Venice Art Center Inc
390 Nokomis Ave S
Venice FL 34285
The objective of the Venice Art Center shall be to provide cultural resources to the community and to encourage the knowledge and appreciation of visual art in all forms.   
CEO/Executive Director Mary Morris
Board Chair Ron Cairo
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Executive of Ford Motors
History and Background
Former Names
Venice Art League
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
Incorporation Year 1967
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $398,606.00
Projected Expenses $394,658.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Nov 2015
State Registration Yes 0
Background The Venice Art Center is the oldest and largest community art center on Florida's cultural coast. The Art center began with a two-day art show in 1956 and by 1958 the Venice Art Association was formed and operating. Over the next ten years the Art Center's legacy of art education for all ages was initiated and outreach programs initiated. In 1968 the Art Center constructed its first building and became the Venice Area Art League.
The Art Center continued its rapid growth in the 1970's and 1980's and our name was officially changed to the Venice Art Center. The Art Center moved into its newly expanded building in October, 1996. 

1.    Outdoor Signage: The Venice Art Center is in need of Signs on the front and back of the building identifying the Venice Art Center. We also need to convert our existing outdated kiosk sign at the entry to the building with a digital color screen to display upcoming exhibits, classes and events. This would be more visually appealing and clearer to read and view.  $24,000   


2. The Venice Art Center needs assistance in completing their landscaping. The atmosphere surrounding the Center is deteriorated and in need of new low-maintenance plantings. We are in need of $40,000 to complete our project.            

3.    The HVAC system: The Art Center has ten (10) aging air conditioning units, two or which are in need of immediate replacement. The income of the Art Center is heavily dependent on the comfort of individuals attending classes and cultural events and it is therefore critical that we remain capable to keep our classes and events full and students comfortable.  $13,000.00

4.    125 chairs and 6 high-top tables: As a result of our marketing efforts the Art Center has generated a substantial increase in the number of events and attendees held at the Art Center and we are therefore in need of more adequate seating to accommodate all who wish to attend.  $4,500.00

5.    Children’s scholarships: Due to the continued economic challenges in this area, more families are requesting assistance with scholarships to allow children to attend our art classes. $75.00 per child/$5,000.00 per year.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

The Venice Art Center's top priorities are to continually work towards our mission and to expand and cultivate our programs while maintaining the integrity of the Art Center. It is very important that the Art Center remain a major artistic resource for the Sarasota County community and to collaborate with other organizations to make art available and accessible to everyone.

The Art Center's Board of Directors consists of 10-16 members. The Art Center currently has 12 Board members, an Executive Director and five employees. We have over 425 volunteers who contributed more than 4800 hours of volunteer time last year. In addition, the Art Center has a membership base of over 900 active members.

The Art Center offers a wide variety of well-attended classes and hosts very successful opening receptions for our 12 exhibits each year. The Art Center has added Monday, Wednesday and Saturday demonstrations and lectures on various art topics and continues to expand its exhibition opportunities. The Art Center has increased its children’s program by adding many new classes and art camps. In 2011 the Art Center enrolled 1882 adults and children in its classes.

The Art Center collaborated and formed the Venice Cultural Campus together with the Venice Library, the Venice Community Center and the Venice Museum and Archives. We have hosted and supported other nonprofit organizations in the community, including The South County Jazz Club, the Boys and Girls Club, Loveland, the Senior Friendship Center, the Women’s Resource Center, Sarasota County Schools and more. The Art Center hosts two concert series, annual tea, a very well attended Summerfest, a two0night cabaret, a progressive dinner with other members of the Cultural Campus, an, art and wine club and a variety of additional cultural events. The Art Center has provided many musicians, poets, artists and theater groups a venue to show and display their skills.

The new “Sea Venice” public arts project created solely by the Venice Art Center has made a dramatic impact on the entire Venice community. This project has placed 42 professionally-painted dolphins and turtles onto the streets of Venice for the next 18 months.. This public art project will substantially increase tourism in Venice and will create more foot traffic and revenue for our local merchants, hotels and restaurants. Sea Venice has brought exciting, high-quality art to the streets of Venice for everyone’s enjoyment.  

In conclusion, I feel very proud to be a part of an organization that is making a cultural impact on our community. 

Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

The Venice Art Center began in the 1950’s as a organization which brought  local artists together until 1964 when it officially became a non-profit organization, Venice Art Center has always been the center of artistic activity of Venice. It is known for its wide variety of classes, art exhibits, demos and social activities. During the last few years, they have established an extensive website, an electronic newsletter and a Face book page to communicate with its members and community. New community partnerships are being formed regularly. Venice MainStreet and VAC have run the Venice Chalk Festival for the past two years. Venice Theatre provides entertainment at several of the art exhibits receptions. The Venice Art Center, Venice Community Center, Venice Library and the Historic Triangle Inn housing the city of Venice’s Museum & Archives have formed a collaboration to promote the Cultural Park. Venice Area Beautification Inc. and the Venice Area Garden Club are advising the VAC on their landscaping project. We are regularly recognized as the outstanding art center in our area. The receptions for opening night draw anywhere from 300 to 400 attendees to enjoy the new exhibit and make purchases. Our gift shop has the largest offering of original artworks, unique gifts, jewelry and accessories by local artists. All of our shows have sponsors, most of who return year after year. Java Café runs a small eatery on site to provide meals and snacks for artists, students, visitors and volunteer staff. Cabarets are run several times a year to showcase local musical talents, serve good food and enjoy the surrounding art displays. Venice Art Center is fortunate to have talented and dedicated volunteers that help out in so many ways. The VAC Board takes great pride in the accomplishments of the Art Center. We have come a long way, but many more opportunities keep opening up for us.


We recently revised our by-laws and policies and procedures. There is a board matrix in place to help guide our governance committee when it comes time to consider new candidates for the board. Venice Art Center is poised to continue its role as an arts leader in the Venice community. Our community is passionately interested in the arts and we will continue to serve to the best of our abilities and beyond.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Charlotte
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities

In 2011, there were 12 different exhibitions in the Pat Buster Gallery and 12 in the Selby, Altman-Vogt Salons. We have had up to 198 entries per show. All exhibitions have free admission and an opening reception. We also host the very successful and well attended South County School Show, in which all south county public schools participate.


2011 Exhibitions include:

 · Anything That Breathes

· Paint Paradise, Paint Venice

· Fine Arts Show

· Members Only Latest and Greatest

· South County School Show

· Abstraction

·   H2O

· Summer Fun Summerfest

· VAC Instructor, Staff & Board Show

· Three Dimensional Art

· Members Only Spring Show

· Wildly Abstract

Budget $14,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Exhibitions
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served US US US
Short Term Success

The short term effects are artists selling and displaying more artworks. The number of attendees to view our exhibitions consistently increases with each show. The short-term effect is that more people have the opportunity to enjoy art and culture. The effect is readily demonstrated in the smiles on people’s faces as they experience creativity and enjoy art here at the Art Center.        

Long Term Success Exhibitions support artists by providing each with the opportunity to show and sell their work. Admission to view the artwork and attend the opening receptions is free, which fulfills our mission to make the visual arts available to everyone. The ongoing success of these programs is continuing to produce quality exhibitions. We have seen a substantial increase in attendance at our exhibitions and an increase in the number of artists entering and displaying their work. The long-term effect of this success is to create a stronger cultural community.
How Program is Monitored

We measure the success of an exhibition by the number of artist’s entries, number of people viewing the show and the quality of the entries. We count people who view each show and the art pieces and artists are all tracked. We have seen a large overall increase in all of these categories throughout the last 3 years. 

Examples of Program Success

One example of the success was this year’s Fall Member’s Show. We had 350 people attend our opening reception with over 180 pieces of art entered on display. Over the course of the exhibition, we have over 1600 additional visitors to the Art Center.

CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mary Morris
CEO Term Start June 2009
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 5
Volunteers 325
Contractors 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Management Reports to Board Yes
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2011
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
The Venice Art center focuses a considerable amount of its efforts on forming new relationships and partnerships with various community organizations. We have collaborated with the following groups and organizations: Venice Circus Arts Foundations, Venice Mainstreet, VABI, Venice Historical Society, All Faiths Food Bank, Venice Gondolier Sun, Venice Symphony, Venice Theater, Island Village Montessori, Epiphany Cathedral School, Venice area public schools, Loveland Center, Women's Resource Center, Venice Boys and Girls Club, South County Jazz Club,  Venice Community Center, Venice Public Library, Venice Achieves, All Faiths Food Bank, Venice Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Sertoma Club, AAUW, and more. We have coordinated and participated in many community events such as Sun Fiesta, 85th Anniversary of Venice Committee, Bowls of Hope, Venice Chalk Festival, cultural campus events, and a variety of community outreach opportunities. This year we reached out to individual community members and businesses to seek sponsors for either a turtle or dolphin for our “Sea Venice" public art display project and secured 42 sponsors. We formed many new partnerships with this current project. We have worked very hard to promote VAC and make VAC a strong community resource and presence.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ron Cairo
Company Affiliation Retired Executive of Ford Motors
Board Term Apr 2013 to Apr 2015
Board Members
Board Members
Ron Cairo retired: Ford Motors Executive
Edmund Campbell Retired Executive
Joseph Dalton Owner: Babes Plumbing
Paul McCullough Attorney
Paul Moseley owner: Jimco Maintenance
Donna Roberts CPA
Dave Sayer Publishers Clearinghouse spokesman & marketing
Tim Smolerick Venice Gondolier
Tiffany Taylor designer
Joyce Toms Retired
Jean Trammell Venice Company
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 4
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 78
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2014
Projected Revenue $398,606.00
Projected Expenses $394,658.00
Endowment Value $40,934.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Spending Policy % 4
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financials
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 Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$30,797$0$0
Individual Contributions$80,468$34,473$48,490
Investment Income, Net of Losses$12,238$8,967$402
Membership Dues$54,820$49,535$50,685
Special Events$11,627($652)$2,551
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$375,176$270,740$350,508
Administration Expense$62,270$161,683$59,064
Fundraising Expense$692$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.220.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%63%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$1,138,917$1,096,066$998,376
Current Assets$278,627$234,345$112,856
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$11,218$14,148$9,909
Total Net Assets$1,127,699$1,081,918$988,467
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountArt Class Instruction $172,724Program service revenue $422,552Program service revenue $269,113
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $80,468Membership Dues $49,535Membership dues and assessments $50,685
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGallery Sales $59,955Contributions, gifts, grants $34,473Contributions, gifts, grants $48,490
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities24.8416.5611.39
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  IRS Form 990 reconciles with audited financial statements, where provided.
Nonprofit Venice Art Center Inc
Address 390 Nokomis Ave S
Venice, FL 34285
Primary Phone 941 485-7136
CEO/Executive Director Mary Morris
Board Chair Ron Cairo
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Executive of Ford Motors
Year of Incorporation 1967
Former Names
Venice Art League