Nashville Cultural Arts Project / NCAP
1201 4th Ave South Ste 117
Nashville TN 37210-4107
Mission Statement

 

NCAP/ Locate Arts serves Tennessee by anchoring and spotlighting the contemporary visual art scenes in each region and fostering a unified statewide art scene. Our programs promote art dialogue between the different cities in the state, and between the state and the world.

 

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Carolyn Jobe
Co-CEO/Executive Director Brian Jobe
Board Chair Mrs. Jennifer Pepper
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lipscomb University
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2000
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
 
 
Projected Expenses $45,748.00
Projected Annual Revenue $45,918.00 (2018)
Statements
Mission

 

NCAP/ Locate Arts serves Tennessee by anchoring and spotlighting the contemporary visual art scenes in each region and fostering a unified statewide art scene. Our programs promote art dialogue between the different cities in the state, and between the state and the world.

 

Background

Locate Arts helps people find contemporary art in Tennessee while connecting each city’s art scene to the other art communities in the state. It was founded by Brian R. Jobe & Carolyn Jobe, who are both artists and arts professionals. After embarking on a Q&A Forum tour across the state and getting input from the public, the Jobes led a successful $50K Kickstarter campaign to launch the organization operations. In March 2016, locatearts.org launched, providing 1) up-to-date exhibition listings, 2) a juried artist registry and 3) a blog (The Focus) featuring studio visits and interviews. Locatearts.org is a living resource and database for the contemporary art activity in Tennessee.


Locate Arts’ forthcoming initiative is a statewide exhibition and event featuring art selected by an outside, respected curator. Works will be selected from inside and outside of Tennessee, creating a stronger dialogue between the state and the wider contemporary art world.


In 2016, Brian R. Jobe and Carolyn Jobe were named the Co-Directors of NCAP (Nashville Cultural Arts Project), the organization that houses Seed Space, and the two non-profit organizations merged. The 501(c)(3), NCAP, is now known as Locate Arts. Seed Space and Locate Arts have always been allies in the common pursuit of activating cutting edge contemporary art and dialogue, and through the merger, they created a more substantial contemporary art organization that serves all of Tennessee.


NCAP was founded in 2000 as a 501c3 organization to bring together new ideas in art, architecture, and environmentalism through a lecture series featuring globally prominent artists and architects. In 2010, under the leadership of Adrienne Outlaw, with curator, Rachel Bubis, NCAP opened Seed Space, an exhibition space focused on sculpture, new media and installation art. That year Seed Space also updated the lecture series with a participatory forum that connects nationally and internationally known critics, curators and arts professionals with the local arts community on a personal level.


Today, Seed Space continues exhibitions that feature experimental art exhibitions. The visiting speaker series and forum (Insight Series) also continues, bringing in renowned arts professionals to Nashville to dialogue with the local community.


Locate Arts and Seed Space have many for and non-profit partners and have received funding and support from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Vanderbilt University, Lipscomb University and the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville.


Impact

Locate Arts is establishing Tennessee’s reputation as a place where the contemporary visual arts thrive. We are lifting Tennessee’s art community into the national and international sphere and current conversation. Locate Arts is also creating longevity and depth to the state’s dialogue with other major metropolitan centers

 

Locate Arts provides support and visibility for Tennessee’s conteto mporary visual artists and art establishments. The web resource, paired with the Co-directors’ travel and conversations, creates strong connections between each city’s visual art communities. All of this aids in retaining art students after graduation as they see the role they can play in the state’s art scene.

Locate Arts promotes and fosters the public’s personal experience of contemporary visual art by making it outward facing and accessible for everyone. This helps a shared public conversation grow around art that is unifying and uplifting.

 
The Seed Space project commissions artists, curators and writers for six solo exhibitions a year and promotes the work through professionally designed brochures featuring texts by emerging and nationally recognized critic/curators.
 
The “Insight? Outta Site!” participatory forum connects nationally and internationally known critics and curators with the local arts community on a personal level. Each event is a moderated discussion guided by questions from the audience. 

NCAP has partnered with such organizations as the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville Public Library, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Oasis Center, Nashville Artists Coalition, Nashville Civic Design Center, Scarritt Bennett Center, Vanderbilt, Lipscomb, the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville and TN Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Our goals for the upcoming year include developing new funding sources through grants and donations.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Thank you for considering supporting Locate Arts! Should you prefer to send us a check directly, please contact Co-Executive Director, Carolyn Jobe at info@locatearts.org. Otherwise, you can visit locatearts.org/support

We also welcome interns and volunteers. Email us at info@locatearts.org if you would like to partner with us in this way.


Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Visual Arts
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts & Culture
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Education
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
TN

Locate Arts’ headquarters are in the historic Track One building in South Nashville, home to Nashville locally owned businesses and arts organizations. Our contemporary arts programming occurs in the four major cities of Tennessee (Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville), as well as smaller cities (Martin, Clarksville and Tri-Cities)

Board Chair Statement

I was involved first as a supporter of Seed Space attending the early exhibitions and art talks in 2011, then was invited by Adrienne Outlaw to serve as the artist representative on the board of directors, and most recently stayed on the board through the merger with Locate Arts as a way to support and ensure the continuation and growth of Seed Space’s original mission as set forth by Adrienne Outlaw. I have given financial support and my time because of my strong belief in the essential role that contemporary artists play in terms of community building/strengthening in Nashville and beyond.


The ongoing success of NCAP/ Seed Space (now Locate Arts) will depend on our organization’s ability to build resources of people power and financial security in order to stay connected and current in our endeavor to grow contemporary arts awareness in Nashville and the greater Tennessee area: this through exhibitions that highlight diverse artists and media; and, through educational programs such as the Insight Visiting Speaker Series, Seed Space exhibitions and the Locate Arts web resource (locatearts.org). Many artists and art supporters have come to look forward to these engaging programs over the past few years.


CEO Statement

Locate Arts is helping expose Tennessee’s contemporary art activity on statewide, national and international levels. We are spotlighting what is here in the state and looking outward to join the wider contemporary art conversation. We aim to foster connections that encourage positive growth while uncovering overlooked art essentials in the state.


Why do we specifically focus on contemporary art? Because contemporary art is art that is being made today. It reflects our culture. It is innovative, beautiful and challenging. It’s a language that is being spoken around the world. It inspires new ideas in other fields and becomes the cultural mile marker that future generations will remember us by.


Why Tennessee? Home to some of the fastest growing areas in the country, the state is a leader in many industries with increasing growth in the creative arts. While industries such as music and performance have gained international renown, the vibrant contemporary art community has been somewhat overlooked. Locals, as well as those moving to the state, are looking for the kind of contemporary art that they see in other metropolitan centers. That art is here! Locate Arts connects the public to it.


In all of these pursuits, Locate Arts seeks to be innovative in its approach to programming and we only pursue those initiatives that are most effective and have the greatest impact in the communities they serve.


Programs
Description

Locatearts.org is a web resource promoting all the best contemporary art exhibitions currently on view in Tennessee. The website hosts a visual artist directory accessible to any person looking to discover and connect with contemporary artists throughout the state. Studio visits and art interviews published on the blog highlight contemporary art in Tennessee and provide special insight into artist practices.

Budget 20000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served Adults, Minorities, US
Short Term Success
  • Locatearts.org is continually updated and utilized as a resource for finding contemporary art in Tennessee.

  • Per year, the website displays at least 700 contemporary art exhibitions that are on view, 170 contemporary artists profiles, and 52 blog posts (studio visits and interviews).

Long term Success
  • Our best strength at Locate Arts is connecting people within the state and nationally. By doing so we bring new opportunities, national credibility and recognition to the Tennessee art scene.

  • Locatearts.org will continue to foster a statewide art scene and solidify the reputation of Tennessee as a place where contemporary art thrives.

Program Success Monitored By Website analytics, conversations with artists, arts professionals, gallery owners, curators and the general public.
Examples of Program Success
  • Galleries and art venues in Tennessee use our artist registry as a resource to program and curate exhibitions.
  • People moving to Tennessee use our site to plug into the local art community
  • Art venues regularly submit their exhibitions to be listed
  • Artists regularly submit their work to be reviewed for the registry
  • A steady increase in advertising on the website
  • Studio visits and interviews with artists and arts professionals regularly posted to the blog

Because of locatearts.org, Nashvillians are having art exhibitions in Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga. Chattanoogans, Knoxvillians and Memphians are having art exhibitions in Nashville. Nashvillians are having art exhibitions in Memphis. Art dialogue across the state is growing.
Description

(https://seedspace.locatearts.org) is the exhibition initiative of Locate Arts. Each year, the space commissions innovative and experimental work in group or solo exhibitions by emerging and established artists alike. The exhibitions function as a lab for installation, sculpture and new media art. Half of the exhibitions feature artists practicing in Tennessee and half features artists from other parts of the nation or world. At least half of all artists represented in exhibitions are persons of color.

Budget 25000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served Adults, Minorities, US
Short Term Success This programmatic year, we have hosted exhibitions by Abigail Lucien (Knoxville, TN), Demetrius Oliver (New York, NY), John Warren (Nashville, TN), Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi (Johannesburg, South Africa). Upcoming exhibitions include Jessica Gatlin (Nashville, TN) and Kevin Jerome Everson (Charlottesville, VA).

All exhibitions feature respected artists who work in installation, sculpture and media art.

Seed Space gives the exhibiting artist a chance to experiment and explore new territory in their practice.

By exhibiting emerging artists as well as nationally and internationally known artists, Seed Space facilitates a much needed network of local and national artistic communities, which we believe is one of the best ways to support the careers of artists and growth in the local art community.

All artists are paid a stipend for their exhibitions.

1,267 people attended Seed Space’s exhibitions in 2017.
Long term Success Seed Space has been exhibiting installation, sculpture and media art since 2009

In its life, Seed Space has garnered much press and respect nationally (https://seedspace.locatearts.org/press)

Being one of the first contemporary art venues in Nashville and the Wedgewood Houston neighborhood, Seed Space has helped spark a community of art venues and artists

One of our artists was offered two museum shows after a visiting curator saw her work at Seed Space. Two of our artists were offered solo shows after curators saw their work. Artists from NYC and other major cities visit Nashville studios, offering valuable criticism and insight.

We market and involve participants in our programs by actively using our website, a 4000+ strong nationwide email contact list, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

We have gained a reputation and find that new artists, critics and curators are eager to visit our exhibitions.



Program Success Monitored By
  • Attendance

  • Conversations with artists, arts professionals, gallery owners, curators and the general public who interact with Seed Space exhibitions

  • The exhibiting artist’s experience

  • Press reviews

Examples of Program Success
  • Increased attendance over the course of our programmatic year
  • Review of Abigail Lucien’s exhibition in Temporary Contemporary
  • Review of Demetrius Oliver’s exhibition in Nashville Arts Magazine
  • Furthering the studio practice of exhibiting artists






Description (https://seedspace.locatearts.org/insight-program) commissions respected artists, critics, curators and arts professionals who live outside of Tennessee to come and work alongside their Nashville-based counterparts further publicizes the excellence of work being made in Tennessee. Speakers leave with a positive impression of our community and share the experience with their own networks. Audiences are eager to learn about the art world beyond Tennessee, and local artists, students, and faculty benefit greatly from outside perspectives and critique. The dialogue and feedback from visiting arts professionals sparks new ideas and enriches the work and practices of local artists and professionals. At least half of the Insight visiting speakers are persons of color.
Budget 30000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served Adults, Minorities, US
Short Term Success
This programmatic year, we have hosted the following art professionals as visiting speakers: Nicole Caruth (Artistic Director at McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC), Ben Davis (National Art Critic for artnet News, New York, NY), Demetrius Oliver (Artist, New York, NY), Lauren Haynes (Curator, Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas), Magdalena Moskalewicz (art historian, curator, and editor, Chicago, IL) + Dushko Petrovich (Artist and Graduate Director of the New Arts Journalism program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL). Upcoming visiting speakers include: Teka Selman (art dealer, curator, museum professional and writer, Durham, NC) and Kevin Jerome Everson (Artist and Professor at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA)

Each visiting arts professional visits at least 6 studios, 2 university classrooms, and participates in a public talk and Q&A forum.

200 people attended the Insight program’s public Q&A Forums in 2017.

Visiting speakers visited 31 artist studios and had 42 meetings in the community in 2017.
Long term Success
  • The arts professionals we host have all wanted to visit the Nashville and Tennessee and have all been impressed with what they see.

  • Strong networks continue to be established between the visiting arts professionals and the local art community

Program Success Monitored By
  • Often the clearest sign of an event’s success is the discussion and questions going into overtime, which has consistently happened in the past year .

  • In the coming year, we are exploring more ways to gather audience comments and suggestions, such as paper evaluations, so that we may continue to present stimulating, educational, and relevant programming.

Examples of Program Success The Insight events have long been respected and well attended in Nashville, and the previous year has seen doubled attendance numbers and increase in audience diversity. Our recent forum at Fisk University with curator Lauren Haynes (Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AK) and Jamaal B. Sheats (Director of Fisk University Galleries, Nashville) was the most attended in three years, over 75 in total. With the previous average hovering around 30, we see these new numbers as a great achievement. Audience participation is another way we gauge the success of our events. These forums are setup to allow the audience to engage directly with speakers by asking questions and contributing their own thoughts to the discussion.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Jennifer Pepper
Company Affiliation Lipscomb University
Term Sept 2011 to Dec 2019
Email jennifer.pepper@lipscomb.edu
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Adrienne Outlaw
James Patterson Delta AxisVoting
Jennifer Pepper Lipscomb UniversityVoting
Andrea Zieher ZieherSmithVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Carolyn Jobe
Term Start Jan 2017
Email info@locatearts.org
Experience

Carolyn Jobe co-founded Locate Arts (www.locatearts.org) and has worked in administration for the Chelsea Music Festival in New York, NY, for Art Crating Inc. in New York, NY, and for nonprofits in San Antonio, TX and Knoxville, TN. She is a painter and exhibits her work nationally. Carolyn is from Nashville, TN.

Brian R. Jobe co-founded Locate Arts (www.locatearts.org) and has taught at colleges and universities throughout Tennessee and Texas for 11 years. He previously worked at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, NY and the Blue Star Contemporary in San Antonio, TX. He is a sculptor and exhibits his work nationally. Brian grew up in Memphis, TN.

Carolyn Jobe and Brian R. Jobe are now the Co- Directors of NCAP/ Locate Arts and Seed Space. They bring a background of varied work in arts non-profits (museums, festivals, schools, etc.) to the helm of NCAP. The Jobes were hired by NCAP at a moment of transition and have already begun to bring a fresh vision for the coming years to institutional programming and planning as well as forging new programmatic initiatives. 

Co-CEO
Co-CEO Brian Jobe
Term Start Jan 2017
Email programs@seedspace.org
Experience
Brian Jobe has taught at colleges and universities throughout Tennessee and Texas for 10+ years. He has also worked at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, NY, and the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio, TX. He is a sculptor and exhibits his work nationally. Brian grew up in Memphis, TN.
 
Brian R. Jobe and Carolyn Jobe are the new Co-Executive Directors of NCAP. They bring a background of varied work in arts non-profits (museums, festivals, schools, etc.) to the helm of NCAP. The Jobes were hired by NCAP at a moment of transition and have already begun to bring a fresh vision for the coming years to institutional programming and planning as well as forging new programmatic initiatives. 
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 3
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Under Development
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $45,918.00
Projected Expenses $45,748.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$31,565$44,363$53,523
Administration Expense$5,780$0$713
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.090.441.40
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%100%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$0$2,780$27,457
Current Assets$0$2,780$27,457
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$2,780$27,457
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets--0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations and Corporations $15,896Contributions, Gifts and Grants $10,046Foundations and Corporations $45,050
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $12,043Program Revenue $9,640Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $26,276
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $8,309 --Program Revenue $4,555
Audit Documents
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2018
Solicitations Permit
2018 Permit
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures are taken from the 990.
990 prepared by Valerie Kemp Dreier, CPA.
 
2017 figures come from the internally prepared Statement of Activity because the organization filed a 990-N.
 
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 3/22/18.
Nonprofit Nashville Cultural Arts Project / NCAP
Address 1201 4th Ave South Ste 117
Nashville, TN 37210 4107
Primary Phone (865) 607-1505
Contact Email info@locatearts.org
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Carolyn Jobe
Board Chair Mrs. Jennifer Pepper
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lipscomb University
Year of Incorporation 2000

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