The Art League of Manatee County dba ArtCenter Manatee
209 9th St W
Bradenton FL 34205
  • Provide a welcoming, professional environment,
  • Educate novice and experienced artists of all ages,
  • Provide galleries to exhibit and market original artwork, and
  • Enhance the visual arts in Manatee county through special events and outreach programs.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Carla Nierman
Board Chair Marianne Barnebey
Board Chair Affiliation Retired City Councilwoman
General Info
Organization DBA
ArtCenter Manatee
Art Center Manatee
Former Names
The Art League of Manatee County
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1952
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2018
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Impact Statement
The galleries and classrooms at ArtCenter Manatee are always full of visitors, students, teachers and artists.  Over the past few years, ArtCenter Manatee has instructed thousands of students in every medium of the visual arts. In the last ten years we have doubled our membership.
ArtCenter Manatee is known for its richness in the visual arts. Our instructors share their well-honed skills and talents with every student who walks in our door.
In the 2016-2017 season we staged twenty one major exhibits, including:
  • The Exhibiting Society of Artists
  • Manatee County Schools exhibit
  • Candace Knapp, "A Gathering of Imaginary Friends" exhibit
  • Visiting artist Dylan Pierce, "Legacy of Hope" exhibit
  • American Watercolor Society Traveling exhibit
  • International Society of Acrylic Painters
  • Village of the Arts curated show
  • 80th Anniversary exhibit 
  • KidsArt annual exhibit
  • 9 juried open shows

We also accomplished:

  • Successful completion of Kid's Art Camp and gallery exhibition showing of artwork by our youngest students
  • Over 390 of visual art classes and workshops in different media
  • Monthly series of Night Out, a fun experience with art
  • Obtained funding and began the Arts & Healing Program for dementia participants
  • Obtained funding and replaced pivotal a.c. unit
  • Negotiated new 150 year lease agreement with substantial increase in land in efforts to position for expansion
  • Obtained funding and in process of creating a new e-commerce website for promoting local artists.  Also strong potential for additional revenue stream
  • Held an 80th Anniversary party which was so successful the community is requesting we repeat the event annually (chef challenge event)

Our goals for this year include the staging of up to 25 major exhibits, including:

  • American Watercolor Society traveling exhibit, in conjunction with regional Florida Suncoast Watercolor Exhibition
  • Gallery Exhibit for the Manatee County School System to showcase budding artists and allow the youth to have a "true" gallery experience
  • Southern Watercolor Society, which comprises 19 states, exhibiting for first time in our state
  • Suzy Schultz, accomplished artist from Atlanta, GA
  • Printmaking exhibit with Mollie Doctrow from Sebring, FL
  • Exciting new programs in the ever popular Night Out Series
  • Expanding Arts & Healing Program with focus on dementia, PTSD & stroke
  • Working with Building Committee to develop programing to determine space needed for future
  • Create marketing plan with video and print that includes outside assistance
  • Hire a part time administrative person 
  • Expand upon our ability to rent the facility for parties
  • Increase revenue through contributed support
Needs Statement
  1. Arts & Healing Program $10,000 - partial funding received from Manatee Memorial Foundation
  2. Lighting for Reid Hodges Gallery $2,500
  3. Security System $3,500
  4. Gallery Pedestals $3,000
  5. Part-time Freelance Marketing Person $20,000
  6. A.C. for Galleries $5,800

Background Statement
In 1953, the Art League of Manatee County received a 30-year lease from the city of Bradenton for what was called the "foot of 9th St. W." A 2-year capital campaign raised the needed $30,000, and ground was broken in 1955.  In 1959, 2 studios and a kiln room were added.  Then, in 1964, Ruth Kelly donated $5,000 to start the Art League of Manatee County Foundation. The lease on the property was extended, and the McKinley Library was established. together with a summer program.  As membership, exhibitions and awards grew, 1984 saw ACM hosting the first showing of the American Watercolor Society.
The 1990's saw further improvements to our facility - including a new facade - and the hosting of the Annual Beaux Arts Ball.  2000 brought first participation in Empty Bowls project - the beginning of a long-running annual collaboration with Meals-in-Wheels Plus.
*  2004 saw the name change to ArtCenter Manatee  
*  2005  membership of 740
*  2007 ACM receives Manatee Chamber of Commerce Business Education Award for ArtSmart Program
*  2008 West Coast Society of Goldsmiths funds a jewelry design center 
*  2009 ACM signed 140-year lease with Bradenton Riverfront Partners. * 
*  2010 new state-of-the art lighting and hanging system in galleries  
*  2017 signed 150-year lease with Bradenton Riverfront Partners with expanded land
*  2017 ArtCenter Manatee celebrated 80 years of bringing Art and Art Education to Manatee County with a sold out 80th Anniversary celebration with 175 guests and an 80th Anniversary exhibit displaying a photographic journey.
As ACM continues to grow exponentially, bringing cutting edge art to the region and offering the best in art instruction, growth of our facility is expected. We anticipate a capital campaign to address those needs in the next 2-4 years.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- Hillsborough
Areas Served Comments
ArtCenter Manatee has visitors from throughout the US and the State of Florida as well as Canada and Europe; instructors of national stature; students primarily from Manatee, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties; and exhibitions of international significance.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

For eighty years ArtCenter Manatee (ACM) has been a treasured nucleus for the visual arts in the region. It is a special place for people of all ages to learn, create, exhibit and market original works of art. It is a place that feeds the soul. 

ACM has grown to over 1,000 members with 30,000 people involved in programming annually. The area around us is developing rapidly and ACM plans to grow with it.
As stated in our current strategic plan, Board goals are to improve visibility and community relationships, to develop a plan for ArtCenter facilities that allows for growth, and to ensure the ArtCenter is in a strong financial position as we consider a future capital campaign. In addition, it is our goal to build public trust in the organization.
We thrive because the team of teachers, volunteers, members, donors, students, staff, and the Board is working together to shape an exciting and secure future for this valued community asset.
Studies have shown time and again that businesses and families are attracted to communities with a strong environment of arts and culture. ArtCenter Manatee is a key component to that rich environment. Join us to support the visual arts in Manatee County!

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

ArtCenter Manatee is a thriving jewel in our community. With an active membership, a strong arts curriculum, and an exciting events schedule, we are continually striving towards excellence. Also, being located in the revitalized downtown Riverfront District we are positioned for expansion with increased exposure.

We continue to partner with other nonprofit organizations such as Boys & Girls Club. We offer scholarships to children who are less fortunate, and strive for free programs which expose the community to the value of creative expression in a time of electronic overload. We also believe it is imperative to care for our elder community, this year by adding an Arts and Healing Program focused on those struggling with mild to moderate dementia.  Due to generous support from our community, this program is free of charge for the participants and a huge success for the participants and their families.
Rarely does a day go by that we are not told how ArtCenter Manatee has impacted a life. It reminds us that the value of community, creative expression and healthy outlets are vital to humanity. It also reinforces that we are on track by achieving our mission of enhancing our community. 
Each year ArtCenter Manatee hosts a summer long art camp for children ages 4 - 15.  The following camps are offered:
  • Sprouting Artists - ages 4-6, two hours once a week, 3 weeks for each of 3 sessions held June, July and August
  • Thrilling Thursdays & Fabulous Fridays- ages 6 - 10 -  classes in clay, painting, drawing and mixed media , three consecutive Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 sessions throughout the summer
  • KidsArtCamp - ages 6 - 10, running  9 am - 3 pm Monday- Friday,9 weeks starting in June. Media cverfed include, drawing, sculpture, pottery, painting, mixed media 
  • Emerging Artists - ages 11 - 15.  These week-long program runs 9 am - 12:00 or 1:00-4:00 & subjects covered are: photography, painting, cartooning, wheelthrown pottery, hand-built pottery, jewelry, book illustration.
Budget $51,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Instruction
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
The summer camp art programming, and exhibition of the children's work, instills confidence, a sense of creativity, and major socialization with other children and adults.
Long Term Success
As funding for arts education in our public schools is cut, the imperative grows for ArtCenter Manatee to provide art education for school-age children.  Art fosters socialization, development of small motor skills and creative thinking, and has been linked to success in mathematics and many of the sciences.
The long-term goal of our education programs is for our students to enjoy developing their artistic interests, talents and skills.  Our exhibitions bring high - quality examples of artistic expression to the community, to please they eye and to elevate viewers' appreciation of artistic aesthetic.  All of our children's programming is intended to continue the development of their artistic sensibilities, and to provide a warm & safe environment.  Many young students - particularly in the summer months - may be latch-key children should they not be here at ACM.
Program Success Monitoring
A written evaluation form is completed by each student and parent at the end of every camp week.   A daily journal is used by the teachers to keep us up to date on any ideas or issues that need to be addressed.  Staff communicates with the instructors on a daily basis.
At camp end, parents are asked to complete an electronic survey explaining the strengths and weaknesses of the camp and any suggestions they might have to improve the next camp. These suggestions, customer ratings surveys, and anecdotal comments/observations are incorporated in ongoing program evaluation and process improvement.
Program Success Examples
 Our young participants may initially enroll for one session; but a predominant majority eventually enroll in multiple sessions for the season.  Most of our students become multi-year participants, and continue on into our Emerging Artists Program.; where many partcipants have been part o the ACM family since ages 4-5.rtist
Many of the children who have attended camp, repeat annually, and ultimately volunteer as aides in youth summer programs.
One student started camp at age 4, attended every summer camp until she was 15,then worked as a paid assistant at camp until she graduated high school and moved on to college.

In addition to our youth programming, ACM offers over 390 classes for adults ages 16 to 99+.

   *Watercolor Classes and Workshops

   *Painting Classes and Workshops

   *Drawing/Pastel Classes and Workshops

   *Pottery/Sculpture Classes and Workshops

   *Photography Classes and Workshops

   *Jewelry Classes and Workshops

   *Mosaics Classes

   *Fiber Classes 

   *Enameling Workshops

   *Mini-workshop series in various media

Budget $249,525
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success The number of students and members is increasing because of the growth of classes, workshops, lectures and artistic competitions offered.
Long Term Success

Program will result in enriching the visual arts, culture and humanities in the community. The Arts have been shown to have a profound and lasting impact on people of all ages. Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, verbal and socialization skills. According to a report by Americans for the Arts, arts education has also been shown to “level the playing field” across socio-economic boundaries.

Program Success Monitoring

Student evaluations are completed and analyzed after each class, workshop or lecture. Staff communicates with the instructors on a daily basis. Suggestions, customer ratings surveys, and anecdotal comments/observations are incorporated in ongoing program evaluation and process improvement.

Program Success Examples

Class enrollment continues to increase, giving us the ability to add classes and teachers to meet the ever-increasing demand of our members and friends. 

Program Comments by Organization
ArtCenter Manatee offers a wide variety of visual art programs to the public each year.  Programs include classes from ages 4 through 99 and include painting, pottery, photography, jewelry, drawing, photography, collage, glass bead making, mosaic, mixed media and more.  We offer over 350 classes to the public.
Our KidsArt summer camp program brings 500+ children ages 4 - 15 ito the ArtCenter to experience the visual arts in every media.  An exhibit, during July and August showcases the artwork of each child attending camp and instills a sense of accomplishment and confidence in each child.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Carla Nierman
CEO Term Start Feb 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email
Carla is a graduate of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan and previous owner of LaserOmics, a successful business development and management company in Clearwater, Florida before moving to Manatee County.  After moving to Bradenton, Carla worked in the garden design, development and sales industry.

Ms. Nierman came to ArtCenter Manatee in 2007 starting at the reception desk and quickly moved up to develop and manage ACM’s widely popular Artist Gift Market.  In recent years Carla has served our Members well as the Special Events Director taking on the successful Art at the Ranch Event as well as the Jazzy Ladies Fashion Show and many Opening Night receptions including the National and American Watercolor Society Traveling Shows.

Carla brings with her the knowledge and experience necessary to manage a successful teaching and learning center and has proven gallery management and public relation skills.

Ms. Nierman said that she is thankful for the opportunity to lead ArtCenter Manatee into the future and looks forward to serving our Members and the Community and being a part of the Riverfront renaissance.  She went on to say that this is a very thrilling time for Bradenton and that ACM, with its 80 years of service to the community, looks forward to being a cornerstone of Bradenton’s revitalization.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Carolyn Boyd Hager Oct 2010 - Apr
Mary Roff Sept 2011 - Oct
Senior Staff
Cathy Mijou Development Coordinator
Christina Sutor Special Events & Service Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 80
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 37
Volunteers 150
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
  • Realize Bradenton - ongoing collaborations to promote the arts and culture in Manatee County
  • Boys & Girls Club, classes, exhibit & gallery opening
  • Just for Girls, classes
  • Manatee School System
  • Bradenton Kiwanis
  • Gannon University


Manatee Chamber of Commerce1990
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Best Art Gallery in Manatee CountyHerald Tribune Readers' Choice Awards2016
People's Choice Award for Best Art GalleryBradenton Herald2016
Best Art Gallery Manatee CountyHerald Tribune Readers' Choice Award2015
People's Coice Award Best Art GalleryBradenton Herald2015
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization
The great news is that the ArtCenter is growing in membership and in programming. A hardworking staff is dedicated to the ArtCenter, its membership and growth.
The greatest challenge at this point is fundraising; finding sponsorships for events, developing a legacy program, increasing individual donations.  In 2014, we hired a Development Coordinator who is concentrating efforts in this area with success.
The second challenge is space.  The educational programs as well as membership have grown considerably over the last 10 years and we need more classroom space to accommodate all of the programming we would like to present to the public.  This year the Board of Directors and the Executive Director has focused on an expansion strategy including negotiating more land and has succeeded in this venture.  This plan addresses these challenges and will help maintain a healthy and thriving center.
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
We've had a great response to our multi-media advertising.  It's been a great way to target an audience we might not reach by more traditional means.  Our efforts continue to expand to include videos of art lectures, events and visual art demonstrations; a brief look into the exciting world of art at ArtCenter Manatee.
Board Chair
Board Chair Marianne Barnebey
Company Affiliation Retired City Councilwoman
Board Term Apr 2017 to Apr 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Roberto Andreos Lawyer
Marianne Barnebey Former Bradenton Council Woman
Richard Bedford SMR
Bruce Body Raymond James and Associates
Ted Camp Retired
Linda Enberg Retired
Stuart Gregory Community Volunteer
Mary Hoagland Commuity Volunteer
Darlene Johnson Community Volunteer
Carol Krah Community Volunteer
Kathy Simon-McDonald Artist
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 78
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
The growth of our organization necessitates the role of our Board to shift from working to one of governance.  Our strategic initiative to provide ongoing board development training will facilitate this, together with our succession plan. We also plan to expand committee membership to include constituents beyond board members.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Sept
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Aug
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $826,358.00
Projected Expenses $766,458.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $638,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$15,441$0$0
Individual Contributions$92,533$65,464$133,336
Investment Income, Net of Losses$7,228$6,216$8,364
Membership Dues$62,735$54,655$54,886
Special Events$37,764$29,273$25,473
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$483,614$474,558$429,056
Administration Expense$134,714$129,552$124,762
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.060.981.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%79%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$3,128,470$3,080,701$3,104,931
Current Assets$485,922$394,470$433,031
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$92,892$84,899$83,604
Total Net Assets$3,035,578$2,995,802$3,021,327
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEducation & Exhibits $353,851Education & Exhibits $353,317Education & Exhibits $303,913
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $92,533Contributions, gifts, grants $65,464Contributions, gifts, grants $133,336
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $62,735Membership Dues $54,655Membership Dues $54,886
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.234.655.18
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Our organization certainly faces challenges of finding the appropriate funding to carry out our mission.  As an art organization, we rely on tuition and membership as well as donors and sponsors to help us continue our programming.  We are making concerted efforts to build strong relationships as we educate and involve both private and public entities. 
We have been fortunate that we have a loyal membership and student body who supports us by participating in ArtCenter programs.  Membership and class registrations continue to grow; as do the costs necessary to maintain operations.  We have been focusing on increasing our donor base and business relationships in the community.
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures based on IRS Form 990. Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support, as provided in Form 990. Audits and 990s reconcile for tax years 2009 forward. Total assets in 2008 audit: $985,652. Net assets in 2008 audit: 952,955.
Nonprofit The Art League of Manatee County dba ArtCenter Manatee
Address 209 9th St W
Bradenton, FL
Phone 941 746-2862