AS-AP

Survey: Big Orbit Gallery, Inc.

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Organization: 
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1991
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$100,001 - $250,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Multipurpose Space [Amalgam of Multiple Artistic Disciplines]
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Big Orbit is coprised of 2 distinct programs housed at 2 separate facilities. "Big Orbit Gallery’s fosters an environment of experimentation for established artists while providing emerging artists with opportunities to participate in comprehensive exhibitions and solo shows. Addressing the evolution of contemporary critical issues, the Visual Arts Program showcases local artistic production while pursuing current cultural discourse, rendering Big Orbit Gallery a locus for the diverse tendencies of visual expression in Western New York, and an invaluable resource to local audiences engaged in the global dialogue of contemporary culture." Big Orbit Soundlab, which encompasses the fields of experimental theater, literary performance, new music and sound art (with a particular emphasis on medium-challenging and genre-elusive work), aspires toward launching a new era for local engagement with the global avant garde. Divided between solo/group presentations, multi-media performance events and curated shows featuring multiple artists (presented at SOUNDLAB, an off-site venue in the Dun Building in Downtown Buffalo), Big Orbit Soundlab exposes regional artists and audiences to emerging strains for experimentation not typically programmed in Western New York.
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
http://www.bigorbitgallery.org/bigorbit/allofthempast.html http://www.bigorbitgallery.org/soundlab/TEXTARCHIVES/timeline1998-2002.html
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Sean Donaher sean@bigorbitgallery.org
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Craig Reynolds bastazine@hotmail.com
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Gerald Mead meadgc@buffalostate.edu
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Peter Sowiski sowiskpj@buffalostate.edu
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Yes
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
Yes
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still 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?: 
Yes
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
None / Not Applicable
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
The organization relies on long time volunteers in key staff positions. If they were to leave abruptly the organization could possibly suffer or even cease operations. It is imperative that the organization prioritizes making these positions funded staff.
Part 7.
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?: 
No
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
Yes
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Fiscal Need
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
No
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
No
Where are these locations?: 
Where are these locations? [I.E. Home / Office of Private Individual(s) (i.e. Former Board, Staff, Funders, etc)]
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
No
survey_field_49: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Yes
Part 10b.
10b. Are there conditions of access for scholars, curators or researchers?: 
No
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Correspondence
Board Minutes
Exhibition or Production Files
Financial Records
Legal Documents
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Other Digital Materials
Slides
Photographs
Other:: 
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials - Please describe below.
Other:: 
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Brochures
Other:: 
Other Printed Publications
Other:: 
Other
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
1990-1999
2000-2005
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
File Cabinets
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
None
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: 
21 - 30
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
No
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.)?: 
Yes
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
General Staff
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
No System
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?: 
Begin to catalogue.
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
Establishing relationship with institution able to take and catalogue archive.
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
Gather missing important documents.
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
Money
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
1.
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$4,000 - $5,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
Unknown
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?: 
Yes
25b. Who?: 
New York State Artist Workspace Consortium
Finish
Who executed this survey.: 
Sean Donaher, Executive Director, Big Orbit Gallery
survey_field_149: 
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.
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: 
Yes