105 East Walnut
Danville KY 40422
Contact Information
Address 105 East Walnut
Danville, KY 40422
Phone (859) 236-2361 111
Contact Name Mimi Becker
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At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1999
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
We gladly accept donation checks mailed to 105 East Walnut, Danville, KY.  We also appreciate in-kind donations of services such as printing, materials and supplies.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement The ARTS are Vital! The Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County encourages, promotes, and supports appreciation of and participation in the arts by everyone in our community. We do this by (a)acting as a bridge between the arts community and business, government, and education sectors; (b) encouraging continued emphasis on arts education for all ages and (c) providing arts programs for all ages and all art forms.
Background Statement The Arts Commission was created in 1999 to provide a corporate voice for the Arts within the Danville/Boyle County community through direct contact between local artists/arts organizations and government and non-governmental agencies, to promote and facilitate the work of individual artists, arts organizations, and arts and cultural festivals and activities, and to provide opportunities for the community to experience the arts.
Impact Statement ACCOMPLISHMENTS: An Art-full Affair (a scholarship fundraiser for the McKune Arts Scholarship Program that provides financial assistance to local children who can not afford to participate in extra-curricular arts activities).  Since inception of this program, over $50,000 in scholarships have been awarded. Collaborat with many local organizations such as the Boyle County Public Library to bring local artwork to the library's Mahan Gallery. Curate exhibits for the McKinney Conference Center which are open year around to visitors.  Sponsored original drama productions for all middle and high school students in the public and private schools in Boyle County.  Serve as the fiscal sponsor for Scarlet Cup Theatre, Danville sings and the Pieceable Friends Quilt Guild.  Award the Arts Citizen of the Year annually to an outstanding community members whose support and contributions have impacted the arts community.  Our Fun with Art project presented the annual Youth Art Fair in conjunction with the Community Arts Center.  This exhibit showcased two and three-dimensional work created by local students in public and private schools in Danville/Boyle County. Fun with Art also presented a series of workshops for a special needs young adults program.  Awarded grants to three schools to explore special art activities.  The projects are displayed publicly as part of the Gallery Hop and/or the Youth Art Fair and in local businesses.   The Gallery Hop Stop Series held downtown gives local artists a chance to exhibit and sell their work commission free. Goals: 1. Identify more local children who need financial assistance to experience the arts. 2. Provide additional opportunities for visual and performing artists to gain exposure and generate income. 3. Promote Boyle County as a vibrant arts community
Needs Statement 1. Financial support - $20,000 to support administrative costs;  $15,000 for programs 2. Identification of children - 5 through 18 who because of financial are unable to participate in extra-curricular arts activities3. Identify all Danville/Boyle County artists
CEO/Executive Director Statement This non-profit organization is all about ensuring the prominence of the arts in Danville/Boyle County. We provide opportunities for every visual and performing artist and arts organization to participate in activities that will give them community and/or regional recognition. We make arts experiences possible for children who can not afford it. We publicize arts opportunities available in this community in a monthly newsletter. We recognize outstanding community members whose contributions to and support of the arts should be applauded. We facilitate opportunities for local artists to display, perform, and connect with customers. It is remarkable that we do these things with a part-time staff of one and a budget under $35,000.
Board Chair Statement As a member of the board for several years, and currently as Executive Director, I see many good things happening because of our organization. The Arts Commission was established to support and encourage art and artists in our community as well as to foster a good working relationship between the various segments of the community and artists. Our mission is to encourage our business, government, and education communities to see the value of our arts community. We want Danville and Boyle County to be more than an art destination; we want art in all its forms to be ingrained in the community. This is evident in two of our major projects, the Gallery Hop and the An Art-full Affair. The Hop provides opportunities for local artists to exhibit and sell commission free in downtown businesses/agencies that volunteer to serve as galleries for the evening. The Art-full Affair is our bi-annual arts scholarship fundraiser to give financial assistance to local children who can not afford to participate in extra-curricular arts opportunities. These two programs promote the arts and ensure the future of the arts in this community. Most of our work, however, is behind the scenes in matching artists to commission free venues, advocating for art organizations, technical assistance in planning arts related events, providing scholarships, co-sponsoring various arts events and recently initiating programs which address the needs of the community through the arts.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Alliances & Advocacy
Tertiary Organization Category Unknown / Unknown
Geographic Areas Served
Central Kentucky
Boyle County and surrounding counties.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. We will create opportunities for local arts organizations and visual and performing artists of all ages, we will keep the community informed about available arts opportunities, and we will make arts experiences possible for local children who need financial assistance.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? We will continue the Gallery Hop Stop series; we will continue to publish a hard copy calendar of arts events and will keep an updated calendar of arts events on our website; we will continue to connect artists to consumers; we will continue to publicize the McKune Arts Scholarship program to the community and to arts activity instructors; we will raise more scholarship funds in May 2017 through An Art-full Affair, we will continue to present exhibit opportunities for adults and children; we will continue to present special arts events geared to children and especially to children with disabilities.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? We have a part time staff of one who has developed a wonderful working relationship with the local arts community and community leaders. We partner with several organizations to present local artwork - the Boyle County Public Library and the Economic Development Partnership (Heart of Danville, Danville/Boyle County Chamber of Commerce, and Boyle County Industrial Foundation). Kentucky Utilities is our corporate sponsor for the Gallery Hop Stop series. DecoArt has supported several of our past projects. Both the City of Danville and Boyle County Fiscal Court appropriate funds to our organization. We have a broad base of donors, and there is a large roster of artists who participate in our events. We fund scholarships throughout the year and have awarded over $23,000 to local children who need financial assistance to participate in arts activities.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? We monitor success by (1)artists participation in events, (2)community support through attendance at events and dollars donated, (3)total participation in and revenue from An Art-full Affair, (4)the number of scholarships requested, (5)continued corporate sponsorships, (6)the number of schools participating in the Youth Art Fair, and (7)the number of contacts for facilitation help from artists and community businesses and organizations.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? We have over 150 local artists who participated in exhibits; in spite of a growing Hispanic community, we do not have any Hispanic exhibitors. We have enlisted the aid of Centro Latino at Centre College to promote exhibit opportunities to that population. We promote the importance of the arts to children through our Youth Art Fair, but artists exhibiting at other events are much older. We will work with the art department at Centre College to promote exhibit opportunities to their students. The biggest obstacle we face in recruiting younger artists is helping them find time for the arts in their busy lives. Most of them lead demanding lives working and raising a family - leaving them little time for additional projects which by their very nature are also demanding.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Madelyn Worley
Company Affiliation community volunteer
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Board Members
Caleb ConoverBoyle County Public Library
Lynne DeanAttorney
Travis KernEducator/Musician
Alex MeckesEducator/Artist
Kathy MilbyWealth South
Mary NoelkerCentral Kentucky Hemp
Charlie PerryRadio Personality
Michael RossCommunity volunteer/actor
Esther RugerioEncompass
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 81%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Mr. John Ferguson
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2015
Standing Committees
CEO Comments
We serve all local performing and visual artists.  Some are young and just getting started; they need opportunities to perform or exhibit and to have recognition as artists.  Some are older and perhaps entrenched in their ways of doing things; they need opportunities to discover fresh approaches in order to compete in today's marketplace.  Most of these people enjoy art as an avocation.  They want to make money doing what they love, but they are often unwilling to take the steps necessary to do that.  One way we are facing this challenge is through an entirely new website that can appeal to a younger audience but have the user friendly navigation with which an older audience is more comfortable.  We have used conventional media (newsletter, newspaper and radio),  and now we are increasing our presence through social media so popular today. We now have Facebook and Twitter accounts.  It's an exciting time, and bringing the old and the new together is challenging.  
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mimi Becker
Term Start July 2016

Teacher and Coach - Trinity High School, Louisville, KY; Teacher and Principal, Holy Trinity Elementary School, Louisville, KY; Executive Director, Children's Learning Center, Danville, KY; Teacher, Coach, Athletic Director, Burgin Independent Schools, Burgin, KY; Executive Director, Arts Commission, Danville, KY; Rotary Board Member, Delta Kappa Gamma Vice President, State President Business and Professional Women, Member DAR, Community volunteer for many organizations. 

Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 12
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? N/A
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Mr. George HardestyApr 2001 - Dec 2002
Mrs. Suzanne SappJan 2003 - Sept 2004
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
CEO Comments We are a small organization, so much of the preceeding information is not applicable. We stay small by choice. The larger the Arts Commission becomes, the more money it must generate to stay afloat. We serve a distinct segment of this community by acting as a bridge to the public, to government, to business, to education, and to other arts organizations.
Through the Arts Scholarship Program with an award of up to $150 per child (3 - 18 years old) per year, children from disadvantaged families may participate in extra-curricular arts activities.  This program has funded everything from Twinkle Toes dance classses, to drawing classes, to drama workshops, to cello and violin lessons, to children's choir.  We have awarded over $23,000 since this program began in 2004.
Budget 4000
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Arts & Culture
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Other Economic Level, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short Term Success 90% of children receiving a scholarship will complete the activity for which the scholarship was awarded.
Program Long term Success The scholarship program enables children with economic limitations an opportunity to pursue an extra-curricular arts activities.  For children receiving scholarships, 75% will continue extra-curricular arts pursuits.
Program Success Monitored By Instructors of children receiving scholarships will inform the Arts Commission should a child drop out of the activity for which the scholarship was awarded.
Examples of Program Success

35 individual children received scholarships in 2014, and of that group 26 previously received scholarships for the same arts activity; all 4th and 5th graders in the community attended "Alice in Operaland" funded through the scholarship program. 

One recipient of scholarships has studied dance through the recreation department for 5 years; she will pursue study of dance in college next fall.  

This collaboration between downtown businesses and/or agencies provides an opportunity for local artists to exhibit and sell their work commission free for one night in June and November.  Over 300 individual artsits have participated, and more than 30 businesses or agencies have volunteered to serve as Hop Stop hosts opening their doors to the public after hours and providing delicious refreshments to Hop Stoppers.
Budget 5000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Funding
Population Served Adults, Families, General/Unspecified
Program Short Term Success  30% of participating artists will report a sale or contact for a commissioned piece during the next two years. The Hops will grow in scope through added activities and collaborations.
Program Long term Success  The Hops will become art destinations in the Bluegrass region.  Local artists will sell more work or gain more commissions for special projects.
Program Success Monitored By Artists participating in previous Hops will exhibit in 2 more during the next 2 years; 3 new artists will join the Hop Stop series by 2016; Attendance will remain stable or grow in the next two years.
Examples of Program Success In 2014, 43 artists participated in the June Hop, and 44 artists participated in November.   The number of participants remains constant.  Performing artists appeared in 3 locations: a dance troop, a dulcimer group, and a guitarist. Attendance in November 2014 exceeded that of 2013 measured at the Library, an off the beaten track Hop Stop location.
This bi-monthly calendar/newsletter lists all public arts related events in the community.  It is mailed to our members and made available to the public in hotels, the library, the post office, and many other general locations around town.
Budget 8000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Presenting
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short Term Success People will attend arts events in our community and register for classes or workshops promoted in the ARTScene.
Program Long term Success Local residents will become aware of arts opportunities available in this community through the ARTScene by picking up a copy at distribution sites.  Arts organizations and presenters will continue to submit information about upcoming events for publication in the ARTScene.
Program Success Monitored By  Racks with ARTScene calendars will be empty when new copies are distributed.  Arts organizations and presenters will reply to a request for information about upcoming events.
Examples of Program Success  Two different agencies submitted information regarding upcoming arts related events: Boyle County Fair Floral Hall and Exhibition Center and Boyle County Public Library book clubs for adults and for children.  The Hampton Inn manager said visitors take copies of the calendar, and return visitors ask for them if the supply is gone. 
This award is given yearly to someone whose contributions and/or support to the arts has impacted this community. 
Budget 100
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Celebratory Events
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), General/Unspecified
Program Short Term Success People will be nominated for the award. The newspaper will print the article about the recipient and his/her accomplishments which generated the award.
Program Long term Success Residents will recognize those who donate their time and talent to fostering the arts in this community.
Program Success Monitored By

The program is working if the recipient accepts the award with pride and if people attend the reception held in his/her honor.

Examples of Program Success Each recipient has either called after the reception to indicate his/her pleasure in receiving the award or has written a note to our board of directors.

Curated exhibits: Rotating exhibits are arranged in conjunction with the Boyle County Public Library for their Mahan Gallery.  An opening receptions is held to announce each new exhibit.

Exhibits are also presented throughout the year in the McKinney Conference Center in Constitution Square.  The Conference Center is the site of  board meetings which are open to the public for several agencies: The Industrial Foundation, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, Heart of Danville, and the Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County.

Budget 2000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Presenting
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program Short Term Success People will comment on the exhibits.
Program Long term Success People visiting the local library or attending meetings at the McKinney Conference Center will see art as an integral part of this community.
Program Success Monitored By  The Library's continued collaboration with the Arts Commission to create exhibits in their Mahan Gallery; the continued approval from the Economic Development Partnership and the Boyle County Fiscal Court to hang exhibits in their board room at Constitution Square Park 
Examples of Program Success Boyle County Library submitted a proposal for 4 new exhibits they wanted our organization to curate in 2015.  Five pieces of art sold while on exhibit in the Library.  Boyle County Judge Executive and Economic Development Partnership CEO have relayed accolades from those who have noticed rotating exhibits at the McKinney Conference Center.  Four pieces of art have sold from the McKinney Conference - one for $450!
Program Comments
CEO Comments
This organization is amazing in what it can do with a part time staff of one.  Our biggest challenge is to generate enough income to continue our mission.  We now have a new website after years of waiting.  We now have a permanent home for our office after years of moving from building to building.  We have now begun to meet the needs of artists and arts organizations in a changing world where social media and on line business transactions are the norm through Facebook and Twitter accounts.  The next step is on-line and credit card payment.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Danville/Boyle County Chamber of Commerce
Ephraim McDowell Health's Community Service Department
Community Arts Center
Economic Development Partnership
Heart of Danville
Boyle County Public Library 
Community Impact AwardDanville/Boyle County Chamber of Commerce2012
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $32,564.00
Projected Expenses $32,564.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$3,450$3,900$4,000
Individual Contributions$1,200$550$5,835
Investment Income, Net of Losses$20$18--
Membership Dues$5,490$6,155--
Special Events$1,604$12,505--
Revenue In-Kind--$10,924--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$9,157$21,498$18,437
Administration Expense$21,060$2,023$3,430
Fundraising Expense--$10,098$2,328
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.871.321.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses30%64%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$30,689$27,447$15,680
Current Assets$30,689$27,447$15,680
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$5,550$536$202
Total Net Assets$30,184$26,911$15,478
Form 990s
2018 990N 2018
2016 990N 2016
2015 990 N
2014 990 N
2013 990N 2013
2012 990N 2012
2011 990N
2010 990N
2009 990EZ
2008 990EZ
2007 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
We usually generate enough money through grants, memberships and appropriations to cover the costs of our programs, but it is difficult to cover the salary of our administrator.  Salary for this part time position is $14,100.  Obviously this is not a lucrative job, so the executive director must have an interest in the arts as well as other means of income.  While we would like to make it a full time position, we are not in a financial position to do so.
Our financial activity entered above for the Arts Commission does not include the activity for two organizations for which we serve as fiscal sponsor: Scarlet Cup Theatre and Danville Sings.  We maintain separate checking accounts for both these organizations and the financial date is reported for them on our complete financial reports in separate categories.  The agreements between the Arts Commission and each of these groups details the financial procedures which govern our operations and financial responsibilities. 
Foundation Staff Comments This organization files the 990-N; therefore the financial information presented was provided by the organization. These numbers have not been reviewed or audited by an independent accountant.
Address 105 East Walnut
Danville, KY 40422
Primary Phone 859 236-2361 111
CEO/Executive Director Mimi Becker
Board Chair Mrs. Madelyn Worley
Board Chair Company Affiliation community volunteer