Arts Council of Williamson County
P. O. Box 680213
Franklin TN 37068-0213
Mission Statement
The Arts Council of Williamson County (TN) is a catalyst
for the enrichment of cultural life in the county by funding, promoting and expanding the arts.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Linda McLaughlin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Glass Act
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2006
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Expenses $5,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $14,000.00 (2014)
Statements
Mission
The Arts Council of Williamson County (TN) is a catalyst
for the enrichment of cultural life in the county by funding, promoting and expanding the arts.
Background History
2006
  • 'Cooking Up the Arts' a culinary arts fundraiser for the Arts Council (ACWC) at Viking accompanied with music.
  • 'Dessert's 'n Denver' a fundraiser for ACWC. An evening of gourmet desserts and wine tasting with music of John Denver in downtown Franklin gallery.
  • ACWC present playwright C.B. Griffith with grant to assist is production of 'The Scrooge Syndrome'
  • Star Gala Art Hanging for Brentwood Cool Springs Chamber of Commerce
  • Member's Holiday Party 
2007
  • Launched ACWC monthly E-newsletter
  • First juried art show for adults with disabilities 'An Artist's Garden'
  • Won TN Outreach Award for  'An Artist's Garden'
  • Evening series 'Artists in the Round'
  • First Art Fusion Show
  • Wild Oats Artisan Market Art Show benefiting ACWC
  • 2nd Annual Holiday Party benefiting Waves, Inc.
2008
  • Started monthly Brown Bag Lunch Bunch series
  • 2nd annual juried art show for adults with disabilities ' An Artist's Window'
  • Won TN Outreach Award, 2nd year in a row, for 'An Artist's Window'
  •  First Community Outreach Program with Sylvia Hyman
  • Supported Happy Tales Fundraiser, 'Wednesday Night Wags', on June 25
  • 2nd Annual Art Fusion

2010

  • 4th Annual Art Fusion
  • Encore: Reclaim the Sound event
  • Contracted for part-time Executive Director 
  • Hosted 8 Art: Up close and Personal evenings

2011

  • Finalist for Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Innovators Award  
  • Grid Row becomes formally programmed 
  • Art: Up Close and Personal funded by TN Arts Commission to edit and complete videos for distributions
  • Brown Bag Lunch Bunch attendance triples
  • Historic StARTS art program for ages 3-6 held at Carnton Plantation or Cater House
  • Art Walk gallery partnership with WM CO Association of Realtors in their new location quarterly shows
  • 5th annual Art Fusion held
  • Developed an Artist in Residence Outreach Program supporting the arts in Williamson County and Franklin Special Schools to be implemented in 2012.  
Description

The arts play a major role. They are stimulus for imagination and innovation, an engine for economic development, a proven platform for community building, and a vehicle for diverse cultural expression. The Arts Council recognizes that support for artists is more critical now than ever before, and supports the arts primarily through artists working at the local level in the community context. A precipitous decline in State and Federal funds available for granting has created a need for increased support at the local level, and to create new grant making structures to meet those needs.

As a leadership organization for the arts in Williamson County, the Arts Council promotes artistic opportunities by providing financial support, fostering coordinated cultural planning, offering programs to educate and develop future audiences, providing forums of expressions for local artists and by advocating for arts and its member organizations at the local, state, and national levels.

Impact 2008 Accomplishments
  • Started monthly Brown Bag Lunch Bunch series, an artistic get-together of camaraderie and inspiration with guest speakers.
  • 2nd annual juried art show for adults with disabilities ' An Artist's Window', which won the TN Outreach Award for the second year.
  • First Community Outreach Program with internationally renowned Sylvia Hyman, master of trompe l'oeil clay.
  • 2nd Annual Art Fusion, juried visual art show complimented with music and culinary arts.
  • 3rd Annual Holiday Party benefiting Waves, Inc., music and art therapy programs.
2009 Goals
  • Establish an Executive Director position
  • Create an Artist in Residence Outreach Program supporting the arts in Williamson County Schools.
  • New evening series Art: Up Close and Personal. Renowned local artists  sharing an up-close and personal glimpse into their lives and work
  • Continue established programming: 'Art Fusion', 'An Artist's Window', 'Brown Bag Lunch Bunch' and Annual Holiday Part
     
    2013 Accomplishments
    • Collaborated with local business to create fine art and craft show called Chalk It Up, which included a chalk art competition open to all ages. A fun family day of festivities with live music, artist booths lining the main corridor of the Meridian Complex in Cool Springs, a chalk art competition, prizes and activities for the children. This event benefits the Arts Council’s (ACWC) student art programming.
    • Wrapped up ACWC’s 5 year art program series Art: Up Close & Personal (AUCP).  AUCP was an evening educational platform with renowned local artists that shared an up-close and personal glimpse into their lives and work through live lectures and PowerPoint presentations. The free to the public series, held at the Williamson County Public Library, was professionally videotaped, has aired on local channel 3 and charter 95.
    • Brown Bag Lunch Bunch (BBLB) is in its 6th year and going strong. BBLB is an artistic gathering of fellow artists, art lovers, art advocates and business owners. With guest speakers covering an array of educational topics, the BBLB, held at the Williamson County Public Library, has also become a great source for networking, camaraderie and inspiration.
    • Continued success with Grid Row, a monthly art exhibit highlighting local professional and student artwork in the main rotunda at the Williamson County Public Library.
    • Created a new ACWC website with an exciting and inviting modern look and easy navigation.
    • Designed a new ACWC logo to complement the new website.
    • Broadened ACWC’s social media through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIN

    2014 Goals

  • Continue supporting the arts in the schools with ACWC’s Artist in Residence program. ACWC’s goal is to have an artist in a school each quarter working with the individual schools’ art teacher to create a permanent art installation with the students. 4 schools have already participated: Grassland Elementary School, Longwood Elementary School, Franklin High School, and Independence High School.

  • Expanding Chalk It Up Art Show and chalk art competition that brings the arts and community together in conjunction with providing a forum for artists to make their work accessible to the community.

  • Create a Facebook page for Chalk It Up Art Show.

  • Have a logo competition for Chalk It Up Art Show

  • Produce DVD’s of the Art: Up Close & Personal series to be distributed to local schools and public libraries

  • Continue success with Grid Row, a monthly art exhibit highlighting local art instructor’s student artwork in the rotunda at the Williamson County Public Library.

  • Growing our membership outreach.

  • Growing our board of directors

Needs
  1. Funding Executive Director position (Approx. $30,000 annually)
  2. Funding for Artist in Residence Outreach Program (Approx. $8000 per program)
  3. Funding for production of evening series Art: Up Close and Personal
  4. Funding for promotional printed material (brochure, membership, event calendar, etc.) (Approx. $3000)
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donations can be made by mailing a check, phone in your credit card information.
 
Please contact us for volunteer opportunities.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts & Culture
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Williamson
Williamson County, TN and surrounding counties.
Programs
Description

An artistic get together, with fellow artists, art lovers, art advocates and business owners, of camaraderie and inspiration.  A casual, guided but open agenda with guest speakers on various topics. This is held at the Williamson County Public Library, 2nd Friday of the month, 9 months of the year.


Budget 7218
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short Term Success The program continues to prove to be successful as attendance grows and the various volunteer guest speakers grows.
Long term Success This is an educational, but casual event connecting the art community. Success will be determined by attendance and feedback.
Program Success Monitored By Attendance, feedback, speaker volunteers.
Examples of Program Success Our January 2009 guest speaker had a sudden illness in her family and was unable to make the Lunch Bunch. In attendance, was a Pulitzer Prize novelist.  She offered  to speak in her absence. This is an email the ACWC received the next day from another person that attended : "I really enjoyed the poetry and the wonderful presentation that Stellasue gave at our meeting yesterday. What an inspirational and outstanding woman!"   D.

The program continues to grow in audience participation and steller guest speakers creating true community art forum. 
Description The Artist In Residence Program is a mutual partnership between practicing artists and participating schools at the middle and high school level, allowing students to work hands-on with a professional artist, creating a curriculum based art project that becomes a permanent installation at their school.
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Population Served , ,
Description A collaborative art event between a local business and the Arts Council of Williamson County called Chalk It Up which includes a chalk art competition open to all ages.  A fun family day of festivities with live music, artist booths lining the main corridor of Meridian Complex in Cool Springs, a chalk art competition, prizes  and activities for the children.  Proceeds from this event benefits the  Artist In Residence Program. The Artist In Residence Program is a mutual partnership between practicing artists and participating schools at the middle and high school level, allowing students to work hands-on with a professional artist, creating a curriculum based art project that becomes a permanent installation at their school.
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Population Served , ,
CEO Comments Successes: Overwhelming positive community response and turn-outs.
Board Chair
Board Chair Linda McLaughlin
Company Affiliation Glass Act
Term Mar 2009 to Dec 2014
Email linda@artscouncilwc.org
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Jean Barwick Harlequin Design GroupVoting
Jane Falls I've Been FramedVoting
Scott Hodes ChaosglassVoting
Shari Lacey Good Stuff PrVoting
Mike Martino Blue Fig EditionsVoting
Linda McLaughlin Glass ActVoting
Laura Morris ArtistVoting
Julie Westall Sapphire RoadVoting
Marilyn Wilkinson MJ Wilkinson PotteryVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
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? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Laura Morris
Company Affiliation Laura Morris Designs, LLC
Term Mar 2009 to Oct 2014
Email Laura@artscouncilwc.org
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
By-laws
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Education
Executive
Finance
Membership
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Additional Board Members
NameAffiliation
Margo Fort Hall Community Volunteer
Zane Martin First Tennessee Bank
Cory Ryden Bingham Builders, LLC
Al Smith NFL Alumni Associations and TN Titans
Lucian Truscott IV freelance writer
Dwayne Tucker Compass Executives
LeeAnn West-Malm Photographer
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director No Executive Director
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 40
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? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 4
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Mar 2012
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Innovation FinalistHands on Nashville2011
Foundation Comments This is a volunteer-run organization.
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $14,000.00
Projected Expenses $5,000.00
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$3,752$28,003$30,886
Administration Expense$3,229$10,804$10,942
Fundraising Expense$0$528$100
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.870.930.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses53%71%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%5%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$1,341$2,229$4,893
Current Assets$1,341$2,229$4,893
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$1,341$2,229$4,893
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $4,328Program Service Revenue $20,108Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $18,924
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts & Grants $1,110Contributions, Gifts & Grants $11,582Program Service Revenue $16,425
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $725Membership Dues $4,980Membership Dues $3,810
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
Organizational Budgets and Other Documents
Arts Council of Williamson County 2014 Budget2014
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Prior to 2009, this organization filed a 990N/ePostcard which does not provide financial information.
Other financial figures taken from the 990.
990 was prepared by Parsons & Associates, CPAs.
Comment provided by Beth Groves 5/27/14
Nonprofit Arts Council of Williamson County
Address P. O. Box 680213
Franklin, TN 370680213
Primary Phone (615) 476-5165
Contact Email info@artscouncilwc.org
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Linda McLaughlin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Glass Act
Year of Incorporation 2006