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Charles W Bowers Museum Corporation

 2002 North Main Street
 Santa Ana, CA 92706
[P] (714) 567-3601
[F] (714) 567-3604
www.bowers.org
www.instagram.com/bowersmuseum/
[email protected]
Peter Keller
FOUNDED: 1936
INCORPORATED: 1985
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Organization DBA Bowers Museum
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 33-0106161 00000

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

The Bowers Museum's mission is to "enrich lives through the world's finest arts and cultures."

Mission Statement

The Bowers Museum's mission is to "enrich lives through the world's finest arts and cultures."

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $5,884,791.00
Projected Revenue $5,411,372.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Museum School Partnership Program (School Tours)
  • Family Festivals
  • Anne's Treasures
  • After School Learning Center

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Overview


Mission Statement

The Bowers Museum's mission is to "enrich lives through the world's finest arts and cultures."

Background Statement

To achieve its mission, the Bowers offers permanent and touring exhibitions, lectures, art classes, travel programs, children’s art education programs, docent-led interactive tours, performances, hands-on workshops for all ages, special programs for adult learners, and other special community programs. The museum’s state-of-the-art special exhibition and collection storage facilities enable the Bowers to present exhibitions and preserve collections of cultural art for future generations.

The permanent Bowers collection includes some 106,000 objects. Eight permanent exhibits, created with the California Department of Education Curriculum Framework Standards in mind, feature notable strengths in such diverse areas as pre-Columbian America; African and Oceanic art, particularly from Papua New Guinea; and California Plein-Air paintings. In the past we have partnered to bring rare and important exhibits from the British Museum, the Palace Museum, the Potala Palace and the Israeli Antiquities Authority, just to name a few. The Bowers was the first U.S. museum to host the blockbuster Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit a decade ago, and we were also the first to host it twice.

The Bowers Museum provides extraordinary learning opportunities and cultural experiences to students and adults alike. In addition to its gallery education programs, the Bowers is committed to enriching student audiences in mind and body, particularly those from the local Title 1 school district that serves a high number of at-risk students, with year-round access to tutoring support, healthy food options, safe learning spaces and access to world-class art and culture.
 
The Bowers serves approximately 150,000 visitors annually, with most (92%) coming from Southern California.

Impact Statement

The Bowers is much more than a world-class museum. To Southern California residents, it has been an icon of art and culture in the heart of Orange County for four generations and counting. Founded in 1936 by the City of Santa Ana through a bequest from Charles and Ada Bowers, the museum is Orange County’s largest and one of California’s finest. The Bowers has expanded twice; once in 1994 and again in 2007.

The Bowers is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, an honor only 3% of museums receive. It has expanded twice – in 1994 and again in 2007 – and has been voted Orange County’s top museum for the past 25 years by readers of the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register.

In the recent past we have partnered to bring rare and important exhibits from the British Museum, the Palace Museum, the Potala Palace and the Israeli Antiquities Authority, just to name a few. The Bowers was the first U.S. museum to host the blockbuster Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit a decade ago, and we were also the first to host it twice. Other recent exhibits have included Empress Dowager Cixi, on loan from the Summer Palace in Beijing; Virgin Guadalupe: Images in Colonial Mexico, from the Museum of the Basilica, and Endurance: the Antarctic Legacy of Sir Earnest Shackleton, in partnership with the Royal Geographic Society in London.

Currently, Guo Pei: Couture Beyond has taken center stage, featuring haute couture designer Guo Pei and 40 breathtaking and extraordinary gowns from her most dramatic runway shows. In September, Dimensions of Form: Tamayo and Mixographica will address the artistic legacy of legendary Mexican muralist Rufino Tamayo vis-à-vis fifty of his Mixografia prints. Eight permanent exhibits, created with the California Department of Education Curriculum Framework Standards in mind, are particularly strong in the areas of African, South Pacific, Asian, Native American, pre-Columbian art, and California plein-air paintings.


Needs Statement

As a nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, the Bowers Museum's exhibitions, programming and operations are member supported and funded through contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Significant funding is also provided by an annual grant from the City of Santa Ana.
 
The Bowers impacts thousands of visitors, students and seniors through a wide variety of high quality, interactive educational programming, world-class exhibits and events, films and lectures. You can give to our annual fund, become a member or a Bowers Fellow, help underwrite one of our upcoming exhibitions through your foundation, company or as an individual, provide general operations support, or designate a targeted gift to one of our many educational programs for students or seniors. Please see our Programs section for more details, and to determine which program aligns best with your giving goals.
 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

It’s an exciting time to join the Bowers adventure! Your generous gift will provide exceptional opportunities for underserved youth and seniors to experience the uncommon and unleash their inner adventurer through our educational and cultural programs. Donations may be made online, by phone or by mail. Several membership levels are available. Checks should be made payable to "Bowers Museum." Designations to funds or program areas should be indicated on the memo line of the check or in accompanying correspondence. Please do not send cash through the mail. For more information, please contact the Development Office at 714.567.3639. We look forward to hearing from you, and to helping you achieve your philanthropic goals!

Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
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Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Museums
  2. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  3. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts & Culture

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Programs


Museum School Partnership Program (School Tours)

The School Tours Program at the Bowers Museum is available to pre-K through 12th grade students in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego Counties. Teachers receive grade level- and gallery-specific study guides to utilize in-class pre- and post-tour. Each guide includes background on the exhibition students will visit, important visuals, details of art projects they will create on their tour, links to online resources and suggested classroom activities that connect exhibition content to grade-appropriate standards.

Following each tour, students participate in an hour-long, onsite art workshop based on gallery themes. These classes and projects, developed and presented by teaching artists, provide access to high-quality arts instruction and materials, and offer a deeper appreciation for these culturally specific arts, their use in the context of the gallery experience and relevant connection to their own cultural life experiences.
Budget  $271,120
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 
The School Tours Program has become a very popular curriculum-based staple with area teachers since it was instituted in the 1990s, and many schools bring students back for additional tours as they move from grade to grade. Based on our current capacity, we can provide docent-led, interactive tours to approximately 12,000 students per year. 
 
Our program goal is to provide equal access to educational arts programs that offer unique opportunities to increase cross-cultural understanding in students from all cultural and educational backgrounds. All support for this program goes directly to funding the three elements: the museum tour, a hands-on art project and bus transportation. The program currently has a waiting list of nearly 1,000 students.
Program Long-Term Success 

Access to the Bowers’ tour program provides students with learning opportunities that complement and enhance school curriculum and align with Common Core and other standards. These provide unique opportunities for students to engage with cultures from around the world, and to celebrate and learn more about their own cultures and heritage.

Learning outcomes include improved cross-cultural understanding and a greater awareness of connections between their experiences and those of others. Through our tours and art projects, we strive to be a resource, a destination, and an extension and enhancement of classrooms in our community.

Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored qualitatively by regular surveys of students and teachers, and quantitatively by attendance figures at all program elements.
Examples of Program Success 
A third grade teacher in the Santa Ana Unified School District recently wrote: 
 
“Thank you so much for allowing my class to come today on a scholarship. We could not have come without your generosity. My class is an experimental effort to see how providing disadvantaged students with rich cultural experiences affects them and their grades. As most of them have had zero meaningful exposure to fine art, this has been an invaluable experience!”
 


 

Family Festivals

The monthly Family Festivals at the Bowers Museum speak to the very core of our mission to enrich lives through the world's finest arts and cultures. On the first Sunday of each month, the museum provides visitors of all ages with free access to high quality performing and visual arts that celebrate rich cultures and cultural celebrations from around the world. Family Festivals take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Festivals attracted more than 25,000 visitors in 2018, and approximately 60 percent of attendees were underserved children and families from the City of Santa Ana. 
Budget  $95,323
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Celebratory Events
Population Served Families
Program Short-Term Success 
Family Festivals have exceeded attendance expectations since the program first launched a decade ago. The twelve Family Festivals held between January and December of 2018 served a combined total of nearly 25,000 people. That far exceeds our target goal of 19,500 people for a calendar year.
 
The vast majority (99 percent) of program participants who participated in the evaluation reported that they had fun at the festival they attended, and 97 percent reported that they valued the cultural experience. The performing arts component continues to be the most popular with 98 percent of attendees reporting that they enjoyed the dance and music performances. 
Program Long-Term Success 
Family Festivals are designed to provide visitors of ages with an increased opportunity to appreciate - and gain a better understanding of - a variety of world cultures. It is the goal of the Bowers to continue to make significant progress in ensuring that underserved area residents have access to the arts, and that income will not be a barrier in children and adult experiencing all the arts and culture the Bowers has to offer.
 
Recent Family Festival themes have included:
  • Festival of India
  • Asian Lunar New Year
  • Caribbean Mardi Gras
  • Japanese Cherry Blossom 
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • International Summer Solstice
  • Americana Fourth of July
  • Cuban Music and Dance
  • International Mask Festival
  • Festival of the August Moon
  • Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
  • Winter Solstice
 
Program Success Monitored By 
Program success is monitored qualitatively by regular surveys of participants, and quantitatively by attendance figures.
Examples of Program Success 
Recent comments from Family Festival participants include:
 
"I always learn something new at the festivals."
"Events like these opens a kid's mind to other cultures and to respect other beliefs."
"Thanks for being a huge part of history and culture in Orange County."
"A wonderful experience for parents and children." 

Anne's Treasures

Anne's Treasures is an ongoing arts engagement program for culturally-diverse, low-income seniors. An average of 120 "students" aged 62 or older convene on the second and fourth Thursday of each month to tour an exhibition, learn about cultural art traditions from around the world, and create a hands-on art project based on what they learn from trained instructors and visiting artists.
 
Art projects are added to align with each new exhibit, and these join the list of 30+ favorites. The program reduces isolation by providing a safe place for socialization, and promotes strong mental health via the creative outlet of hands-on artmaking.
 
Budget  $39,036
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program Short-Term Success 
The Anne's Treasures program has met or exceeded participation goals since it was launched in 2014 as part of an organizational transformation and expanded arts engagement grant from the James Irvine Foundation.
Our qualitative goals are twofold:
  • To provide senior citizens a safe space for socialization, which is necessary to mental and physical health, and
  • To provide senior citizens access to a creative outlet via hands-on artmaking, interactive presentations and gallery tours. 
Quantitatively, our goal is to serve an average of 100 participants at each Anne's Treasures program.
Program Long-Term Success 
Art elevates the human spirit. When creating art, the brain is always at work. There are decisions to be made about subject, placement, color choice and size. Creating art reduces anxiety and helps the artist relax as he or she becomes immersed in a project. Being immersed in a project gives artists of all ages a feeling of having control over their environment.
 
Senior citizens from all income levels and walks of life can become isolated and depressed. Creative aging programs such as Anne's Treasures reduce social isolation and improve the quality of life of older adults through professionally conducted instructional arts programs.Through Anne's Treasures, the Bowers Museum seeks to offer older adults in Santa Ana and surrounding communities with the space and the tools to grow and remain mentally and physically healthy.
Program Success Monitored By 
Program success is monitored qualitatively by regular surveys of participants, and quantitatively by attendance figures. 
 
Anne's Treasures is currently averaging 120 attendees each session, with approximately 100 of those attending regularly.
Examples of Program Success 
Regular Anne's Treasures attendees write us frequently. Here are a few recent comments:
 
"Before coming to Anne's Treasures I had nothing to look forward to. I was lonely and depressed. Since coming to the Bowers I have something to look forward to as I create different art and see my new friends."
 
"You can come with artistic abilities or without and find your inner child to express and display the art from many cultures. The staff work so hard to provide a cheerful, safe environment to 'try your hand' at art without pressure or expectations."
 
"We are both in our 80s, and look forward to coming to the Bowers every two weeks to complete a creative project."
 
"Every time I participate in various kinds of art, I see the joy on the faces of so many people who may be surprised at the talent they did not realize they had." 

After School Learning Center

The Bowers After School Learning Center (ASLC) supports academic achievement by providing access to the arts for Santa Ana's most impoverished children and youth. The program serves 100+ students, all from Title I schools, grades kindergarten (K) through eight (8). ASLC utilizes the Bowers' permanent collections, traveling exhibitions, hands-on art classes, and a curriculum aligned with California Department of Education content standards and the Common Core to engage students' imaginations and provide hands-on learning activities that build academic skills.

Budget  $94,467
Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 
The goal of the ASLC is to support students' academic achievement through a fun, safe and engaging program that offers access to educational arts experiences for Santa Ana's most impoverished youth. Through ongoing parent, student and teacher feedback (see below), we seek the following outcomes:
 
Outcome 1: Improve at least 80% of participant's curriculum mastery in at least two core content areas, as measured by teacher assessments.
Outcome 2: Provide engaging creative reading, writing and storytelling projects that improve at least 80% of students' language skills, as measured by teacher assessments.
Outcome 3: Provide individual academic support services that improve 100 students' school performance, as measured by teacher assessments.
Outcome 4: Increase 100 students' cultural awareness and appreciation, as measured by student and parent questionnaires.
Outcome 5: Provide an average of 100 free meals per week through our Kids Cafe Program. 
 
Program Long-Term Success 
The Bowers is committed to enriching young audiences in mind and body, particularly those from the local Title 1 school district that serves a number of at-risk students, with long-term, year-round access to tutoring support, healthy food options, safe learning spaces and access to world-class art and culture. Many students return to the ASLC year after year to continue to develop their academic performance and to enhance their lives through art and culture, and the friendships they develop along the way.
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored qualitatively against expected outcomes by regular surveys of parents, students and teachers, and quantitatively by attendance figures at all program elements. Healthy meals are measured by a final tallied report of weekly meal count sheets.
Examples of Program Success  At age six, Celeste visited the Bowers and was drawn to the delicious smells of a cooking class at ASLC. She immediately wanted to join. During her ten years in the program, she improved her English and her academic standing, and enjoyed and learned from many authentic art and cultural classes. Throughout high school, Celeste continued with Bowers Museum as a volunteer, logging over 400 hours of community service. Recently, she graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Linguistics and a Minor in Music. Throughout her college experience, she worked at the Museum during her summer breaks. Today, she and many of her family members continue to be involved. Celeste graciously says, "I consider (the Bowers) my second home. I am eternally grateful for everything I was able to achieve under the support system of the After School Learning Center."

Management


CEO/Executive Director Dr. Peter Charles Keller Ph.D.
CEO Term Start 1991
CEO Email [email protected]
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 42
Number of Part Time Staff 38
Number of Volunteers 200
Number of Contract Staff 51
Staff Retention Rate % 90%
Staff Professional Development Yes

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Governance


Board Chair Anne Shih
Board Chair Company Affiliation Businesswoman, Philanthropist, Volunteer
Board Chair Term 2010 -
Board Co-Chair --
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Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Janice Agopian Businesswoman, Philanthropist Voting
D. Diane Anderson President, Dee Dee Inc. NonVoting
Jeff Bennett Tiffany & Co., Regional Vice President NYC Voting
Alan R. Burns Harper Burns LLP Voting
James Carona Heather James Fine Art, Owner Voting
John Cha - General Counsel Raines Feldman LLP Voting
Stephen Chandler - Board Chair Emeritus Chandler Properties NonVoting
Mary Eisen Cramer Businesswoman, Philanthropist Voting
John Evans Wells Fargo Bank, Retired SVP Voting
Barry W. Gernstein Photographic Rental Service West Voting
Jim Y. C. Hsu FEI Marketing, President Voting
Mei-Yen Chang Huang Philanthropist NonVoting
S. L. Huang Ph.D. TPY Enterprises Inc., President Voting
Katherine Cone Keck Philanthropist Voting
Norma Kershaw Philanthropist NonVoting
John H. Lee Businessman, Philanthropist Voting
John M. Lee Board Member, East West Bank Voting
William H. Lyon William Lyon Homes, Inc., President and COO NonVoting
Elizabeth N. Maxson Real Estate Consultant Voting
Linda C. Moy Businesswoman, Philanthropist Voting
Dr. Narenda Parson Medical Director & Surgeon Voting
Robert Ronus - Board Treasurer Consultant, Capital International Investors Voting
Edward P. Roski Majestic Realty Co., Chairman and CEO NonVoting
Baraa G. Sarakby Wells Fargo, Vice President and Senior Private Banker Voting
Zehra E. Sun Businesswoman, Philanthropist Voting
Dr. M. Linda Sutherland Co-Director of Breast Imaging; Moran, Rowen & Dorsey; St. Joseph Hospital & CHOC Voting
Jack Taso Businessman, Philanthropist NonVoting
Linda L. Thomas - Board Secretary Philanthropist, Investor, Activist Voting
Sharon Thompson Businesswoman, Philanthropist Voting
Barbara Tsai Philanthropist NonVoting
Mary Tu Philanthropist NonVoting
William Wu Aminco International (USA), Inc., President and CEO NonVoting
Charles Zhang Businessman, Philanthropist Voting

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 12
Caucasian: 22
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
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Gender Female: 15
Male: 19
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Board Information

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Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $5,411,372.00
Projected Expenses $5,884,791.00
Form 990s

2018 Form 990

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

Audit Documents

2018 Audited Financial Statement

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Revenue $6,222,853 $6,207,872 $6,038,697
Total Expenses $5,639,011 $5,365,378 $5,611,788

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,467,607 $1,073,520 $1,408,160
Government Contributions $1,456,630 $1,456,630 $1,456,630
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    Unspecified $1,456,630 $1,456,630 $1,456,630
Individual Contributions -- -- --
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Earned Revenue $1,426,837 $2,215,480 $1,626,641
Investment Income, Net of Losses $702,450 $551,284 $527,008
Membership Dues $494,316 $558,320 $420,340
Special Events $629,944 $294,695 $551,251
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Other $45,069 $57,943 $48,667

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Program Expense $3,976,150 $3,837,872 $4,219,751
Administration Expense $1,374,945 $1,224,632 $1,104,793
Fundraising Expense $287,916 $302,874 $287,244
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.10 1.16 1.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses 71% 72% 75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 8% 11% 8%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Assets $20,976,221 $20,065,717 $18,512,586
Current Assets $2,544,358 $2,691,521 $2,186,802
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $585,497 $580,409 $796,237
Total Net Assets $20,390,724 $19,485,308 $17,716,349

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 4.35 4.64 2.75

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
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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 Corporate Contributions.

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