AS-AP

Survey: Chicago Artists Coalition

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Organization: 
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1975
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
service organization for artists
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$250,001 - $500,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Other
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
We are a visual arts service organization whose mission is to fulfill four basic needs: the education of the general public regarding the value of the visual arts to society; the advocacy of visual arts issues for members and the art community; the provision of professional and educational services for artists and the arts community; the improvement of the environment in which artists live and work.
Website Link to Mission Statement: 
http://www.caconline.org/default.asp?page=about
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
History The Chicago Artists’ Coalition was founded in 1974 by a group of artists and friends who wanted to create a better environment for the artists who live and work here. At that time, artists who were self-employed were lacking such basic amenities as access to health insurance. They also had no communication network, and therefore no means of acting together to address issues of importance. CAC was modeled after the Boston Visual Artists’ Union, Inc., and had an immediate impact on the art community. The organization helped to promote advocacy for the Percent for Art bill, and was a key factor in establishing the Chicago Office of Fine Arts, now the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition to advocacy work, CAC began publishing a monthly newsletter to provide networking possibilities and a source for important news. This newsletter has since evolved into the 16-page monthly newspaper Chicago Artists’ News. Over the past 30 years, since our official incorporation in 1975, organizational membership had grown from 250 individuals to almost 3,000. Our organization is unique among visual arts organizations in the city, since earned income - in the form of membership dues, attendance fees from programs, and the sale of publications - makes up approximately 60 percent of our budget. Operating on a bare-bones budget, with a staff of two full-time and three part-time individuals, CAC fulfills a highly-valued and much-needed position in the Chicago arts community. Our primary organizational objective has remained consistent throughout our history: to improve the environment in which artists live and work. This primary objective includes improving benefits, services, and networking opportunities for artists; increasing opportunities for exhibitions and sales of artists’ work, locally, regionally, and nationally; increased financial support for artists from government sources; and increased exposure and recognition for artists in the media and in major institutions.
Website Link to Organization's History / Organization Overview: 
http://www.caconline.org/default.asp?page=about
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History: 
http://www.caconline.org/default.asp?page=services
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Olga Stefan olga@caconline.org
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
John Biederman editor@caconline.org
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Victoria Malone vmalone@colum.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?: 
End of lease for your space resulting in a move to a smaller location
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Currently, we have a deficit for the last completed FY, and are working toward bridging it through fundraisers.
Part 7.
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
2.
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
Our archive is already in place
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
No
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?: 
Yes
8a. Location: 
Chicago Historical Society
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Unknown
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
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IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
No
Part 10d.
10d. Would you allow access in the future?: 
No
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
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
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: 
Brochures
Other:: 
Other Printed Publications
Other:: 
Other
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
1970-1979
1980-1989
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: 
31 - 40
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: 
200 +
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Yes
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
No
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.)?: 
Yes
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
General Staff
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?: 
Fireproof Cabinet
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.]
Not Applicable
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
Find off-site storage
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
funding
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
submit them to the Chicago Public Library for Art
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
acceptance
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.: 
$15,001 - $20,000
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?: 
No
Finish
survey_field_150: 
Chicago Artists’ Coalition
Who executed this survey.: 
Olga Stefan
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: 
Yes