Survey: Buffalo Arts Studio

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
3 galleries for national and international artists, 45 artist studios, education, public art
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$250,001 - $500,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Exhibition Space
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Buffalo Arts Studio presents regional, national, and international artists through exhibitions, and enriches the community through classes, and public art projects. Buffalo Arts Studio is dedicated to providing affordable studio space for artists.
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
History of Buffalo Arts Studio Since 1991, BAS has consistently reached beyond the Tri-Main Center walls to make art part of the energy and activity that vitalizes Western New York, functioning as a much-needed artist advocate and a leader of collaborative community efforts. Buffalo Arts Studio is a dynamic force in the arts through exhibitions, education, public art, and workspace for artists. BAS’s exhibition program (1992) supports the creation and presentation of new work by emerging and mid career regional, national, and international artists in the field of visual arts. BAS selects work that critically addresses contemporary issues, innovation and quality. BAS exhibits a culturally diverse selection of artists who contribute to the rich racial and ethnic diversity we seek to support. Project C.R.E.A.T.E. (Community Revitalization through Environmental Art and Team Efforts) has teamed regional artists with at-risk youth to paint over 41 murals in Buffalo City Schools and neighborhoods since 1993. A natural outcome of the mural program was the development of Project Create Education Program. The Education Program provides low-income and at-risk youth with educational programs where they learn skills and work habits that will enable them to pursue a college degree or a career in the arts. Classes were expanded in 1999, providing adult instruction in painting, photography, pottery, printmaking, and figure drawing. In 2001, BAS in collaboration with other arts agencies has unveiled nine permanent public works of art. Over the last twelve years, BAS has been a dynamic force in the development of an exciting new environment for artistic growth in the Buffalo-Niagara region. In recognition for her leadership role in the community, founder and director, Joanna Angie, was awarded an Arts Advocacy Award, by the Arts Council of Buffalo and Erie County, in March of 2001. Buffalo Arts Studio was highlighted in American Style magazine’s summer 2002 & 2003, which ranked the top 25 arts destinations in the United States. Buffalo Arts Studio was credited as a "catalyst" for the "vibrant" Buffalo arts scene. In 2003, director, Joanna Angie was selected along with six other curators by the Joint Cultural Commission of New York and Israel to visit art studios, galleries and museums in Israel. The tour allowed a dialogue to begin between the artists and curators of Israel and Art in General, Apex, Bronx River Museum, The Visual Studies Workshop, and Buffalo Arts Studio. In 2003, Buffalo Arts Studio was selected at the New York Attorney General’s 5th Annual Neighborhood Watch: Promising Practices and Targeted Strategies Conference. BAS was one of five arts agencies from across the United States that was invited to participate in this forum. This was a venue to learn about current issues, explore successful crime reduction strategies, refine skills and celebrate the work of community building.
Website Link to Organization's History / Organization Overview:
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
11 exhibits annually
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
joanna Angie
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.: 
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:: 
Buffalo Arts Studio is trying to secure a new space in an old warehouse area. BAS is financially stable with a dedicated board. The region has undergone dramatic reduction in government funding. New space is always a challenge.
Part 7.
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?: 
Lack of Staff
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.: 
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Board Minutes
Exhibition or Production Files
Financial Records
Legal Documents
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Audiotapes [Any Format]
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: 
Artists' Publications
Checklists / Performance Programs / Price Lists
Other Printed Publications
11e. Other: 
Architectural Drawings / Floor Plan
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Other Boxes
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: 
11 - 20
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
21 - 30
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
11 - 20
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: 
I don’t know
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?: 
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Word Processing Document [i.e. Word]
Spreadsheet [i.e. Excel]
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 16 / Database
16d. What type of database software is in use?: 
Microsoft Access
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?: 
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?: 
begin archive
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?: 
have a system in place
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
time and money
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
place them in an off site secure location possibly a college
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.: 
$10,001 - $15,000
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?: 
Just Buffalo Literary Center, CEPA, Hallwalls, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Albright-Knox
Part 26.
26. Additional information, comments, observations, and questions.: 
My concerns are directly related to beginning the process.
Buffalo Arts Studio
Who executed this survey.: 
Joanna Angie
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: