Survey: New American Radio

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc was founded in 1981; it initiated the New American Radio series in 1985. NAR commissioned radio works from over 300 American and international artists; they were broadcast between 1989 and 1998 as a national weekly series on the public radio network.
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$100,001 - $250,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (NRPA) was founded in 1981 to foster the development of new and experimental work for radio and sound arts. From 1987 to 1998, the organization commissioned and/or distributed over 300 original works for public radio and introduced American radio art to European audiences. It was considered the single most influential source of radio art in America. New American Radio is partially archived at n 1996, NRPA extended its mandate to net art and launched its pioneering Turbulence web site. Turbulence commissions artists exploring the Internet, and who both use existing applications and technologies and develop new ones to create innovative work. Turbulence has commissioned over 95 works and hosted more than twenty multilocation streaming performance events. It also showcases new work via its Artists’ Studios, Guest Curator and Spotlight sections.
Website Link to Mission Statement:
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
Mission and Purpose: New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (NRPA) was founded in 1981 to foster the development of new and experimental work for radio and sound arts. In 1996, it extended its mandate to net art and launched its pioneering web site, Turbulence commissions, exhibits, and archives works that explore the networked medium, and supports experimentation with distributed real-time multilocation performance events. Overview: Now celebrating its 25th year of service to artists, NRPA has a distinguished history in the two experimental fields of radio art and net art; it has commissioned ($1,000,000 +), distributed and archived hundreds of works, thereby supporting and advancing many artists’ careers, and established itself as a vital resource for arts and educational institutions, and the general public. It is the only organization in the United States that has as its core mission the commissioning of networked art by both emerging and established artists. (i) NEW AMERICAN RADIO (1987-98) ( a weekly national radio art series that ranked with such high-profile programs as ABC Australia’s “The Listening Room,” and Austria’s "Kuntsradio." Its works, which won numerous national and international awards, were aired throughout North America, Europe and Australia. (ii) TURBULENCE ( Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, Turbulence is one of the “premiere web sites for net art.” Its works have won numerous awards and been exhibited in museums, galleries and festivals world-wide. As networking technologies have developed wireless capabilities and become mobile, Turbulence has remained at the forefront of the field, supporting the new hybrid networked art forms that have emerged.
Website Link to Organization's History / Organization Overview:
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
(i) New American Radio, a weekly radio art series with over 300 commissioned and distributed works was aired as a national weekly series between 1989 and 1998. 140 of its full-length works have been archived on and at Wesleyan University. 100 additional works will be archived by February 2007. (ii) Turbulence has commissioned over 100 works and hosted over 20 distributed, real-time, multilocation performance events. The works have been exhibited on the web site since they were launched. They have also appeared in numerous festival, museums etc. Turbulence is committed to archiving its work as long as the technology permits. All commissioned work can be found on the site.
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Helen Thorington
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Jo-Anne Green
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Jeanette Vuocolo
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Jack Ox
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?: 
Fiscal endangerment of organization
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Only the financial one. We are unable to raise enough for administration and maintenance. Two of us currently receive 1/2 of one person’s salary, or about $20,000 per year.
Part 7.
We are archiving the New American Radio series online and at Wesleyan University. Turbulence presents us with a whole other set of problems, and right now we haven’t the vaguest how to assure that that work will be seen in the future. A lot of people have gotten a lot of money to look into this, but we remain outside of that loop and any information they may have on how to archive online work for the future has not reached us.
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?: 
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?: 
Fiscal Need
Part 8.
8a. Location: 
New American Radio is being archived at Wesleyan with the help of the National Endowment. Turbulence is on our site. It has not been archived elsewhere. No exclusive promises have been given to anyone
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
Radio stations may have NAR work; individual artists may have their own. Re turbulence work, there is the possibility individual artists have kept copies of their commissioned work.
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: 
Board Minutes
Exhibition or Production Files
Financial Records
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Audiotapes [Any Format]
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Other Artwork. Please describe below.
Internet artworks
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Not a large collection, but some, particularly relating to turbulence.
11d. Printed Publications: 
Other Printed Publications - Please describe below.
We keep copies of online reviews, articles etc. for the artists and for use in funding applications
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Other Boxes
File Cabinets
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: 
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: 
I don’t know
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?: 
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?: 
Other - Please describe below.
Please describe: 
no one, really. We do what we can
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?: 
None or Limited
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.]
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
we will continue to archive the New American Radio series at Wesleyan University and on thanks to NEA funding. That’s about all we can do with only two people and one half a salary.
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
time, money, staff
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
do what we can. We have gotten a new server and are presently transferring all the work to it. Hopefully we will be able to repair what breaks, or get the artists to.
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
I think this question has been answered repeatedly throughout this survey. Money, time, staff,
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
not now.
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$50,001 - $60,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$250,001 +
Part 23.
23d. Other - Please describe below.: 
Information is great, but usel;ess without the wherewithall to support it
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?: 
25b. Who?: 
I have been. Contacts at Wesleyan include: Alec McLane, Olin Library, Wesleyan ( and Ron Kuivila, Adjunct Professor at Wesleyan who valued our New American Radio series enough to suggest it be preserved at Wesleyan, and to make it possible. Briefly in touch with Timothy Murray at Cornell. He was interested in archiving, but disappeared off the radar very quickly.
Part 26.
26. Additional information, comments, observations, and questions.: 
Right now I have none.
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.
Who executed this survey.: 
Helen Thorington
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: