Survey: New York Feminist Art Institute

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
arts education / women / feminism
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$0 - $50,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Exhibition Space
Multipurpose Space [Amalgam of Multiple Artistic Disciplines]
Artist Group / Collective
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
To explore the idea of a womens aesthic in the visual arts, literature etc by offering classes and workshops, performances, lectures and exhibitions.
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
NY FAI was founded in 1979. It closed in 1990. During that time it offered many programs for women with a feminist perspective. Douglas College / Rutgers University Library houses our archives.
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
We had 2 open houses a semester where we honored a prominent woman artist such as Alice Neel, Elaine De Kooning, Louise Bourgeois etc. We had exhibitions of women artists salon style of 150 artists on a particular theme such as " The Personal is Political", we held classes and workshops in feminist art history, painting, film making, creative writing etc.
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Nancy Azara
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Darla Bjork
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Harriet Lyons
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 Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
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?: 
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Time is moving on and there is not enough documentation of our history. I am not able to find some of the participants and there is not enough money to do an intensive oral history.
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?: 
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. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
Rutgers University
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
Some former participants may have materials
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 10c.
10c. How are arrangements made for access to archive?: 
Through me or through Rutgers
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
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Oral History, Recordings and / or Transcripts
Other Audio Recordings (i.e. records, etc.)
pamphlets, brochures, exhibition flyers
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials - Please describe below.
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Checklists / Performance Programs / Price Lists
Programs of Events
Other Printed Publications - Please describe below.
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Banker Boxes
Flat Files
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: 
1 - 10
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
Other Archive Storage Units - Please describe below.: 
Rutgers has info., oral history beginnings
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:: 
Written or Typewritten Inventories
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Rutgers system
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?: 
Hired Out
Part 16 / Database
I tunes to input into microsoft word
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
We are not currently processing new material
We are currently doing some oral histories which we are then having transcribed onto paper copies
Part 18.
Material at Rutgers Library, Material in my desk drawer
Part 19.
yes and no
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
to continue oral histories and have them transcribed
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
to continue
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
to have them read and researched
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$10,001 - $15,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$30,001 - $35,000
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?: 
25b. Who?: 
Rutgers University
Part 26.
26. Additional information, comments, observations, and questions.: 
While our paper history seems to be mostly preserved, the full scope of our organization will be lost without an oral history. One of our oldest students in 1979 (to 1989) Helen Storkton recently died and her family has given 4000 dollars to record our history. This is a start but much more is needed to find and record these people. This will eventually go to Rutgers but they want paper copies. We recently also received 1000 dollars from the Open Meadows Foundation to transcribe the histories. This will give us 10 transcriptions. Much more is needed to do this.
Nancy Azara
Who executed this survey.: 
Nancy Azara
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: