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Survey: Great Leap, Inc.

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Organization: 
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1978
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Multidisciplinary multicultural 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: 
Great Leap is a Los Angeles based multicultural, multidisciplinary performing arts organization whose mission is the pursuit of artistic excellence in the creation and presentation of original works in theater, music and dance. Our work is supported by the premise that art is a critical tool in the building, deepening and healing of community relations. Founded in 1978 by Artistic Director Nobuko Miyamoto, Great Leap uses performances, community-based residencies and workshops to promote cross-cultural understanding to local and national audiences.
Website Link to Mission Statement: 
http://www.greatleap.org/about/
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
Great Leap is a Los Angeles based multicultural performing arts organization dedicated to creating and presenting original works in theater, music and dance. Through the creative and collaborative process of performances, workshops and community residencies, Great Leap works with professional artists and community partners to instill a deeper understanding and a sense of connection between diverse peoples. Founded in 1978 by Artistic Director Nobuko Miyamoto, Great Leap is rooted in the Asian American community and promotes cross-cultural exchange with local and nationwide audiences. Rooted in the Asian American community, Great Leap has been a pioneering organization for 25 years, reaching nationwide audiences of 50,000 people each year. Committed to reaching youth, Great Leap has worked with Upward Bound for 8 years to develop an intensive “Arts and Yoga for Youth” residency program for at-risk youth and youth in Los Angeles County juvenile detention camps. Recently, Nobuko Miyamoto was selected by the Ford Foundation, as a recipient of the Leadership for a Changing World Award! Nobuko is one of 17 national awardees--chosen from a pool of more than 1,300 nominees—who are being recognized for successfully heading up social-change efforts in their communities. Great Leap was named as a “Promising Practice” on the President’s Initiative on Race for One America, and received the President’s Award from the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission. Great Leap’s previous stage works include “Chop Suey,” “Best of Both Worlds,” “Talk Story,” “Talk Story-2,” “Joanne is My Middle Name,” and “A Slice of Rice.” Several of Great Leap’s films and videos, “Gaman” and “Arts Alive” are in distribution through educational media organizations for cable and public broadcasting television stations. Great Leap also collaborates with Bindu Records to produce CDs and children’s products. Great Leap recently collaborated with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in the Los Angeles “Hallelujah Project” at the Skirball Cultural Center.
Website Link to Organization's History / Organization Overview: 
http://www.greatleap.org/about/
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
Great Leap’s previous stage works include “Chop Suey,” “Best of Both Worlds,” “Talk Story,” “Talk Story-2,” “Joanne is My Middle Name,” and “A Slice of Rice.” Several of Great Leap’s films and videos, “Gaman” and “Arts Alive” are in distribution through educational media organizations for cable and public broadcasting television stations. Great Leap also collaborates with Bindu Records to produce CDs and children’s products. Great Leap recently collaborated with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in the Los Angeles “Hallelujah Project” at the Skirball Cultural Center. Great Leap’s current works include: “The Triangle Project: Journey of the Dandelion” is a collaboration conceived and produced by San Jose Taiko, in collaboration with Great Leap. Through the use of folk and contemporary music, personal stories and dance, the project will examine the lives and cultural contexts of three prominent Asian women artists. “To All Relations” is part of an ongoing residency project featuring global rhythms, personal storytelling, and movement. Past events have been successfully produced at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Japan America Theatre, New WORLD Theater, ASU Public Events, CSU Northridge, Pomona College, and as part of the World Festival of Sacred Music in 1999. Current installations include a residency in Los Angeles, sharing experiences and spiritual traditions among the Japanese, Mexican and Muslim communities in a post-9/11 world. “A Slice of Rice, Frijoles and Greens”, a fun-filled mix of contemporary stories that give expression to the multicultural experience and has become Great Leap’s most popular touring production. Great Leap’s national touring schedule includes venues such as Texas A&M, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Smith College. Locally, Great Leap tours a children’s version to schools throughout Southern California with Music Center on Tour; and in 2000, produced an exclusive 10 show engagement at East West Players in Los Angeles. Nobuko Miyamoto’s autobiographical theater piece, “A Grain of Sand,” is a powerful multi-media performance about finding her voice. It is a historical chronicle of the Asian American movement from the 60s to the 90s, crossing borders into the Latino, African and Native American communities. Since 1997, Great Leap has toured the “A Grain of Sand Reunion Concert” featuring new and original music from the 1973 album recorded by Nobuko, “Charlie” Chin and Chris Iijima.
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History: 
http://www.greatleap.org/about/
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Nobuko Miyamoto nobuko@greatleap.org
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Tarabu Betserai tarabu@greatleap.org
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Donna Ebata debata@earthlink.net
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Jennifer Kuida kuidaosumi@yahoo.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?: 
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?: 
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?: 
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:: 
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?: 
No
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: 
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:: 
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
Broadsides / Small Press
Commercially Published Materials
Checklists / Performance Programs / Price Lists
Programs of Events
Other:: 
Other Printed Publications
11e. Other: 
Costumes
Props for Performances
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?: 
Banker Boxes
Other Boxes
File Cabinets
Flat Files
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
I don’t know
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
31 - 40
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
11 - 20
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: 
----
or: 
I can’t access the material to determine this
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?: 
No System
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
Controlled Access
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?: 
Continue archiving
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
Limited staff time
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
Create a fully organized archive that can be accessed easily
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
Limited staff time
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.: 
Unknown
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
Unknown
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: 
Great Leap, Inc.
Who executed this survey.: 
Luke Patterson, Administrative Coordinator
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: 
Yes