Association of Florida Teaching Artists
PO Box 51196
Sarasota FL 34232-0330
Mission
The Association of Florida Teaching Artists, Inc.(AFTA) is an association of professional artists who offer literacy arts-infused programs to young people and the community as a whole to develop and enhance educational experiences through the arts.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mary Julia Kelly
Board Chair Mr Bryan Stults
Board Chair Affiliation Realtor/ReMax
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Association of Florida Teaching Artists, Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2015
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2016
State Registration Yes June 2017
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $40,000.00
Projected Expenses $40,000.00
Impact Statement

The Association of Florida Teaching Artists, Inc. accomplishments in the past year have been to establish AFTA as a non-profit organization; we received a grant to provide an after-school arts program at North Library and summer camp arts programming for the Newtown Estates Parks and Recreation Center and the Salvation Army.  We provided summer work for 13 teaching artists and quality arts programs for 210 under-served youth (ages 6-13) in these Sarasota communities.  

Needs Statement

The vital role the arts play in the education of children’s mental and physical well-being and life-long learning are converging within Florida communities with an emphasis on the arts being integrated into the core content areas of the school curriculum. This recognition has created a heightened demand for the unique skills possessed by artists who teach as well as having been trained to integrate the arts.

For low-achieving at-risk students, our afterschool programs focus on and identifies the concepts that students struggle with during the school day. AFTA teaching artists endeavor to expand students’ exposure and understanding of core curriculum utilizing an arts-infused approach. Our summer camp programs help reduce student summer learning loss by offering engaging literacy bases arts programs. These services are offered at no cost to the students.

Newtown Boys & Girls: 11,403

Emma Booker: 11,262

Salvation Army: 11,262

Total Afterschool: $33,927

Newtown Boys & Girls: $17,153

McBean Boys & Girls: $17,153

Emma Booker: $15,503

Salvation Army: $5,631

Janie’s Garden: $4,241

Roger’s Garden/Manatee: $15,503

Total Summer Camp $75,184

General/Management Funds $18,505

Total budget Fall 2016- Summer 2017: $109,111 + $18,505 = $127,616

Background Statement
The Association of Florida Teaching Artists, Inc. (AFTA) was created in 2012 as an ad hoc collaboration of individual artists sharing a passion for the important work that Teaching Artists (TAs) do in schools, communities and institutions. As a unique Artists in Education hybrid, the Teaching Artists have the opportunity to interact with people of all ages and cultures, demonstrating the critical role the arts can play in their personal lives, social interactions, and educational success. AFTA seeks to become a voice for and serve as the "heART" for Florida TAs, sharing information and quality professional services, creating networks for employers and TAs to find one another, partnering with other organizations and expanding awareness of the value of Teaching Artists.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Lee
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments

AFTA’s goal is to provide literacy based arts-infused  programming in the underserved/underrepresented Sarasota/Manatee communities that are home base for our artists. However, AFTA artists travel and serve in many communities throughout the state. 


Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

My awareness of AFTA was made possible through two amazing individuals at a local library fund raiser. Mary J. Kelly's passion for the arts is undeniable. Her drive and standard of excellence has empowered her with in numerable experiences and extraordinary insight in regards to educational directives and their relationship with today's youth. Judy Levine's history as a lifelong educator and related credentials are trumped only by the "aha" factor so evident upon the faces of her students. Their activities as Chair and Co-Chair are most remarkable and, fortunately, hard won. I say fortunately because trust is a precious gift. Seeing the results of their leadership through time and multiple trials I confidently stand by AFTA's vision and abilities.

Our goal is to improve youth focused literacy rates, cognitive abilities and technological l proficiencies with the aid of inspiring professional artists. An organization driven by heart, supported by hands, and proven in its path is ever desired and often rare. Yet, this is the essence of the organization and members now petitioning you for the opportunity to serve our youth.

Life is amazing and awe inspiring where there is hope. As a culture, we offer to our youth that anything is achievable if only you pursue and apply proper knowledge. When we are made aware of the staggering number of students unable to read on gradelevel, drop-out rates and youth incarceration we must also accept that the pursuit and application of knowledge is severely hampered. So then, is the hope of those who would otherwise be amazing and inspiring to subsequent generations?

AFTA takes note of change, and plans accordingly for the future. I have observed AFTA grow from ideas to incorporation and its leadership develop from active listeners to considerate and valuable voices for the community. Last summer’s literacy based opportunity funded by the Johnson Singer Foundation returned positive results at the Newtown Estates Parks & Recreation Department and Salvation Army programs that proved newsworthy. Moreover, families of children served embraced the activities and look forward to future engagement with AFTA.

As Board President of AFTA I will promote our programs, seek additional funding resources, and build our board to insure the support of our programs that further our young people’s education. I will also review and insure that our artists offer high quality arts programs with the goal that every program we offer is exemplary.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
The Association of Florida Teaching Artists, Inc. (AFTA) was created in 2012 as an ad hoc collaboration of individual artists sharing a passion for the important work that Teaching Artists (TAs) do in schools, communities and institutions. These TAs are individual artists who also teach and are not affiliated with the established Arts providers who have employed artists as members of their organizations. As a unique Artists in Education hybrid, the Teaching Artists have the opportunity to interact with people of all ages and cultures, demonstrating the critical role the arts can play in their personal lives, social interactions, and educational success. AFTA seeks to become a voice for and serve as the heART for Florida Teaching Artists, sharing information and quality professional services, creating networks for employers and TAs to find one another, partnering with other organizations and expanding awareness of the value of Teaching Artists. The Association of Florida Teaching Artists, Inc. was formed to bring them together to share the excitement and challenges of their work, ideas, concerns, and resources. The Association of Florida Teaching Artists, Inc. is a unique organizational model we form partnerships with other organizations and offer opportunities to the members. We pre-screen the artists and monitor the quality of their work offering mentorship where needed. While our main focus is out of school time and many of our members are qualified to facilitate in the classroom. For at-risk students, high- and low-achieving, AFTAs afterschool programs emphases on and identifies the concepts that students struggle with during the school day. These afterschool program endeavors to expand students exposure and understanding of core curriculum utilizing an arts-infused approach. A student unable to master fractions might understand them in a dance context, learning through active, tangible quarter steps and half turns. Everyone who can speak can tell stories. The listeners create the setting of the story in their minds. Students who search their memories for details about an event as they are telling it orally will later find those details easier to capture in writing. Our summer camp programs help reduce student summer learning loss by offering engaging literacy based arts-infused programs. Students who feel displaced or dispirited in traditional classroom settings often find a place to shine and excel outside of the classroom and are better able to understand core curriculum principles when they are explained through creative activities.
Programs
Description

AFTA-Afterschool program focus is on identifying the concepts that students struggle with during the school day. This afterschool time program endeavors to expand students’ exposure and understanding of core curriculum utilizing a literacy based arts-infused approach. A student unable to master fractions might understand them in a dance context, learning through active, tangible quarter steps and half turns. Studies have shown that students participating in creative programming report that they are better able to understand core curriculum principles when they are explained through creative activities. Students who feel displaced or dispirited in traditional classroom settings often find a place to shine and excel outside of the classroom, equipping them with the self-esteem to push themselves intuitively and find the motivation to work harder.

Budget $33,927
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists' Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations Minorities K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success These students will be exposed to professional artists who offer a high quality and a wide range of arts related activities. They will be engaged in learning without the constraints of the classroom. This program is designed to remove students' barriers to learning by: Engaging them in expressive, creative and artistic skills; Supporting their educational needs and encouraging their individual growth; And developing their personal and social skills  by improving their confidence and self-esteem.  
Long Term Success

AFTA's arts based programs will help strengthen the overall health of families in the underserved/underrepresented communities in Sarasota County by providing a safe and creative educational environment during after-school hours. 

At the same time, the “AFTA Afterschool” program will empower participating youths by providing a creative outlet for the multitude of emotions and problems that permeate their lives as they develop intellectually, emotionally, and socially during their elementary and/or middle school years.

Program Success Monitoring

Participants/Students will complete a pre and post survey

Site Coordinators will record attendance and student progress

Students will be encouraged to journal their experience

End of session culminating event - a final performance or exhibit to showcase student work for families, friends and community

Photographs and videos of students working with artists will document the program

Participants will demonstrate academic improvement as measured by quarterly report cards, volunteer and student feedback.

Program Success Examples The Newtown Estates Parks and Recreation Center (County District) has had no programming for the children in the Newtown Estates.  AFTA is filling a gap in after-school programming for this community.
Description

The Association of Florida Teaching Artists, Inc. (AFTA) Summer Camp programs are high-quality summer arts experiences for youth. We partner with schools and community organization offering literacy based art-infused programs. AFTA’s teaching artists submit an eight weeks outline of their process based program for Pre-K through 8th grades. These programs are highly interactive and engaging for the youth. AFTA members are independent artists we offer them opportunities to work at various locations. AFTA programs are educational; help mitigate summer learning loss; support the growth of young people improving their confidence and self-esteem by engaging youth in creative fun activities.

Budget $75,184
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists' Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations K-12 (5-19 years) Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Short Term Success AFTA programs provide 8 weeks of  literacy based arts-infused programs during the summer for over 400 youth. These programs are facilitated in a safe environment, provide creative engaging activities for youth development and help mitigate summer learning loss. 
Long Term Success The benefits of AFTA programs are that the youth are in a safe environment for the summer.  They are engaged in fun learning activities. Student will be more prepared for the academic school year. 
Program Success Monitoring Our program was documented by student participation, ethnicity, gender and age, a short post survey, photos and a video of the classes. We are working on a more formal assessment. 
Program Success Examples We provide programs for various organizations for youth and families. I often meet parents or children that have participated in our programs. They tell me what they enjoyed and want to participate in other programs provide by AFTA.  Some parent will tell me how our programs have improved and encouraged their children's participation in school. 
Comments
Program Comments by Organization

The Association of Florida Teaching Artists, Inc. (AFTA) is a 501 (c) 3 Florida non-profit organization. Member Teaching Artists are individual artists who also teach and are not affiliated with the established arts providers who have employed artists as members of their organizations. Teaching Artists (theater, visual art, writers, filmmakers, poets, video, photographers, dancers, storytellers, musicians and literary artists) work alone and in isolation.  AFTA was formed to bring them together to share the excitement and challenges of their work, ideas, concerns, and resources.

The growing awareness of the vital role the arts can play in the education of children’s mental and physical wellbeing and life-long learning are converging within Florida communities with an emphasis on the arts being integrated into the core content areas of the school curriculum. This recognition has created a heightened demand for the unique skills possessed by artists who teach as well as having been trained to integrate the arts.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mary Julia Kelly
CEO Term Start Feb 2015
CEO/Executive Director Email storytelling2U@gmail.com
Experience

Mary J. Kelly, MFA is a celebrated performance artist, teaching artist, playwright, and professional storyteller with a Master of Fine Arts (Theater/Performance/Production) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theater Education) from Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona. Mary has over with 30 years’ experience; instructing students’ pre-k through college, consulting and facilitating for private and non-profit organizations providing customize instructional materials and implementing effective programs.

Mary is a founder and Executive Director of the Association of Florida Teaching Artists, Inc. (AFTA) an association of professional artists who offer arts-infused programs to young people and the community as a whole to develop and further the educational experience through the arts. Founded in 2012 AFTA became a 501 (c) 3 in January 2015.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 20
Volunteers 6
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
The Association of Florida Teaching Artists, Inc. collaborations have been with Fuzion Dance Company, North Sarasota Library, Newtown Estates Parks and Recreation Center and the Salvation Army.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County2012
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Continuity of Operations Plan Under Development
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Under Development
Comments
Management Comments by Organization

Challenges for management have been (1) we have a unique structure for a nonprofit, (2) managing artists has been referred to as “trying to herd cats,” (3) getting the community information about our organization, (4) finding sufficient funds to accomplish our mission and general funds to support the organization and (5) finding people to take on core leadership responsibilities to develop a strong board of directors.

AFTA is continually working on building relationships with community partners and marketing through social media. We are getting the members involved with promoting our programs. We also support community programs for youth and families. AFTA is diligently seeking new funding sources and working with a person who has experience in grant writing. We have elected a Board President who is assisting with board development.

Multi-Media Comments by Organization

The Association of Florida Teaching Artists, Inc. (AFTA) Summer Camp was a pilot program to create high-quality summer arts experiences for all young people. AFTA’s program was presented at the Newtown Estates Parks and Recreation Center and the Salvation Army Center Tuttle facility. AFTA’s mission is committed to expanding out of school time providing literacy based arts-infused learning and engaging high-quality arts opportunities for disadvantaged children and youth. This arts based approach can help close the achievement gap and promoting healthy youth development.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Bryan Stults
Company Affiliation Realtor/ReMax
Board Term Mar 2016 to Mar 2018
Board Chair Email bryans@remax.net
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms Mary Julia Kelly Executive Director, AFTA
Ms Judy G Levine Artist/Educator and Community Volunteer
Mr Andrew Salgado Artist/Educator and Community Volunteer
Mr. Bryan Stults Realtor/ReMax
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 2
Unspecified
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 66
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization

The founding members Judy Levine, Andy Saldago and Mary Kelly financially supported the organization; we then received a grant from the Johnson Singer Foundation in March of 2015 which allowed AFTA to continue support for our programs.

 At the February 29, 2016 Board Meeting of the Association of Florida Teaching Artists (AFTA), we identified our needs. (1) Expand the Board. (2) Explore and expand funding opportunities. (3) Be inclusive in having a diverse governing board, teaching artist membership and arts programs.(4) Identify individuals who are knowledgeable in the area of Arts-in-Education assessment and individuals with fundraising experience.

We began addressing these issues by electing a new Board President, Bryan Stults, who assumed the position at a meeting on March 10, 2016. We informed the new President of our priorities and began the discussion of creating a mentorship program to recruit and train young artists in all art disciplines and from diverse backgrounds. At present, we do have representation in terms of race, nationality, gender, religious affiliation, age and sexual orientation among our members, teaching artist staff and Board of Directors. We are expanding both our Board of Directors and our Advisory Board. Board Development will be a priority throughout the year.

Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $40,000.00
Projected Expenses $40,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$28,764----
Administration Expense$4,829----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.01----
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$0----
Current Assets$0----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$0----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $33,985----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0----
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

At present, AFTA is a relatively new and modest organization. We are quite fortunate in having the Johnson-Singer Foundation supporting our organization. We would like to have an office space and a telephone for AFTA. Our goal is to grow and become a more visible organization with a greater presence in the arts community. We seek to train younger and more diverse artists and to further diversify our programming and reach more students. We plan to form partnerships with members of our college and university community. We will continue working with our grant writer to increase our revenue to expand our programming.

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from unaudited compilation as the organization files a 990-N.  No balance sheet information provided for 2015.
Nonprofit Association of Florida Teaching Artists
Address PO Box 51196
Sarasota, FL 34236 0330
Phone 941 960-1210

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