Manchester Municipal Arts Commission
128 East Main Street
Manchester TN 37355-1533
Mission Statement
The mission of the Manchester Municipal Arts Commission is to foster, promote and encourage the development of the arts in Manchester and the surrounding areas.
CEO/Executive Director Ms Brenda T. Deadman
Board Chair Ms. Brenda Deadman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Coffee County School System, Chairman
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1983
Former Names
Manchester Arts Commission
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $74,164.00
Projected Annual Revenue $50,450.00 (2018)
Mission The mission of the Manchester Municipal Arts Commission is to foster, promote and encourage the development of the arts in Manchester and the surrounding areas.
The organization was created as a commission of the City in 1968. At that time the emphasis was on the visual arts. In 1983 the group applied for and received incorporation from the state (named the Manchester Municipal Arts Commission). In 1995 this group purchased a building at 909 Hillsboro Blvd. The building was leased to a professional theatre group which renovated the interior for theatre and reception use and operated the facility for one year. Since Oct. 1, 1996 the MMAC, with the help and support of those trained in college in theatre and a cadre of dedicated volunteers, took over the building and put on the productions. In 1996 the Commission applied for and received 501 (c) (3) status as well as state tax exemption. Since that time the group has produced 5 or 6 shows yearly accompanied by complementing art shows. Active youth groups, Teen Actors Guild (TAG) and Wee Actors Guild (WAG,) were formed which put on l show each yearly as well as having monthly activities. The teen group had Coffee Shops with open mic and felt a vested interest in the Manchester Arts Center. Both groups took adult led trips to professional shows and art galleries. The building was completely renovated, including lighted parking area, a ramp into the building for those with disabilities, new roof, rebuilt theatre seating and improved lighting and sound. Even with the building being completely destroyed in a recent fire, the Arts Commission continued to function and provide quality events for our community.
 Now that the new Manchester Arts Center is once again in a new building, we anticipate adding more events, offering more classes and continuing to serve the youth and adults of this community and the surrounding areas.  
Last Year's Accomplishments:
1.  Continued an alliance with the Millennium Repertory Company to provide quality programs at the Manchester Arts Center.
2. Continued the annual summer time "Ultimate Oldies" show. 
3. Supported the local Park Partners in their effort to provide recreational facilities for local youth.
4. Sponsored "Elvis Tribute" as a fundraising event for MMAC
5. Held fundraising event "Dancing with the Coffee County Stars"
6. Provide for local elementary school performances at the MAC
Goals for the Current Year:
1. To continue to provide quality theatre and arts events.
2. To begin phase II of the remodeling at the new art center.
3. To join with AEDC and the Air Force, as well as the Coffee County School system to bring in Missoula Children's Theatre to Manchester, bringing in 30 to 35 youth for a week long, minimal fee drama class, concluding with performances which include approximately 300 viewers.
5. Continue working with the Millennium Repertory Company to provide quality programs and events for the city of Manchester and the surrounding areas.
Since our physical facility and contents were a total loss and a new building purchased, we need:

1. Fund development and fundraising strategies.
2. Volunteer assistance for fundraising projects.
3. Strategies for increasing our audiences. 
4. We need money grant funding from State of Tennessee, Tennessee Arts Commission and the Community Foundation in order to provide quality programs so that money raised by individuals and corporations can be used to re-equip and work on completion of  the Manchester Arts Center (MAC).
5. Funding for a part-time to full- time manager
6. Continue to improve the practice areas by improving the lighting in areas used for practicing so they will be safer as well as beneficial.
7. Improve stage lighting by installing lighting just for practice sessions and not use performance lights for practicing to improve and conserve electricity. 
8. Restore the roof on the Manchester Arts Center for efficiency, safety and economics. 
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Donations to the Giving Tree

Purchasing theater seats at the Manchester Arts Center 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Performing Arts
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Community Service Clubs
Tertiary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Bedford
TN - Cannon
TN - Coffee
TN - Rutherford
TN - Franklin
TN - Warren
TN - Moore
Manchester is centrally located in Coffee County. We have 4 entrances from I-24. Hillsboro, Murfreesboro, McMinnville, Tullahoma, and Woodbury Hwys. are easily accessible to where the MAC is located. Therefore, Hillsboro, Murfreesboro, McMinnville, Tullahoma, and Woodbury are all cities from which we have attendees. We also have people from Monteagle, Tracy City and Winchester.
Description The Manchester Arts Center now offers programs and events throughout the year.  Quality plays are being performed by the Milleninium Repertory Company as well as traditional musical programs.  The Center has presented programs such as the Missoula Children's Theater annually.  The Center has for several years offered the Ultimate Oldies musical in the summer and the Christmas musical in December.  Programs by the Teen Actors Guild and Wee Actors Guild are presented throughout the year. For 2016 the center will offer "The Nutcracker" in December with Duck River Dance.
Budget 29910
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults
Teens ages 13-19 meet regularly and produce at least one musical yearly. The teens do have to audition; however, all who attend are involved in the show. The teenagers learn acting techniques as well as stage craft such as lighting and sound and property management. This group is lead by college students, many of whom were former TAG members, and they are assisted by the Millennium Repertory Company.
Youth from 6 through 12 also meet regularly. They play theatre games, learn to read for a part, and plan for their show. They also are eager to participate in community activities and field trips.  They are assisted by the Millennium Repertory Company
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theatrical Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified, Children Only (5 - 14 years), K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success
Since our facility is handicapped friendly, many have been able to attend with a caregiver (for free), the elderly are encouraged to attend and enjoy activities that they otherwise would not and youth from elementary schools have attended with their classes, regardless of ability to pay.
Long term Success
Children and adults of all ages will be exposed to a variety of cultural events. An example of a long range change is shown by the fact that a very shy and introverted young man participated in the last two teen shows and is going to be in the adult chorus for the Christmas show. A young lady in high school was brought to a Seussical rehearsal by her father and asked if she could particiate back stage. She has gone on to be in shows, and is on the flag team for the high school. Without the confidence gained from their theatre experiences, it is doubtful that they would have the confidence they now have. While this is  not statistical or empirical, it is an example of how art programs can have a positive role in the lives of youth.
Program Success Monitored By
Attendance at the different performances are an indicator of the success of what is and is not successful. Interviews with those in attendance and the support of businesses to sponsor events are also indicators of what is wanted by our viewing public. 
Gallery shows were held at the Manchester Art Center. The exhibitions coincided with the schedule of theater performances. Local as well as regional artists exhibited at the Martin Gallery within the Manchester Art Center.
These programs will resume as soon as funds are available to build our new art gallery.
Population Served , Adults,
Description Youth and adults can attend a variety of workshops sponsored by the Manchester Municipal Arts Commission which include both visual, performing, and literary arts. If the budget allows youth groups are taken outside of the area to attend workshops sponsored by TPAC or the Nashville Children's Theatre.
Budget 1264.81
Population Served , Adults,
Description The Missoula Children's Theatre out of Missoula Montana provides a week long work shop each year for youth in the area. This is done in conjunction with the U.S. Air Force at the Arnold Engineering Center.The Missoula Children's Theatre will be performing on the new Arts Center stage in June of 2009. 
Budget 504
Category Youth Development Youth Leadership
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Description A new program by the state of Tennessee to assist students with higher education. The MMAC will allow students to do community service in compliance with requirements to meet state standards to complete the process. Students may assist with art classes and theatrical productions.
Population Served , ,
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Brenda Deadman
Company Affiliation Retired Coffee County School System, Chairman
Term Nov 2016 to Nov 2017
Board Members
Ms Julie Anderson Manchester TimesVoting
Mr. Jerry Bartlett Manchester Health Center PharmacistVoting
Mr. Brett Barton Manchester City School SystemVoting
Mr. Richard Burton Hardes Management, Building Committee ChairmanVoting
Mrs. Melissa E. Cartwright Eaton's Home Center, SecretaryVoting
Ms. Brenda Deadman Retired Coffee County Schools, ChairmanVoting
Mrs. Andrea Freeze EducatorVoting
Mr. Jamie Harden Harden Signs, Vice ChairmanVoting
Ms. Diane Petty RetiredNonVoting
Mr. Bob Ritch RetiredVoting
Mr. Cliff Roberts Roberts Irrigation SystemsVoting
Mr. Jim Shemwell retiredVoting
Ms. Diane Weibert RetiredNonVoting
Mrs. De Youngblood RetiredVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
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 12
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. Brett Barton
Company Affiliation Manchester School System
Term Nov 2016 to Nov 2017
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Raising
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Insurance
General Property Coverage
CEO Comments The Manchester Municipal Arts Commission and all those working creatively out of the Manchester Arts Center are volunteers.  Our board members and other volunteers are dedicated to having an arts center that is an asset to our community. Everyone from those on the building committee to the youth who used the Arts Center were proud of our facility and its uniqueness in our community.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms Brenda T. Deadman
Term Start Nov 2013
Experience I serve as a volunteer chairman for the Manchester Municipal Arts Commission. We have no paid employees
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
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 5
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
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2009
Tennesseans for the Arts2008
Tennessee Arts Commission2008
Manchester Chamber of Commerce2008
CEO Comments The Manchester Municipal Arts Commission and all those working creatively out of the Manchester Arts Center are volunteers. Our board members and other volunteers are dedicated to having an arts center that is an asset to our community. Everyone from those on the building committee to the youth who use the Arts Center are proud of our facility and its uniqueness in our community.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $50,450.00
Projected Expenses $74,164.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$57,258$55,781$45,212
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.041.45
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$706,602$616,797$620,841
Current Assets$111,976$31,015$29,110
Long-Term Liabilities$253,500$162,461$167,614
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$453,102$454,336$453,227
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets36%26%27%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $25,329Fundraising Events $30,136Contributions, Gifts & Grants $23,622
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $16,755Earned Revenue $21,422Special Events $22,068
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $7,825Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,182Program Service Revenue (Arts Activities) $16,850
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose Our building burned in December of 2006. In May of 2008, a building was purchased and we are currently renovating it. We have completed the lobby, theater area (including backstage dressing rooms), and public restrooms. In order to complete the remainder of the building with an art gallery, blackbox/rehearsal area, classroom spaces, and a community room, it is necessary to plan our capital campaign. Starting in May 2014 we removed the glass windows for safety and energy efficiency and provided space for artistic displays from artisans. For 2016 we are working towards adding a practice and performance area. We have completed replacing the roof and a new heating and air conditioning unit was added in 2016.
Capital Campaign Goal $24,000.00
Campaign Start and End Dates Jan 2015 to Aug 2016
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $17,000.00 as of Mar 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2017
Solicitations Permit
Solicitation Letter 2017
Organization Comments
The economic situation at this time has made donations smaller; however, our community has still been supportive.
We have had an increase in in-kind donations.
As of July 2016 the MMAC has had to replace  two heating and air conditioning unit using the money we made from our fundraisers. We are facing a major expense of a roof repair. Until recently we have been able to use volunteers to do the repairs but the roof is beyond patching. We will need to do some type of extensive roofing in the near future. We are taking bids at this time. However the funds are not available for this large repair. With funds from the Community Foundation we were able to complete a lighting project that we started before we replaced the Heating and Air Conditioning units and our roof restoration . Our building is used almost daily for children and adults. However, our theater group does not provide enough funding to help with the maintenance. This is done solely through fundraising and donations. We replaced the roof in June 2016 at a cost of $93,000. We were able to complete the roof with a building refinance. Financial Comments
Financials taken from 990.
990 was prepared internally by H and R Block
All expenses are assigned to programs, as none were listed under administrative or fundraising.
Comment provided by Kathryn Bennett 5/2/17.
Nonprofit Manchester Municipal Arts Commission
Address 128 East Main Street
Manchester, TN 37355 1533
Primary Phone (931) 728-3434
CEO/Executive Director Ms Brenda T. Deadman
Board Chair Ms. Brenda Deadman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Coffee County School System, Chairman
Year of Incorporation 1983
Former Names
Manchester Arts Commission

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