Borderless Arts Tennessee
1210 Lake Rise Place
Gallatin TN 37066
Teapot Diplomat Induction

Mission Statement

Borderless Arts Tennessee is a statewide organization committed to inclusive and accessible arts programs for people with disabilities to enhance educational curriculum, enrich creative expression, empower career development, and encourage community engagement.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lori Kissinger
Board Chair Mr. Mike Mitchell
Board Chair Company Affiliation FedEx
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2002
Former Names
Very Special Arts
VSA Tennessee
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
 
 
Projected Expenses $70,780.00
Projected Annual Revenue $70,780.00 (2018)
Statements
Mission

Borderless Arts Tennessee is a statewide organization committed to inclusive and accessible arts programs for people with disabilities to enhance educational curriculum, enrich creative expression, empower career development, and encourage community engagement.

Background

Borderless Arts Tennessee was founded in 2001 as VSA Tennessee, part of VSA arts International was founded by Jean Kennedy Smith in 1974 with a mission to enrich the lives of people with disabilities through the arts. In August 2017, the Board voted to change the name of the organization and it was officially recognized by the IRS at the end of Sept. as Borderless Arts Tennessee.

Impact

Some of our top accomplishments over the past year have been: 1) Selected as the organization to create the ornaments for the National Christmas Tree that would represent the State of Tennessee for the 4th year in a row, 2) Developed a visual arts program called Teapot Diplomats that provides individuals with disabilities skills in the arts that they use to give back to the community; 3) Created a new theater program for individuals with disabilities and 4) Coordinated a large mural project in Hendersonville's Memorial Park involving hundreds of individuals and 20 different organizations. In the past 3 years, some of our biggest projects were: 1)Coordinated 40 international art/education exchanges, 2) Worked with people with disabilities to create a quilt that was accepted into the US Department of State's Art in Embassies Program and is now touring the world in US Embassies as a piece of US Cultural history, 3) Were selected by the Tennessee Residence to create ornaments for the tree, 4) Began a Corporate Art Program in which people with disabilities create commissioned artwork for corporations under the direction of a professional artist.

Needs
A person in the music industry to help us with our Young Soloist program 
Volunteer to help with some computer and technical assistance
An accessible location for workshops
A sponsor for our dulcimer and dance programs
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Borderless Arts Tennessee needs individuals in the music industry to assist with our music program as mentors, judges and volunteers.  We also need volunteers for our Teapot Diplomat Art Program.  Our new Theater Program needs a sponsor of $500.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts,Culture & Humanities NEC
Secondary Organization Category Education / Special Education
Tertiary Organization Category Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines /
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN
We are a statewide organization and offer programs throughout Tennessee.
CEO Statement Before becoming the Director of Borderless arts Tennessee, I was a VSA artist for VSA Indiana and had the opportunity to use music to work with children with disabilities. I saw test scores increase, communication improve and children accomplish goals that their teachers, doctors and even parent said was impossible. The arts provide a bridge for people with disabilities to join the community. It allows them expression, self-esteem and a tool for employment and communication. Over 20% of any given population has a disability. Disability does not discriminate with age, gender, ethnic background or social class. It is important to offer opportunities for expression and independence to all individuals and when we do the entire community benefits in the end. I have seen arts work miracles.
Programs
Description The artist residencies are conducted primarily in special education classrooms across the State, but they are also conducted in community settings for children with disabilities.  The focus of these residencies is to use the arts as a tool to help students reach educational and behavioral goals primarily in the areas of math and science.  These residencies are done in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education and the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Budget 25000
Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent,
Program Success Monitored By The program has quantitative and qualitative goals that are annually monitored by the TN Dept of Education and the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Description
The music programs of Borderless Arts Tennessee include the Young Soloist program and the Dulcimer Program.
 
The Dulcimer Program is a weekly music program for young adults with Autism.  The program helps the individuals learn to play the mountain dulcimer, but it also teaches them social skills and how to work as a group. The group performs for community events on a regular basis.
 
The Young Soloist program provides young adults with are vocalists or instrumentalists the opportunity to learn more about careers in music. The program focuses on an annual competition in which the winner is presented in an international music competition.  Participants in this program get opportunities to perform throughout the year.    
Budget 10000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent,
Examples of Program Success Each year, at least 3 participants receive paid performance opportunities outside of the Young Soloist program.  In the last two years, the Nashville Symphony has asked a Young Soloist to perform at their Day of Music and they have also featured one of our young soloists.  We also had the international music winner last year come from our program.  Young Soloists also have performed at the Ryman, at the Nashville Jazz Festival, and other events upon request as individuals have become aware of them through this program.
Description The Teapot Diplomat Program is for individuals of all ages with all forms of disabilities.  The individuals participate in a number of visual arts workshops throughout the year that teach them new artistic skills.  They use those skills to create art that is sold.  A portion of the sales is kept by the participants and a portion is given to a community project as a way for the diplomats to use their talents to support others.  One individual had told us that they felt that people always felt the need to "help" people with disabilities.  She said that although she had a disability she had abilities and she wanted to use them to help others.  This is what the Teapot Diplomat program is all about.  
Budget 5000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent,
Long term Success We would like to see this program have 3 elements to it. The first would be the continuation of the current program.  The second would be a skills building portion to use the arts to teach life skills.  The third would be a school based STEAM component that leads to workplace readiness.
Examples of Program Success The program ran this as a pilot program last year and inducted 10 individuals into the program.  6 more workshops are schedules for the upcoming year.
Description The Movement Connection is a weekly dance program for young adults with Down syndrome.  The group performs at least monthly at various events.
Budget 10000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent,
Examples of Program Success Parents have noted how their child can now balance on one foot or has more coordination since participating in this program.
Description Young adults with disabilities work under the leadership of a professional artist to create a piece of art for a corporation.  The process teaches the young adults art techniques, but it also teaches them how to create a piece of art that is shaped by the requirements and desires of a corporation. It also exposes young adults to area corporate leaders and area corporate leaders to the artistic talents of our young adults.
Budget 3000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent,
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Mike Mitchell
Company Affiliation FedEx
Term May 2017 to May 2018
Email mtmitchell@fedex.com
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Mr. Robbie Ammons PCG EducationVoting
Ellen Butrum EducatorVoting
Miranda Christy Dodson, Parker, Behm & CapparellaVoting
Mr Mike Collins Manier & HerodVoting
Mrs Estelle Condra Self-employedVoting
Alicia Cumberbatch alicia.cumberbatch@Vanderbilt.Edu Voting
Marisa Frank Nashville Classical Charter SchoolVoting
Barbara Gunn Lartey barbara.gunnlartey@nashville.gov Voting
Mr. Mark Henry Morgan, Johnson, Carpenter & Co.Voting
Mr Mark Holcomb State Auto Insurance CoVoting
Sharon Kay Fisk UniversityVoting
DeeGee Lester Nashville ParthenonVoting
Mr Eric Manchir PaycorVoting
Mike Mitchell FedEXVoting
Alanna Rosen TeacherVoting
Mr Mike Ryckeley GAPVoting
Mr. John Sergent First Tennessee BankVoting
Ms. Alicia Stewart Public Consulting GroupVoting
Ms Lori Ward Tennessee Performing Arts CenterVoting
Ms. Cynthia Watkins Belmont UniversityVoting
Ms. Claudia Weber TN Dept of EducationVoting
Mr. JP Williams Singer/SongwriterVoting
Ms Irene Williams Self employed web designerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 4 Disabilities
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
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%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Executive
Finance
Nominating
Program
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Lori Kissinger
Term Start Aug 2001
Email userk7706@comcast.net
Experience Lori Kissinger has a BA in marketing from the University of Southern Indiana, a MLIS in Library Science from Indiana University, a MA in Communication from Indiana State University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive. She worked for 11 years as the Director of a Regional Arts Council in Southwestern Indiana where she created a regional program that was later adopted by the State Arts Commission and created an international art exchange with Japan that was the first of its kind. She later worked for 3 years in the Communication Department at the University of Southern Indiana. Upon moving to Tennessee, she founded VSA arts Tennessee, which is now Borderless Arts Tennessee. Along with running this State organization she is also a full-time Communication Instructor at Middle Tennessee State University.
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Contractors 15
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Jan 2011
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? No
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization2002
National Endowment for the Arts2006
Americans for the Arts2002
Tennessee Arts Commission2002
Tennesseans for the Arts2002
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Program of the YearNashville Public Relations Society2006
Public Awareness and OutreachVSA arts International2006
Challenge AmericaNational Endowment for the Arts2006
Public ServiceMTSU2007
LeadershipVSA arts International2008
Professional AwardNashville Mayor's Committee on People with Disabilities2008
Arts ServicesThe Arc of Tennessee2009
Arts ShowcaseThe Arc of Tennessee2010
Reader's Choice Best NonprofitNews Examiner Newspaper2011
Outstanding Experiential Learning Scholars ProgramMiddle Tennessee State University2013
Nonprofit of the YearMusic City Guitar Tour2013
TN Organization selected to create ornaments for National Christmas treeNational Parks Foundation2013
Challenge AmericaNational Endowment for the Arts2014
Innovative PartnershipsVSA International2014
Service Learning Community PartnerMiddle Tennessee State University2014
Big Payback Twitter Contest winnerCommunity Foundation of Middle Tennessee2014
Christmas Tree OrnamentsNational Parks2014
Big Payback Twitter ContestCommunity Foundation of Middle Tennessee2015
Christmas Tree Ornaments for National TreeNational Parks Foundation2015
Christmas Tree Ornaments for Tennessee ResidenceGovernor's Office2015
Art In Embassies Program/Quilt/Recognized as part of American Cultural HeritageUS Department of State2015
Teapot Diplomacy for International 40 Days Around the World ProjectUS Department of State2015
Service to MankindSertoma2016
TN organization selected to create ornaments for the national Christmas treeNational Parks2016
Selected to create the ornaments that represent TN on the national Christmas TreeNational Parks2017
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Sept 30 2018
Projected Revenue $70,780.00
Projected Expenses $70,780.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$84,852$94,239$87,471
Administration Expense$3,494$3,419$4,665
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.141.091.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%96%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$153,427$140,750$132,746
Current Assets$153,247$140,750$132,746
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$2,485$2,485$2,485
Total Net Assets$150,762$138,265$130,261
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities61.6756.6453.42
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 $81,565Contributions, Gifts & Grants $48,069Government Grants and Contributions $41,100
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther Revenue $11,200Government Grants $40,150Individual Contributions $40,185
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $4,632Related Organizations $9,750Registration/Tickets $4,986
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Mar 2018
Solicitations Permit
Charitable Soliciations Permit
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
In 2017, this organization changed its name from VSA Arts Tennessee to Borderless Arts Tennessee. 
 
Financial figures taken from 990.
990 completed by John P. Young, P.C. 
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 2/17/17.
Nonprofit Borderless Arts Tennessee
Address 1210 Lake Rise Place
Gallatin, TN 37066
Primary Phone (615) 210-8819
Contact Email userk7706@comcast.net
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lori Kissinger
Board Chair Mr. Mike Mitchell
Board Chair Company Affiliation FedEx
Year of Incorporation 2002
Former Names
Very Special Arts
VSA Tennessee