AHL FOUNDATION INC

aka AHL Foundation, INC   |   New York, NY   |  ahlfoundation.org

Mission

AHL Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)[3] not-for-profit arts organization established in New York in 2003 by Sook Nyu Lee Kim to support artists of Korean heritage working in the United States and promote exposure of their work in today’s highly competitive contemporary art world. Our mission is threefold: 1) to seek, identify and promote talented Korean and Korean-American artists active in the United States; 2) to provide the artists with a platform and resources to further develop their talents; and 3) to host educational, cultural, and artistic events with the goal of building wider public awareness of contemporary artists of Korean heritage.

Ruling year info

2003

President

Mrs. Sook Nyu Kim

Main address

420 W 23RD St Suite 7A

New York, NY 10011 USA

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EIN

52-2372747

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Art in the Workplace

The goal of the program is to create an open and inviting environment for the Korean immigrant community and general public to view contemporary art. The program has proven to be very popular with audiences and artists welcome the opportunity and challenge of creating an exhibition in a non-gallery, public setting. Several solo commissions and group exhibitions are organized through the ART IN THE WORKPLACE program in partnership with local corporate offices throughout New York City and tri-state areas. Art in the Workplace is currently hosting a solo exhibition by Hyong Nam Ahn, featuring new sketches and drawings produced by the artist as part of several sculpture works being made for an upcoming show at the 2021 Venice Biennale of Architecture.

Population(s) Served

AHL Foundation holds several group exhibitions every year at galleries across New York City, including the annual Contemporary Visual Art Award Winners' exhibition and AHL Artist Fellowship exhibition, an exhibition organized by our Curatorial Fellow, and at least one exhibition organized by a prominent guest curator. These exhibitions are important for supporting and raising the profile of artists and curators of Korean descent in the New York contemporary art scene, where they have little representation, despite being one of the largest ethnic groups in the city.

Population(s) Served

Our annual Fall PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES in partnership with the Korean Cultural Center New York provides free public lectures on a wide range of topics concerning Korean contemporary art and aesthetics given by prominent scholars and experts. These lectures are geared towards those in the Tri-State area with interest in the art and culture of Korea and Asia and take place at the Korean Cultural Center New York. Our Fall 2021 program includes lectures by Eleanor Hyun (Associate Curator, Korean Collection at the Metropolitan Museum), Eugenie Tsai (Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum), and Heng-Gil Han (Director, Korean Art Forum).

Population(s) Served

ART HISTORY CLASSES take place weekly (2 semesters/32 sessions) and give Korean immigrants who prefer to learn in their native tongue the opportunity to learn about a wide range of topics within the field of Art History. These are college-level classes taught by faculty members from prominent universities around NYC. Due to the uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the Fall 2021 semester will likely take place online. The main goal of the program is to provide the highest level of visual art lectures at an affordable price for the Korean immigrant community, who have lacked opportunities to receive such education or are intimidated by the cultural and language barriers of educational programs available in English. This current Spring 2021 semester covers the theme of “Religion & Art” and is taught by Professor Sohee Koo, who holds a P.h.D. from Columbia University in Art and Art Education.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Sexual identity
Social and economic status
Work status and occupations
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
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Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
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Adults
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Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our programs are intended to provide under-recognized contemporary artists of Korean descent with the exposure they need to build successful creative careers and build bridges between the burgeoning Korean American contemporary art community and the local New York cultural scene. Programs are also designed to provide the Korean immigrant community with enriching contemporary art experiences, including public art installations at immigrant-owned businesses and Korean-language Art History classes. We hope to contribute towards a more diverse and inclusive cultural discourse within the contemporary art world through our programs.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We learned that high school students are experiencing additional challenges to apply for colleges, pursuing their arts education. Based on this feedback, we plan to start a free Portfolio Development program for youth and young people in immigrant communities to address additional challenges posed by the pandemic for seeking arts education. During the planning process for an online roundtable discussion with several artists as part of our online exhibition “[dis]locations: traversing solidarities within Korean adopted activisms”, the issue of accessibility for deaf people was brought up. After listening to the concerns of the participating artists and curator, our organization hired sign-language interpreters to help the hearing impaired participate in this roundtable discussion. Goin

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The feedback process let us to cultivate stronger relationships with Korean Contemporary arts community of academics, gallerists, collectors, curators, and artists, as well as people with more casual interest in contemporary art and various Korean community and cultural organizations.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AHL FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 4/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Daru Jung Hyang Kim


Board co-chair

Mr. Yeong Gill Kim

Aaron Choi

Eunsil Kim

Grace Charity Foundation

Wonsook Kim

Eunsil Lee

Hyong Nam Ahn

Ockhwa Sung

Seung Hee Hwang

Susan Park

Young Sook Chong

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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/12/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/12/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.