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Fullerton Museum Center Association

 301 N Pomona Ave
 Fullerton, CA 92832
[P] (714) 738-3338
[F] (714) 738-3124
https://www.cityoffullerton.com/gov/departments/museum/default.asp
[email protected]
Amanda Arbiso
FOUNDED: 1989
INCORPORATED: 1973
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 23-7117023 00000

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

 The mission of the Fullerton Museum Center (FMC) is to present the best in diverse exhibitions and education programs. Our Center provides a vibrant central gathering place for the community, stimulates dialogue, and promotes critical and creative thinking.

Mission Statement

 The mission of the Fullerton Museum Center (FMC) is to present the best in diverse exhibitions and education programs. Our Center provides a vibrant central gathering place for the community, stimulates dialogue, and promotes critical and creative thinking.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $311,325.00
Projected Revenue $280,350.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Program Discovery School Tours
  • Title 1 Schools Education Enhancement Initiative
  • Quarterly Exhibits

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

 The mission of the Fullerton Museum Center (FMC) is to present the best in diverse exhibitions and education programs. Our Center provides a vibrant central gathering place for the community, stimulates dialogue, and promotes critical and creative thinking.

Background Statement

 

History of the Fullerton Museum Association

And Affiliated Organizations

 

In 1989 a diverse group of community members transformed an underutilized archeological museum into a vibrant exhibition and cultural center in Downtown Fullerton, California.  An innovative contract with the City required the nonprofit Fullerton Museum Center Association (FMCA) to provide art, history, science and cultural exhibits while the City took on responsibility for staffing and upkeep of the 1942 WPA-built former public library building.  In 1996 the FMCA accepted oversight of the City’s Public Art program.

Three significant enhancements have propelled the institution to the center of community activity: 

  • In 2000 the FMCA worked with the City to construct a Downtown Plaza adjacent to the Museum.  It houses a weekly Farmers Market and a myriad of community activities, many of which are coordinated by the FMCA.  

  • In 2006 the FMCA Board dedicated a permanent portion of exhibit space as the Leo Fender Gallery to honor a resident whose Fullerton-based operation produced world-famous electric guitars and other musical instruments.  The changing exhibits are an international attraction, and enhances local awareness of this cultural touchstone in our city.

  • Most recently, in 2014, the FMCA extended its efforts to the Fullerton Municipal Airport where exhibits, tours and educational programs promote the history and science of aviation.

The FMCA takes pride in longstanding relationships with many important local non-profit and educational institutions including Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton College, the Sunrise Rotary of Fullerton, Muckenthaler Center, and All the Arts for All the Kids, among others.

The FMCA is a charter member of the yearly city-wide Day of Music celebration and the monthly Downtown Fullerton Art Walk.  In addition to our in-house educational and art programs, we collaborate with All the Arts for All the Kids and provide instruction for classes in their Afterschool Arts Conservatory.   We work closely with the Fullerton School District and offer free school tours to all of our exhibits.  Cal State Fullerton partners with us for student internships and provides scholarly support on many exhibits.

Fullerton proudly promotes itself as The Education City.  The FMCA strives to broaden the minds of our community members and enhance the available educational opportunities. 


Impact Statement

New leadership of the Board of Trustees in 2018 produced several significant accomplishments.  Following a Board retreat, the organization's first ever Strategic Plan 2019--2022 was produced, extensively discussed, and adopted, setting measurable goals for the Museum.  A series of meetings with a nearby arts organization, the Muckenthaler Center, resulted in a list of areas where formal cooperation is being explored including joint exhibits and programming.  Following many years of neglect, this renewal of contact should provide additional opportunities for further mutual benefit. Finally, a review of our multimedia effort resulted in a change of consultants and a clear understanding of our strengths and shortcomings.

Our 2019-2021 Strategic Plan, adopted in October 0f 2018, identifies six priority goals for 2019 and beyond:
     1.  Develop and assume the leadership role in the arts and cultural community within the City of Fullerton and North Orange County area to establish collaborative efforts. 
     2.  Increase participation in FMC offerings by increasing visibility and awareness.
     3.  Promote inclusivity throughout the FMC and the community by communicating with the public about what we are currently doing, internally identifying gaps, and implementing  steps within the organization and within the community to close identified gaps.
     4.  Revitalize the Leo Fender gallery for increased accessibility by increasing exhibition space, developing oral history, and archiving. 
     5.  Evaluate infrastructure to meet our current and future physical space needs.
     6.  Increase resources in order to increase financial sustainability.  Resources are defined as time, talent, and treasure.
 
A copy of our Strategic Plan, which identifies and lists strategies to meet these goals, is available on request.    
 


 


Needs Statement

Corporate Sponsorships:  The FMC mounts four exhibits annually, music and art classes, lectures, a film series, open mike nights and many other activities.  We can tailor a sponsorship to your requirements beginning at $250.

Leo Fender Artifacts:  Our small collection of Leo Fender memorabilia consists of several guitars and amplifiers from early years of production.  We would value contributions of corporate advertising, catalogs, musical instruments of significance, photos, and any other items of historical value.

Vitrines (museum cases):  Our vitrines date from the 1980s and are obsolete in terms of flexibility, ease of use and security.  As we mount four exhibits annually we require all types of cases: tabletop, closet,  modular, etc.
 
Busses:  We provide free school tours to both the museum  and to our airport  exhibits.  The cost for a school bus rental, currently $300, is charged to the individual classroom.  We would like to provide free bus service to increase participation, particularly for Title I schools.
 
In kind donations:  Office supplies, paper goods, art supplies, graphic design, public relations, web technical support, volunteers and many other goods and services would help us better serve the community. 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

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Geographic Area Served

North Orange County

The FMC serves a local, regional and a national audience.  The local audience encompasses North Orange County; last year 6000 school children visited in organized tours.  Our regional audience is determined by the exhibits themselves.  An exhibit of Nudie Suits brought Hollywood and country western fans.  Germs, a retrospective of the artist Jaime Zacarias, attracted art patrons from the West Coast, and a series of exhibits on Palm Springs architecture brought regional architects

Finally our semi-permanent exhibits on Leo Fender attract followers worldwide, particularly when the NAMM musical instruments trade show is at the Anaheim Convention Center   .

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts,Culture & Humanities NEC
  2. Education - Primary & Elementary Schools
  3. Science & Technology - General Science

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Programs


Program Discovery School Tours

The FMC hosts an average of two exhibits annually that are appropriate for and coordinate with the school curriculum.  We offer free guided school tours and an in-house hands on educational activity to all Fullerton School District schools; other schools are charged $3.00/person.  Home schools and charter schools are welcome.  Teacher materials are prepared for classroom discussion before and after the tour.
Budget  $26,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Teachers report heightened student interest in topics covered by our exhibits.  The activity motivates student creativity.
Program Long-Term Success  Teachers and students love this program and return year after year.  For many students it is their first exposure to a cultural institution.  We strive to make it a fun learning experience.  Studies show that exposure to cultural institutions at an early age increases adult participation in cultural and other community activities.
Program Success Monitored By  We follow up with individual teachers for feedback and to determine our success in enhancing students' educational experience.
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Title 1 Schools Education Enhancement Initiative

This new program, a result of a grant from the Wilson W. Phelps Foundation, will allow the Museum to provide free transportation to students of eight Fullerton Title 1 schools to allow them to participate in the Project Discovery School Tours.  Past years have seen little to no participation from these schools due to inadequate funds.  Other FSD schools have relied on PTA and other fundraising to provide the necessary busses at about $300 per classroom.  This program will further progress towards our third Strategic Plan goal: Promote Inclusivity.  Teacher Training and a Family Outreach Day are included in the scope of the program.
Budget  $9,740.00
Category  Education, General/Other Extracurricular Activities
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success  TBD
Program Long-Term Success  TBD
Program Success Monitored By 
 

Assessment

The museum currently records attendance at the Project Discovery School Tours.  We will create a special category for Title 1 schools and monitor and report the attendance.  We will determine the success by the increase in overall attendance and by the percent of Title 1 participants.  All information will be made public.

Upon completion of the three exhibits we will survey the teachers who brought their class.  We will determine whether a positive impact was made with the students and request feedback on the educational materials provided through the use of Survey Monkey.  This information will be conveyed to you in the required Follow-Up Report due February 1, 2020.

 

Program Continuance

We intend to continue to provide access for Title 1 schoolchildren.  We have already begun selling model busses to raise funds.  We intend to write additional grant proposals and seek corporate, government and foundation funding in the future.

 

 

Examples of Program Success 

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Quarterly Exhibits

 

 

Quarterly Museum Exhibits:

Dr. Entomo’s World of Exotic Wonders (1/26/19--4/14/19):  entomological show with live insects         Creative Beats: The Art of Hip Hop (5/4/19—8/4/19):  dance, art, music and culture of Hip Hop

Sharks:  On Assignment with Brian Skerry (8/24/19—11/3/19:  National Geographic

Instruments of Change:  Latin American Street Art (11/23/19—2/23/20):  murals and political

     expression

 
The Museum mounts four exhibits annually.  Typically two are rentals and two are curated in-house by our accredited curator and assistance from subject experts. Each exhibit is accompanied by lectures, panel discussions, concerts and other activities open to the public.
Budget  $150,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museums
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  The Museum was named Best Museum in Orange county by the Orange County weekly (2016), was named best museum in OC by the Orange County Register (2017), and was named the Best Museum in the Readers' Choice Awards by the Times of OC in 2018.
Program Long-Term Success  In 2018 our monthly gallery attendance ranged from 1711  to 8975, averaging over 3000 per month.  We have successfully hosted and assembled four annual exhibits since 1989.
Program Success Monitored By  attendance
Examples of Program Success  Here's Johnny: The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, a retrospective developed in conjunction with the Johnny Carson Foundation, attracted viewers from through out the US and was selected to travel for a thirteen month run at the Chicago Museum of Broadcast Communication.  It is currently on display in Norfolk, Nebraska, Johnny Carson's birthplace.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms Amanda Arbiso
CEO Term Start Nov 2017
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience After graduating from Cal State Fullerton in 2010 with a degree in Psychology, Amanda Arbiso continued her education at Cypress College, earning an associate degree in Human Services and Drug and Alcohol Counseling.  She started her career at Diversified Counseling working with patients in the drug rehabilitation program.  In 2010 she began her association with the City of Fullerton as a part-time employee in the Orangethorpe Afterschool Program and was promoted to Parks and Recreation coordinator overseeing teen and youth programs at the neighborhood centers.  A year later she was promoted to Parks and Recreation Supervisor overseeing and planning all municipal citywide events.  Four years later she was promoted to Museum Director, her current position.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Danniellle Mock Mar 2005 May 2017
Mr. Joe Felz Mar 1990 Mar 2005

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Amanda Arbisco Museum Director  

Amanda Arbiso is a Parks and Recreation Manager for the City of Fullerton and serves as Museum Director for the Fullerton Museum Center Association.  After graduating from Cal State Fullerton in 2010 with a degree in Psychology, she continued her education at Cypress College, earning an associate degree in Human Services and Drug and Alcohol Counseling.  She started her career at Diversified Counseling working with patients in the drug rehabilitation program.  She began her association with the City of Fullerton in 2010 as a part-time employee in the Orangethorpe Afterschool Program and was promoted to Parks and Recreation Coordinator overseeing teen and youth programs at the neighborhood centers.  After a year she was promoted to Parks and Recreation Supervisor for four years overseeing and planning all municipal citywide events.  Four years later she was promoted to her current position.

 

Ms. Aimee Aul Museum Education Coordinator  

Aimee Aul, Museum Education Coordinator, has been active in the museum educational community for over twenty years.  Before coming to the FMC she worked as Educational Outreach Coordinator for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.  Aimee has created inventive public programs including the popular Haunted Fullerton Walking Tours, Rockstar Academy, Creative Co-Op Art Nights for Grownups, and Wings over Fullerton Airport Tours among others.  She has served on the board of directors of MESC (Museum Educators of Southern California) and edited the Museum Educator newsletter “Aviso.”  Aimee holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Cal State Fullerton and has exhibited her paintings in local galleries.

 

Mr. Joshua Castanon Events Coordinator  

Joshua Castanon began working with the City of Fullerton and the Fullerton Museum Center in 2015.  During that time he has held the positions of Preparator, Special Events Assistant and Administrative Intern.  Prior to his time at the Museum Joshua worked in construction and as a student caller at Cal State Fullerton.  At Cal State Fullerton Castanon studied Communications and was active in volunteer organizations. 

 

Ms. Kelly Chidester Museum Curator  

Kelly Chidester is a seasoned curator, exhibition designer and museum operational professional with over fourteen years’ experience in public cultural art agencies.   Kelly has certifications from the Getty Leadership Institute (2018), Leadership Development for Public Agencies (2016) and the Museum Studies Program at California State University, Fullerton (2015) and currently serves on the Fullerton Art Walk Committee.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a Masters of Arts in Exhibition design, both from Cal State Fullerton.  Selected curated exhibits include Under the Microscope: Artwork of Germs (2017), Melancholy Menagerie: A Gaze into the Works of Big Eyes, and Here’s Johnny: The Making of the Tonight Show (2015) which is currently travelling nationally.

 

 

Ms. Elvia Taylor Events Operation Assistant  

Prior to coming to the Museum four years ago, Elvia Taylor worked at Gilbert and Garnet Community Centers for the City of Fullerton as Community Outreach Specialist.  Taylor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies with Emphasis in Political Science and Peace Studies from Chapman University in Orange, Ca.  Taylor’s areas of interest and expertise include community outreach, leadership training, large-scale project implementation, and youth development.  Aside from operational duties at the museum, Elvia is also responsible for organizing and booking FMC’s monthly Art Walk Open Mic night.   Her background as a writer/director/producer in Orange County and Los Angeles cultural arts and theater circles have helped bring a diverse network of artists and resources to the Museum.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Best Museum, Readers' Choice Award Times OC 2018
Best Museum in Orange County OC Register 2017

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
American Association of Museums 1990

Collaborations

 

The FMCA takes pride in longstanding relationships with many important local non-profit and educational institutions including Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton College, the Sunrise Rotary of Fullerton, Muckenthaler Center, and All the Arts for All the Kids, among others.

The FMCA is a charter member of the yearly city-wide Day of Music celebration and the monthly Downtown Fullerton Art Walk.  In addition to our in-house educational and art programs, we collaborate with All the Arts for All the Kids and provide instruction for classes in their Afterschool Arts Conservatory.   We work closely with the Fullerton School District and offer free school tours to all of our exhibits.  Cal State Fullerton partners with us for student internships and provides scholarly support on many exhibits.

Fullerton proudly promotes itself as The Education City.  The FMCA strives to broaden the minds of our community members and enhance the available educational opportunities. 

 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 5
Number of Part Time Staff 12
Number of Volunteers 35
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 5
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 8
Male: 9
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? --
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Mr. Kirk San Roman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Self-employed
Board Chair Term July 2018 - June 2022
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Janet Buzan Fullerton Union Joint High School District Voting
Mr. Ray Campanelli Retired Voting
Ms. Harmeet Chana Self-employed attorney Voting
Ms. Helen Cummings Self-employed realtor Voting
Mr. Taylor Curtis Edwarad Jones FA Voting
Ms. Dani-Sue Dittmar Long Beach Community College Voting
Ms Carol Henke Fullerton College Professor Voting
Ms. Amy Koorstad Self-employed Voting
Mr. Alex Lozano Sel-employed CPA Voting
Mr. Ed Malkowicz Civic Leader Voting
Ms. Molly McClanahan Civic Leader Voting
Ms. Janet McNeill CSUF Voting
Ms. Corky Nepomuceno Publisher Fullerton Foundry Voting
Mr. Gilbert Preston Retired Voting
Mr. Brian Prince Primate, Art Director Voting
Mr. Jim Ranii UBS Voting
Ms. Cheryl Richard Bowers Museum Voting
Ms. Leslie Richardson Retired Voting
Ms. Lorraine Turissini Retired NonVoting
Mr. Mark Von Esch Attorney, Von Esch and Von Esch Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 18
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 12
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 6
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

Our Board  does not adequately reflect the composition of our city. We have identified a need to recruit both Asian American members, particularly Korean, and Hispanic members.  Our Strategic Plan makes the promotion of inclusion a priority and requires periodic reports to the Board to assure progress.
 

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Endowment
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Nominating
  • Program / Program Planning
  • Project Oversight

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $280,350.00
Projected Expenses $311,325.00
Form 990s

2018 Form 990

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Revenue $172,959 $213,475 $180,202
Total Expenses $165,254 $179,393 $158,657

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$53,831 $66,767 $52,924
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $89,835 $108,595 $55,992
Investment Income, Net of Losses $10,195 $9,364 $12,104
Membership Dues $19,098 $18,535 $18,131
Special Events -- -- $0
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $0
Other -- $10,214 $40,751

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Program Expense $141,267 $159,495 $134,754
Administration Expense $23,987 $19,898 $23,903
Fundraising Expense -- -- $0
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.05 1.19 1.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses 85% 89% 85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Assets $412,909 $398,707 $372,126
Current Assets $412,909 $398,707 $321,915
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $7,501
Current Liabilities -- -- $0
Total Net Assets $412,909 $398,707 $364,625

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 2%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? --
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financial statements and Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

Documents


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