President’s Report 2015
It has been a productive and fruitful year for the PSG. My heart is filled with gratitude and appreciation for the dedicated volunteers who made our strategic plan a reality. Just one year into the plan with new Bylaws and AI reflecting our renewed mission and purpose, the PSG has become a more prominent figure in the non-profit art community.
Organizationally, the 2014/2015 team centralized our entire association through Google business productivity suite for non-profits. We have developed Case For Support materials for future grants and applications, digital forms and templates for the newsletter, central membership jurying page through Google Drive, digital call to artists, Eventbrite invitations, electronic payment systems, New Member and Board Orientation packets, accounting of historic archives and life member videos, photographs in the cloud -historic and current, Patron profile database, and an Artist Salon/PSG audience list-serve to support all PSG activities for years to come.
We thank Seattle University MFA Leadership program and WWU Student Member, Sadie Sullivan for their outstanding work on our behalf, producing everything from target audience profile plans with nearly 1000 patrons, thank you Cynthia Baiz, managing social media exchanges, from personal phone calls to members for upcoming events, managing 24 hour GIVEBIG campaign with Seattle Foundation and supporting curatorial/marketing tasks for exhibitions. We managed to pull of 3 exhibitions this last fall with the dedicated support of skill-based interns, volunteers and part-time staff. Bravo team!
Word is getting out and now we are being approached! Expanding our Scholarship program statewide and the General Meeting/Artist Salon series has expanded our visibility and viability within the larger community.
Collaborations we celebrate 2015/16:
- Seattle Foundation GIVEBIG campaign
- Gage and Eastside Artist Collaborative, sponsoring Natural Pigments Paints Best Practices workshop here in Seattle/Bellevue
- Eastside Learning Hub and GLY Construction
- Seattle University MFA Leadership program
- Washington Lawyers for the Arts
- Junior League, Seattle
- The Rainier Club
- Inglewood Country Club
- Matzke Gallery, Camano Island
- Essentia, Belltown
- 4 Culture, 2 year Sustained Operations Grant
More PSG 2015 Wins
Artists Salon Series Guests included Frank Ching, Norman Lundin, David Martin, Margaret Minnick, Linda Hodges, David Gray and others
Completed the Digital Archives Project, identifying and categorizing archives for digital copy for future exhibition and storage.
Legacy Video Project applauds 14 member narratives recorded by Board Special Advisor, Randal Southam & Phil Levine
Expanded our scholarship outreach to the artist schools across entire state
SU & WWU Interns supported strategic initiatives of PSG throughout the year
One of our past interns returns, joining our board to represent Education/Grants
Ostarra has invited us to join their free monthly Friday non-profit fund raising training/consult
Commons 501 offering directly available resources and counsel
Terry Family agreement with PSG for gift of family artworks
PSG website has recorded 9000 hits monthly, our average 55% versus industry standard of 29%
Looking ahead in 2016
David Martin has agreed to write our new PSG book 90th celebration
Arete Partnership and proposal with EAFA, NWWS – 450 Central Way, Kirkland
Scholarship Teamwork, January 10
Junior League collaborative Patron events this Spring and Summer
Matzke Gallery exhibition March/April
4 Artist Salon/General Meetings building community and outreach
Annual Picnic and Patron Fundraising events
Member Roster and Digital Member map to go out with members renewal in January
PSG Divestiture program – proceeds to be used for scholarship and operations
Continued collaboration and support with interns from SU-MFA Leadership in the Arts, UW Arts & Sciences, WWU Arts Programs, Arts Institute and Lake Washington Technical
We’ve only just begun! With the strength of the new skill-based leadership team, the PSG’s standing in the community will only continue to grow. For it to thrive, we need your participation and input to maintain motion.
If each of you here today recruited just one new member to the association, your active involvement secures our place in the region’s future. Survival happens only with renewal and innovation. We are counting on you to preserve this historic treasure for future generations. Members are the lifeblood of this association!
If you have any questions, please ask tonite or contact us by email on the PSG website/contacts page.
Have a blessed and beautiful holiday season,
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson