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Hope Center for the Arts

 121 South Citron Street
 Anaheim, CA 92805
[P] (714) 778-4440
[F] (714) 778-0345
www.hope4arts.org/
[email protected]
Michele Vavonese
FOUNDED: 1979
INCORPORATED: 1979
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Organization DBA HOPE Center for the Arts
Former Names Hope U (2014)
Hope University (2014)
Hi-Hopes Identity Discovery Foundation (2014)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 95-3330221 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

Through the arts, we transform the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities.

Mission Statement

Through the arts, we transform the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $630,551.00
Projected Revenue $611,118.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Life Enrichment
  • Performing Arts
  • Therapy Services
  • Visual Arts

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Overview


Mission Statement

Through the arts, we transform the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities.


Background Statement

HOPE Center for the Arts has consistently unearthed and encouraged the artistic talents of those with disabilities, beginning in the early 1970s with special education teacher Doris Walker and the formation of the “Hi Hopes” band, which consisted of talented special education students who wanted to develop as musicians. Beginning in 1979, eight Hi Hopes members met in two rooms in the back of a strip mall in Anaheim to continue their musical journeys. These first meetings grew into Hope University, one of the first organizations of its kind to provide arts programming to adults with intellectual disabilities, receiving tax-exempt ruling as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1981.

Over the last 35 years, Hope has grown tremendously, currently serving 54 Artists in 2018 from both Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and has served more than 600 artists over the course of our history.

Our program offerings have expanded, providing training in both choral and instrumental music, visual arts, craft, drama, dance, and poetry, as well as opportunities to exhibit or perform work in shows in the community. Vocational, life skills and academic education workshops are also offered, helping the artists learn how to use computers, strengthen their literacy, and develop in other areas as needed. And of course, the flagship Hi Hopes group continues to this day, now with their own trailer and several albums to their credit as professional musicians.

Impact Statement

We are a multi-faceted fine arts program for adults with intellectual disabilities designed to serve individuals showing talent, interest or motivation in the arts. Our teaching staff consists of professional artists, performers, and creative art therapists who bring a collaborative approach to working with this special population.

There is a great lack of affordable artistic services offered to adults with intellectual disabilities in our region. This is evidenced by HOPE’s consistent inquiries & requests of services from Transition Programs and Regional Centers. 

Hope was one of the first programs of its kind to offer artistic training and experiences to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities & continues to be one of the only organizations serving the Orange County community in this way. Hope Center for the Arts programs/services has been focused on filling this void in the community since its inception in 1979 & continues offering the best possible artistic services to as many Adults w/Intellectual Disabilities as possible. 

HOPE offers a rich selection of Visual (Printmaking, Painting/Drawing, ceramics, Horticultural Arts +) & Performing Arts studio (Drama, Improv, Theater, Music, Ensemble Group, Hand Bells, Choir +) along w/Therapeutic (ex. Music Therapy, Group Therapy and Dance Movement Therapy +), Academic (Money Skills, Reading, Writing, Computers +) & Life Enrichment courses (Yoga, Interview Skills Building, Community Field Trips +), while simultaneously addressing the needs of HOPE Artists of all skill levels. 

We also provide a cultivated Arts staff who are contemporary, working Artists and Musicians, most w/advanced degrees & extensive networks who help our Artists reach their next levels by helping them build their careers and earn incomes as Artists. 

HOPE also addresses a need in the community--the need to understand, experience and appreciate the abilities of individuals with disabilities. As HOPE Artists/Performers share their art through public performances, recordings, films and art exhibitions, they help break down the barriers & misconceptions that have often marginalized members of the disabled community. Allowing a means for its Artists to be seen as viable & valued, whose work deserves the same recognition & validation of any Artist.

Needs Statement

Although some regard arts education as a luxury, studies show that creative expression can make a powerful contribution to both physical and mental health. While systematic and controlled studies on the benefits of arts have only begun in recent years, there are clear indications that artistic engagement gas significantly positive effects on the health of adults with intellectual disabilities. A report by Americans for Arts found that arts education strengthens problem solving skills and critical thinking skills.  The National Center for Learning Disabilities notes the following benefits: drawing and painting reinforce motor skills; music offers individuals to express themselves in two and three-dimensional ways; performing arts builds self-esteem and confidence; and fine arts helps develop visual-spatial skills. 

Unfortunately, adults with disabilities are often a particularly overlooked and marginalized group as they lose access to the structure of public education and behavior services that are provided to them as youth. This loss of services is unfortunate as intellectual disabilities persist throughout a person’s lifetime and do not stop when an individual reaches adulthood. At Hope Center for the Arts we offer beneficial fine arts programming that builds the individual artist. Our environment fosters their skills and builds self-esteem by giving constructive feedback, acknowledging positive progress and accomplishments.


CEO Statement

At HOPE we have and continue to uphold the highest levels of respect for our Artists/Performers and provide the highest quality programming for Artists/Performers of all levels and abilities. We are committed to serving our most vulnerable, low to poverty level Adults with Intellectual Disabilities while practicing community integration and building on strong community partnerships. By doing these things HOPE ensures that these individuals with vocational aspirations in the Arts, will continue to receive these quality, life – changing, low to no direct cost services from HOPE. 

Board Chair Statement

"Empowering Abilities"


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

http://hope4arts.org/giving/

Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
Central Orange County

Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
  2. Human Services - Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
  3. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts & Culture

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Programs


Life Enrichment

The academic classes we offer are; Current Events, Computer, Fitness, Poetry, American Sign Language, Book Club, and Sports. Our ultimate goal for the artist who participate in the classes will be able to take what they learn in the classroom to encourage the development of independence and everyday living skills.

Budget  $105,600.00
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled Other Health/Disability At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

After artists have taken the appropriate studio's and classes of their choice within a semester duration we check in with the artists to see how we can help them by giving them different opportunities.

Program Long-Term Success 

To help artists achieve independence and everyday living skills and develop their artistic and vocational skills through the support of the many studio's and classes we offer. We encourage our Artist's and Performer's to volunteer and/or get a job within the community using the basic arts skills they learn at HOPE.

Program Success Monitored By 

After checking in with the artists we can then evaluate funding opportunities. The funding opportunities can help us with appropriate program tools.

Examples of Program Success 

Chris is a gentleman with very little verbal words. With him attending American Sign Language once a week he has been able to expand his communication through this hands.


Performing Arts

HOPE strives to meet the individual learning needs of each artists and foster the unique abilities based on the individual's skills and interests despite their limitations, disability or diagnosis. HOPE offers a plethora of Performing Arts programs including, but not limited to: music ensembles, dance, theatre arts, and video production.

Budget  $119,027.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater Arts Instruction
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled Other Health/Disability At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

Each artists at HOPE has at least two goals and objectives that they are seeking to meet within a six month to a year period. These goals and objectives are determined amongst their family, their Regional Center, HOPE Student Services, and HOPE teaching staff. Each goal and objective is designed to increase the artist's independence, self-esteem, and knowledge. After the designated six month or year period, the student's team collaborates to discuss the goals and make any necessary changes or increases. The staff works together to enhance the performing arts programs that will assist the student in meeting their goals.


 

Program Long-Term Success 

HOPE encourages all artists to creatively express themselves in a secure and accepting environment. The teaching staff supports each artist and compassionately guides him/her to refine their unique skills. All artists are placed in appropriate project-based classes where they work as a unit to achieve a project from conception to finished product. Some of the projects HOPE artists are involved in include: creating a short film, writing and performing both arranged and original songs, reading original poetic works, and performing dramatic and movement pieces. All artists are encouraged to express themselves creatively and develop an increased self-esteem when they see the end result of their work.

Program Success Monitored By 

After evaluating the artist's goals and objectives, the administrative team evaluates the funding opportunities. The funding the program receives assists the team in being able to offer a wide variety of programs for its' artitst

Examples of Program Success 

The Performing Arts are a time-honored proven vehicle for developing self-esteem, social interaction and communication skills, critical thinking and, most importantly, creativity, self-discovery and self-expression. Each day at HOPE, all our artists are reminded they are gifted artists and the staff work continuously to challenge each and every student to achieve increased levels of success.


Therapy Services

Therapy Services at HOPE Center for the Arts are provided by accredited professionals who have completed an approved therapy program. The department supports our artists by providing a therapeutic relationship for growth. Using a holistic approach, we work in conjunction with each department at HOPE.

Budget  $114,916.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists' Services
Population Served Adults Elderly and/or Disabled At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

Each artist at HOPE has at least two goals and objectives that they are seeking to meet within a six month to a year period. These goals and objectives are determined amongst their family, their Regional Center, HOPE Student Services, and HOPE teaching staff. Each goal and objective is designed to increase the student's independence, self-esteem and knowledge. After the designated six month or year period, the student's team collaborates to discuss the goals and make any necessary changes or increases. The staff works together to create programs that will assist the student in meeting their goals.

Program Long-Term Success 

Dance/Movement Therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration of the individual (ADTA, 2017).

Interventions include: Body Action, Kinesthetic Empathy in Observing Movement, Rhythmic Activities, Symbolism, Theme Development in Movements

Sessions focus on: Body Awareness, Cognitive Skills, Emotional Awareness and Expression, Mind/Body Connection, Motor Function, Verbal and Non-verbal Communication

Music Therapy uses evidence-based music interventions to achieve individual/group goals. Sessions are structured and adapted to create an environment for growth.

Interventions include: Listening to Music, Movement/Relaxation to Music, Playing/Improvising with Instruments, Singing/Vocalization, Song Lyric Analysis, Songwriting/Music Composition

Sessions focus on: Academic/Cognitive Functioning, Social Skills, Emotional Awareness and Expression, Fine/Gross motor Skills, Sensorimotor Skills, Verbal and Non-verbal Communication

Program Success Monitored By 

After evaluating the artists goals and objectives, the administrative team evaluates the funding opportunities. The funding the program receives assists the team in being able to offer a wide variety of programs for its' artists.

Examples of Program Success 

Providing music therapy twice per day, Michelle is now able to appropriately identify her emotions using song lyrics that she relates to. Michelle's diagnosis is Autism and has limited receptive and expressive communication. Receiving music therapy twice per day she is at HOPE, Michelle now sings or hums a song that informs her parents on her mood. She is an extraordinary young woman and we are fortunate to have her.

“Music therapy can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness, between isolation and interaction, between chronic pain and comfort — between demoralization and dignity.” – Barbara Crowe, Director of Music Therapy, Arizona State University.


Visual Arts

Hope Center for the Arts offers a dynamic combination of studio instruction, socially engaged public art projects, exhibition opportunities, and fine craft production for our in house boutique, Hope Handmade.  The Visual Arts Program seeks to serve the whole person, transforming the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities through the arts, building self-esteem, fine and gross motor skills, cultivating community integration and social skills as well as building job and vocational skills.

Budget  $203,516.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served Adults Elderly and/or Disabled Other Health/Disability
Program Short-Term Success 

Each student at HOPE has at least two goals and objectives that they are seeking to meet within a six month to a year period. These goals and objectives are determined amongst their family, their Regional Center, HOPE Student Services and HOPE teaching staff. Each goal and objective is designed to increase the student's independence, self esteem and knowledge. After the designated six month or year period, the student's team collaborates to discuss the goals and make any necessary changes or increases. The staff works together to create programs that will assist the student in meeting their goals.

Program Long-Term Success 

Our teaching staff offers a high level of instruction in a variety of Visual Art disciplines including Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Fiber Arts, and Ceramics/Sculpture, as well as Art History. While all art practices are inherently therapeutic, the Visual Arts focus on cultivating artistic excellence through the discovery and development of an individual’s innate artistry. Artists will have the opportunity to acquire and practice new skills in the studio. Artists will also have the opportunity to interact with arts professionals through the Visiting Artists Program, Hope Art Lab as well as a variety of public and socially engaged projects. Past projects include the Integrity House Mural and the Very Special Arts (VSA) yarn bombing at the Main Place Mall in Santa Ana, CA. Artists will also have the opportunity for their artwork/ designs/ illustrations to be featured in event materials and as theatrical props and sets for Hope Center for the Arts productions.

Hope Handmade offers participants the opportunity to learn a variety of fine craft techniques using a variety of mediums including Fiber Arts: crocheting, felting, knitting, weaving and hand-stitching, as well as beading, ceramics, jewelry-making and mosaic. Fine craft is produced for sale in house, online and at local craft fairs. Greeting cards and an annual Hope Center for the Arts calendar featuring original artwork created by Hope artists are also offered for sale. Through the making of product, product marketing, sales and fulfillment of orders, participants acquire and practice a variety of life skills including integration into the community, job skills as well as social skills. All of this provides a sense of accomplishment and self-worth demonstrating the value of their creative work.

Program Success Monitored By 

After evaluating the students' goals and objectives, the administrative team evaluates the funding opportunities. The funding the program receives assists the team in being able to offer a wide variety of programs for its' students.

Examples of Program Success 

Christie is a very talented visual artist. She can look at a piece of paper and without hesitation she creates a transformational piece of art. If Hope wasn't available to provide her with the resources to support and foster her creativity, no one would be aware of her innate talent. Her mom informs Hope staff that her self-esteem in public has increased and she has learned to use drawing as a mechanism to manage her frus if she gets frustrated with not being able to express her feelings instead of yelling, she goes into her room and draws her feelings.


Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Michele Vavonese
CEO Term Start July 2017
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Michele considers it an honor to work with, support and introduce to the broader arts industry the highly underexposed and underrated works of HOPE artists. Made up of many truly gifted individuals, Michele comes into work each day invigorated with the possibilities of giving HOPE artists every opportunity their hard work deserves. Through the utilization of fantastic funders, a dynamic HOPE team of professional artists and creative therapists, years of knowledge in programmatic systems, admin. and community outreach, Michele helps bring the artists work out to the eyes (and ears) of the public.

Teaching art and working in the arts industry for over 20 years herself, she has shown her work internationally in various shows and competitions. A published artist and designer she has work in both private and public collections. Michele received her M.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology.

 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Janice Reyes 1986 2015

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Sandra Carter Director of Visual Arts --
Mr. Steve Enzweiler Director of Performing Arts --
Ms. Diana Maddox Director of Therapy Services --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Anaheim Union High School District

Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation (APACF) 
 
Autism Speaks

City of Anaheim

Fullerton Cares

Knights of Columbus 

OC Autism

Regional Center

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

SELPA

TASK

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 5
Number of Part Time Staff 7
Number of Volunteers 15
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 90%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): Pakistani
Gender Female: 9
Male: 3
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
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. Marguerite Adams
Board Chair Company Affiliation HR Management for Orange County (Retired)
Board Chair Term -
Board Co-Chair Ms. Dali Despotovic
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation David August
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mrs. Marguerite Adams County of Orange - Reitred Voting
Ms. June McLaughlin Irvine Valley College - Active 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: 1
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
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

HOPE Center for the Arts has developed fair and ethical guiding principles designed to serve our organization well. This includes open communication about our financial standing.

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, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $611,118.00
Projected Expenses $630,551.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audit

2013 Audit

2012 Audit Document

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $515,950 $836,824 $606,417
Total Expenses $649,929 $878,658 $847,884

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$33,845 $203,212 $36,070
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $482,105 $633,612 $566,288
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- $1,326
Membership Dues -- -- $655
Special Events -- -- $0
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $0
Other -- -- $2,078

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $501,187 $664,706 $659,217
Administration Expense $138,537 $182,416 $160,849
Fundraising Expense $10,205 $31,536 $27,818
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.79 0.95 0.72
Program Expense/Total Expenses 77% 76% 78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 30% 16% 77%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $77,799 $212,901 $256,748
Current Assets $64,802 $87,366 $133,218
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $1
Current Liabilities $19,334 $20,457 $22,469
Total Net Assets $58,465 $192,444 $234,278

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.35 4.27 5.93

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose

HOPE invites you to support our move to a new facility to continue to serve at low-no-cost the 55 Artists & Performers we currently serve.  1/3 of HOPE costs are covered by philanthropy. Our goal is to raise $75,000, your help this year is critical. 

Campaign Goal $75,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates July 2018 - July 2019
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $6,850.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financial statement for 2012 and Form 990s for 2011 and 2013 as well as consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

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