Survey: Bootstrap Productions

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.: 
Printed Periodical / Publication
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Bootstrap Productions is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit publishing company that promotes the integration of multi-dimensional art forms and experiments into fine press publishing. The organization seeks to introduce the general public to experimental and contemporary art and writing; to stimulate public interest in the work of new, struggling and relatively unknown artists; and to benefit the community generally by promoting the appreciation of contemporary art and writing. The organization’s goal is to provide a venue that affords the benefits and aesthetics of a quality small press to committed and brilliant writers, visual artists, and musicians who may not otherwise have the opportunity and freedom to display their work as they envision it. The organization creates the opportunity for the public to experience and learn about such art and writing that might otherwise never have a public forum.
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
Bootstrap Productions was begun by Derek Fenner and Ryan Gallagher as a collaborative arts and literary project in 2001 in Boulder, CO while attending graduate school. In two years time, the Press released an Anthology of Contemporary Arts and Literature the @tached document, six limited edition staple bound chapbooks, two limited edition compact discs of poetry readings, and one limited edition perfect bound full-length collection of poetry, as well as hosted an art show and a multimedia performance project at the Naropa Summer Writing Program for MFA students in Writing and Poetics. In 2003, Bootstrap Productions moved to Lowell, MA and resumed publishing and promoting the arts and writing by producing a second Anthology of Contemporary Arts and Literature the @tached document # 2. In 2004, Bootstrap released Tyler Doherty’s Bodhidharma Never Came to Hatboro as the first book in The Positively Past Post-Modern Poet Series, a collection of full length experimental poetry books. In 2005, Bootstrap was officially founded and incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit, and released the second and third editions of The Positively Past Post-Modern Poet Series, Ryan Gallagher’s Plum Smash and Other Flashbulbs and Andrew Schelling’s Two Elk: A High Country Notebook. We also published David Michalski’s Cosmos and Damian: A World Trade Center Collage, a 200 page socio-historical / poetic study of the World Trade Center begun in 1994 and completed years after the towers collapsed. Bootstrap also hosted two gallery shows at Evos Arts in downtown Lowell, MA and were invited to join Small Press Distribution , “a non-profit (501(c)3) literary arts organization located in Berkeley, California. . . (that) gives the public access to the broad spectrum of literature published today by distributing books to bookstores, libraries, and readers.”
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
The Positively Past Post-Modern Poet Series: My Favorite Color is Red: Experiments with Lines: 1999-2005 Positively Past Post-Modern Poet Series #4 Author: Derek Fenner Cover: Paperback Pub Date: Forthcoming February 2006 ISBN: tba Price: tba Pages: 300 Two Elk: A High Country Notebook Positively Past Post-Modern Poet Series #3 Author: Andrew Schelling Cover: Paperback Pub Date: August 2006 ISBN: 0-9711935-4-1 Price: $10 Pages: 55 Plum Smash and Other Flashbulbs Positively Past Post-Modern Poet Series #2 Author: Ryan Gallagher Cover: Paperback Pub Date: February 2005 ISBN: 0-9711935-6-8 Price: $10 Pages: 60 Bodhidharma Never Came to Hatboro and Other Poems Positively Past Post-Modern Poet Series #1 Author: Tyler Doherty Cover: Paperback Pub Date: March 2004 ISBN: 0-9711935-2-5 Price: $10 Pages: 82 BOOKS The Way to Get Here Author: Gavin Pate Cover: Paperback Pub Date: Forthcoming March 2006 ISBN: tba Price: tba Pages: tba Cosmos and Damian: A World Trade Center Collage Author: David Michalski Cover: Paperback Pub Date: February 2005 ISBN: 0-9711935-3-3 Price: $15 Pages: 190 LOVELAND Author: Steven Taylor Cover: Paperback Pub Date: June 2001 ISBN: 0-9711935-0-9 Price: SOLD OUT Pages: 92 the @tached document No. 4 (forthcoming 2006) This forthcoming volume entitled The Poetic Journal is being guest edited by Tyler Doherty & Tom Morgan. No. 3 (2005) @tached document no. 3 is a secret. It is currently in production. No. 2 (2002) $10 Zippy Corning, Gaius Valerius Catullus, Gavin McShan Pate, Chris Luna, Javant Biarujia, Marcella Durand, Michael Gizzi, Heather Ackerburg, Dale Smith, Ariana Krantzite, Ryan Gallagher, Rtmark, Derek Fenner, Keith Harker, Stefan Rittenberry, James Blanco, April Gornik, Dick Princess, L.J., Tim McMurray, Todd McCarty, Lisa Birman, David Hess, Tyler Doherty, Kent Macpherson, Merv Arkin, Dale Smith, Laurence Pavard, Debra Steckler, Clark Coolidge, and Bernadette Mayer. No.1 (2001) $10 Lisa Jarnot, Jerome Rothenburg, Kristin Prevallet, Mark Amerika, Tom Clark’s, Michael Price, Heath Williams, Rachel Levitsky, Todd McCarty, Noel Black, Anselm Berrigan, Charlie Padow, Patrick Pritchett, Jeni Olin, Thalia Field,, Jeff Chester, Christopher Luna, Gavin Pate, Cedar Sigo, Zippy Corning, Michael Smoler, Kevin Killian, Jack Greene, Derek Fenner, Micah Ballard, Dodie Bellamy, Laurence F. Pavard, Ariana Krantzite, Marina Echler, Ryan Gallagher, Stan Brakhage, and Picasso. CHAPBOOKS Big Ray’s Six Pack of Poetics can be purchased at any Bootstrap Event. hide me from the day Deborah Richards w/ photography by Ariana Krantzite Remarks on Marks on Paper Ange Mlinko w/ Sketches and Photographs from the sculpture of Stefan Rittenberry The Unmistakable Advantages of Communism Gavin Pate w/ photography by Zippy Corning Slip and Field Tom Morgan Literal Motion Stan Brakhage interviewed by Christopher Luna
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Derek Fenner
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Ryan Gallagher
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
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Are there other threats to your organization? Please describe below.
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?: 
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?: 
Fiscal Need
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?: 
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.: 
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.: 
Access would be allowed in circumstances that warrented actual research or publicity was being done.
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
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Audiotapes [Any Format]
Other Audio Recordings (i.e. records, etc.)
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Other Digital Materials
Prints / Lithographs / Etchings / Screenprints / etc.
Unique Art Objects
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Broadsides / Small Press
Commercially Published Materials
Checklists / Performance Programs / Price Lists
Programs of Events
Other Printed Publications
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Other Boxes
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: 
1 - 10
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
1 - 10
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
1 - 10
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: 
11 - 20
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?: 
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 archiving
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?: 
Archive in working order
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
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.: 
$1,001 - $2,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$3,001 - $4,000
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?: 
Naropa Audio Archives Project
Bootstrap Productions, Inc.
Who executed this survey.: 
Derek Fenner
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: