Survey: Angels Gate Cultural Center

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Multidisciplinary Artist Studio Rentals
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$500,001 - $750,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Exhibition Space
Multipurpose Space [Amalgam of Multiple Artistic Disciplines]
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Angels Gate Cultural Center is a place of creative discovery, exploration and enlightenment, providing the Southern California community and visitors from around the world with opportunities for enrichment and education. (interim Mission as of Feb 04; new mission in progress Jul 07.)
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
Situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, with notable views of ocean, harbor and hills, the Center was founded by artists residing in the Los Angeles Harbor area in 1981. Incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 1982, the organization leased the former upper reservation of Fort MacArthur from the City of Los Angeles on a month-to-month basis, and remained small for most of its history, primarily providing inexpensive studio space for local artists. Development into a midsize organization began in 2003 with the growth of a large education program and a plan to transform the site into an innovative regioinal arts center. The organization currently produces an annual festival on the San Pedro waterfront, operates two gallery spaces year round, hosts community classes, trains treachers and provides art programs in many schools, and produces/presents the performing arts.
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
The organization currently produces an annual festival on the San Pedro waterfront, operates two gallery spaces year round, hosts community classes, trains treachers and provides art programs in schools, and produces performing arts and special events, including bi-annual international residencies with artists from around the world. The Cultural Center also serves the professional artist community with studio space at below-market rates for 45 artists, including musicians, ceramists, painters, sculptors, writers, photographers, printmakers and jewelers. A new arrangement with the Port of Los Angeles is providing funding for publications for the first time: the Center’s first color show catalog was published in 2006, "History of San Pedro Punk."
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Nathan Birnbaum
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Marshall Astor
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Juliann Wolfgram
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?: 
Fiscal endangerment of organization
End of lease for your space resulting in termination of activities or changing of priorities
Changes in your physical space that will result in endangerment to your archival materials
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
The Center achieved a long term (30-year) lease from the City of L.A. in 2005, but the lease requires the Center to plan and develop the coastal site quickly - within about five years. Development must be at the $5 million level or higher. With the organzational budget just grown from about $300,000 to $600,000 in the last few years, a $5 million development price tag may be a tall order. For the organization’s next few years, this places loss of lease on one side and financial instability on the other. The Center’s eleven former military buildings - including the ones housing the physical and digital archives - are in very poor condition, indicating a day-to-day threat which further impels planning and capital work.
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?: 
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?: 
Fiscal Need
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 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
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Oral History, Recordings and / or Transcripts
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / 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
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?: 
Banker Boxes
Other Boxes
Three-Ring Binders
Other - Please describe below.
Please describe: 
hard drive
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
51 - 60
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
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: 
51 - 60
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?: 
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?: 
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
No System
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
Controlled Access
Other - Please describe below.
off site back up of digital files
Part 19.
19. What type of climate-controls are present in the area[s] in which the archives are stored?: 
No or minimal climate controls [i.e. in an attic, basement, unheated / uncooled storage area, etc.]
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
Additional organizing
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
None n/a
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
produce narrative, including full history of exhibitions, performances and artists
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
volunteer basis - no funded program of archiving or history writing
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
Removal to offsite for protection
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
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?: 
25b. Who?: 
Part 26.
26. Additional information, comments, observations, and questions.: 
interesting project! please contact (if you have not already) Highways performance space and gallery in Santa Monica, CA High Performance Magazine betalevel (formerly known as C-Level gallery), Los Angeles
Who executed this survey.: 
I wish to defer payment and allow AS-AP to use these funds to further AS-AP’s efforts to preserve the history of the alternative and avant-garde movement in America.
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: