Arts, Culture, and Humanities

GEMINI SERIES INC

  • San Antonio, TX
  • www.geminiink.org

Mission Statement

“Gemini Ink helps people create and share the human story," is our mission. This calling is amplified by our vision statement: “At Gemini Ink we believe human story in all its diverse and complicated forms and genres — from poetry and fiction to memoir and oral tradition — is essential to developing compassion and richness in both individual and community life. We encourage focused reading, writing, and exchange at every level, from elementary school student to incarcerated youth and from polished professional to the elder who has always wanted to record her family stories."

Main Programs

  1. Writers in Communities (WIC)
  2. Community Writing Classes (CWC)
  3. Open Classroom (Autograph Series, Breakthrough Thinkers)
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Gemini Ink, the only non-profit literary arts center in South Central Texas, serves primarily San Antonio/Bexar County, and our work also has a presence on the web. We champion readers and writers of all ages, interests, and abilities at sites throughout San Antonio/Bexar County, including schools, neighborhood centers, museums, libraries, healing facilities (such as the Children's Bereavement Center) and special care settings (such as the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Treatment Center).

ruling year

1997

Executive Director

Self-reported

Sheila Black

Keywords

Self-reported

literary arts, writers and readers, writing workshops, readings, performance

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Also Known As

Gemini Ink

EIN

74-2774094

Physical Address

1111 Navarro

San Antonio, 78205

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

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

Self-reported by organization

Formerly a local writers reading series, Gemini Ink has become an energetic community service agency championing the right of all citizens – “literary" or not – to share their stories and inner lives, growing their self-esteem and sense of community. Our work also builds the critical thinking, reading, writing, and verbal skills essential to a healthy and economically thriving populace. We have grown from some 2,000 participants in 2002 to an average of 5,000 participants yearly since 2005. During 2014, 76% of Gemini Ink participants experienced our programs free of charge, and 57.7% of participants in our two creative writing programs — Writers in Communities (outreach, free to participants) and University Without Walls (on site, nominal class fees) — were people of color (47.1% Latino, 6.8% African American, 1% Asian, .1% American Indian, 2.7% other). Gemini Ink is about success for all through the essential power of language.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Writers in Communities (WIC)

Writers in Communities sends professional writers into diverse community settings – shelters, schools, neighborhood centers, detention facilities – to work alongside students of all ages, needs, interests, and abilities. These workshops – always free to participants – focus on oral traditions, reading, and creative writing, and because we publish work by each student, represent for many their first acknowledged success with language.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$110,707.00

Program 2

Community Writing Classes (CWC)

Community Writing Classes offers three semesters of nominally fee-based reading groups and workshops and also many free literary events, all led by professional writers, scholars, and interdisciplinary artists. Designed and scheduled for working adults, UWW often brings well-known visiting writers and literary professionals to enlarge our community's literary exposure. During the past five years, at least three UWW students – all professionals with full-time jobs – have gone on to take creative writing MFAs in low-residency programs throughout the country.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$160,450.00

Program 3

Open Classroom (Autograph Series, Breakthrough Thinkers)

Open Classroom, comprising Autograph Series and the new Breakthrough Thinkers, presents writers of national and international stature – many of them recipients of major prizes such as the Pulitzer or National Book Award – in free public performances followed by audience Q&A. Ours is one of the only such series in the nation offered without charge. T

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$61,940.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Gemini Ink, the only non-profit literary arts center in South Central Texas, serves primarily San Antonio/Bexar County, and our work also has a presence on the web. We champion readers and writers of all ages, interests, and abilities at sites throughout San Antonio/Bexar County, including schools, neighborhood centers, museums, libraries, healing facilities (such as the Children's Bereavement Center) and special care settings (such as the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Treatment Center).

Funding Needs

While we constantly work to increase earned and contributed income, we are always in need of more operational support, especially to sustain our growth. We have experienced a 50% growth in staff and have worked to make each salary more equitable.

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Financials

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THE GEMINI SERIES INC DBA GEMINI INK
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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GEMINI SERIES INC

Leadership

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Executive Director

Sheila Black

BIO

Sheila Black oversees artistic design, promotion and quality of all Gemini Ink programs and events. She is the public face of the organization and assures that Gemini Ink's mission and programs are shared with the community in order to reach new markets and foster collaborations. She also leads development efforts with support of the Board, and manages the fiscal health of the organization. Black began her new position as executive│artistic director on August 1, 2012. A published poet and author, Black has over nine years of highly successful experience in non-profit management and development. The author of two poetry collections (Love/Iraq), Black is a graduate of Barnard College and received her MFA in poetry from the University of Montana. Her latest collection, Wen Kroy, won the 2011 Orphic Prize from Dream Horse Press and is forthcoming. She also co-edited Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011) which was named a Notable Book for 2012 by the American Library Association (ALA). She was awarded the Frost-Pellicer Frontera Prize in 2000 and the Witter Bynner Fellowship in Poetry from the Library of Congress in 2012.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"San Antonio is the seventh largest city in the United States, currently estimated at some 1,267,000 inhabitants, of whom 61% are Latino (U.S. Census Bureau, 2005-2007 American Community Survey). A painful 25% of our residents are functionally illiterate in English (Literacy SA 2009). While as writers and cultural workers we do not value one language over another, we certainly recognize that English-language mastery is essential to economic and social well-being in our society. We also believe that learning occurs by our valuing what the learner already knows and moving outward from there. We honor our participants' original languages, cultures and stories as a connecting foundation to the language, culture and stories of others. We believe there is no learning without self-esteem."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Michael Soto

Trinity University

Term: Oct 2014 - Oct 2017

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?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

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?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?