Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Franconia Sculpture Park

  • Franconia, MN
  • www.franconia.org

Mission Statement

To provide physically and intellectually wide-open spaces where all are inspired to participate in the creative process.

Main Programs

  1. Artist Residency
  2. Community Programming
Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

Primary community served: East Central Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, and the Twin Cities metropolitan area, as well as visitors from around the country and the globe. Our artist residency program serves national and international emerging and mid-career visual artists.

ruling year

1997

Artistic Director/CEO

Self-reported

Mr. John Hock

Keywords

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arts, sculpture, artist residency, visual arts, nonprofit, arts learning

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EIN

41-1843609

 Number

3343244949

Physical Address

29836 St. Croix Trail

Shafer, MN 55074

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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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Franconia Sculpture Park provides transformative residency, studio, and exhibition programs for emerging and mid-career artists at our 30-acre sculpture park and artist residency located in Franconia, MN, 45 miles from the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. To achieve our mission "to provide physically and intellectually wide-open spaces where all are inspired to participate in the creative process", we conduct programs that achieve:

ARTIST DEVELOPMENT
- annually award on-site residency fellowships and internships to 40+ national and international artists that provide artists the transformational opportunity to create and exhibit large-scale sculpture in an unfettered, rural setting

ARTS ACCESS and ARTS LEARNING
- serve 60,000+ visitors with daily, free access to our expansive, continually changing exhibition of 100+ sculptures at our 30 acre park in Franconia, MN, and satellite sculpture park and gallery at the Casket Arts Complex in Northeast Minneapolis, MN
- serve 10,000+ community members with arts learning programming focused on three-dimensional arts, offering learners of all ages the opportunity to learn from and engage directly with artists at Franconia through symposia, guided tours, art-making workshops, cultural events, and gallery exhibitions.

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

Artist Residency

Franconia Sculpture Park supports the development of visual artists by providing on-site residency fellowships and internships where the primary purpose is to create and exhibit new sculpture. This program provides artists a combined residence, studio and exhibition environment. Offering a rural environment free from the constraints of commercial and institutional venues, we support artists as they challenge boundaries, personal limitations, and societal restrictions. Truly an open-air sculpture laboratory, we promote experimentation through projects that are adventurous in the use of materials or structure, make innovative use of technology, and/or that offer alternative or fresh perspectives. Franconia also fosters partnerships with sculpture parks around the country that provide new opportunities for sculptors to create and exhibit work. The community-building aspect of the residency program helps artists develop an invaluable professional network that sparks future projects and collaborations, propels academic opportunities, provides meaningful peer feedback, and establishes lifelong relationships. At Franconia, emerging artists work side-by-side with established artists, providing career-bound artists the opportunity to learn from artists from around the world. Annually, Franconia supports over 40 artists, and has supported over 775 artists in the past 18 years.

FELLOWSHIPS: Fellowship residencies run from April – December and can last between three weeks and three months, depending on the scope and scale of the sculpture. Artists are provided with room and board, outdoor studio space, tools, machinery, staff and technical support, materials, and stipends. By providing a comprehensive residence, work, and exhibition space in a single location, this program supports visual artists at all levels of their careers as they create new work to be sited specifically at Franconia. Throughout their residencies, fellows mentor intern artists and are provided opportunities for extensive networking with professional artists, arts supporters, and administrators.

INTERNSHIPS: Franconia’s stimulating and supportive environment provides a safe place for emerging artists to grow, thrive, and mature on their journey to become professional, working artists. Through this comprehensive internship experience, emerging artists are challenged and encouraged with high expectations in a caring, supportive environment that offers a safe place to explore their artistic vision. We further support emerging artists as they progress into post-graduate programs and professional work experiences by building connections to future opportunities and providing professional referrals and recommendations. Past intern artists, many of whom now have active professional artistic careers, report that Franconia is where they truly developed the “real life” ambition, skills and work ethic required for building a career as a professional artist.

Category

Visual Arts

Population(s) Served

Adults

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None

Budget

Program 2

Community Programming

Arts Learning:
We open doors of new expression for community members of all ages and abilities who engage and learn directly with artists at Franconia Sculpture Park through stimulating arts learning programs. Our guided tours, art-making workshops, cast metal sculpture workshops, iron pour demonstrations, diverse cultural programming, symposia, and gallery exhibitions serve over 10,000 participants each year. In 2013, we launched a new Rural Arts Program providing underserved rural youth from east central Minnesota access to fee-free guided tours and art-making workshops.

Access to the Arts:
Every day, Franconia provides the community free access to an expansive, ever-changing exhibition of over 100 sculptures and the opportunity to engage directly with artists-in-residence. We are continually installing new work that inspires, challenges, and delights audiences. Franconia in the City@Casket gallery and satellite sculpture park in Northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota, furthers our mission by engaging people from the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.

Category

Visual Arts

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

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?
    Franconia Sculpture Park's primary goals are:

    OUTCOME 1: Through its artist residency program, Franconia will foster an inspiring environment for artists to expand their skills by supporting up to 40 artists annually in the creation and exhibition of new three-dimensional artwork.

    OUTCOME 2: Through its public programming, Franconia will promote the public education of three-dimensional art by providing at least 10,000 community members arts learning programming focused on three-dimensional arts and 60,000+ visitors daily, free access to our expansive outdoor exhibition of 100+ sculptures.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Franconia Sculpture Park's strategies to achieve its goals are:

    OUTCOME 1: Through its artist residency program, Franconia will foster an inspiring environment for artists to expand their skills by supporting up to 40 artists annually in the creation and exhibition of new three-dimensional artwork.

    We will provide fellowships, internship, and intensive cast metal workshops that serve up to 40 emerging and mid-career visual artists each year by providing funding and technical assistance to create and exhibit large-scale sculpture at our 30 acre sculpture park and the opportunity to exhibit two- and three-dimensional artwork at Franconia in the City @ Casket in Northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota. Franconia's artist programs include the FSP/Jerome Fellowship, Open Studio Fellowship Program, Intern Artist Program, and Cast Metal Artist Workshop.

    OUTCOME 2: Through its public programming, Franconia will promote the public education of three-dimensional art by providing at least 10,000 community members arts learning programming focused on three-dimensional arts and 60,000+ visitors daily, free access to our expansive outdoor exhibition of 100+ sculptures.

    We provide 60,000+ annual visitors daily, free access to our outdoor exhibition of 100+ sculptures in Franconia, MN, and satellite sculpture park and gallery at the Casket Arts Complex in Northeast Minneapolis, MN. We provide 10,000+ community members the opportunity to learn from and engage directly with artists at Franconia through symposia, tours, art-making workshops, cast metal programs, cultural events, and gallery exhibitions.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    By offering artists a rural environment free from the constraints of commercial and institutional venues, Franconia supports artists as they challenge boundaries, personal limitations, and societal restrictions. Truly an open-air sculpture laboratory, we promote experimentation through projects that are adventurous in the use of materials or structure, make innovative use of technology, and/or that offer fresh perspectives. We also foster partnerships that provide new opportunities for sculptors to create and exhibit work. Through the residency community, artists develop an invaluable professional network that sparks future projects, exhibitions and collaborations, propels academic opportunities, and provides meaningful peer feedback.

    Franconia serves emerging and mid-career artists through its artist residency, exhibition program, and public arts programming. Led by John Hock, Co-founder, Artistic Director and CEO, Franconia has significant experience operating an artist residency and extensive professional contacts in the artistic community. As an arts organization continually advancing the creation of new artwork by emerging and mid-career artists, Franconia sustains a supportive, freeing environment where artists are released from the constraints of traditional venues to explore work that challenges societal norms, investigate alternative perspectives, and experiment with new materials, concepts, and techniques. Artists served by Franconia commonly share that their residency experience provided them the time, support, and open space, both physical and intellectual, to explore new avenues that advanced their work in a new direction. 2012 FSP/Jerome Fellow Clive Murphy explains his experience; “I think of Franconia as a huge open-air sculpture laboratory; an amazing space for artists who want an opportunity to challenge themselves in terms of scale and scope in an environment where you have access to the focus and resources to realize really ambitious projects – and then afterwards the work is on view for the public to enjoy on-site. The support and opportunity this award afforded me has helped move my practice forward in an important and significant way.”
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    With a goal of continuous learning and excellence, Franconia staff conduct an annual review of qualitative and quantitative feedback gathered through audience and artist surveys, an internal review of program administration, and implement improvements to programs based on findings gathered through these evaluation methods.

    Evaluation of Artist Program:
    To evaluate the artist program, staff conduct a detailed evaluation process with artists-in-residence including; in-person orientation that outlines the evaluation process; one-on-one interview to gather qualitative information about their residency experience; and artists-in-residence complete a detailed written evaluation and exit survey that provides quantitative data on satisfaction and effectiveness of the residency program. Surveys gathers candid feedback and perceptions pertaining to Franconia’s strengths and weaknesses in serving artists, effectiveness at attracting and serving a diverse community of artists, effectiveness of community engagement efforts, and identifies areas of improvement. While in residence, we also document artist projects through interviews and blog postings that discuss the impact of the residency program on the progression of artists’ work and development of their careers. While artists are in residence, we also foster learning opportunities among artists by supporting individual and group mentorship, reflection, and critique. To ensure our artist residency practices are aligned with sector best practices, we regularly assess our program administration with the Alliance of Artist Communities “Best Practices” artist residency guidelines.

    Evaluation of Public Programming:
    To evaluate Franconia’s public programming, we establish evaluation plans and develop assessment tools to measure the impact of the program and achievement of project outcomes. We utilize a logic model framework to identify program outcomes, impact, activities, inputs, and evaluation metrics. We track quantities of audiences and communities served, and survey program participants, partners, and key personnel. Results from the evaluation assessment are utilized to assess program effectiveness through an analysis of satisfaction ratings and to make improvements and refinements to the program based on constituent feedback. The evaluation plan is intended to assess Franconia’s impact in serving specific communities and uncover ways we can improve services.

    Organizational Assessment:
    We have completed our FY10-12 Profiles for the Minnesota Cultural Data Project and will utilize this service to analyze multi-year trending, review analytics on operations and programming, and benchmarking with organizations comparable to our size and service level with sector-wide data. We complete an in-depth report every three years as part of the Accountability Wizard review through the Charities Review Council, which we attained in 2012.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    As a highly nimble and adaptive arts organization focused on advancing the creation of new artwork by emerging and mid-career artists, Franconia is continually pushing the envelope and responding to the latest trends. The continual influx of fresh energy and ideas that artists bring to our organization pushes us to continually innovate and respond to emerging trends and changes in the arts sector, in artistic practice, and community engagement practices. We also respond to emerging trends and conditions affecting the nonprofit sector.

    PROGRESS TO DATE AND NEW INITIATIVES TO STRENGTHEN PROGRAMMING:

    ARTIST PROGRAMMING
    • To date, our artist residency program has successfully served 775 artists in the past 18 years.
    • EXPANDING SCOPE OF ARTISTIC PROJECTS: In direct response to the progression of artistic practice and diversity of creative expression, we are widening the scope of the type of projects to be inclusive of three-dimensional work that might include digital media, performance or time-based work, and participatory public projects, to support artists who are pushing past traditional object-based sculpture-making.
    • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: To respond to the growth of creative place-making and increasing interest in utilizing the arts to build community vibrancy, we are increasingly engaging artists-in-residence in community-based projects, both bringing the community in to engage with artists, and bringing art and artists-in-residence out to engage directly with the community.

    COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING
    • To date, our community programming successfully serves over 10,000 community members with arts learning programs and over 60,000 annual visitors daily access to the expansive outdoor sculpture exhibition.
    • RURAL ARTS PROGRAM: We recently launched a new Rural Arts Program that provides fee-free artist-led guided exhibition tours and interactive art-making workshops led by professional visual artists to underserved rural youth from east central Minnesota.

    ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
    • STRATEGIC PLAN: We recently established a five-year strategic and tactical plan to guide our work from 2014-2018. The strategic plan outlines strategic goals and tactical activities to achieve the following goals: 1) strengthen current programming; 2) broad leadership and board capacities; 3) build relationships; 4) strengthen financial sustainability, organizational management, and administrative capacity; and 5) plan and launch a capital expansion project.
    • CAPACITY BUILDING: As Franconia matures beyond the founding/emerging stage of its nonprofit organizational development, we are investing in capacity capital (staffing, technology, and systems) to ensure our long-term sustainability. To ensure our resource mix is aligned with current needs and poised to handle future needs, we are investing in administrative and technological infrastructure that will help us do our work better and more efficiently.
Service Areas

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Minnesota

Primary community served: East Central Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, and the Twin Cities metropolitan area, as well as visitors from around the country and the globe. Our artist residency program serves national and international emerging and mid-career visual artists.

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Financials

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FRANCONIA SCULPTURE PARK
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Franconia Sculpture Park

Leadership

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Artistic Director/CEO

Mr. John Hock

BIO

John Hock serves as the Artistic Director and CEO of Franconia Sculpture Park, a leading artist residency and rural arts organization, which he co-founded in 1996. Under his leadership, Franconia has flourished into a professional arts organization managing an active artist residency program and extensive community arts programming. At Franconia, Mr. Hock has cultivated a creative environment where artists experiment and challenge artistic boundaries and societal restrictions to achieve new visions. Through Mr. Hock’s leadership, Franconia awards competitive residency fellowships and internships for 40+ emerging and mid-career visual artists each year, supporting the creation and on-site exhibition of large-scale sculpture. Mr. Hock serves as Chief Curator and Manager for the City of St. Paul’s Western Sculpture Park (MN), serves in an advisory capacity for several American sculpture parks, and serves on the 7th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art Advisory Board. It is Mr. Hock’s belief and philosophy that sculpture enables people to view the world through a diversity of perspectives and that public art brings communities together in unparalleled ways.

As a professional artist, Mr. Hock has large-scale abstract sculptures in collections and public parks around the United States and England. Mr. Hock has received numerous fellowships and awards, including the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, McKnight Individual Artist Grant, Athena Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award. He earned a B.A. in sculpture from Bennington College (’81) and M.F.A. degree from Syracuse University (84’).

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Josine Peters

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?