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Arts & Learning Conservatory

 151 Kalmus Dr., Suites G2 and G3
 Costa Mesa, CA 92626
[P] (714) 7287100 x 7287100
[F] (714) 728-7100
www.artsandlearning.org
[email protected]
Arts & Conservatory
FOUNDED: 2004
INCORPORATED: 2005
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Organization DBA Arts & Learning Conservatory
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 73-1724164 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

A&L is a non-profit organization that makes classes, camps,and performances in band, orchestra, dance, voice and theater accessible to local schools and children, regardless of race, income or experience. With funding for performing arts being drastically cut, parents and schools need alternative resources that support children’s creative and social development. A&L offers expert level teachers, diverse performing arts programs and a new centrally located theatre - all conspiring to make music and theater an important part of a child’s development. As a result, students develop a love of the arts, build self-confidence, and develops articulate public speaking and more. The focused development of these skills is the cornerstone of the education we offer that sets up our students for success in life.

Mission Statement

A&L is a non-profit organization that makes classes, camps,and performances in band, orchestra, dance, voice and theater accessible to local schools and children, regardless of race, income or experience. With funding for performing arts being drastically cut, parents and schools need alternative resources that support children’s creative and social development. A&L offers expert level teachers, diverse performing arts programs and a new centrally located theatre - all conspiring to make music and theater an important part of a child’s development. As a result, students develop a love of the arts, build self-confidence, and develops articulate public speaking and more. The focused development of these skills is the cornerstone of the education we offer that sets up our students for success in life.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $403,067.00
Projected Revenue $385,499.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Arts Education Outreach Classes
  • On-Site Programs

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Overview


Mission Statement

A&L is a non-profit organization that makes classes, camps,and performances in band, orchestra, dance, voice and theater accessible to local schools and children, regardless of race, income or experience. With funding for performing arts being drastically cut, parents and schools need alternative resources that support children’s creative and social development. A&L offers expert level teachers, diverse performing arts programs and a new centrally located theatre - all conspiring to make music and theater an important part of a child’s development. As a result, students develop a love of the arts, build self-confidence, and develops articulate public speaking and more. The focused development of these skills is the cornerstone of the education we offer that sets up our students for success in life.


Background Statement

A&L is a non-profit organization that makes classes, camps, activities and performances in music and theater accessible to local schools and children, regardless of race, income or experience. With funding for performing arts being drastically cut, parents and schools need alternative resources that support children’s creative and social development. A&L offers expert level teachers, diverse performing arts programs and a new centrally located theatre - all conspiring to make music and theater an important part of a child’s development. As a result, students develop a love of the arts, build self-confidence, articulate public speaking and more. The focused development of these skills is the cornerstone of the education we offer that sets up our students for success in life.


Impact Statement

Annually, the Arts & Learning Conservatory (A&L) presents 46 performances for audiences totaling over 10,000 and provides arts education to nearly 900 students a year. Program occur in over 25 schools in 11 districts reaching into Orange and San Bernadino Counties. In addition, A&L offers year round camps, both in its state of the art studio and University campuses in which A&L is partnered with.

 A&L is proud to announce its commitment to the community in receiving the following awards and accomplishments: 2012 Links Incorporated Woman of Service Award for Exemplary Community Service to youth for her After School Arts Programs, 2014 Distinguished Woman of Substance Award of Orange County, 2014 Outstanding Arts Organization Award from Arts Orange County, Segertrom Center, 2015 Farmers & Merchants “People You Can Count On” Award, 2016 Disneyland Community Arts Partner. In 2017 A&L was gifted a permanent home in Costa Mesa.

 


Needs Statement

 

  • Operational Expenses $60,000
  • Student Scholarships $75,000
  • Theater Construction- $145,00

 

 

 


CEO Statement

The Arts & Learning Conservatory (A&L) is proud to announce its celebration of ten successful years in bringing high quality and life-changing theater, music, and dance education programs to thousands of youth from Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Our organization is dedicated to accomplishing the important connections with private business entities and corporations that will enable us to maximize our effectiveness in reaching all youth with the creative tools that can equip them for a productive and fulfilling life. Collaboration with donors and sponsors who share our enthusiasm and vision will continue to help us to keep the arts alive in school districts where programs have been previously cut.

We are greatly honored to have the support of the Gimbel Community Foundation, Orange County Community Foundation, California Arts Council, and the Costa Mesa Cultural Arts Committee. A&L hopes to further grow its team of respected collaborators through the procurement of new corporate and individual donors. In this way, we can expand our after school performing arts classes and productions, equipping even more students with our unique training in confidence and creativity...for life.


Board Chair Statement

The Arts & Learning Conservatory (A&L) is where parents go to celebrate the beautiful unveiling of the arts in their children. Whether through training in dance, music, and/or theater performance, their children will discover the powerful tool of artistic expression in enhancing the lives of others. A&L excels in its commitment to maintaining professional standards in all of the elements necessary for a masterful presentation. It is equally committed to drawing out the full creative potential within each of its students through one-on-one classical training. A&L’s aim is to establish confidence and expertise in the utilization of essential life skills learned throughout the A&L experience such as collaboration, communication, and service minded leadership. Especially noteworthy is A&L’s passion for reaching the underserved with the message of hope that rings out through its many scholarships.


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

The Arts & Learning Conservatory greatly appreciates donations through its website (www.artsandlearning.org) as well as via mail and phone. A&L welcomes volunteer support from those who love working in the environment of the arts and for the enrichment of children. If you are interested in becoming an A&L volunteer, please submit a Volunteer Form through our website. Interns are also welcome. To learn more about the current volunteer and internship opportunities at A&L, please visit www.artsandlearning.org under "Join Us".

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Local

pasting

  • Anaheim
  • Buena Park
  • Colton
  • Costa Mesa
  • Corona Del Mar
  • Fountain Valley
  • Fullerton
  • Huntington Beach
  • Irvine
  • La Palma
  • Montclair
  • Newport Beach
  • Oceanview
  • Placentia
  • Rancho Santa Margarita
  • Santa Ana
  • San Bernardino
  • San Juan Capistrano
  • San Clemente
  • Tustin
  • Yorba Linda

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts & Culture
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs

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Programs


Arts Education Outreach Classes

Throughout the Southern California area, the Arts & Learning Conservatory brings arts enrichment classes to school sites during the day and after school hours. The Conservatory is dedicated to offering students dynamic instruction in theater, glee choir, orchestra, band and dance. Classes are aligned with the California Visual & Performing Arts Standards for grades K-12. These classes also serve schools as a solid arts component within the school's curriculum. 
Budget  $250,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  The Arts & Learning Conservatory’s programs are open to all children regardless of race, age, level of experience, limited abilities, or financial constraints. Each program purposes to encourage students, whether reserved or outgoing, in the sharing and expression of their creative gifts and talents, while boosting confidence and inspiring a love for the arts. The organization will continue to strive to provide an immediate solution for school districts where the performing arts program budget has been phased out or removed.
Program Long-Term Success  The conservatory’s long-term goal is to equip students with life skills that promote collaborative teamwork, articulate public speaking, and refined social practices.
Program Success Monitored By  Surveys, Testimonials and Case Studies. 
Examples of Program Success  --

On-Site Programs

On-Site Performing Arts Programs are conducted at the Arts & Learning Conservatory (A&L) headquarters where students can enroll in beginning to advanced levels of voice, instrumental music, theater, acting, and dance. These courses are year-round programs with fundamental concepts introduced in the Fall sessions and further developed in the Winter/Spring sessions. Classes are divided among age-specific groups. Students have the opportunity to audition and participate in A&L’s technical productions, which the Conservatory presents as a professional show. 
Budget  $200,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Adults Families
Program Short-Term Success  On-Site Programs help young students develop performing arts skills through creative movement, story enactment, theater games, imagination exercises, and more. With courses in the Fall session, students learn and enjoy activities that set a foundation for their education in the performing arts. Sessions in Winter and Spring build upon that foundation and encourage further development of those skills and techniques through advanced exercises. Students are guided toward a progressive application of these performing arts elements, concluding with a final presentation. 
Program Long-Term Success  On-Site Programs are an excellent way to introduce the lifelong benefits of the dramatic arts to students as they develop the building blocks of theater. The Conservatory strives to create an experience on and off stage that will give students confidence and creativity for life. Our instructors ensure that all students will feel comfortable and be recognized in a fun, safe, and encouraging environment. The Arts & Learning Conservatory performs their productions for nearly 10,000 people and provides arts education to over 1,500 children throughout Orange County each year. 
Program Success Monitored By  Surveys, Testimonials and Case Studies. 
Examples of Program Success  --

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Debora Wondercheck
CEO Term Start June 2004
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Debora is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Arts & Learning Conservatory, which continues to deliver inspiring and accessible performing arts opportunities to youth that develop confidence and creativity...for life for over 14 years.

Under Debora’s leadership, the Conservatory’s reach has grown from 21students to over 1,600, and its audiences now extend to 10,000 annually.

Debora was recognized at the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center, by Arts Orange County, and was given the “Outstanding Arts Organization” Award for the Arts & Learning Conservatory’s effectiveness in bringing quality arts education programs to schools where programs were cut. Over that past few years she has received numerous other awards for her work in advocating the arts for our youth.

Debora’s background includes: accomplished Master teacher for Irvine and Newport Mesa school districts, Adjunct Professor of music at Vanguard University, Arts Consultant to many school districts, Director of Music at the Waldorf School of Orange County, where her string orchestras have received Unanimous Superior ratings. And most recently, Debora was an invited to be a panelist to the California Arts Council in Sacramento. Debora always counts it a high privilege to serve children, their families, and our community with high-quality arts programs.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
People You Can Count On Farmers & Merchants 2015
Outreach to Youth OC Distinguished Women of Substance 2014
Outstanding Arts Organization Arts Orange County 2014
Outstanding Outreach to Youth through Arts Lynx Corporation 2012
SoCal's Most Awesome Arts Class Red Tricycle 2012
Improving Lives of Children and Appreciation for Participation Festival of Children Foundation 2011
Improving Lives of Children and Appreciation for Participation Festival of Children Foundation 2010
Improving Lives of Children and Appreciation for Participation Festival of Children Foundation 2009
Improving Lives of Children and Appreciation for Participation Festival of Children Foundation 2008
Improving Lives of Children and Appreciation for Participation Festival of Children Foundation 2007

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

  • Biola University
  • California Arts Council
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Casa Romantica Cultural Center
  • Chapman University
  • Concordia University
  • Costa Mesa Community Foundation
  • DeNault True Value
  • Farmers & Merchants Bank
  • Festival of Children Foundation
  • Fountain Valley Community Foundation
  • Hope University
  • National Endowment of the Arts
  • New Hope Presbyterian Church
  • Orange County Community Foundation
  • Southern California Edison
  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • University of California, Irvine
  • Vanguard University

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 22
Number of Volunteers 368
Number of Contract Staff 18
Staff Retention Rate % 75%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 23
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 90
Caucasian: 93
Hispanic/Latino: 67
Native American/American Indian: 12
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 70
Male: 30
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

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 Mrs. Ruth DeNault
Board Chair Company Affiliation DeNault's Hardware-Home Centers, Inc
Board Chair Term 2015 -
Board Co-Chair Ruth DeNault
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Neil Anderson -- Voting
Mr. Chris Baiocchi Habitat for Humanity Voting
Ruth DeNault DeNault Hardware. Concordia University. Voting
Susanne Reid -- 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
Paul Connely -- --
Doug Freeman CEO Arts & Music --
Andrew Horowitz Telecommunications Entrepreneur NonVoting
Chris Jones Entreprenuer NonVoting
Christopher Lynch Entreprenuer NonVoting
Mary Lyons Philanthropist NonVoting
Ram Rao Lensgen CEO --
Irma Ruiz Boeing NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

We have begun to grow our Advisory Board and Governing Board with highly qualified and dedicated individuals. We will continue to grow and expand our Advisory board and vote members onto the board that have influence in the community and are able to financially support the work of our education programs.

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $385,499.00
Projected Expenses $403,067.00
Form 990s

2017 990

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $302,836 $2,646,100 $537,417
Total Expenses $193,053 $576,761 $493,827

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$162,234 $2,337,521 $173,411
Government Contributions $0 $6,450 $8,873
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $6,450 $8,873
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $138,165 $287,638 $345,038
Investment Income, Net of Losses $137 $491 $48
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events $2,300 $14,000 $10,047
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $0
Other -- -- $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $154,530 $373,030 $391,339
Administration Expense $32,704 $197,231 $45,728
Fundraising Expense $5,819 $6,500 $56,760
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $250
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.57 4.59 1.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses 80% 65% 79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 4% 0% 30%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $2,454,283 $2,409,261 $222,724
Current Assets $141,672 $2,405,104 $197,442
Long-Term Liabilities $18,665 $4,926 $2,793
Current Liabilities $45,293 $38,040 $53,883
Total Net Assets $2,390,325 $2,366,295 $166,048

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.13 63.23 3.66

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 1% 0% 1%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose To improve recently purchased building.
Campaign Goal $280,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates May 2017 - Dec 2017
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $125,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

Our challenges are the following: 1) engaging additional donors- we make sure we are honoring those who have invested in us and believe in us and are keeping the stories of our youth in front of them. We also make our donor's feel included (inviting them to events/ classroom/meetings). 2) Not enough resources: we are now beginning to team up organizations that have like minded goals and are reaching out to them (keeping our mission at the focus).

Foundation Comments

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

Documents


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