Survey: Public Space One

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$0 - $50,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Exhibition Space
Multipurpose Space [Amalgam of Multiple Artistic Disciplines]
Performance Space
Artist Group / Collective
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
2002 Mission: A not-for-profit, volunteer-run art, culture and performance venue in downtown Iowa City providing opportunities for local visual and performance artists to "Go Public" with their talents. Public Space ONE provides a venue for people to practice, perfect, and perform their creative endeavors including theater, photography, art, writing, and performance. The space provides a location for community discussions, gatherings, interactions, and dialogues. 2008 Mission: Public Space ONE Gallery is a progressive non-profit art space run by artists/volunteers. Located in the basement of an eight-story building, in downtown Iowa City, IA at 129 E. Washington, the space will feature a monthly show rotation of local, national, and international artists. Openings will be held on the first Friday of every month. In addition the space, Public Space ONE ‘at large’, is used as a performance space, music venue, and reading room. Gallery Mission Our mission is to serve the Iowa City community by providing a venue for innovative and experimental contemporary art. It is our hope that by exposing our community to work otherwise unseen, we will facilitate engagement and understanding of the wide scope of the current art world.
Website Link to Mission Statement:
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
Public Space One started as an endeavor of local community upstart group: The James Gang (see: In many ways Public Space One is the embodiment (the physical space) of The James Gang and its history is tied to their own. Some of their endeavors (i.e. most important events): 1. The 10,000 hours show - 2002 -(The 10,000 Hours Show(10K) is an annual concert and community festival featuring a nationally-known performer, for which tickets are only available in exchange for service to the community. In 2007 10K officially spun off from the James Gang to become a national program under the United Way of America.) 2. cFree Wireless - 2004 - (A bold community project created to give free access to the internet via wireless technologies in Cedar Rapids, Coralville and Iowa City in a number of key public spaces. The project is a community driven and community funded not for profit venture led by a joint endeavor of the Cedar Rapids Downtown District, a Downtown revitalization reorganization, and The James Gang. The two have formed a new non-profit corporation, Corridor Free Wireless, Inc., to oversee the build-out of the new network and is officially spun-off from the James Gang.) 3. PS1 - 2005 (switches locations, moving from space above the bar, The Deadwood, into current location in the basement of the Jefferson Building 4. PS1 - 2008 (Mission Creek Music Festival, Anthology (Nonfiction Reading Series), & WiP Festival (Works-in-Progress) all take place in performance space 5. PS1 Gallery celebrates 1st Anniversary (walls torn down and alternative gallery born in January 2008. First exhibition (artist James Sham: in Feb. of 2008, other artist include: David Horvitz, Sean Alexander, Big Car Collective, & more)
Website Link to Organization's History / Organization Overview:; &
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History:
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Ryan West
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Carson Eggland
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
John Engelbrecht
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Eric Asboe
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:: 
Not currently. At the moment we have a nice record of past achievements aiding in current support and as well as new energy going into the space.
Part 7.
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
3. Neutral
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?: 
Lack of Staff
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.: 
Public Space One houses the James Gang. Much of their history is integrally linked with ours although both names have been used at different times. We have all the history of the James Gang (and their other endeavors beyond ps1) housed at ps1.
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10d.
10d. Would you allow access in the future?: 
Part 10e.
10e. Under what circumstances would access to archives be allowed.: 
It is accessible, just not cataloged or in any order.
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Other Digital Materials
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
Programs of Events
Other Printed Publications
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
File Cabinets
Three-Ring Binders
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
1 - 10
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
1 - 10
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
21 - 30
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
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?: 
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.)?: 
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
Other - Please describe below.
Please describe: 
No One- volunteers sometimes come across it but it would be a stretch to say they "are working withi it"
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
No System
We are not currently processing new material
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.]