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Survey: Smack Mellon Studios

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Organization: 
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
Before 1950
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$100,001 - $250,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Exhibition Space
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Smack Mellon is a nonprofit arts organization located in the Dumbo area of Brooklyn. Smack Mellon’s mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. Smack Mellon recently moved into an incredible newly renovated facility on the Brooklyn waterfront at 92 Plymouth Street. The "Boiler Building" which sits on the corner of Washington and Plymouth Streets, is across from the new Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo. Situated between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, Smack Mellon’s new home is an especially exciting space with tremendous architectural elements. The12,000 square foot space boasts a ceiling that soars to 35’. There are 25 windows on two levels providing beautiful light and a spectacular view of Manhattan and the East River. This building, which had been sitting dormant for decades, is now being revitalized to house both the Smack Mellon Gallery and Artist Studio Program. Smack Mellon’s Visual Arts Exhibition Program is at the center of our organization. Designed to advance public interest in the visual arts, the focus of the program is on creative technology-based projects, as well as traditional art forms, and seeks to expose the works of emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists. Our current facilities provide for large, ambitious shows that allow each artist ample room to explore and present their work. The Artist Studio Program was launched in 2000 in response to the crisis in availability of affordable workspace for artists living and working in New York City. The Artist Studio Program provides free studio space with unlimited access and a fellowship to eligible artists for a one-year period. The facility includes: seven artists’ studios, a workshop area for metal, wood and general fabrication, Mac workstations with editing, DVD burner and CD read/write capabilities, scanners, DVD and VCR players, monitors and projectors and high-speed Internet access. The program does not provide living space. The studio facilities, combined with our unique exhibition space, provide artists with the opportunity for artistic exploration on an unparalleled scale. Accordingly, our organization’s vision has been critically and artistically acclaimed.
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History: 
http://www.smackmellon.org/pastexhib.html
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Kathleen Gilrain kgilrain@smackmellon.org
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
David Baskin duvbaskin@yahoo.com
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Unknown
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?: 
None / Not Applicable
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.: 
3. Neutral
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?: 
Yes
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Drain on Existing Staff Time
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
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IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
No
Part 10d.
10d. Would you allow access in the future?: 
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
Exhibition or Production Files
Financial Records
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Slides
Other:: 
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Other:: 
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Checklists / Performance Programs / Price Lists
Programs of Events
Publication or Merchandise Catalogues
Other:: 
Other Printed Publications
11e. Other: 
Architectural Drawings / Floor Plan
Other:: 
Other
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
1990-1999
2000-2005
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Banker Boxes
File Cabinets
Flat Files
Three-Ring Binders
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
None
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
1 - 10
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
11 - 20
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
1 - 10
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: 
41 - 50
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
No
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?: 
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?: 
continue archiving
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
staffing
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
getting more storage cabinets for materials
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
staffing
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.: 
$5,001 - $7,500
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$10,001 - $15,000
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?: 
Yes
25b. Who?: 
New York State Artist Workspace Consortium
Finish
survey_field_150: 
Smack Mellon
Who executed this survey.: 
Summer McCorkle