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Survey: COSACOSA art at large, Inc.

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1990
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
multidisciplinary community arts organization
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$100,001 - $250,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Other
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
COSACOSA art at large, Inc. is a not-for-profit arts organization building civic engagement through active participation in the creative process. Through collaborative art workshops, neighborhood-based artist residencies, and media projects, we integrate art and art-making into the fabric of our city’s cultural life, while enabling dialogues among our city’s disparate cultures and communities. Our projects assure a sense of equality among people of diverse backgrounds and differing abilities, while building their participation in local communities, as well as in society at large.
Website Link to Mission Statement: 
http://www.cosacosa.org/home.html
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
Since 1990, COSACOSA has designed innovative programs to deliver interactive “dialogues through art” directly into Philadelphia neighborhoods. COSACOSA -- literally, la cosa que es la cosa (the thing that is the thing) -- works to regain art’s original role as a gathering force for community participation and collaboration. Since its inception, COSACOSA has brought together thousands of citizens from over thirty neighborhoods to learn about art, about each other, and about how to work together. Our approach is multidisciplinary -- incorporating many possible artistic techniques, from painting to theater, from sound art to ceramics -- as well as interactive, creating safe forums for city residents to dialogue and build their communities through art-making. Ongoing initiatives include the Healing Art Project, projects exploring relationships among art, health, and community; Community Collections, projects exploring Philadelphia’s history and changing urban landscapes; and Connection Theater, a youth development project providing educational, interactive theater and multimedia workshops exploring issues facing city youth.
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History: 
http://www.cosacosa.org/programs.html
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Kimberly Niemela info@cosacosa.org
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Philip Tang info@cosacosa.org
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:: 
fundraising is always a challenge; programming is always a delight
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?: 
Yes
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?: 
Drain on Existing Staff Time
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?: 
Yes
Part 10c.
10c. How are arrangements made for access to archive?: 
Access is on-site only and by appointment with COSACOSA staff.
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
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Audiotapes [Any Format]
Oral History, Recordings and / or Transcripts
Other Audio Recordings (i.e. records, etc.)
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Other Digital Materials
Films
Slides
Photographs
Prints / Lithographs / Etchings / Screenprints / etc.
Videotapes
Unique Art Objects
Other Artwork. Please describe below.
Other:: 
online artwork/websites
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other:: 
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Brochures
Programs of Events
Other Printed Publications - Please describe below.
Other:: 
project catalogues and essays
11e. Other: 
Costumes
Mock-Ups / Models / Prototypes
Props for Performances
Other:: 
Other
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
1990-1999
2000-2005
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Banker Boxes
Other Boxes
File Cabinets
Three-Ring Binders
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Some
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: 
81 - 90
or: 
Not applicable
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?: 
Yes
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Word Processing Document [i.e. Word]
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?: 
Inventory List
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
Controlled Access
Acid-Free Housing
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
re-organization of materials into all archival 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?: 
as above
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
as above
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.: 
$50,001 - $60,000
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: 
COSACOSA art at large, Inc.
Who executed this survey.: 
Kimberly Niemela, Director, COSACOSA art at large, Inc.
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: 
Yes