Nashville Cultural Arts Project / NCAP
1201 4th Ave South Ste 131
Nashville TN 37210-4107
Mission Statement

Nashville Cultural Arts Project is an artist-run organization that supports and promotes the visual arts by developing meaningful exhibitions and connections among disparate artists and art networks nationwide.  

Feel free to review some feedback from the community you help support when you give to NCAP and Seed Space. Visit seedspace.org to read our letters of support.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Carolyn Jobe
Co-CEO/Executive Director Brian Jobe
Board Chair Mr. Winton Elliott
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hatched, LLC
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 $35,066.00
Projected Annual Revenue $41,897.00 (2017)
Statements
Mission

Nashville Cultural Arts Project is an artist-run organization that supports and promotes the visual arts by developing meaningful exhibitions and connections among disparate artists and art networks nationwide.  

Feel free to review some feedback from the community you help support when you give to NCAP and Seed Space. Visit seedspace.org to read our letters of support.

Background

NCAP was founded in 2000 as a 501c3 organization to bring together new ideas in art, architecture, and environmentalism to reinvent and revitalize the once-blighted North Nashville area of Germantown in Nashville, Tennessee.

Since that time NCAP has expanded to sponsoring to arts websites; providing free/low cost space to other non profits; hosting an international lecture series; curating, presenting and traveling art exhibits; publishing exhibition catalogs and brochures; opening a space for artists, writers and curators; organizing a visiting critic/curator program; and collaborating with other non-profits to expand marketing efforts. NCAP supports two part time staff members and 4 interns annually.

In 2000, NCAP’s three-year long “Outta Site!” lecture series brought globally prominent artists and architects to Nashville to connect and educate the local community about international art and design movements and to discuss issues of urban planning with an emphasis on art. 2005-2010, NCAP sponsored and maintained NAA, a website designed to provide a means for area artists to connect with visiting artists, critics and and curators. In 2007 NCAP began curating art exhibitions for travel, including “TAKE CARE: Biomedical Ethics for the Twenty-First Century,” for which we received funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Elizabeth Graham Foundation for an exhibition catalog. In 2008 NCAP launched www.n-cap.org, to promote our past three years of behind-the-scenes work and become more visible to the art community worldwide. In 2008 NAA, with help from NCAP, organized a city-wide tour of artist studios. In 2009 NCAP presented ART MAKES PLACE, a year long program commissioning art for public spaces that actively encourage partnership between artists and the community. That program culminated in an exhibition and catalog documenting the project. In 2010 NCAP opened Seed Space, an exhibition space for artists, writers and curators. That year NCAP also updated the Outta Site lecture series with  “Insight? Outta Site!”, a participatory forum that connects nationally and internationally known critic curators with the local arts community on a personal level.

     NCAP has many for and non-profit partners and has received funding and support from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and Vanderbilt University. 

Impact

By exhibiting outstanding new works of promising emerging artists along with artists with international recognition, NCAP brings attention to the excellence of contemporary artwork taking place in Tennessee.  As part of this effort, NCAP runs a number of programs.

 
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 support to Seed Space! Should you prefer to send us a tax deductible check directly, please contact Co-Executive Director, Carolyn Jobe at director@seedspace.org.
 
As you consider your level of contribution, feel free to review some feedback from the community you support. Visit www.seedspace.org/donate to read letters of support.
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
NCAP headquarters are in the historic Track One building in South Nashville, home to Nashville locally owned businesses and arts organizations. Our arts programming occurs in all council districts of the city. 
Board Chair Statement

NCAP has encountered many successes in our programs including Outta Site!, NAA, TAKE CARE, Seed Space, ART MAKES PLACE and Insight? Outta Site! Our challenge is to not grow too fast, to take on only programs we feel passionate about and that we can financially and physically support. We would benefit from a PR arm for our organization and are working toward that goal. I volunteer for NCAP because I am a passionate believer in the idea that cultural growth leads to a better city with more positive opportunities for all its citizens.

CEO Statement

NCAP is unique in that it has very little overhead as our facilities, utilities and much of our equipment is donated. Therefore, we are able to be extremely nimble and create only the programs we feel passionate about. Our small organization uniquely contributes to the overall cultural health of our community by placing an emphasis on how artists can help engage with our community and encourage its cultural and economic growth.

Programs
Description

Seed Space is a lab for site-specific installation, sculpture, and performance-based art that brings attention to the excellence, diversity, and interest in contemporary art in Tennessee. Seed Space commissions artists, curators and writers for six solo and four group exhibits per year. Seed Space promotes that work with a website, catalog and brochures featuring exhibition images and critical texts by emerging and nationally recognized critic/curators. Through these means, we aim to foster an exchange between a growing network of local and national artistic communities, which we believe is one of the best ways to support the careers of emerging artists.

Budget 14000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served Adults, General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified
Short Term Success

Perhaps our best strength at Seed Space is connecting people. By pairing emerging with nationally and internationally known artists, writers and curators for our five exhibits per year, 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 emerging artists. By doing so we also bring new opportunities, national credibility and recognition to the Nashville art scene while promoting a better network and collaborative environment for learning. Seed Space makes its artists available to do studio visits with artists and students. The Seed Space curator and director regularly reviews, visits the studios and meets with local artists. Additionally, Seed Space commissions its artists, writers and curators, thus contributing to the financial health of the cultural class.

Long term Success

We are beginning to realize our long term goal of promoting 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. One of our artists from NYC visited Nashville studios, offering valuable criticism and insight. Seed Space directly funds our artists, writers and curators by commissioning their work. We market their work through brochures, catalogs and email notices of their work. We market and involve participants in our programs by actively using our website, a 3500+ strong nationwide email contact list, Facebook, Twitter and www.nowplayingnashville.com. The critic/curators we bring to Seed Space have all wanted to visit the city and have all been impressed with what they see. It is our hope that at some point they write about one of our artists work or of the scene in Nashville.

Program Success Monitored By

We monitor our success through staying in touch with our artists, writers and curators. We are gaining a reputation and find that new artists, critics and curators are eager to visit our space. We know who is reading our texts and visiting our website. Each year we get more funding, stronger interns and staff.

Examples of Program Success

Seed Space successes are many. Sher Fick was awarded two museum shows. Amelia Winger Bearskin educated people about what performance art—as an arm of visual art--is. Both Jason Paradis and Mandy Cano Villalobos were awarded solo shows after curators saw their work at Seed Space. The lab provided funds to artists, critics and curators as well as valuable texts for artists to promote their work. Nationally known critic/curators have visited Seed Space who would not normally come to Nashville to view contemporary artwork. The program is staying on budget.

Description

 

The “Insight? Outta Site!” participatory forum connects nationally and internationally known critic/curators with their Nashville-based collegues. Each potluck style event is a moderated discussion led by questions from the audience.  “Insight? Outta Site!” is a continuation of the three-year lecture series called Outta Site!, which brought globally prominent artists and architects to Nashville to connect and educate the local community about international art and design movements and to discuss issues of urban planning with an emphasis on art.

 

Budget 4200
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Adults, General/Unspecified
Short Term Success

"ART MAKES PLACE" significantly contributed to the financial incomes of six artists, one graphic designer seven writers and two interns. It contributed to the cultural health of Nashville by showing how artists could contribute to society by making temporary, community and performance-based art for public spaces in Nashville.

Long term Success

AMP provided space and funds for artists to develop new work as well as significant critical texts which artists are now able to use both to further push their work conceptually and market their work to future venues. It is our hope that the city may be more receptive to how artists may positively engage with society.

Program Success Monitored By

NCAP’s measurements of success include our ability to foster collaborations among arts organizations and we have established partnerships with several. NCAP measures success in attendance, which annually grows. NCAP actively looks for new audience members.  We request feedback through personal interviews, e-mail feedback, tracking reviews in papers and magazines and reviewing who reads our digital newsletters. NCAP consistently attracts the attention of nationally and internationally recognized critical writers to our projects. NCAP measures success in our ability to raise funds. In the past few years NCAP has received $70,000 in local and national grants, $15,000 in private support and $100,000 in in-kind donations. Perhaps most importantly, NCAP measure success through our connections with students and the general public.

Examples of Program Success

Each AMP project started with a public lecture, specifically engaged middle school students, continued with help of university students and the larger community. Through these means, 232 middle-high school students significantly participated on our programs, 350 members of the community attended seven free public lectures, and countless others took note of the artworks we placed in public locations throughout Nashville. NCAP established significant partnerships with several other non profits. We distributed the full color catalogs to all metro council members. AMP achieved international recognition through in-depth reviews in such publications as "World Sculpture News" and "Number, an independent journal of the arts," as well as local press. The project culminated in an exhibit and full color catalog with seven critical essays documenting the project. National leaders in the emerging field of social practice artwork such as Grant Kestor, Claire Bishop and Julia Bryan-Wilson now recognize Nashville as a place where it happens.

Description

We offer professional development workshops four times a year. The workshops focus on such issues as grantwriting, artist-gallery relations, artist statements, studio visits and portfolio critiques. See http://seedspace.org/workshops for current and upcoming workshops. 

Budget 12000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served Adults, General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Winton Elliott
Company Affiliation Hatched, LLC
Term Apr 2017 to Apr 2019
Email winnelliott@me.com
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Jay Clayton The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy
Winton Elliott Hatched, LLCVoting
Alex Lockwood ArtistVoting
Adrienne Outlaw
Jennifer Pepper Artist and Art ProfessorVoting
Jeff VanDyke VASTVoting
Andrea Zieher ZieherSmithVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
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 66%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 37%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Ms. Jennifer Pepper
Company Affiliation Artist
Term Aug 2016 to Aug 2019
Email jennifer.pepper@lipscomb.edu
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Additional Board Members
NameAffiliation
Rehema Barber
Alicia Beach Artist
Mike Calway-Fagen
Benton C-Bainbridge
Emily Clayton
Rebecca Dimling Cochran
Derek Coté
Natalie Dunham
Sher Fick Artist
Skye Gilkerson
Jodi Hays
Ryan Hogan
Kristin Juárez
Veronica Kavass Curator
Susan Knowles
Emily Leonard
Amy Mackie
David Maddox
Stephen Moore
Jason Paradis
Lesley Patterson-Marx
Vesna Pavlović
Ryder Richards
Ginger Shulick
Chen Tamir Curator
Benjamin Thorp
Adam Trowbridge
Mandy Cano Villalobos
Jessica Westbrook
David Wood
Janet Decker Yanez
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Carolyn Jobe
Term Start Jan 2017
Email programs@seedspace.org
Experience

Carolyn Jobe 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.

Carolyn Jobe and Brian R. 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.
 
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 2
Volunteers 3
Contractors 2
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? No
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 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $41,897.00
Projected Expenses $35,066.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$44,363$53,523$15,824
Administration Expense$0$713$8,030
Fundraising Expense$0$0$25
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.441.400.90
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%99%66%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,780$27,457$5,821
Current Assets$2,780$27,457$3,804
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$9
Total Net Assets$2,780$27,457$5,812
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----422.67
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $10,046Foundations and Corporations $45,050Foundation Grant $10,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $9,640Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $26,276Individual Contributions $7,414
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Program Revenue $4,555Program Service Revenue $4,193
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? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2017
Solicitations Permit
CharitableSolicitations2017
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures are taken from the 990.
990 prepared by Valerie Kemp Dreier, CPA.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 2/27/17.
Nonprofit Nashville Cultural Arts Project / NCAP
Address 1201 4th Ave South Ste 131
Nashville, TN 37210 4107
Primary Phone (865) 607-1505
Contact Email programs@seedspace.org
CEO/Executive Director Carolyn Jobe
Board Chair Mr. Winton Elliott
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hatched, LLC
Year of Incorporation 2000

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