The Charlotte County Art Guild, Inc. dba Visual Arts Center
210 Maud St.
Punta Gorda FL 33950
Mission
It's our mission to inspire, explore, create and promote the visual arts in the Southwest Florida community through the development, knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Janet Watermeier
Board Chair Constance Robison
Board Chair Affiliation Prior President VAC Endowment Trust
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
The Visual Arts Center
Charlotte County Art Guild
Supported Organization Charlotte County Art Guild, Inc.
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1961
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2016
State Registration Yes 0
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $411,957.00
Projected Expenses $407,783.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement

Accomplishments:

  • NAE January 29-March 12, 2016 - The National Art Exhibition is a 6 week nationally recognized event featuring 650+ entries from artists in 38 States and Canada. 
  • 22 Art Exhibits open for public viewing in 2 Galleries. 
  • 192 Classes & Workshops for 1,500+ youth and adults in watercolor, painting techniques, photography, jewelry, pottery and other specialty media. 
  • 9 Events including: Canvass for a Cause in partnership with AMI Kids-Crossroads, (youth at risk) and Empty Bowls in partnership with the Homeless Coalition.  
  • Facility Improvements including: New electronic sign, new Gallery lighting and facility upgrades in a 25 year old building. 
  Goals: 
  • Explore various art forms, history and appreciation of art classes and workshops.
  • Create an environment and facility that encourages the creation and viewing of art.
  • Promote the visual arts through education and events that are open to all.
Needs Statement
  1. New easels, tables, chairs and display pedestals for our students and exhibiting artists. Estimate $9,000
  2. Parking lot lighting needs to be brought up to current day standards. Estimate $29,000
  3. Facility Improvements:  Our 25 year old building is in constant need of maintenance and upgrades, including improvements to our reception area, gift shop, exterior courtyard, and new flooring.   Estimate $150,000.
  4. Enriching programs with new and updated equipment for technology lab, jewelry and stained glass, pottery, photography and video equipment, and other specialty classes. Estimate: $150,000
  5. Volunteers for committee leadership positions, special events, exhibits, gift shop, library, maintenance and repairs.  Operating the facility requires approximately 750 hours of volunteer time monthly. 
Background Statement
The organization was founded in 1961 by a group of artists in order to share resources, hold classes, and exhibit artwork. In the first years, all members were juried-in artists. Eventually, the group realized the need for community support and expanded membership to all. Today we have 1,000+ members.
 
In 1985, the City of Punta Gorda provided land for the center. The organization raised the funds, garnered some State of Florida capital grants, and opened in 1989. The building expanded as more capital was raised. As a result, the organization is mortgage and debt free. 
 
The Center has offered year-round art exhibitions, classes for adults and children since inception. There are now over 300 classes and 20-24 exhibits every year, as well as workshops and special events. Through grants, the center added a computer lab, jewelry studio, and pottery studio. A summer arts camp for elementary through teens has operated since building inception.
 
An Endowment Trust was created in the late 90's to ensure the Visual Art Center's future.  The Trust has approximately $800,000, operates with a separate board and is a 509(a)(3) supporting organization.
 
About 750 volunteer hours a month are needed to operate this 12,000 s.f. facility, including a 3,700 volume arts library and a gift shop featuring the work of member artists.
 
The Goff Gallery features monthly shows of member artists: they may show a body of work, present an opening reception, and offer tours at no cost. Artists receive 70% of any art sold. 
 
The Center offers an annual Fine Arts Festival; alternates a National Faces & Figures Exhibition with a (non-thematic) National Exhibition; Photo Arts Expo; Peace River National Art Show, a juried outdoor two-day festival; as well as monthly exhibitions in three major galleries. 
 
The Center offers several membership levels: individual, household, and student, as well as Patron levels of Friend, Supporter and Advocate with added benefits.     The Center provides space and support for several special interests affiliate groups: jewelry, photography, fiber/textile, sculpture, porcelain art, and art glass.
 
Every year the Center provides gallery space for elementary and middle school/high school art exhibits.  Every year three $500.00 scholarships are awarded to local high school students showing artistic achievement and an interest in pursuing a degree and career in art.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
FL- Lee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type
Keywords
Visual Arts, Art Exhibits, Art Classes, Children's Art, Gallery, Gift Shop, Facility Rental
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

At the age of nine, my mother dragged me into New York City for the opening of the newest modern museum located on Fifth Avenue. Numerous other times during my formative years, we spent hours at the Metropolitan.  My love for the visual arts was established early on, and has been maintained during my entire life.  My career path lead me into the nonprofit industry and I was able to integrate my arts passion with a career.  Now as a retired person, I still maintain a love of the arts and spend many days devoting my time to the Charlotte County Art Guild's Visual Arts Center.

I enjoy my leadership involvement working with a team of active board members.  They know the value of the Visual Arts Center and how the institution contributes to the community economically, educationally and culturally.  Guiding these board members is a pleasure because they maintain organizational integrity, live up to their commitments and work tirelessly to better the organization.  
 
The Center's primary challenge is offering quality programs, exhibits, classes and activities  (and keeping the lights on) while holding entry fees and membership dues at an affordable level. Support from sponsors, donors, corporate partners and grants are essential to maintaining a balanced budget and provide for capital improvements. The organization receives no ongoing funds from any government agencies. The organization relies on its 14 member board and volunteers who work over 750 hours each month to keep the operation going.
 
I hope during my next year of service I can continue to build more revenue streams, collaborate with other cultural and educational institutions and review our initiatives to increase activities. 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Our arts center is one of the finest in Southwest Florida. We make every effort to make the arts accessible, affordable, and enjoyable to the widest range of people. We are one of the few that is truly fully operational all year and the only facility of its kind in Charlotte County. Service to the community is at the heart of all our programs, events and projects.
Programs
Description
We hold seven education sessions per year; plus after school programs; summer art camp for children. We offer over 300 classes in pottery, painting (all media), sculpture, computer arts (digital photography, website design, social media), stained glass, and jewelry. We also offer indepth workshops for special study, hold life drawing and portrait drawing sessions.
 
Students are able to sell their creations in our Gift Shop, where unique gifts can be purchased at extremely affordable prices. Sales commission of 70% goes directly back to the artist. 
 
The VAC's 3,700 volume Arts Lending Library, with 20 arts periodicals and video/dvds, is open to the general community. 
Budget $92,800
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults K-12 (5-19 years) Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success
Students of all ages continue to register in high numbers, providing income for local art instructors and raising the skill level of area artists.  New sessions have been created for elementary students, with intent to expand elementary school enrollment during 2015. 
Long Term Success
The program is successful as demonstrated by the registration rates and the percentage of returning students. The past three years have all had record-breaking sessions.
Program Success Monitoring
We continually evaluate through written and informal surveys, numbers of students registering and returning to particular instructor.
Program Success Examples
Number of students registering has increased year over year. With greater self confidence, art students enter exhibitions and sell their work. They become involved as volunteers to further support the organization and grow as individuals.   
Description
The VAC holds 10-12 competitions each year, all have prize money and vary in media. At least two each year are juried shows. Our 9th Juried Biennial National Art Exhibition (2D traditional media) Faces & Figures Exhibit was held in March 2014 and attracted artist entries from across the country. Our volunteer committee is gearing up now to plan our 10th biennial National Art Exhibition to be held in February 2016.
   Our Goff Gallery offers members an opportunity to show a body of work at no fee (30% commission). Goff Gallery also is available at a low rental fee to other local art organizations or for individual shows. Past shows have included works by Swedish-American artist Arthur Linquist, Seminole painter Guy LaBree and Florida landscape artist Clyde Butcher.
   The VAC hosts an exhibit every few years for the SWFL Arts Council exhibits. 
   The VAC hosts annual elementary and middle/high school exhibits and awards receptions for a private academy, public schools and home-schooled children. 
    The Gift Shop offers everything from jewelry to pottery to art on canvas for sale by local artists. The gift shop setting displays more fine craft than can be seen in traditional exhibits. Member artists donate 30% of their gift shop sales income to the support the gift shop and VAC.
Budget $19,800
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Curatorial Work & Exhibitions
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success
Short term success is determined by the number of entries compared to previous years.
Long Term Success
The exhibit program success is based on the number of entries for a given show and the quality of work entered. The shows are of a high quality with paid qualified judges. Artists come from Sarasota and Lakeland to Naples for most and from all 50 states for the biennial national exhibit.
Program Success Monitoring
We continually look at the mediums entered for each show. We examine the number of returning artists and new artists. We check other area art centers on entry fees and qualified judges.
Program Success Examples
We are reaching a wider groups of artists geographically for local shows and younger artists as well
Description
The Peace River National Art Festival has three primary missions: offer a quality marketplace for national artists, draw visitors and tourists to the county, and be a major revenue-producer for the Visual Arts Center.
This juried art festival presents only high quality artists of 2-d and 3-d media.
The 2-day event held each spring draws approximately 100 artists and 10,000 people to beautiful Lashley Park in downtown Punta Gorda every year. The festival has become one of the season's highlights and is supported by the local chambers, businesses, and governments.
Budget $25,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Festivals
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success
Short term success may be determined by anecdotal comments by artists who continue to have sales even after the show is long over. Coverage in local newspapers indicates the importance to the community.
Long Term Success
The festival's longevity, plus a consistent return of quality artists signifies their success at our festival. The growth in attendees, determined by actual gate counts, is also a helpful tool in determining success.  The festival is one of the Visual Art Center's primary fundraising events, supporting other programs and providing community outreach.
Program Success Monitoring
We look at gate receipts, artist blogs and Facebook, food and beverage receipts and general comments from the public on site. The City of Punta Gorda has acted with alacrity to any problems with the site, indicating its desire to keep the festival in the City's downtown waterfront park.
Program Success Examples
We can offer anecdotal comments from snowbirds who plan their vacations around the festival dates every year. The fact that the attendance increases every year is our basic proof of its success. Also, the number of artists on a waiting list to be invited into the festival shows success.
Description
   The month-long Fine Arts Festival, held every fall since 2003, celebrates the work of master artists in various events, workshops, lectures, and artwork.
   Artists or themes selected over the years:  Van Gogh, O'Keeffe and Stieglitz, Gauguin, Leonard da Vinci vs. Michelangelo, Spirit of the American West, Dali, Degas, Lautrec, Monet, Sergeant and Art Nouveau to Art Deco.
   Examples of events: during the Degas year, a local ballet schools performed. Original plays from two local authors were enacted by the local community theater. (The plays were both educational and entertaining). An actor from Tampa impersonated Dali; a local restaurant offered a class based on Lautrec's own published cookbook. A trip to Cayo Costa substituted for Gauguin's south seas life. Performers reenacted the love between Georgia O'keeffe and Stieglitz. A bus trip to Miami's Art Deco District showcased the extent of the movement's popularity.
   Local artists re-create these great artists' works or create their own interpretation of the artist's style in 2-d art or in other media like jewelry, weaving or pottery. This great educational opportunity provides artists a challenging learning experience in the time-honored way of the apprentice. 
   Artwork created here is toured through the school system. The "Last Supper" was re-created by 16 artists and was rotated throughout local churches. The piece now resides in a local church permanently. The major large paintings are shown in downtown Punta Gorda as part of the October gallery walk.
  As one of the Visual Art Center's major fundraising activities, the month long festival includes music, food, wine, theater, dance and art - different every year but fun, educational, and revenue-producing.
Budget $24,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural Festivals
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults K-12 (5-19 years) Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success
Immediate successful outcomes are ticket sales for special events, the attendees attracted to the exhibition, and the increase in donations and sponsorships. 
Long Term Success
This program's mission is to increase enjoyment and education of particular artists or themes. Children and local adults may see artwork not otherwise available to them (finances, school budget reductions). 
  The first year, about 8 artists participated. Every year, the number of artists has grown; recent shows have included 90 artists, who created 125 or more pieces of art, many of which sell during the exhibit. 
    
Program Success Monitoring
Many visitors will return to view the exhibit again, bring friends who may not have visited the Visual Arts Center before, thereby spreading the word about the Center's exhibits and programs. As the Festival is one of our primary fundraisers, positive revenue produced by ticket and art sales, sponsorships and good expense management is a strong determination of what worked each year.
Program Success Examples
In 2003, 8 artists participated. In 2014, 76 artists participated. People are coming to us with ideas:  1) book review; 2) lectures; 3) cooking classes; 4) wine tasting; 5) garden club arrangements;  6) poetry; 7) book readings; 8) bus trips!
Comments
Program Comments by Organization
Funding the Visual Arts Center's programs at a level high enough to ensure quality products and outstanding customer satisfaction requires assertive fundraising to supplement income from dues, class registrations and entry fees. Our small community generously supports hundreds of not-for-profit agencies, challenging each of us to find our niche and appeal to those benefactors and donors who believe in our cause.
 
To keep members and visitors excited and engaged, staff and board of directors reach out to new instructors, develop new classes and workshops, attend events in other communities and talk with visitors to learn why they came and what they liked. 
 
One challenge is to stay fresh, provide something new and unexpected in our small community. The monthly changing of exhibits, the new workshops and theme-related festivals all combine to provide a different experience each time a visitor returns.  
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Janet Watermeier
CEO Term Start May 2016
CEO/Executive Director Email ExecDir@VisualArtCenter.org
Experience
Janet Watermeier was hired in May 2016 as the executive director for the Visual Arts Center. Over the last 15 years, Janet provided executive leadership, management and consulting services for private companies, public/private partnerships, governments and non-profit community organizations. Clients included 8 Counties, 6 Cities, 6 State Agencies, 4 Colleges and Universities, 6 community organizations, 12 economic development organizations, and numerous private investment, business and real estate development clients.  Janet served as the Director of Economic Development for Lee County from 1996 to 2003; Vice President of Westinghouse Communities, Inc. from 1989 to 1996; and has owned and operated several businesses in retail, education and real estate;  Janet has been active in the community at the local, regional and state level through appointed positions, volunteer service and serving on boards of director for several charitable organizations. She graduated magna cum laud from Old Dominion University with a B.A. in Economics and attended State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law.
 
Janet's goal for the Visual Art Center is to guide the organization to the next level in programs, facilities, and operations. 
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Mary Ann Tipton Dec - Feb 2016
Michele Valencourt June 2001 - Dec 2013
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 5
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 250
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
We have collaborated with the Arts & Humanities Council (local arts agency), Punta Gorda Chamber, Charlotte County Chamber and the Charlotte Symphony on events, committees, and space.
 
The VAC works closely with the Charlotte County School system for classes, special projects and scholarships and supports the Cooper Street Kids and AMI through fundraising and education. 
 
The VAC collaborates and supports its Affiliate Organizations, including: Jewelry Artist Group, Common Threads, Life Drawing, Artists in Action, Portrait Studio and Porcelain Artists. 
 
Since 2003, the VAC has supported and sponsored the Empty Bowls Project in collaboration with the Homeless Coalition, local food banks, and Charlotte County School District's hunger-awareness program.
 
For three years the VAC collaborated on fund-raising events for Relay for Life. The VAC offered space for the Punta Gorda Chamber's Wine and Jazz Festival's special event. 
 
Since spring 2012 we have collaborated with the Sea Grape Artists (Co-op) Gallery to offer art classes to disabled veterans. We worked with Charlotte County Health Department on purchasing and placement of public art.
 
The VAC partners with the Punta Gorda and the Charlotte County Chambers of Commerce to host business after hours and business before breakfast events. Community leaders, business owners and employers attending these events are sometimes introduced to the VAC for the first time. 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce2013
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce2013
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Outstanding Arts Organization of the YearArts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County1999
Outstanding Contribution to Charlotte County TourismCharlotte County Tourism and Visitor Bureau2009
Cultural Highlights BestFlorida Weekly2016
Best Gift ShopHarbor Style2016
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted Mar 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Comments
Management Comments by Organization
The Visual Arts Center's biggest challenge is securing adequate funding to maintain the building's aging infrastructure, upgrade the facilities to today's standards, purchase new equipment to maintain programs at a level of excellence, add new and exciting exhibits, programs and events for the community and our members, while keeping our programs affordable.  In addition, our operation depends on the generosity and time of our volunteers and we are every striving to engage new volunteers, while making the volunteer experience valuable. 
 
Management Comments by Foundation
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Foundation
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
January 2015 we unveiled our new state-of-the-art website, offering the ability to register for classes, join and renew memberships through a secure online payment system. Donations can be made and special event tickets can be purchased through the site. The ability for customers to purchase online will lessen the front desk volunteers' stress when dealing with the customer service rush each time a new class session starts.
 
To provide potential students with an insight into each instructor, the website includes YouTube videos of instructors demonstrating their skills.
 
In the front lobby, the Visual Arts Center shows a continuing loop video of recent award winning art, events, receptions and other items of interest. Volunteers post pictures and events to Facebook to encourage social media interaction with the younger generations.
Board Chair
Board Chair Constance Robison
Company Affiliation Prior President VAC Endowment Trust
Board Term Nov 2015 to Oct 2016
Board Chair Email csrobison@me.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Patt Bacon Artist/Instructor
Bruce Bagge Community Volunteer
Jim Beech Artist/Instructor
Becky Bovell VAC Endowment Trust
Mary Cavanaugh Artist/Community Volunteer
Nanette Crist Community volunteer
Ellen Harvey Education
Alexia Martin Owner/CEO WhitCo Insurance
Constance Robison Prior VAC Endowment Trust President
Judi Roth Artist/Community Volunteer
Jolene Shong Isles Yacht Club, CPA
Steven Strunk Community Volunteer
Bob Weitz Artist/Community Volunteer
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 86
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Executive
Finance
Nominating
Education
Membership
Volunteer
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization
The Visual Arts Center's board members are dedicated volunteers from diverse backgrounds. Board members' roles on committees, special event coordination and program management have been matched to their interests to encourage their involvement in planning, goal setting and implementation.
 
Board members will increase their efforts to identify volunteers possibly interested in further training to assist them to move into leadership roles. By getting volunteers involved on committees and exposing them to the organization's management strategies, some have elected to step into board positions.
 
Each year board members undergo training to help them understand their roles and become more effective within the organization. Many have valuable executive, management, and/or non-profit backgrounds and experience that, when identified and utilized, will become an asset to the organization.
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $411,957.00
Projected Expenses $407,783.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations
Endowment Value $712,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose Endowment Fund goal is to reach $1,000,000 in Endowment Value
Campaign Goal $288,000.00
Campaign Dates June 2016 to May 2017
Amount Raised To Date 10000 as of June 2016
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$65,000$0
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$31,522$24,511$37,451
$0$0$0
$169,182$161,775$163,101
Investment Income, Net of Losses$59$58$89
Membership Dues$60,759$90,066$67,708
Special Events$52,300$38,041$40,652
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$301,853$294,493$299,966
Administration Expense$51,388$51,511$48,535
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.891.100.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%85%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$351,779$388,249$357,094
Current Assets$37,845$99,471$57,855
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$6,310$3,042$5,333
Total Net Assets$345,469$385,207$351,761
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $153,511Program Services $151,958Program service revenue $152,536
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $60,759Membership Dues $90,066Membership Dues $67,708
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $52,300Foundation & Corporate Support $65,000Fundraising $40,652
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.0032.7010.85
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
The Visual Arts Center (VAC) is a community facility of approximately 12,000 SF with 5 classrooms, 2 exhibit galleries, pottery studio, library and gift shop.  It supports 1,000+ members and 35,000 visitors annually, with festivals reaching crowds of $10,000+.  The VAC requires community support to operate and make the arts accessible and affordable to the widest range of people.  
 
Through community outreach and one-on-one meetings, we are working to spread the message that the Visual Arts Center needs financial support to meet its mission, maintain affordable classes and exhibits, and implement its Capital Improvement Plan to repair and maintain its 25-year old building.  
 
One of our biggest challenges is keeping dues and fees at an affordable level, while adequately funding the Center's multitude of programs, events and activities.
 
Four of five paid staff members are part-time with approximately 700+ hours each month of volunteer time to maintain the current programs and level of service. We appreciate the passionate volunteers who serve our organization, yet we it difficult to identify dedicated individuals willing to replace those volunteers who move on. Filling major board of director roles and committee leadership positions also continues to be challenging. To show our appreciation and thank the dedicated volunteers, we hold an annual Volunteer Luncheon. The event recognizes years of service, awards a volunteer for exceptional service, provides volunteer pins, gives prizes of discount coupons for VAC services or products and gift certificates.

We strive to offer only the finest art classes with the best instructors, but balancing class fees with instructors salaries is an ongoing challenge. Classes are full during the busy winter months and new "clients" are eager to learn from newer instructors. We need to more fully attract our full-time residents to take summertime classes, when enrollment is historically low. Strong marketing with Facebook, YouTube and open houses are part of the strategy to market our offerings.
Financial Comments by Foundation
Organization only has audit for FY 2010. Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990 or audit.  Financial figures were taken from IRS Form 990s.
Nonprofit The Charlotte County Art Guild, Inc. dba Visual Arts Center
Address 210 Maud St.
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Phone 941 639-8810

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