Survey: Artspace, Inc.

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$250,001 - $500,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Exhibition Space
Transient or Non-Physical Organization for Creation or Exhibitions
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Artspace’s mission is to CATALYZE artistic efforts; to CONNECT artists, audiences and resources; and to REDEFINE art spaces. Originally founded in 1987 by artists, Artspace fosters appreciation for the dynamic role that visual artists play in improving our community. Since its rebirth in 1998, when this mission statement was written, Artspace has helped over 2,000 local visual artists develop their careers as artists, teachers, and civic role-models. Since 1998, our emphasis has also expanded from serving emerging artists in our immediate area, to encompassing exhibitions which mix both nationally recognized, as well as locally-known artists.
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
Artspace began as early as 1984 as an artist collective working in a storefront, then incorporated and built a permanent space which it owned as part of a condo of a new arts building, then jettisoned the space for cost reasons to return to free storefront space, and is now back in a gallery space under a city subsidy. In 2001, Artspace entered into a collaborative arrangement with the City of New Haven and jointly redeveloped a civil-war era furniture factory located in a historic but overlooked area of downtown. With the support of CT’s Department of Economic Development, the New Haven Development Commission, and the City’s Planning Commission, Artspace oversaw the renovation and creation of a flexible exhibition facility which includes areas for group exhibitions, experimental solo space, window installations, as well as an area for an artist in residence and Artspace’s offices. The space, Artspace’s Center for Contemporary Art (“Artspace”) opened in April 2002, drawing both crowds and interest, and serving as an effective good-will ambassador for downtown New Haven. From 1998 to 2002, the organization ran with volunteer leadership, and occasional part time paid program staff. In the fall of 2002, Artspace took a new direction with respect to its curatorial approach. The organization had previously organized its exhibitions through a visual arts committee, a volunteer artistic board comprised of respected local artists. Each artist took a turn to curate, occasionally teaming up with others. Each year, the organization also engaged outside curators. In 2002, following the departure of one of the founding members of Artspace and the head of the VAC, Artspace launched a national search to hire its first full time professional Curator/Gallery Director. Denise Markonish, who was previously the Curator at the Fuller Museum, was hired. In 2004, Artspace also entered into a lease and agreement to develop the Lot, an outdoor space one block from its gallery, as a site for temporary public sculpture.
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
Artspace presents 5 thematic group exhibitions/year in its Untitled (Space) gallery, 5 solo exhibitions/year in the Project Room, and 6 exhibitions/year of selections from the Flatfile, a semi-permanent collection of 300 works-on-paper by area artists chosen from a bi-annual open call. The Lot installation rotates twice a year. In addition, Artspace runs a lively education program aimed at public schools students from New Haven, encompassing a Teen Docent Program, a hands-on summer apprenticeship for 15 students to collaborate on a new work with a visiting artist, and vacation period printmaking and photography workshops. These programs are all offered at no charge to students. Each year, Artspace also presents City-Wide Open Studios, a month long festival. Artists open their studios, and Artspace activates empty buildings as sites for temporary installations. A central exhibition at Artspace is mounted with one representative work by every artist.
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Helen Kauder
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Marianne Bernstein
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Denise Markonish
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.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Collective / Unincorporated Association
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?: 
Fiscal endangerment of organization
End of lease for your space resulting in a move to a smaller location
End of lease for your space resulting in termination of activities or changing of priorities
Changes in your physical space that will result in endangerment to your archival materials
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Are there other threats to your organization? Please describe below.
Part 7.
Also space
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
1. Very 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?: 
Drain on Existing Staff Time
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?: 
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.: 
Anyone would be welcome
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
Financial Records
Legal Documents
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Other Artwork
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Checklists / Performance Programs / Price Lists
Programs of Events
Other Printed Publications - Please describe below.
Exhibition Catalogues
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Banker Boxes
File Cabinets
Three-Ring Binders
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
31 - 40
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
31 - 40
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
81 - 90
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: 
31 - 40
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:: 
Not Applicable
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.)?: 
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
General Staff
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
Manual System (Card File, File Folders)
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
None or Limited
Part 19.
19. What type of climate-controls are present in the area[s] in which the archives are stored?: 
No or minimal climate controls [i.e. in an attic, basement, unheated / uncooled storage area, etc.]
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
Organize material for ease of access, inventory materials
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
staff time
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
2007 represents 20 years as an ongoing org--a good time to create a commemorative publication
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
time, funding
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
thrilled to be part of larger project preserving and contributing our history
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$10,001 - $15,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$15,001 - $20,000
Part 23.
23d. Other - Please describe below.: 
Access to library filing methods/accepted standards would be helpful
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?: 
25b. Who?: 
Exit Art, NY, has impressed us with their effort
Artspace, Inc
Who executed this survey.: 
Helen Kauder
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: