Survey: Afrikan Poetry Theatre, Inc 485415425

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Writers workshops, youth employment/training, children’s cultura; workshops, films
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$250,001 - $500,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Exhibition Space
Multipurpose Space [Amalgam of Multiple Artistic Disciplines]
Performance Space
Presenting Organization
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
The Afrikan Poetry Theatre, Inc., is a non-profit organization that provides a range of cultural, educational, recreational and social development programs. The Center For Culture, The Afrikan Poetry Theatre is a cultural resource for the city of New York, where you can always get information on speakers, performers and how to do, where to go in this city. The Afrikan Poetry Theatre is looking towards the future for the continued development of this institution and the development of the communities we serve.
Website Link to Mission Statement:
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
The Afrikan Poetry Theatre Ensemble was the forerunner to the cultural center, The Afrikan Poetry Theatre. It was an aggregation of poets, singers and musicians, that organized in 1976 to bring conscious raising lyrics in their songs, exciting sounds of Jazz, funk and African rhythms, and the “Power of The Word” in their poetry. The group was founded and organized by John Watusi Branch, and the late Yusef Waliyaya, both poets and cultural workers . In 1977 the Afrikan Poetry Theatre became a not for profit organization . The permanent center was opened in 1978 and was located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, NY. The center was located in the basement of the building. The Center was located there for one year where they presented poetry readings and workshops, and lectures on African history, etc. In 1979 the Theatre moved to its present location where the programs started to grow and develop. Soon youth programs were added, Jazz and African music concerts, films, weekend cultural classes for youth and a book and tape research center, the opening of our art gallery,. In 1987 as a result of the executive director’s travels to West Africa, The Afrikan Poetry Theatre Started its’ “Journey To The Motherland” cultural and educational tours, which has re-connected hundreds of people to the motherland. In 1991 the theatre began it’s Afriquest program that organized 4 week educational programs in Ghana, West Africa for high school and college students. APT has also adopted a village in Ghana. and has encouraged others to contribute to the development of that community, bringing electricity, water, computers, supplies, etc. The Afrikan Poetry Theatre is also a co-founder of FESTAM, an international music and arts festival that takes place in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. Where it is responsible for bringing to Senegal Jazz, Reggae, Rap and Gospel artists, symposium participants and tourists to participate. APT’s Summer Youth Employment Program is one that we are very proud of, as we have been able to put 500 youth to work each summer for the past 6 years. The Afrikan Poetry Theatre has a small paid staff and large, very loyal, long time volunteer staff that have been very effective in planning a broad multidiscipline program for the community.
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
APT PROGRAMS Children’s: Joy Of Performing Workshops (training in drama, singing, dance, creative writing, etc.) Summer Cultural workshops (African drum, doll, mask and jewelry making, tie and dye printmaking, etc., and storytelling from West Africa and the Caribbean. Free Computer training for youth 11-19 Rites of Passage for youth ages 11-19 African Dance Classes (children & adults) Architect classes for children Karate instruction Guitar classes Youth Employment Program ( YEP) Train and place 350-500 youth in Summer, for 6 years Music Presentations - Jazz and African Music Concerts (funded since 1982) Literature Program - Open Poetry Readings (Open Mic), Poetry workshops, Annual Poetry Contest, publishing classes. Lecture Series - Renowned Historians, activists, politicians, media personalities, etc. Community Forums – Organize and welcome forums to discuss issues of concern to the Community. Guest speakers and open forums. Annual Kwanzaa Celebration – A grand annual gathering of approximately 1,000 community residents and their families (children, elders, adults). Great presentations, African market place, free toys and gifts for the children, free fruit for everyone. In 1997 a collaboration with the Office of the Borough President and APT gathered over 2000 community residents at York College. Art Gallery Space - We have an art gallery room for community artists to display their works for 1 month with an opening reception the first Sunday of each month, since 1987. African Outreach – We take cultural/educational tours to West Africa for community residents, organize music and arts festivals bringing over Jazz, Reggae, Rap, visual artists and symposium participants. We have also developed aid and relief projects in a few West African countries. Heritage Ministry Pan African spiritual, cultural, political forum founded by Rev. Menelik Resource Center – We receive calls for speakers, poets, performances of all types, and workshops of all kinds for schools and community organizations. Newspaper – We publish a quarterly tabloid called “Power of the Word” 10,000 cir. We have a monthly newsletter we mail out to 6, 700, distributing another 1,000. New Fall Programs: Quilt and Knitting classes, Bass guitar, drumming and other instrument classes and workshops
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
John Watusi Branch
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
William Hargraves
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Carol Allen
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Damani Nyahuma freeyourmind95@aol
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.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
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?: 
None / Not Applicable
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Are there other threats to your organization? Please describe below.
Part 7.
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?: 
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?: 
Not Applicable
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?: 
Where are these locations? [I.E. Home / Office of Private Individual(s) (i.e. Former Board, Staff, Funders, etc)]
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 10c.
10c. How are arrangements made for access to archive?: 
Contact us and arrangements can be made to access our archives in several ways.
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
Financial Records
Legal Documents
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Audiotapes [Any Format]
Other Audio Recordings (i.e. records, etc.)
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 - Please describe below.
Various newspaper and magazine stories and focuses, video histories, etc.
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Broadsides / Small Press
Commercially Published Materials
Checklists / Performance Programs / Price Lists
Programs of Events
Other Printed Publications
11e. Other: 
Architectural Drawings / Floor Plan
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Other Boxes
File Cabinets
Flat Files
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
31 - 40
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
31 - 40
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
21 - 30
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: 
I don’t know
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:: 
Not Applicable
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Word Processing Document [i.e. Word]
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?: 
General Staff
Part 16 / Database
16d. What type of database software is in use?: 
Other “archives management software” - Please identify below.
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
Manual System (Card File, File Folders)
Electronic (Database, etc.)
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
Fireproof Cabinet
Part 19.
19. What type of climate-controls are present in the area[s] in which the archives are stored?: 
Some heating / air conditioning / humidity controls on demand or sporadically
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
Building a special archives room
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
We are about to begin a one and a half million renovation project
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
To provide a new space for archives
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
We have funding in hand
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
More access for the public
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$100,001 - $150,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$200,001 - $250,000
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?: 
25b. Who?: 
Schomburg Library Langston Hughes Library and Cultural Center
Part 26.
26. Additional information, comments, observations, and questions.: 
How will this survey help organizations to preserve their archives?
Afrikan Poetry Theatre, Inc.
Who executed this survey.: 
John Watusi Branch, Executive Director
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: