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Survey: The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1998
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$0 - $50,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Presenting Organization
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that serves as a catalyst for the creation, presentation, and recognition of experimental art and sound practices in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Website Link to Mission Statement: 
www.sassas.org
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
Granted not for profit status in 2003, SASSAS (The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound) mission is to increase the visibility and availability of experimental art and sound practices. SASSAS was initiated by Los Angeles artist Cindy Bernard and is comprised of dedicated professionals who participate and/or have an interest in the intersections of and distinctions between experimental art and music practice. Motivated by the need to create spaces that activate social interaction between these groups, Bernard organized angels gate 8.16.98 dusk" in 1998 as an independent project, which featured improvisational combinations pulled from a hat, as well as installations by several well-known artists. Extending her interest to artists and musicians working both improvisationally and outside of their usual collaborations, she started "sound." in 1999 at Sacred Grounds in San Pedro, where it continued until April 2000. Bernard then proposed "sound." as an on-going experimental indoor/outdoor concert series at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture (R.M. Schindler House) in West Hollywood. The Schindler House, as a site for the series (last summer was it’s sixth season), has proven a serendipitous choice, enabling audiences and performers to experience the fusion of numerous experimental forms in this seminal example of Modernist architecture. "sound." concerts have also taken place at Patriotic Hall, REDCAT, and most recently, the Ford Amphitheatre. Besides our concerts, SASSAS maintains an archive of our concerts which are available via quicktime streaming and also releases selected recordings in our soundCd series. soundCd no. 1 featuring improvised work was released in June 2002 and soundCd no. 2 with composed and indeterminate works came out in May 2004.
Website Link to Organization's History / Organization Overview: 
http://www.sassas.org/history.shtml
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History: 
http://www.soundnet.org/
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Cindy Bernard cbernard@sassas.org
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Anita Pace anita.pace@earthlink.net
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Michael Mehring michaelmehring@hotmail.com
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Joe Potts exorg@sbcglobal.net
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Yes
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.: 
Collective / Unincorporated Association
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
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Burn out of underpaid and volunteer staff.
Part 7.
survey_field_130: 
There is an online archive in place - it’s preservation of the analog archive that is difficult.
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?: 
No
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
No
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?: 
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
survey_field_49: 
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?: 
Yes
Part 10e.
10e. Under what circumstances would access to archives be allowed.: 
Currently archives are kept at the home and storage space of the founder and director. In order for there to be public access copies of original materials would need to be made and placed in a publicallly accessible location.
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Correspondence
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 Digital Materials
Photographs
Videotapes
Other:: 
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other:: 
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Brochures
Programs of Events
Other:: 
Other Printed Publications
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
Other Boxes
Three-Ring Binders
Please describe: 
plastic file drawers
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: 
1 - 10
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: 
----
or: 
I don’t know
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Yes
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
No
16b. Paper-based:: 
Not Applicable
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Other
Other: 
Website
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.)?: 
No
Please describe: 
Part time director
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?: 
Limited climate-controls
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
To continue archiving concert recordings online
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
Funding/staffing
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
To use them as a basis for an anniversary DVD
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
Funding
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.: 
$7,001 - $10,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$20,001 - $25,000
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?: 
No
Finish
survey_field_149: 
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.