Agassiz Baldwin Community, A Cambridge Corporation

aka Maud Morgan Arts   |   Cambridge, MA   |  http://www.agassiz.org

Mission

The Agassiz Baldwin Community is a place that nurtures individual growth and creativity, builds connections, and serves as a forum for community advocacy.

We believe in...
welcoming and including everyone.
lifelong learning.
fostering a culture of creativity and cooperation.

We serve the Agassiz neighborhood as well as Cambridge and surrounding towns.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Ms. Maria LaPage

Main address

20 Sacramento St

Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

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Formerly known as

Agassiz Neighborhood Council

EIN

04-2862401

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Our programs

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Agassiz Baldwin Afterschool

We offer care and enrichment for school age children with a focus on the arts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Outback Summer Program provides a high-quality summer experience for families who value creativity, culture and community. We specialize in building community through creative explorations. Our neighborhood location and large backyard are the perfect setting for children to build friendships and express their individuality, and our teachers strive to make every child feel welcome. Through daily activities in drama, sports, visual arts, science, dance, gardening, cooking, music, and more, we inspire children to let their imaginations guide them! We strive to strike the perfect balance of structure of freedom for a safe yet fun summer.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We offer a unique network of activities and services for people 50 years and older including computer training, walking events, outdoor space with wifi and bocce, volunteer opportunities, snow removal services, discounts on visual arts classes, free exhibits, and a guide to Cambridge services.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Mission
Maud Morgan Arts builds community through the visual arts by connecting, inspiring, and enriching individual lives.

Vision and Values
Maud Morgan was a well-known and beloved artist of great talent and vibrancy, and an Agassiz neighborhood resident. She lived her life deeply in art, and her spirit continues to inspire and guide Maud Morgan Arts. We envision a world where all people are enriched by the visual arts and inspired to explore their own creativity. Our classes, workshops and programs offer high-quality instruction to people of all ages, talents and income levels.

Population(s) Served
Adults

ABC provides support for the neighborhood council to come together to work on local civic issues and strengthen the neighborhood community.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 5 Year Accreditation 2010

Awards

Honorable Mention-Facade Program 2011

Cambridge Historical Commission

Goals & Strategy

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our organization's mission is to be a place that nurtures individual growth and creativity, builds connections, and serves as a forum for community advocacy.

We have programs and classes for all ages that provide a creative outlet and encourage learning including preschool, afterschool and summer programs for children and arts classes at the Maud Morgan Art Center for all ages. We also have a community focused art gallery, community events and the Living Well Network for older adults. The main goal of these activities is to bring people together. The Agassiz Neighborhood Council works on community issues and gives a voice to community members.

We have a long history of providing high quality childcare where children are not only safe and supervised, but take part in a variety of activities that enable them to play, learn and grow. We have an experienced and caring staff who ensure these programs live up to a high standard. The newly built Maud Morgan Arts Center is located in our very own backyard and contains beautiful, new, state of the art studios that are specially designed for ceramics, printmaking, painting, drawing and other media. Through years of community building, we have a well known Neighborhood Council and more recently have developed the Living Well Network. These groups have established connections in the community with individuals, businesses, universities and other organizations that serve to provide a voice to the neighborhood and empower community initiatives.

2010 saw the opening of the Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center in the backyard of the agency. This art center is designed with media specific studios and is state of the art and is a sunny, beautiful space to create and learn. While we've been running classes and workshops for several years now, we are always looking for new collaborations and ways to bring arts education and a creative outlet to new groups.

Agassiz Baldwin Children's Programs have been focused on providing more scholarships for low income students in all programs. We have done a great deal of outreach and partnered with the public schools to identify students in need and spread the word. We have seen our scholarship enrollment go up. However, we would lie to continue to see this number grow and are actively seeking funding to be able to expand the scholarship fund. This initiative is driven by a desire to maintain economic diversity in the programs, which we believe is a benefit to all, and because we are committed to including and welcoming all which in part means making our programs accessible to low income families.

Our Living Well Network for older adults is also a fairly new program and it has seen organize growth, both in terms of members and offerings. Based on expressed need from members, the Network has yoga, tai chi, art classes, computer support, financial workshops, biking workshops and other activities from time to time. We'd like to see this group find ways to be more involved with some community activism and social justice issues.

The Agassiz Neighborhood Council is the basis for the whole organization and is where many of the programs began. The Council has had many successes over the years and is a powerful and dynamic force in neighborhood civic issues. The ANC has managed to build positive relationships with Harvard University and local government. We'd like to find ways to attract new members and reach a broader audience to ensure its ongoing vitality.

Financials

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Agassiz Baldwin Community, A Cambridge Corporation

Board of directors
as of 1/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Andrea Walsh


Board co-chair

Sue Kriegsman

No Affiliation

Term: 2021 - 2022

Hull Fulweiler

No Affiliation

Andrea Walsh

No Affiliation

Sue Kriegsman

Lawrence Neeley

Michelle Morphew

Patricia Whelan

Cicely Carew

Ellen Harkavy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 ? No
  • Ethics and 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? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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