Survey: Great Neck Center for the Visual and Performing Arts

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$750,001 - $1,000,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Multipurpose Space [Amalgam of Multiple Artistic Disciplines]
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
To promote & support the arts in the community through education, performance, exhibition & outreach. Its goals include the development of new & future art audiences through education & the nuturing of talent by providing a venue & resources to support artists.
Website Link to Mission Statement:
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
The Great Neck Center for Visual & Performing Arts was founded by Regina Gil in 1989 with a grant from New York State Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli. A steering committee of involved, prominent civic leaders and citizens led by founder, Regina Gil, incorporated the Great Neck Center for the Visual & Performing Arts as a not-for-profit organization in 1993. The Arts Center is dedicated to supporting and promoting the arts through education, performance, exhibition and outreach. Its goals include the development of new and future audiences through education and the nurturing of talent. Previously existing community-based arts organizations had closed after decades of being in operation. The Great Neck Arts Center seen as a revitalizing agent for the region was embraced by political, business, civic and educational leaders alike. By 1995, the Arts Center’s School for the Arts was founded and opened its doors in the basement of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Great Neck, New York. Art, music, dance, drama and film skills were taught there to more than 250 students right from the start. In 1996, The Great Neck Arts Center was selected as an affiliate of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., one of only 12 arts centers nationwide so honored. Through its Kennedy Center Partners-in-Education affiliation, The Arts Center provides training and development seminars to teachers. The Great Neck Arts Center has partnered with the Great Neck Public Schools and Plainview/Old Bethpage Schools to provide cultural programs and workshops for both teachers and students. As the demand for programs and classes grew, so did The Arts Center. Within two years, it had outgrown the rented basement space and began the search for a place of its own. In 1997, the Arts Center purchased a condo in the heart of Great Neck Plaza’s business district. At that time, through the support of government, corporate, and community leaders as well as through the dedication and participation of individuals and foundations, The Great Neck Arts Center was able to begin construction and expansion of the space. The Great Neck Arts Center moved to its beautiful new home on Middle Neck Road in 1997, downtown Great Neck, close to restaurants, stores and easily accessible by car, train or bus. With a newer and larger facility, The Arts Center increased its School for the Arts’ enrollment, augmented the number of Partners-in-Education Kennedy Center Workshops and expanded its programs to include: a performance series featuring jazz, classical, opera and cabaret music, as well as lectures and live theatrical performances; “The Furman Film Series”, a program of films and discussion; a Teaching Art Gallery featuring exhibits of works by established and emerging artists. In its relatively short history, the Great Neck Arts Center has accomplished a great deal. The Arts Center was named “Organization of the Year” by NatWest Bank and “Organization of the Year” by the Great Neck Republican Committee in 1996. In 2000, for her work with The Great Neck Arts Center, Regina Keller Gil was named New York State “Woman of Distinction” by the New York Senate. The Arts Center has received proclamations from Nassau County, the Town of North Hempstead, the Villages of Great Neck; citations from New York State’s legislature, among others. In 2005, Regina Gil was selected as a Panelist to the New York State Council on the Arts. In 2006, she was elected to the Kennedy Center Advisory Board. The New York Times has featured the Arts Center in its columns, as has Newsday, The New York Post, Distinction Magazine and Anton Publications’ newspapers and magazines. The Arts Center has grown from a two person operation in 1995 to a full scale staff of seven with a part time staff of over fifty today. The Center continues to present classes, exhibitions, programs and performances, which serve all of Nassau and Queens. Through The School for the Arts, classes in art, ceramics, music, dance, dramatic arts and film are offered to children, teens and adults from a wide geographic distribution and from every walk of life. All of The Arts Centers’ programs specifically target underserved communities and serve ethnically diverse audiences including African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Russian and Middle Eastern. The Center makes a determined effort to reach a broad segment of the community by 1) hiring a diverse full and part time staff of professionals; 2) by exhibiting a varied group of emerging artists; 3) continually seeking Board members within the ethnic and socio-economic communities it serves; 4) involving parents, artists and community members on the Advisory Board; 5) continually working to make all its programs and facilities accessible to all its constituents. The Arts Center provides services depending on funding derived from government, corporate, foundation and private sources. It provides activities seven days a week and provides outreach into the community to serve those populations that require special programming. No other agency in the community provides a full complement of cultural programs in every area of art, music, dance, theatre and film to so many. In anticipation of future growth, The Center expanded in 2003. Once again, The Arts Center had outgrown its space and the need to increase the physical surroundings quickly became urgent. The up to date design of The Great Neck Arts Center includes the “Doris Weinstein Playhouse” which serves as a “black box” theatre, as well as a flexible all-purpose rehearsal and dance studio. It is used for small recitals, lectures, concerts, films and performances. The Playhouse seats 175 people. Innovative renovation and expansion increased the Arts Center’s original 5,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet of additional classroom, office, reception, exhibition space and storage. The completed facility is home to music studios, dance studios, art and ceramic studios, classrooms and a large teaching gallery which tripled the wall space available for the professional display of artist’s works. Expanded space makes this an exciting and wonderful environment for all visitors to the Arts Center and to Great Neck and makes The Great Neck Arts Center a showcase for arts in education programs. Regina Gil’s dream of restoring the arts to the community at the most grass roots level has flourished. The Great Neck Arts Center has been recognized with awards, affiliations and grants from many sources. In addition to individual donations, Corporate and Foundation awards, the Arts Center has received major funding from New York State’s Empire State Development Corporation, the New York State Dormitory Authority and the Natural Heritage Trust. In addition, the Arts Center has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency and the New York Council for the Humanities. In March 2003, the Arts Center received its first Federal Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Great Neck Arts Center is a dream come true, where artists, teachers and students, residents and visitors, children and adults can come together and enjoy the whole spectrum of artistic experiences.
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
Since 1997, Art exhibitions have played a significant and intricate role in The Arts Center’s mission. Artists whose works have been exhibited include James Rosenquist, Chaim Gross, Gianocarlo Impiglia, Romare Bearden, Rafael Lomas, Philip Perlman, Richard Hunt and numerous national & international established & emerging artists. Since 1997, The Arts Center has presented more than 65 exhibitions representing more than 500+ artists. In 2003, an expanded Teaching Gallery space contributed significantly towards the Center reaching its exhibition goals: 1) the development of new & future art audiences & art collectors; 2) the nurturing of talent by providing physical resources to contemporary artists; 3) the advancement of dialogue between viewer and contemporary artist by providing docent & artist lead tours; artist-in-residences; artist dialogues & artist’s workshops while enriching the learning experience for viewers, teachers & students. Though successful, the original ambitious 10 exhibits per year schedules overstretched The Center’s personnel and resources. Therefore since 2004, its exhibition schedule is a more realistic 7 per year, focusing on exhibiting a wider range of contemporary works by emerging artists. Annually, more than 4,000 people enjoy artists’ receptions, attend artist’s dialogues, and participate in gallery tours, artists’ workshops & residencies.
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Regina Keller Gil
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Ralph Heiman
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Michele Heiman
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Robert Lewis, DDS
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:: 
Within 10 years the founder of the organization who is also the current Executive Director will be reaching retirement age. Transition will be a challenge for both the organization & the Board of Directors, as well as for the retiring founder/Executive Director.
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?: 
Our archive is already in place
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?: 
Space Concerns
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 10b.
10b. Are there conditions of access for scholars, curators or researchers?: 
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: 
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Prints / Lithographs / Etchings / Screenprints / etc.
Unique Art Objects
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
Commercially Published Materials
Checklists / Performance Programs / Price Lists
Programs of Events
Publication or Merchandise Catalogues
Other Printed Publications
11e. Other: 
Architectural Drawings / Floor Plan
Layouts / Sketches / Instructions for Installations
Layouts / Sketches / Instructions for Performances
Props for Performances
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Other Boxes
File Cabinets
Other - Please describe below.
Please describe: 
Props & costumes stored in dressing room area
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
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: 
1 - 10
Other Archive Storage Units - Please describe below.: 
Photos/ CD ’s stored in small plastic containers - approx # 10
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?: 
16b. Paper-based:: 
Other Paper-Based Cataloguing Records
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.)?: 
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
General Staff
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
Manual System (Card File, File Folders)
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
Acid-Free Housing
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?: 
funding for a staff person to archive
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
have all historical materials scanned & saved to CD
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
create a DVD documenting history of organization
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$2,001 - $3,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$7,001 - $10,000
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?: 
Great Neck Arts Center
Who executed this survey.: 
Georgia Vahue, Director of Development & Operations
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.