The Parrish Arts Council Inc
2607 81st Ave E
Ellenton FL 34222
Our mission is to utilize the Arts as a tool to re-establish the identity of the Parrish community, to preserve its history and to jump start the revitalization of its economy.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Jerri Phillips
Board Chair Affiliation Leslie Wells Realty
General Info
Organization DBA
Parrish Arts Council
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2014
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2019
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
The Parrish Arts Council creates community involvement through the arts & heritage.
Accomplishments 2016-
The Parrish Arts Council successfully brought the community together working throughout 2016 for the Parrish Arts Festival in a family-friendly atmosphere to build awareness of arts culture & heritage in our community. Children from Buffalo Creek Middle School Jazz Band & Parrish Playworks performed their artistic skills. Our first Junior Artist displayed her paintings for sale to benefit charity.
We held an art day to enrich students of Duette Elementary School. We raised supplies & funds for their art program. Each child painted the historic school building & these were displayed at the Parrish Heritage Days event.
We developed the History of Parrish Experience museum. Members gathered a collection of historical artifacts, photographs & stories from local descendants of pioneer families and created a model diorama with murals depicting historical Parrish Village from 1900-1920.
2017 Goals-
We will continue building relationships with educational, arts & cultural organizations to help enrich community by providing education, outreach & participation in arts & culture in our rapidly-growing area. This includes participation with “Artversations”, Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota, Friends of Rocky Bluff Library, Florida Railroad Museum & more.
We have collected oral histories of Parrish pioneer families & plan to publish them in an effort to preserve the history of rural Parrish for future generations. 
We have begun research to purchase  new computer-based online programs & software necessary to improve efficiency for membership database & accounting.
With a board-led committee, we will diligently research feasibility & develop a plan to create an art center cooperative space in Parrish where we will be able to conduct art classes & workshops for all ages, display community artwork in a public gallery setting.
Needs Statement

1. $25 -Student Art Supplies- We will continue youth development through cooperation of local schools and organizations to offer hands-on painting days through mentoring with advanced artists and volunteer support.
2. $100 -Computer Software & Online Subscriptions For Ongoing Administrative & Accounting Function- To create productivity in our organization, more specialized computer programs to support our accounting and membership database functions are required.
3. $500 Mural Projects to Beautify Parrish Village- We have begun mural projects including History of Parrish Experience Museum diorama, Florida Railroad Museum's Model Railway cloud murals and The Great Ape Sanctuary botanical murals under direction of member artist volunteers. We plan to expand our mural projects to include outdoor architectural locations that will memorialize historical Parrish scenes.
4. $100 -Volunteer Program to Bring Art Demonstrations, Workshops & History Projects to Community- We actively participate in research and development of a Manatee County-wide arts and cultural umbrella organization. Our volunteers actively participate to bring awareness to the arts and history in our growing area. Supplies are needed to get the word out and recruit new talent.
5. $1,000 -Art Center & Gallery Feasibility- We are exploring feasibility and opportunities in Parrish to create an art center with a particular interest in historic sites.

Background Statement
Founded in 2012, the Parrish Arts Council, Inc. is a group of community-minded people whose vision is to promote the arts in the Parrish Community and neighboring areas. The group began to interview pioneer families and gather the history of Parrish from the early 1800's to present day for publication. The first event we sponsored was the sold-out October 2013 preview showing of the play, "A Train to Yesteryear", under the umbrella of the "Red Rooster Tales" with the help of many community volunteers utilizing their time and talents in performing arts, fine arts, applied arts, gifts, and service. Stories were acted out in this play about the lives of the pioneer families. Subsequently, we have held festivals to promote local arts including "Music by the River" 2014, "Music & Art by the Train" in 2014 & 2015 and "Parrish Arts Festival- Art Comes Alive in 2016". We formed a group of plein air artists in 2014 to join us in promoting local artwork in the community. We have worked with the Friends of Rocky Bluff Library to promote a gallery wall for local painter and photographer exhibitions. Our artist groups have begun painting interior murals for History of Parrish Experience museum, The Florida Railroad Museum model railway and The Great Ape Sanctuary enclosures. 
We have an active membership including individuals, families and businesses. We increase our level of involvement with the community by working with other organizations and participating in County-led research for the arts.  
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments
Parrish Village, Parrish, Ellenton, Palmetto and Duette; 34219, 34222, 34221 
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

The Community of Parrish is a small town with a big heart. The area is the fastest growing in Manatee County. Our Board shares in the vision of revitalizing historic Parrish Village while developing into a quaint, walkable arts and culture district. Our strongest historical community assets are The Parrish YMCA and Community Center, a restored 1926 School House, where we hold our meetings and events, the Florida Railroad Museum, a turn of the 20th Century Train Depot, where we hold the Parrish Arts Festival and Fort Hamer Park, a Manatee County boat ramp and rowing facility at a historic crossing into Bradenton where the new bridge and Hidden Harbor Park is being built and we held one concert event for the public. Our challenges are that we are on the urban fringe in an area that is still heavily agricultural with new home developments being planted at a fast rate where there is no cohesive community structure to support the fast-growing community. There is not currently a town center, much of Parrish Village and impending commercial area does not have access to County sewer, many residents must commute out of the area to work, the arts and Parrish history do not yet have a notable presence and there is not a walking district. Our area does not yet recognize that locally made arts are a valuable resource therefore artists are not typically able to sell their work for what other areas would command. I joined with The Parrish Arts Council in order to help establish a Parrish-wide artist presence by bringing together artists with this common goal. I also have a passion to help preserve the history of Parrish for the future generations lest it be lost to progress. To my surprise, I learned that there are many neighborhood art clubs in Parrish and there is much artistic talent in our small town. We joined together and have successfully put on arts festivals the past three years to familiarize the community with the fact that we do have an art presence and aim to stimulate the arts economy.


Parrish Pioneer Oral Histories is an active and ongoing program headed by Norma Kennedy and Iris McClain collecting the history of Parrish through present day families of some of the original settlers. The first of the non-fictional biography manuscripts in interview format are nearly ready for publishing. A grant has been received and designated for this ongoing project. This program is actively promoting historic preservation of Parrish in the absence of a designated historical society and will serve to advance our mission by educating our residents and tourists about our roots.

Budget $1,300
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Historic Preservation & Conservation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success Parrish Pioneer Oral Histories were gathered under direction of Norma Kennedy and Iris McClain, original and current board members, from the families who remember the history of Parrish in Manatee County, Florida, through memory, documentation, photographs and artifacts as the foundation for the start of The Parrish Arts Council. In the absence of a Historical Society specific to Parrish, it is necessary to preserve this information and educate future generations. This collection resulted in creation of the family-friendly "Red Rooster Tales-A Train to Yesteryear", a musical play produced by Karen Romant depicting historical Parrish figures with fictional names in October 2013. This resulted in a sold out show and gala for the preview with more than 400 participants including adult and youth performing artists, visual artists, musicians, volunteers and the community.
Long Term Success
Parrish Pioneer Oral Histories with borrowed "mostly true" stories written as "Red Rooster Tales- A Train to Yesteryear" by Karen Romant, one of our original board members, was launched into a new organization, "Parrish Playworks". The Parrish Arts Council no longer produces its own plays; but works with Parrish Playworks by assisting with art projects such as painting set design and by their participation with short plays at our 2016 Parrish Arts Festival. This has resulted in team-building among organizations, community-building and education in the arts. In January 2016, these histories led to creation of the History of Parrish Experience Museum at Cecil's Antique Emporium in Parrish. We were able to recreate the Parrish Village in diorama format depicted in early 1900's 1:48 Scale model with mural backdrops alongside artifacts, historical documents and video presentation that are open to the public for the education of residents and tourists. Parrish Pioneer Oral Histories Book Project led by Norma Kennedy and Iris McClain has successfully earned a grant from The Parrish Foundation in order to publish the interviews for public education of Parrish's history. The first manuscript, "Cowboying in Parrish" is expected to be published in 2017. 
Program Success Monitoring Individuals attending the Parrish Pioneer Oral Histories are enriched and educated through preservation of historical facts and pioneer family stories in the area. Proceeds from sales of the booklets benefit the Parrish Arts Council and residents in the community. This will add interest, respect and value to our community heritage.
Program Success Examples The Parrish Pioneer Oral Histories must be preserved now for future generations. US Hwy 301 N in Parrish has just been widened with sidewalks and streetlights added. In Fall 2017, the Fort Hamer Bridge project connecting Parrish to Lakewood Ranch is expected to be completed. Manatee County is planning to build a new high school in Parrish. The Parrish YMCA is building a new state-of-the art facility in a brand new building by 2019. The population in Parrish has increased  437.6% in the past year according to Best Places. We are building the history in this community to accommodate the future generations who are coming now lest it be lost forever. 
Description Parrish En Plein Air headed by Jerri Phillips was developed in the absence of a Parrish art center building and in order to bring artist painters together in the community to paint outdoors at present day Parrish sites. The very first Parrish En Plein Air gathering of eight local artists in 2014 was at historic Fort Hamer Park to paint scenes of Manatee River before the bridge construction began and help preserve the history of Parrish. This is an ongoing project open to the public to promote arts and culture in our area. This program has, in turn, built community awareness, artist network and education in the arts. It will advance our mission in the long-term by gathering enough artists to work together in creating a brick and mortar art center and further stimulate the local economy.
Budget $100
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Public Art Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Parrish En Plein has resulted in participation of artists painting with peers in order to inspire, encourage, critique and build friendships while appreciating local sites of historical significance. Involved artists have become members of our organization and participate as volunteers to promote arts in the community through education and exhibition. Some of the Parrish paintings have been donated to help raise funds. We raised money and volunteers for a plein air painting day at Duette Elementary One-Room School serving children ages 5-11 years-old. Since the school was planned to close, each student painted the school house on their own canvas led by member, Mara Trumbo, so that every child would have a memorial of their time at the school. These were displayed in our booth at the 2016 Parrish Heritage Day. We will continue painting sites in our rapidly changing area and find new projects including mural projects to beautify Parrish Village and preserve history in Manatee County.
Long Term Success Parrish En Plein Air will continue to build momentum in the community with the end goal of our establishing a Parrish Art Center, galleries, public art walks, art education, mural projects and exhibitions in participation with businesses, museums and other organizations.
Program Success Monitoring Artists have reported that this painting exercise in community helps to build their skills by casual critiquing and experiencing the joy of painting outside of the studio. 
Program Success Examples We were invited by The Friends of Rocky Bluff Library and now participate in their quarterly art wall exhibition. We were able to display our Parrish En Plein Air paintings as a group for public enrichment and inspiration in the arts. We have since broadened the requisites for the wall to different types of art where multiple artists participate.
Program Comments by Organization
Parrish Pioneer Oral Histories first manuscript is expected for publication in 2017.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email N/A
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 15
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization We are addressing database and accounting challenges by streamlining our administration with new technologies.
Board Chair
Board Chair Jerri Phillips
Company Affiliation Leslie Wells Realty
Board Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Rebecca Jordan Parrish Village News (Owner/Editor)
Patty Keen-Freed Community Volunteer
Norma L Kennedy Retired
Chi Kulig College Student (Masters degree program in nonprofit management & philanthropy)
Iris McClain Retired
Carol McGuire PALaw Office of McGuire & McGuire (Attorney)
Jerri A Phillips Leslie Wells Realty (Realtor)
Nancy White Creative Arts (Owner), Subcontractor (Sr. Report Writer)
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1
Board Gender
Male 0
Female 8
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 62
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 37
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Governance Comments by Organization Our biggest challenge in governance at the moment is the Officer positions of Treasurer and Secretary. We are seeking new talent for our Board so that we may become more efficient and take on pressing issues of building programs and planning.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $10,000.00
Projected Expenses $8,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Capital Campaign for new Parrish Art Center and Gallery feasibility.
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates July 2017 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$1,200$650--
Administration Expense$797$35--
Fundraising Expense$934$4,917--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.322.15--
Program Expense/Total Expenses41%12%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%45%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$3,871$6,430--
Current Assets$3,871$6,430--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$3,871$6,430--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $7,352Contributions, gifts, grants $10,917--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $624Gross profit from goods sold $1,040--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Other $75--
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization We are a start up organization in the process of growing with financial challenges. We do not have our own art and history center or office, we work with the Parrish YMCA/Parrish Community Center to hold our meetings, some events and classes. We also work with the historical Florida Railroad Museum to hold festivals and assist with art projects. Since do not have an office, each officer works from their home computers to achieve administrative duties. We received cash and in-kind donations to offset our costs.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the organization's Federal 990-PF.
Nonprofit The Parrish Arts Council Inc
Address 2607 81st Ave E
Ellenton, FL 34219
Phone 941 809-5059