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Wyoming Fine Arts

CENTER

2019 - 2020 Annual Report


Our mission is to educate,

create experiences,

and nurture appreciation in music

and other creative and performing arts

across all ages, races, abilities

and backgrounds.

Mission

We do this through excellence

in teaching, creative programming,

interdisciplinary experiences,

community partnerships

and engagement.


A Letter from the Board President

Welcome to The Wyoming Fine Arts Center (The Center) annual report for the Fiscal Year 2019/2020. Many

have found this past year to be unique and unprecedented; and we are no exception. This past year has been

challenging. We started with the loss of The Center’s founder, Paul Bartel. And are ending in the midst of a

global pandemic with devastating losses to the arts sector.

As we begin the celebration of The Center’s 25 Years of Creativity, we are grateful for your support.

Generosity upon Paul’s passing resulted in significant funding of the Paul and Jan Bartel Scholarship Fund with

over $30,000. For the 2019-2020 school year, seven (7) students received full scholarships. And nine (9)

students have been fully funded for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The continued resilience of The Center is a result of your ongoing support! We are humbled by the dedication

of numerous families who switched to remote lessons. We are grateful for the volunteers who continue to

work in our garden. And we are continually amazed by our dedicated faculty who creatively find ways to

educate and engage our students remotely.

Three weeks before the Coronavirus shutdown, The Center hired a new Executive Director, Julie Collinsworth.

Her energy, enthusiasm, and entrepreneurial spirit have helped The Center’s faculty transition to remote

lessons, launch a vibrant new brand, and create new collaborations in the region. Julie understands how

valuable the community is to The Center; and wants to ensure the organization can support the families,

students, and faculty where they need it the most. If you have not had a chance to meet her, please do. She

will gladly give you a tour of our historic facility, and share with you the many updates that have made the

building usable during COVID-19.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the realities of systemic racism, inequality and injustice

in the United States. The Center’s Board of Directors has prioritized developing our Diversity,

Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Action Plan, including metrics to measure and ensure

accountability across our organization. Our DE&I Action Plan will complement our longer term

strategic plan.

Sharing ideas, valuing our differences, and celebrating our successes together is what makes

The Center a special place to foster creativity. I am honored to serve an organization that is

committed to the arts, our community, and to our students and faculty.

Stay Creative!

Bobbie McTurner

Chair, Wyoming Fine Arts Center


Board of Directors

BOARD MEMBERS

MEETINGS: 3 RD THURSDAY, 7:00PM

Bobbie McTurner

PRESIDENT

Barbara Magella

VICE PRESIDENT

Elise Edelman

SECRETARY

Romeliza Villegas-Ding

TREASURER

Andrew Ulmer

SUZUKI LIAISON

Spring Starr Pillow

PROGRAM LIAISON & DIRECTOR

Jody Besse

TRUSTEE

Jeanette Cooper

TRUSTEE

Sam Cooper

TRUSTEE

Shannon Crutchfield

TRUSTEE

Kevin Gillie

TRUSTEE

Autumn McKinley

TRUSTEE

Kate Miller

TRUSTEE

Jennifer Pinson

TRUSTEE

Jason Bartel

BOARD ADVISORY POSITIONS

Julie Collinsworth

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

EXECUTIVE

COMMITTEE

Bobbie McTurner

CHAIR

Julie Collinsworth

Elise Edelman

Barbara Magella

Spring Starr Pillow

Andrew Ulmer

FACILITIES

COMMITTEE

MEETINGS: 2 ND THURSDAY, 4:30PM

Kate Miller

CHAIR

Gene Allison

Julie Collinsworth

Liz Gavin

Andrew Ulmer

EVENTS COMMITTEE

Jeanette Cooper

CHAIR

Julie Collinsworth

Monica Tuck

DEVELOPMENT

COMMITTEE

Shannon Crutchfield

CHAIR

Julie Collinsworth

Elise Edelman

Barbara Magella

Bobbie McTurner

FINANCE COMMITTEE

MEETINGS: 2 ND TUESDAY, 1:00PM

Julie Collinsworth

Barbara Magella

Bobbie McTurner

MARKETING/

COMMUNICATIONS

COMMITTEE

MEETINGS: 2 ND TUESDAY, 7:45PM

Jennifer Pinson

CHAIR

Julie Collinsworth

Sam Cooper

Cathy Cordes

Liz Engel

Autumn McKinley

PROGRAM

COMMITTEE

MEETINGS: 2 ND WEDNESDAY, 3:30PM

Spring Starr Pillow

CHAIR

Jody Besse

Julie Collinsworth

Kevin Gillie

Autumn McKinley

Bobbie McTurner

SCHOLARSHIP

COMMITTEE

Julie Collinsworth

Barbara Magella

Bobbie McTurner


A Letter from the Executive director

In a normal year, I am sure I would have met most of you by this time. But as all of us know, this has not been

a normal year. As my tenure as the Executive Director began the last week of February, I would never have

predicted that I would be hired to close The Center three weeks later due to a global pandemic.

I feel that I was destined for this role. My excitement about joining the Wyoming Fine Arts Center was

cultivated many years ago growing up in a family of professional musicians. I have been blessed to be

surrounded by music, art and creativity my entire life. To be able to do this for my work is a dream opportunity.

Which is the result when passions become your occupation.

There are some many wonderful things about working in an arts center. My favorites are the lovely sounds of

children – and adults – dancing, laughing, and playing. I knew that our team needed to find ways to continue,

especially since we are a fee-for-programming organization.

With so many programs not able to move to remote instruction, I tapped into my entrepreneurial background

to develop alternative programming as well as delivery options to keep The Center relevant during this crisis.

When the musical theater, voice and piano lessons went remote, I asked the teachers to have the students

record themselves and we edited together recitals for students and families to enjoy. When cases of

COVID-19 forced the schools to teach remotely, our team developed the Cosse Learning Program which

provides safe space for students to study remotely, while still experiencing music and art.

Of course, I do not do this alone. The dedicated staff, volunteers, teachers and families have

remained focused and flexible, embracing the new strategies and normalizing them for our

students. Thank you to all of you who made this happen!

It is the arts that have delivered and connected humanity through its darkest hours and this

year is no exception. I am inspired and driven by the mission of The Center. Every day, I feel

lucky to have this beautiful institution entrusted to me and it is my goal to deliver us to the

other side of this unprecedented year better and stronger than we were before.

Thank you for welcoming me to the neighborhood. I look forward to meeting each of you.

Stay Creative,

Julie Collinsworth



Last

in-person recital

prior to

COVID-19 shut down.

March 12

2020


Normal Programming

Cincinnati Contra Dance

IN THE COMMUNITY

• Summer Fair at Coney Island

• Wyoming Art Show

• World of Wyoming

• Cincinnati Civic Orchestra

• CSO Lollipops Pre-Concert at

Music Hall

• Evergreen Retirement

Community Concert

The Wyoming Fine Arts Center hosts

in-house lessons in music, art, and dance,

and provides a diverse assortment

of programming to

the community.

• Art Outreach for Cincinnati

Public Libraries

• Playhouse “Off the Hill” pre-show

concert in Springfield township

• Collaborative Concerts with

St. Michael Church

• Light Up Wyoming

• Music, Art, and Dance

Summer Camps

• Suzuki Violin and Piano

• Group Concerts and Orchestra

concerts at Wyoming Schools

and WFAC

• MusikKids

• Workshops with Rob Flax

AT THE CENTER

• Colors & Cupcakes

• No School? Let’s Art! Day Camp

• Parent’s Night Out Art Camp

• Hip Hop Dance Recital

• Cincinnati Contra Dancers

• Dancing with Parkinson’s

• English Country Dancers Ball

• Flying Cloud Academy

Library Outreach Program


Playhouse “Off the Hill”

Virtual Performances

• Twinkle Across the Ocean

Collaborative Virtual Recital

• cARTwheel with

Wavepool Gallery

• Virtual Art Classes

• CSA Twinkle Project

VIRTUAL EVENTS

• Playhouse “Off the Hill”

Virtual Performances

• Virtual Music Recitals

• Family Music

• MusikKids

Because of COVID-19,

ALL dance classes and partner

organizations have suffered.

The in-person community engagement programs

were put on hold and in-person activities have been

canceled or have changed significantly.

CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19

• Cincinnati Contra Dancers

• Dancing with Parkinson's

• ArtsConnect Line Dancing

• May Fete

• Music Recitals

• Children’s Musical

• Flying Cloud Academy

• Cincinnati Civic Orchestra

• Repair Cafe

• Love without Borders

• Playhouse in the Park

• Guitar Star Summer Camp

due to COVID-19

275 Events CanceLeD

THROUGH AUGUST 30TH 2020

20

65

49

6

28

11

31

16

15

34

Rentals

Summer Camps

Art Events/Recitals

ArtsConnect Line Dancing Events

Flying Cloud Events

Lessons

Civic Orchestra Events

Dancing with Parkinson’s Events

Contra Dancer Events

Classes

covid-19 Programming


COVID-19 Response

On March 9th, 2020 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency to

help slow the spread of COVID-19. March 13th, 2020, the Wyoming Fine Arts Center

was closed and all in-person classes were canceled. All teachers chose the online

method that worked best for them and their students. The faculty’s creativity

allowed The Center to begin offering online classes and host virtual recitals.

“Matt Wiles and the

lessons for my son

have been a lifeline

during COVID.”

- mother of remote

learning student


A GLOBAL PANDEMIC CALLS FOR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS

The

Cincinnati Suziki School

hosted

Twinkle Across the Ocean

under the direction of Dr. JaeEun Lee.

Four countries participated, including

South Korea, Australia, the Philippines,

and the United States.

Watch on our YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySGvoDA9ksA


“Our faculty are absolutely

amazing! Musicians, artists,

and actors pivoted

immediately to ensure

continuity in arts education.

We could not have done it

without families supporting

their efforts.”

- E.D. Julie Collinsworth

Our partnership with

the Public Library of

Cincinnati continued

with to-go projects that

can be picked up at

various locations and

completed from home.

MusikKids

with Friendship Preschool


With summer camps on the horizon, and 20% of the organization’s revenue at

stake, our team developed in-person safety protocols that set the standard for

the arts organizations throughout the Greater Cincinnati region.

“We love Miss Melinda, and WFAC is doing a great job

following safe practices for class. Like they did with their art

camps, you drop off in the parking lot, and Miss Melinda takes

your child's temp before admitting them to class. Masks are

required, and they keep the students apart in class. It's pretty

easy to distance when a class is this small.”

- parent of 4th grade art student

Socially distanced

Suzuki group class

taking place on

the lawn

In order to maintain

proper social distance

during classes, camps,

and events, the team

created colorful pool

noodle rings, allowing

students to understand

what social distancing

meant.


COVId-19 Management

The Wyoming Fine Arts Center is taking many steps

to ensure the safety of our students and our staff

during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The COVID-19

protocols are for in-person lessons and camps.

WYOMING FINE ARTS CENTER COVID-19 PROTOCOL

SOCIAL DISTANCE POLICY

According to the State of Ohio Director’s Stay Safe Ohio Order, social distancing requires

maintaining a six (6) foot social distance for both employees and members of the public

at all times.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

• Be healthy, no fever, no cough.

• Bring your own water bottle for lessons.

• Maintain appropriate social distance with all people in The Center.

• Listen to teachers and Wyoming Fine Arts Center staff.

• Wash your hands regularly, and when asked by faculty.

• Wear a mask at all times when in the building for your lesson.

• Have Fun and Be Creative!

FACULTY RESPONSIBILITIES

General responsibilities:

• Wear a facial covering that includes covering mouth, nose, and chin.

• Sanitize hands after working with any individual student before

interacting with the next student.

Beginning of lesson (to be conducted by Faculty or Center staff member):

• Take temperatures of students as they arrive.

• Provide hand sanitizer to each student upon arrival.

• Have Fun!

During lessons:

• Ensure 6-foot social distancing between each person in your room

(family members count as one unit.)

• Communicate with staff for any additional needs that may arise

throughout the day.

After lesson:

• Clean high-touch areas in classroom.

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES

• Talk to the child about the importance of having their temperature

taken.

Wearing a mask is required of all students. Talk to child about the

importance of wearing a mask.

• Provide a water bottle for your child. Water fountains will not be

available to use at The Center.

• Explain to child the rules of social distancing.

• Explain to child the importance of washing hands regularly.

Ensure the child is healthy each day of lessons.

Wait until student’s temperature is taken prior to leaving the

premises.

• Parents know their child best. If you do not feel that the child is

well, regardless of a fever, please keep them home.


Each studio room was provided a safety box with a

spray bottle of hand sanitizer, a pump bottle of hand

sanitizer, Clorox wipes, a spray bottle of diluted

bleach solution, a digital thermometer, tissues, wet

wipes, disposable masks, and paper towels.

While the building was closed,

many improvements were made.

• Cleaned and sanitized HVAC system

• Repaired significant plumbing issues

• Repaired basement urinals

• Repaired significant roof issues

• Installed ceiling fans in studio rooms and

Masonic Lodge to provide fresh air flow

to allow in-person lessons

• Installed high-speed internet with

WiFi boosters throughout the building

• Updated electrical in the Masonic Lodge

• Repaired Masonic Lodge windows

• Installed HEPA air purification systems

for each room

• Purchased iPads to teach online lessons

“Thank you for our

#restarttaskforcekit from

Cincinnati USA Regional

Chamber, Brain Brew Whiskey

Cincinnati and @proctergamble.

We are ready for summer camps.

#makingcincyproud

#artswave #nonprofitlife”

- WFAC Facebook 6/1/20

BuILDING IMPROVEMENTS


Cosse Learning Program

Cosse (meaning “pod” in French) is a solution for families choosing remote

education during the pandemic and a program to support families with

hybrid learning obstacles.

Working with the Hamilton County Public Health Department, The Center

submitted COVID-19 protocols, building designs, and other key items,

and has been approved to stay open through at least Level 3.

COSSE LEARNING

DAILY SCHEDULE

Students participate at The Center with structured

activities. Designated locations are assigned for activities

which include proctored time for their remote school

lessons, as well as daily music, art, and energy pursuits.

All classes are taught by The Center’s current staff of

qualified teachers and partner organizations.

Outside/inside and the Wyoming Fine Arts Center

I found a red leaf -

and in the garden I found MANY treasures--

mushrooms on stumps

painted rocks

wooden sticks and scaly fossils...

The sticks were kind of thick!

When I walked the red, brick path I found...

A HUGE, painted, flying pig --

a small. dainty twig...

white walking stones and some striped whites cones!

In the ballroom we saw...

BOOMWHACKERS, cool noodles, tables and chairs...

precious white walls - that hold the building up...

keyboards for music making --

They were breathtaking!!!!

There were rainbows, mermaids, and some moons

all with awesome musical tunes!

-- pink pots and music stands...

We heard children laughing and a BIG BRASS BAND!

Outside/inside at the WFAC - YEAH!

And THAT'S the story of our day!!!!

-written by Cosse students

with Word Play


“My favorite part is

making our own

musical. My next

favorite part is art.”

-1st grader

“I love Ms. Victoria

from the Opera.

She was amazing!”

-2nd grader

with Kara Garrod


FINANCIALS & Numbers

77%

of revenue came from

music programming

including traditional

lessons, MusikKids,

and Suzuki School

56% of expenses

were used for

direct programming costs

REVENUE

EXPENSES

25% Traditional Music Lessons

15.5% MusikKids

36.5% Suzuki School

1% Other

5% ArtsWave

6% Restricted

1% Registration Fees

3.5% Art

2.5% Dance/Theater

1.5% Summer Camp

2.5% Outreach and Partnerships

56% Direct Programming Costs

2.5% Depreciation

0.5% Bad Debt

5% Occupancy

5% Maintenance

3.8% Office Supplies

1.8% Outside Services

1% Insurance

3.4% Professional Services

21% Personnel


FINANCIAL IMPACT

OF COVID-19

19%

275 events between our music, art, and dance

programs including 49 lessons, 65 classes, and

20 summer camps, were canceled. Programming

income was down 19% because of the COVID-19

pandemic.

Emergency Funding came in the amount of

$3,750 from ArtsWave (which was put toward

editing costs for virtual performances) $85,186

in Paycheck Protection Program Funds, and

$10,000 in Economic Injury Disaster Assistance.

EMERGENCY FUNDING

EMERGENCY FUNDING

EMERGENCY FUNDING

$85,186 in

Paycheck Protection

Program Funds

$10,000 in

Economic Injury

Disaster Assistance

$3,750 from

ArtsWave put towards

editing costs for virtual

performances


Indiana

135

CincyWest

679

Butler County

851

Tri-County

5,426

Kentucky

215

CincyCentral

895

CincyEast

905

Northeast

1,144

East of 275

256

STUDENTS BY REGION

Through our in-house and community

programing, our reach stretches across

the tri-state, drawing not only students

from our home in Wyoming,

but as far north as Dayton and

as far south as Florence.

STUDENTS BY ZIP CODE

* teal represents the 45215 zip code, blue encompasses outisde zip codes


“Ms. Annie has been amazing.

The Cosse program is basically

our education right now. Our

child is thriving and being with

other kids has helped her feel

normal.”

- parent of a remote learner

“Thank you!

This is great.

It is good to see all

the kids. Thanks for

putting this together.”

- parent of music student

“Thanks Cheryl... You are so creative

and thanks for bringing your students

together in a unique way!

Recitals are a great way

to help the students learn

important skills about their delivery.

Thank you for making this opportunity

happen in a unique manner!”

- parent of music student


Thank you for all your support.

We are looking forward to all of our continued collaborations.

with Kara Garrod


Paul Bartel (b. 1952 - d. July 27, 2019)

Paul Bartel was a violinist, music educator, owner of the

Baroque Violin Shop and founder of the Wyoming Fine

Arts Center.

A 1972 graduate of Miami University and former music

teacher, Paul established his Baroque Violin Shop with

the vision of supporting school music programs by

providing high-quality instruments at low cost.

In 1995, Paul purchased the 1850s-era former Masonic

Lodge from the city of Wyoming, aiming to transform it

into a community arts center. He conducted a massive

renovation at his own expense for what would become

the nonprofit Wyoming Fine Arts Center.

Paul loved playing his rare 1680 Stradivarius and is

remembered by Cincinnati’s music community as being

generous, humble and wanting to help young people.

Paul Bartel, founder of the Wyoming Fine Arts Center, passed away in July 2019. In his honor, his wife, Jan, set up a scholarship

fund. Donations to this fund are used to help under-served music students continue learning and advancing at The Center.

We greatly appreciate being able to share Paul's love of music.

A tribute to Paul Bartel


© 2020 Wyoming Fine Arts Center

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