AS-AP

Survey: Fort Point Art Community, Inc.

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1980
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
non profit artists’’ live/work advocacy, open studios event, interface with city on behalf of neighborhood artists
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$250,001 - $500,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Other
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Currently the main activities of FPAC are artists lease negotiations for the artist floors rented from the Archon Group and Berklee Investments; advocacy for Fort Point artists in relation to the Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project, the South Boston Seaport Master Plan and the Convention Center; exhibitions in the FPAC Gallery and our various annual Open Studios events. Each of these issues and events requires many, many hours of volunteer work. » Open Studios » Fort Point Art Walk » Fort Point Holiday Sale » FPAC Gallery » Artist Lease Negotiations Open Studios Since 1978 , Fort Point artists have opened their studios to the public during the third weekend in October. The Open Studios Weekend attracts about 10,000 visitors to our neighborhood. This event offers the public a rare glimpse into the living and working spaces of artists, while providing a valuable opportunity for artists to sell their work. During the Open Studios weekend the FPAC Gallery hosts a group show for FPAC members. The Group Show allows visitors to see a sample of the work of many different artists in one place, while also giving members who are not able to open their studios an opportunity to be represented. Open Studios is a festive event for the artists involved. It is a time for them to celebrate after months of preparation and hard work, as well as to reaffirm their vitality and strength as a community in the face of so many changes and challenges.
Website Link to Mission Statement: 
www.fortpointarts.org
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
www.fortpoitarts.org
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
www.fortpointarts.org The FPAC gallery at 300 Summer Street was created in 1995. The gallery is located in the Artist Building at 300 Summer Street. Located on the mezzanine level, the exhibition space consists of 1,093 square feet, including approximately 200 square feet for the FPAC office. The gallery can accommodate all media, including site-specific installations. The FPAC Gallery and the Artist Building at 300 Summer Street are wheelchair accessible.
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History: 
www.fortpointarts.org
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Claudia Ravaschiere board@fortpoint.org
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Cheryl Forte cheryl.forte@verizon.net
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Mark Pevsner mpevsner@mindspring.com
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Becky Dwyer redwyer@aol.com
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:: 
Development in the Fort Point Point area and sale of the buildings that house artists’’ studios threatens to displace community members. We are working on developing more permanent housing(live/work space) for the neighborhood artists.
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?: 
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?: 
No
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Yes
Where are these locations?: 
Private individuals, former staff members and or board members
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?: 
No
Part 10d.
10d. Would you allow access in the future?: 
Yes
Part 10e.
10e. Under what circumstances would access to archives be allowed.: 
In a copyright controlled situation, without infringement of copyright to originators of the materials.
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: 
Oral History, Recordings and / or Transcripts
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Slides
Photographs
Other:: 
Other Artwork
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
Checklists / Performance Programs / Price Lists
Programs of Events
Other:: 
Other Printed Publications
11e. Other: 
Architectural Drawings / Floor Plan
Layouts / Sketches / Instructions for Installations
Other:: 
Other
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
1980-1989
1990-1999
2000-2005
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Other Boxes
File Cabinets
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Some
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
21 - 30
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?: 
No
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.)?: 
No
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
General Staff
Other - Please describe below.
Please describe: 
volunteer members of FPAC
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?: 
Not Applicable
Part 19.
19. What type of climate-controls are present in the area[s] in which the archives are stored?: 
Not Applicable
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
no plans
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?: 
none planned
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
funding
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
not at this time
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$3,001 - $4,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$4,000 - $5,000
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
Who executed this survey.: 
Claudia Ravaschiere
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