Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Association to Preserve African American Society, History and Tradition, Inc.

  • Orlando, FL
  • http://wellsbuiltmuseumofafricanamericanhistoryandculture.org/

Mission Statement

The mission of the Association is to ""collect, preserve and exhibit historical artifacts and information which illustrate the meaningful role African Americans have played in the Orlando area and the State of Florida. The Association is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting memorabilia which commemorate the achievements of African Americans educators, athletes, musicians, religious, civic, and cultural leaders. The Association seeks to educate visitors to and members of the Central Florida community at large regarding the African American experience including relevant history, literature, art, language, and culture.

Main Programs

  1. ECHO
  2. Wells'Built Museum

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Service Areas

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Florida

The organization serves and is located in the historic Holden/Parramore District just outside of downtown Orlando.

ruling year

2016

Principal Officer since 2016

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Mr. James DeShay

Keywords

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echo wells built museum PAST history black

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Also Known As

PAST, Inc.

EIN

59-3205047

 Number

4859807837

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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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PAST implemented our ECHO program with the Bridge to Independence School starting in the summer of 2010 and we are completing year two of this program. PAST successfully presented the annual MLK Holiday Walking Tour, Trailblazers Recognition and Florida Juneteenth Festival offerings this past year. PAST intends to complete a Strategic Plan and a Fund Raising Plan by the Fall of 2012.

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

ECHO

The Exploring Culture and Humanities Opportunities Program is funded by the City of Orlando's Mayor's Matching Grant. During this program the Bridge to Independence School will collaborate with PAST to provide a heritage instruction program for Parramore youth to educate them regarding individuals from their community who were instrumental in the development of Central Florida. The program has served up to 100 youth during the summer and after-school hours during the academic year.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$6,500.00

Program 2

Wells'Built Museum

PAST operates the Wells'Built Museum of African American History and Culture. This venture allows the Association to fulfill its mission to collect, preserve and exhibit historical artifacts and information by providing the museum for public access and producing quality exhibits.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Ultimately our goal in preserving the history of not only the surrounding community, but the history of the individuals and families within the community is to contribute to a better quality of life. This is accomplished by bringing together the past, present and future of the culture. The past history is the reason for the present which is the foundation for the future. By providing a clear picture of past history, we are encouraging the involvement of students, parents, educators and those of every professional genre to engage in the development of a brighter future a greater cultural experience as well as the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to develop a stronger community based on the richness of the past.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Bring better awareness of the organization by developing programs that will expand outreach into the community. Facilitate events at the establishment that invite individuals and families to actively participate. Utilize every resource of social media to advertise the establishment and events therein. We are opening our doors to host community groups for business meetings and or other events. Our staff participates in off-site events with mobile displays to build report and visitation.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Information about the organization can be found on our Web-site www.wellsbuiltmuseumofafricanamericanhistoryandculture.org, also through social media on the Facebook page and other social media tools that is linked to the website.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    A monthly journal kept which records the calendar of events each day of each month, both on site and off site events. Qualitatively we solicit feed back from patrons that assist in improving service to visitors and members of the community. Quantitatively, the number of visitors is documented daily, the totals of each month are totaled at the end of the year. Obtaining posession of the family home of the original owner and founder of the Historical Landmark governed by this organization was definately a milestone, as upon it's total restorationit will be included in the tour adding greater value overall. Target dates for restoration of this project are scheduled for completion in 2016 increasing visitation and patronage. Exposure through newscasts about the organization has increased both awareness and visitation. In analyzing both quantitative and qualitative measures, we are able to target high and low peak dates and determine strategies to bring better awareness of the facility and it's history.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The organization serves and is located in the historic Holden/Parramore District just outside of downtown Orlando.

Funding Needs

PAST needs a stronger volunteer base, and a fundraising plan and strategic plan. All of these items are being addressed on an on-going basis by the Board of Directors.

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Operations

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Association to Preserve African American Society, History and Tradition, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. James DeShay

BIO

James DeShay has taken on the role of Director as of January 2016. He was previously an educator with Orange County Public Schools for over 30 years. He has been an active part of P.A.S.T. for over fifteen years and has served as a Board Member.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Association to Preserve African American Society, History and Tradition, Inc. (PAST, Inc.) is an organization that is committed to maintaining the strong tradition set by the pioneers of the African American community in Central Florida. PAST seeks to establish long-standing programming and offer quality programs to local residents and visitors to the area."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. John Stover

Retired

Term: Jan 2014 - Jan 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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