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 Nan Zierden
Board Chair Company Affiliation
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 (2015)
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

  • 25th Annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards: ACWC Board of Director’s were finalists in the 2011 volunteer innovator award, presented by CMT One Country
  • ‘Historic stARTS’ launched: a historically inspired children’s visual arts program at Carton Plantation and Carter House
  • ‘Grid Row’ launched: a year round rotating art show at the Factory at Franklin
  • ‘Artist in Residence’ launched: a collaborative partnership between practicing artists and participating Williamson County schools. First school to participate was Grassland Elementary.
  • 5th Annual ‘Artfusion’
  • 5th Annual ‘An Artist’s Window’
  • Brown Bag Lunch Bunch’ continued
  • ‘Art Up Close & Personal’ continued
  • 6th Annual Holiday Party

2012

  • ‘Canvassing the County’ launched: rotating art exhibits in non-traditional galleries throughout the county
  • ‘Artist in Residence’: continued at Longwood Elementary, Franklin High School and Grassland Elementary
  • 6th Annual ‘Artfusion’
  • ‘Historic stARTS’ continued
  • ‘Grid Row’ moved to Williamson County Public Library
  • ‘Brown Bag Lunch Bunch’ continued
  • ‘Art Up Close & Personal’ continued
  • 7th Annual Holiday Party

2013

  • 1st Annual ‘Chalk it Up’ Art Show: outdoor art show at the Meridian Complex with food, music and a chalk art competition
  • ‘­Franklin Art Scene’: assisted in artist placement at various locations
  • ‘Grid Row’ continued
  • ‘Canvassing the County’ continued
  • ‘Brown Bag Lunch Bunch’ continued
  • ‘Art Up Close & Personal’ continued
  • 8th Annual Holiday Party

2014

  • 2nd Annual ‘Chalk it Up’ Art Show
  • ‘Artist in Residence’: continued at Independence High School and Fairview High School
  • ‘Grid Row’ continued
  • ‘Brown Bag Lunch Bunch’ continued
  • ‘Franklin Art Scene’: continued assistance with artist placement
  • 9th Annual Holiday Party

2015

  • Nan Zierden President, Linda McLaughlin President Emeritus: Jan. 1, 2015
  • ‘Art Shows 101: The Ultimate Survival Guide’ Workshop

 

  • 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

  • 2014 Accomplishments

    · We included two more schools to the Artist in Residence program. This program is a collaborative partnership between practicing artists and participating Williamson County schools at the middle and high school level. The program pair’s professional artists with students to work hands-on, creating a curriculum based art project that is permanently installed at the school.

    · We tripled the size of the 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.

    · We had a logo contest for Chalk It Up and created a Facebook page.

    We broadened our social media through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • 2015 Goals

    · Secure a new President.

    · Continue to grow the Artist in Residence program. This program is a collaborative partnership between practicing artists and participating Williamson County schools at the middle and high school level. The program pair’s professional artists with students to work hands-on, creating a curriculum based art project that is permanently installed at the school.

    · Create Members Workshops that would be an artistic gathering of fellow artists, art lovers, art advocates and business owners. With guest speakers covering an array of educational topics, the Member Workshops, are a great source for education, networking, camaraderie and inspiration.

    · Continue success with Grid Row, a bi-monthly art exhibit highlighting member’s art work in the rotunda at the Williamson County Public Library.

    · To create a collaborative event between ACWC and Battle Ground Academy at the Mary Campbell Visual Arts Center. Connections: Art Show would be a juried exhibition of artwork by ACWC members and local artists who represent the breadth and depth of what local artists have to offer. Artwork during the exhibition would be for sale and prizes would be awarded.

    · Participate in Porchfest and develop a children’s event that would be held at Westhaven, in Franklin, celebrates local musicians as well as talented visual artists. Members would have an opportunity to participate in the ACWC event at the show in which children, both young and old, make colossal, artistic cardboard creations. Booths would be available for artists to showcase and sell their artwork.

  •      2015 Accomplishments

  • · We are pleased to have a new President.

    · Continue success with Artist in Residence program. This program is a collaborative partnership between practicing artists and participating Williamson County schools at the middle and high school level. The program pair’s professional artists with students to work hands-on, creating a curriculum based art project that is permanently installed at the school.

    · We had the first Members Workshop called Arts Shows 101: The Ultimate Survival Guide. This workshop provided our members with a handout that provided information they would needed to survive an art show. It was a great source for education, networking, camaraderie and inspiration.

    · Continue success with Grid Row, a bi-monthly art exhibit highlighting member’s art work in the rotunda at the Williamson County Public Library.

    · Will have our first collaborative event between ACWC and Battle Ground Academy at the Mary Campbell Visual Arts Center. Connections: Art Show will be a juried exhibition of artwork by ACWC members and local artists who represent the breadth and depth of what local artists have to offer. Artwork during the exhibition will for sale and prizes are awarded.

    · We had the first successful Porchfest event. This event was held at Westhaven, in Franklin, celebrates local musicians as well as talented visual artists. Members had an opportunity to participate in the ACWC event at the show in which children, both young and old, make colossal, artistic cardboard creations. Booths were also available for artists to showcase and sell their artwork.


  • 2016 Goals

    · Growing our Artist in Residence program. Recently nominated for the Franklin Tomorrow Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards, the Artist-In-Residence program is a collaborative partnership between practicing artists and participating Williamson County schools at the middle and high school level. The program pair’s professional artists with students to work hands-on, creating a curriculum based art project that is permanently installed at the school.

    · Continue success with Grid Row, a bi-monthly art exhibit highlighting member’s art work in the rotunda at the Williamson County Public Library.

    · Expanding Porchfest event. An annual event held at Westhaven, in Franklin celebrates local musicians as well as artists. Members have an opportunity to participate in the ACWC booth in which we make colossal cardboard creations with the children. Artists can also sign up for a booth to sell their artwork.

    · Growing Connections: Art Show. This is a collaborative event between ACWC and Battle Ground Academy at the Mary Campbell Visual Arts Center. It will be a juried exhibition of artwork by ACWC members and local artists who represent the breadth and depth of what local artists have to offer. Artwork during the exhibition would be for sale and prizes are awarded.

    · Developing additional Member Workshops that gives fellow artists, art lovers, art advocates and business owners to expand their knowledge. These workshops have guest speakers covering an array of educational topics, held at the Williamson County Public Library, is a great source for networking, camaraderie and inspiration.

    · Growing our board of directors.

    · Growing our membership outreach.


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 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.
Board Chair Statement  The Arts Council of Williamson County is striving to be the resource for artists, arts enthusiasts and patrons of the arts. We believe collaborating with key community organizations so that our services reach a broader audience will make us a more viable leader in the community. 
Programs
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.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Description

· Connections: A collaborative event between ACWC and Battle Ground Academy at the Mary Campbell Visual Arts Center. Connections: Art Show is a juried exhibition of artwork by ACWC members and local artists who represent the breadth and depth of what local artists have to offer. Artwork during the exhibition is for sale and prizes are awarded.

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Description

· Grid Row: A rotating bi-monthly art exhibit highlighting member’s artwork in the main rotunda (new books section) at the Williamson County Public Library.

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Description

· Member Workshops: An artistic gathering of fellow artists, art lovers, art advocates and business owners. With guest speakers covering an array of educational topics, the Member Workshops, are a great source for education, networking, camaraderie and inspiration.

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults, ,
Description Porchfest: An annual event held at Westhaven, in Franklin, celebrates local musicians as well as talented visual artists. Members have an opportunity to participate in the ACWC event at the show in
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served , ,
CEO Comments Successes: Overwhelming positive community response and turn-outs.
Board Chair
Board Chair Nan Zierden
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2017
Email nan@artscouncilwc.org
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Jean Barwick Harlequin Design GroupVoting
Jane Falls I've Been FramedVoting
Scott Hodes ChaosglassVoting
Dena MacDonald Voting
Linda McLaughlin Glass ActVoting
Laura Morris ArtistVoting
Julie Westall Sapphire RoadVoting
Nan Zierden Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
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? 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 11
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Laura Morris
Company Affiliation Laura Morris Designs, LLC
Term Mar 2009 to Oct 2016
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
Nominated/Julie WestallFranklin Tomorrow Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards2015
Foundation Comments This is a volunteer-run organization.
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $14,000.00
Projected Expenses $5,000.00
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$4,474$3,752$28,003
Administration Expense$0$3,229$10,804
Fundraising Expense$0$0$528
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.630.870.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%53%71%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$3,287$1,341$2,229
Current Assets$3,287$1,341$2,229
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$3,287$1,341$2,229
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $3,407Membership Dues $4,328Program Service Revenue $20,108
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $3,351Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,110Contributions, Gifts & Grants $11,582
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts & Grants $550Program Service Revenue $725Membership Dues $4,980
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 Exempt - Expires June 2016
Organizational Budgets and Other Documents
ACWC Budget2015
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.
Form 990 was prepared internally by nonprofit. Foundation or corporate grants may be included in Individual Contributions sum, as these amounts are not separated in the 990EZ.
Comment provided by Elizabeth Madsen 8/28/15
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 Nan Zierden
Year of Incorporation 2006