORA! Zora Neale Hurston: A Woman and Her Community (Sentinel Communications, 1991) and is active in the preservation and art communities at local, state and national levels. She holds such honors as: being named ""Hero of Preservation"" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Rollins College; and the Mary Call Darby Collins Award presented by the Florida Secretary of State.This award is presented to a "volunteer who has forever changed the course of historic preservation in Florida." She grew up in Eatonville, and her grandfather, A.N. Johnson, was mayor in the 1930's. She has devoted herself to research, writing and community education on behalf of the Town of Eatonville.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"As P.E.C.approaches our 3rd decade, we have developed a decades-long strategy to fulfill our mission and realize our vision of making " Eatonville and internationally recognized cultural tourism destination for arts and culture throughout the African Diaspora, with special emphasis on the multi-disciplines as represented in the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston. Over the coming decades we will focus on two major initiatives one internal and one external designed to " Preserve the Eatonville Community." The internal one is ZORA! STEM. The external one is the development of a dynamic year-round tourism program ( including special seasonal programs/groups tour/annual ZORA! Festival). Why the ZORA! STEM? Because the best way to guarantee the sustainability of the historic Eatonville Community is to ensure that the Town's children receive a quality education which prepares them to assume the good-paying jobs in a 21st certury global economy. This ___based upon the tradition of the historic Robert Hungerford Industrial and Normal School (Historic Hungerford), established in 1899 in Eatonville, by teachers who had been trained at Booker T. Washington's Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. The mission of Historic Hungerford was to produce qraduate who would be able to assume jobs in the manual arts and other post-agrarian employment. Essentially, Historic Hungerford was a late 19th century/early 20th century "STEM School." Our organization's approach- The ZORA! STEM Initiative will involve a 2- pronged strategy: 1. to begin working with Eatonville children at an early age (2-3 year) and 2. to engage their families in the process so as to provide them with an environment where learning is cherised and celebrated. Our approach has the added value of incorporating a culturall-rich layer ( org; "ZORA!" to the study of the natural sciences and math. The success of this strategy will be indicated by children who enjoy learning about STEM subjects in elememtary/middle /high school, and upon graduation, will either attend college/university or pursue workplace careers, where their earning-power will be magnified because of the proficiercy in STEM-related fields. For the external inititive, our orgnization will build upon the cultural tourism success we continue to experience vis-a-vis the "ZORA! Brand." Both the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Hurmanities (ZORA! Festival) as well as the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts (The Hurston) are entering their 28th year, and both are enjoying solid levels of support. The opportunities available to us involved: 1. expanding our outreach to tour operators/local and regional conciege professionals/hospitality industry representatives. In addition to our "home-grown" cultural tourism products, our organization has been identified as a leader in the Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance (HBTSA), a multi-state organization whose mission "is to work collaboratively to actively preserve and promote the hertage, history and culture of these historic places by utilizing their human, environment, built (engineering, landscape, architecture), arts and humanities resources to nuture economic deveopment and to support an enhance quality of life for their residents, neighbors and fellow Americans." (Approval Stratagic Planning Document 2015-2019, April 24. 2015) Goal #1 of the HBTSA is " Fogenerate economic development...by leveling collectively the heitage//history/culture of each member such that the HBTSA accquires national presence as a cultural tourism desteration." With a target date of Spring 2019, the HBTSA is to unveil a 4-state Cultural Corridor ( Tuskegee and Hobson City, Alabam; Eatonville, Florida; Mound Bayou, Mississippi;and Grambling; Louisiana). In an effort to achive this goal, the HBTSA is applying to the National Endownment for the Humanities for a planning Grant, which application will be submitted for the August 10, (2016) deadline. In the late spring of 2015, the HBTSA Board appointed me to lead this project and our organization has authorized my staff time as on in-kind contubution because the HBTSA Cultural Corridor fits perfectly with our cultural tourism vision. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Marie-Jose' Francois

Center for Multicultural Wellness & Prevention, Inc.

Term: Oct 2014 - Oct 2016

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