Survey: Acme Art Company

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$0 - $50,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Multipurpose Space [Amalgam of Multiple Artistic Disciplines]
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
To entertain and explore YOUR five senses by showcasing Central Ohio artists with regional/international artists. Acme Art Company is dedicated to making ideas become reality by being an approachable community space for all ages and disciplines.
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
Acme Art Company was founded in 1984 by Geoffrey Taber and was originally called the Geoffrey Taber Gallery. Mr. Taber’s mission was to give more opportunities for Central Ohio artists to exhibit their talent. In the 80’s, the few Central Ohio galleries that were in business did not focus on Central Ohio artists. Mr. Taber saw this need and acted upon it. He opened a space near downtown Columbus and helped to build an art scene. This once abandoned, yet historical part of Columbus is now renovated and thriving with many galleries and non-profit spaces. It is now known as the Short North Arts District. Mr. Taber left the gallery in 1987 to pursue other interests. In order for the gallery to become a nonprofit and be eligible for grants, the name needed to be changed from a personal one to a company one. Mr. Taber came up with Acme Art Company. Acme, which means ‘pinnacle’ was the first in Central Ohio to exhibit avant-garde, cutting edge artwork/installation. The purpose was not to necessarily make money from art, but present it. For many years grants were able to sustain this business plan, but focus shifted in the year 2000 as granting monies have diminished. In 2000, the business plan shifted to celebrate the five senses. Programming consists of live music, art exhibitions, ethnic food/drink, film projections, poetry readings and workshops, to name a few. Acme Art Company (Acme Art) inspires and nurtures artists of all disciplines by bringing art to a culturally supportive space that also enriches the spirit of the Central Ohio community. The encompassing, modern, facility provides resources for the professional artist to work, grow, and share their views by exhibiting or performing. Acme Art sustains ‘art as a way of life’. Acme Art seeks and attracts culturally diverse artists. Global ideologies and conceptual trends are programmed to inspire the Central Ohio community. The diverse programming and artistic expressions of all media create a highly sensory, entertaining environment. Acme Art is a nonprofit arts organization. Since 1987, Acme Art continues to provide a forum for professional artists to exhibit and successfully market to the general public. Acme Art is a registered 501 (c) 3 organization currently administered by volunteers and funded by the community through membership fees, art sales and event admissions. The core team consists of a Board of Trustees and a Board of Advisors; experienced professionals with a wide range of skill sets including event production, small business administration and fundraising. Acme Art’s current hurdle is moving over five times in the past six years which is hard on any business. So many moves are mainly because of building problems or the lack of support from landlords. A cycle of repairing/renovating buildings and then getting kicked out of them has followed Acme Art. At this time, Acme Art resides at its new space which is located in Columbus, Ohio and is a part of a unique complex called the Milo Arts District. Behind Acme Art Company’s building is an old elementary school that was built in 1910 called Milo. Milo has 60 resident artists living and working in it. Because of Acme Art’s location in Columbus, it serves a diverse population. All ages and cultures are welcome to share their stories, ideas and creativity. The interaction between people is what best describes the vibration at Acme Art Company - Inspirational
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
Acme Art is dedicated to bringing multicultural, thought provoking programming to the Central Ohio public. Programming includes art exhibitions, performances and live music. Some art exhibitions are based on a theme; for example, ‘In Celebration of Africa,’ ‘In Celebration of Asia,’ and ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Supper?’ (Interpretations of Da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’). Other exhibits include: annual auction, solo exhibitions, group/member exhibitions, exhibitions that concentrate on a specific media (for example; graffiti, photography), and indoor/outdoor installation. Performances: burlesque, ethnic dance, contemporary dance, poetry readings and independent filmmaker screenings. Live music: Metal, Punk, Rock, Jazz, Improv, Alternative, Indie, HipHop, Rap, Folk, Reggae, Ragga and Drum and Bass. Acme Art also books fundraisers for sister nonprofits. Use of the space is free in exchange for co-promotion of the event. All ages and disciplines are encouraged to approach Acme Art. The primary purpose is to make ideas into reality. Since 1987, every event at Acme Art Company has been archived and it would be impossible to write all of what has been exhibited and taken place in the space provided here.
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Melesa Klosek
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Matt Jones
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Patrick Wabwire
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Joel Weston
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
End of lease for your space resulting in termination of activities or changing of priorities
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
As indicated in the organizational history description, Acme Art has had to move over six times in the last five years. This has put a financial strain upon the organization. At this time, we are running "underground" so to speak. We have not launched formally in the press because of the lack of stability. The result is that we are hard to find and a lot of people think that Acme Art has closed down. However, this should change in the next month.
Part 7.
Wish to put it on the web but lack tech support
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
1. Very Important
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
Our archive is already in place
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Other Concerns - Please describe below.
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
At the home of the CEO
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10b.
10b. Are there conditions of access for scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Board Minutes
Exhibition or Production Files
Financial Records
Legal Documents
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Other Digital Materials
Prints / Lithographs / Etchings / Screenprints / etc.
Unique Art Objects
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Broadsides / Small Press
Commercially Published Materials
Checklists / Performance Programs / Price Lists
Programs of Events
Other Printed Publications
11e. Other: 
Layouts / Sketches / Instructions for Installations
Layouts / Sketches / Instructions for Performances
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Other Boxes
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
21 - 30
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
1 - 10
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
1 - 10
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
16b. Paper-based:: 
Other Paper-Based Cataloguing Records
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
Other - Please describe below.
Please describe: 
Part 16 / Database
16d. What type of database software is in use?: 
Microsoft Access
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
Manual System (Card File, File Folders)
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
Acid-Free Housing
Fireproof Building / Fireproof Room
Part 19.
19. What type of climate-controls are present in the area[s] in which the archives are stored?: 
Limited climate-controls
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
Continue archiving
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
Putting them on the web site
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
Making them accessible on site
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$7,001 - $10,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$4,000 - $5,000
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
Part 26.
26. Additional information, comments, observations, and questions.: 
Thank you for including Acme Art Company, Columbus, Ohio! Many blessings.
Acme Art Company
Who executed this survey.: 
Melesa Klosek
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: