Looking Back at 2018
We begin with transparency: as many of you know, the IRS revoked The Center’s nonprofit status last March. We had believed our returns were transmitted to the IRS in a timely manner, but the IRS has informed us that two of the returns were not received and the third was late. We are working diligently on this matter with our attorneys, have submitted our reapplication for nonprofit status to the IRS, expect the status to be restored, and are more than willing to discuss this with anyone who is interested.
In the meantime, as this report demonstrates, our important work continues. 2018 was a year of success and transition for Center for the Arts. After long and careful discussion, we decided to combine our Director and Center Fund President roles into a single President/CEO. Then, after a national search run by Arts Consulting Group in conjunction with our board and other stakeholders, we hired David J. Rothman, who brings decades of experience as an artist, educator, and non-profit entrepreneur and leader in the Mountain West and elsewhere.
David inherits a strong and vibrant organization that changes lives. In 2018, The Center and its 19 independent Resident organizations presented hundreds of concerts, performances, spoken word events, exhibitions, educational programs and more, serving thousands of people. In everything we do, we pursue our mission of bringing creativity into the lives of all those who live in or visit our beautiful valley. If a culture is the ensemble of stories that a community tells itself about itself, all of you reading this report are part of the story of The Center.
We are grateful to all of you who have supported us. 50% of our annual revenue comes from donors, and we make sure that it makes the greatest difference possible, supporting everything from our own programming, to maintaining our 98,000-square-foot facility, to collaborating with the Resident organizations and outside groups.
In the coming year, we will continue to focus our resources on developing Jackson Hole as one of the most vibrant small arts communities in North America. With your continued support, we are confident that we and our Resident organizations will continue to give everyone who visits The Center an opportunity to enjoy the transformative delight that creativity offers us all.
Valerie Brown, Chair
David J. Rothman, President/CEO
A Donor Story
Lee and Ed Riddell enjoy Center programs so much they choose to live within walking distance of it.
"The Center has been a key part of our lives in Jackson for decades. We met at Teton Science School in 1975 and were married there two years later. We had started a photography and graphic design business, and lived in a cabin in Moose where we skied in and out in the winter. For forty years we always lived in the country. When Center for the Arts was created, the events were exciting but we found the drive in winter daunting. In 2013 we decided to move to town, and limited our search to within three blocks of The Center so we could easily walk over and back.
Now, we attend many of the events: music, dance, art openings, films, interesting speakers with ideas to share. The beauty of this valley, the warmth of this community, and the great national and local art presented by The Center and its Residents all inspire us, and we are grateful. We look forward to what the talented staff of The Center, and of the many non-profit Residents, offer in the future."