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NON-PROFIT REPORT: The Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester Inc.

Non-profit Report
Rochester Business Journal
June 29, 2012

NON-PROFIT REPORT: The Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester Inc. is an advocate, planner and funder whose mission is to strengthen and promote the creative sector through special initiatives, grant programs and member services in 10 counties: Cayuga, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.
The council's services include technical assistance, education and advocacy, planning and research, and fiscal sponsorship. It promotes its members through an online events calendar and directory and a quarterly magazine. It also offers members access to legal assistance in partnership with law firms, including Nixon Peabody LLP, and access to health insurance in partnership with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
The Arts Council's magazine, Metropolitan, reached an estimated 240,000 readers in 2011. Each issue has a distribution of 15,000; more than 5,000 copies are mailed to individuals and organizations, and the rest are available free at more than 200 locations.
The council provides networking events and professional development opportunities for its constituency and the community at large. In 2011, experts made presentations on topics such as legal issues, charitable solicitation, marketing and public relations.
The Arts Council also administers grant funds on behalf of the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rochester Area Community Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2011, it awarded 50 grants totaling approximately $104,000.
For 28 years, the Arts Council has presented awards that celebrate the region's artists, cultural organizations and people who support the arts through volunteerism and philanthropy. In 2011, it honored metal sculptor Paul Knoblauch; the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival; philanthropists Dawn Lipson and Jacques Lipson M.D.; the Community Foundation; the Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble of SUNY College at Brockport; and Anthony Bannon, retiring director of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.
The council also operates a 1,200-square-foot gallery and presented 12 individual and group exhibitions in 2011. In summer 2011, it launched an annual juried exhibition for individual members working in the visual arts.
The Arts Council has five employees, and Sarah Lentini is president and CEO. Its office is at 277 N. Goodman St., and the website is
Financial Record Year ended Dec. 31, 2010 
Revenue %
Government contracts and contributions $200,874 38
Private contributions 126,106 24
Program service revenue 77,718 15
Sales 46,985 9
Artist and organizational memberships 38,130 7
In-kind goods and services 25,472 5
Other 7,368 1
Total revenue $522,653 100
Expenses %
Salaries and benefits $275,799 44
Grants 119,055 19
Printing and postage 57,882 9
Depreciation 31,275 5
Occupancy 31,020 5
Program supplies and general expenses 27,312 4
Legal and accounting services 20,707 3
Subcontracting 17,365 3
Program meeting expenses 14,787 2
Artists' fees 13,086 2
Other 18,270 3
Total expenses $626,558 100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses ($103,905)
Board of Directors
Grace Tillinghast, chairwoman; co-owner, the Battery
Jeffrey Crane, vice chairman; superintendent, West Irondequoit Central School District
Richard Rising, vice chairman; manager of economic development, Harris Beach PLLC
Jonathan Gonder, secretary; chairman, department of music, SUNY College at Geneseo
Trevor Harrison, treasurer; architect and co-founder, HBT Architects LLP
Sarah Lentini, president and CEO
Only officers are listed because of space limitations. The board has 15 additional members.
-Researched by James Leunk

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