Survey: The Artists Alliance, Inc.

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$0 - $50,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Exhibition Space
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
The Artists Alliance, Inc. established as an artist-run,non-profit, artist alternative space to provide services to artists and to better promote community awarenes of the arts.
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
The Artists Alliance, Inc. established in 1979 with partial funding from the Junior League of Tampa, was the first & only artist-run, non-profit, alternative space for emerging artists in Florida. Its first salaried Director, Jodee Conaway (aka Georgia Conaway Vahue)was hired in 1980, part-time. In 1981, position became full-time. Park. The Artists Alliance maintained high visibility; close working relationship with University of South Florida’s College of Fine Arts; established the first Art-in-Public Spaces called "Cityscapes" in Tampa; launched "Gallery Nights",gallery & artist studio tours in Tampa & Tampa’s Latin Quarter, Ybor City; established an Artist’s Slide Library; established a corporate art rental/purchase oprogram promoting Florida Artists. Artists Alliance membershiop increased to 350+. The Alliance was viewed as contributing to the revitalization the historic Hyde Park section of Tampa. The Alliance was a respected member the National Alternative Space movement and participated in "Beyond Survival" New Art Spaces II, New Orleans, 1981 & New Art Spaces III, Washington, D.C., 1982. Even though the Alliance had received funding from the State of Florida Dept. of Cultural Affairs and other grants, funding became an issue in 1983. Its Finance Committee voted to reduce full-time Director to part time and reduce salary by half. Because of the salary cut, Director Jodee Conaway resigned. A new director was hired, but resigned after a short period; the Alliance lost its contributed Hyde Park space & moved to a donated Ybor City space with only a 5 yr lease. The Artists Alliance changed it’s name to the Florida Center for Contemporary Art in 1984. By 1989, the organization was almost non-exsistence.
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
Between 1980 - 1983, more than 30+ exhibitions of works by emerging artists & programs were held in its gallery space in Tampa’s Hyde Park. Exceptional exhibitions & firsts included a "James Rosenquist Invitational" with Rosenquist as the curator; and "Last Chance for Snow" with Ned Rifkin of the New Museum as curator. Thousands of Tampa Bay residents experienced outstanding art by Florida Artists. The Alliance garnered public attention for talented emerging artists. Invitations & catalogs were published for most exhibitions.
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Jodee (Georgia) Conaway Vahue
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Marty Hirons
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Bradley Nichels, PhD.
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Steve Crane
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
None / Not Applicable
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
The Artists Alliance no longer exists. Lack of funding, a strong Director, a Board of Directors committed to fundraising, & lack of ownership of its space contributed to its demise.
Part 7.
I have some archival material between 1980-1983. Other records may be lost.
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Other Concerns - Please describe below.
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
Former Board member & founder: Marty Hirons
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10d.
10d. Would you allow access in the future?: 
Part 10e.
10e. Under what circumstances would access to archives be allowed.: 
phone call & by appointment.
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Exhibition or Production Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Other Printed Publications
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
File Cabinets
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
1 - 10
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
1 - 10
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
16b. Paper-based:: 
Card File
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Not Applicable
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
We do not have any electronic files
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
Other - Please describe below.
Please describe: 
myself..material is in my personal files
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
We are not currently processing new material
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
Acid-Free Housing
Part 19.
19. What type of climate-controls are present in the area[s] in which the archives are stored?: 
Standard office heating / air conditioning / humidity controls running 24 hours / 7 days
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
stabilze materials
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
keeping material safe for my records as part of my professional past
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
time- making time to archive.
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
Who executed this survey.: 
Georgia Vahue (former name Jodee Conaway)
I wish to defer payment and allow AS-AP to use these funds to further AS-AP’s efforts to preserve the history of the alternative and avant-garde movement in America.