Annual Report 2012- 2013
Thank you for supporting over 2,000 SPARC students in 2012-2013
Dear Friends of SPARC, Fiscal Year 2013 has been another banner year for SPARC, thanks to our students, parents, faculty, staff, donors, and volunteers. SPARC’s constituents are some of the most passionate and committed people around, and SPARC’s students benefit from your support and involvement every single day. While there are many SPARC successes to share from the classroom and the community, one occurrence this year rises to the top when thinking about SPARC’s future. During Fiscal Year 2013, SPARC received its two largest-ever gifts — $1.5 million from an anonymous donor, and $500,000 from the Stanley and Kim Markel Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia. Those two gifts, both for SPARC’s Capital Campaign, allowed SPARC to achieve debt-free ownership of our home, The SPARC Center on North Hamilton Street. That achievement has opened a wave of creative conversation about the future of SPARC — its programs, its people, and its facilities. We are just months away from publishing a new multi-year strategic plan for
SPARC, mapping out how we aim to profoundly influence the lives of the next generation of students in our community. Also, we will soon unveil the plans for a major renovation to The SPARC Center, maximizing accessibility and accommodating up to three times as many students as we can today. We invite you to stop by for a performance, a tour, or just coffee and conversation about SPARC’s future and the role you can play in it. As always, thank you for your passion and enthusiasm for our work to “set the stage for life” for over 2,000 young people each year through exceptional performing arts education. Yours at SPARC, Ryan T. Ripperton Executive Director
SPARCâ€™s Administrative and Program Staff 2012-2013 Ryan T. Ripperton Executive Director
Debra Clinton Director of Production
Candace Mraz-Nelson Director of Development
Kevin Johnson Technical Director
Susan Wermus Development & Executive Assistant
Adriana Green Education Assistant
Tess Zepp Bookkeeper
Natalie Schwartz Education Assistant Intern
Laine Satterfield Program Director, New Voices for the Theater
Becky Lussier Production Assistant
Kim Boys Chief Financial Officer
Courtney Edwards Program Manager, LIVE ART
Erin Thomas-Foley Director of Education
SPARCâ€™s Board of Directors 2012-2013 W. Jerrold Samford, P.G. Immediate Past President Rejena Carreras President Lynn C. Greer Vice President Teri C. Miles Vice President Sara J. Mooney Secretary Ronald I. Felmus Treasurer
Directors Pamela S. Belleman Ram Bhagat Chris Booker-Carlisle Kathy Mays Coleman
Adjunct Faculty Abernathy Bland Addie Pawlick Alan Vollmer Ali Thibodeau Allison Gillman Anna Johnson Annella Kaine Ben Fox Ben Miller Brendan Kennedy Brendon Kennedy Brian Baez Courtney Edwards Danae Carter Dani Brown Daniel Clarke Deb Clinton Durron Tyre Eric Evans
Eryn Snyder Gabriela Wolfe Heather Falks Jake Oswell Jason Campbell Jason Marks Jenna McClintock Jenny Fralin Jenny Hundley Joe Winters Julia Greer Karen Stanley Kelsey Cordrey Kim Fox Kim Pawlick Laine Satterfield Lily Hargis Linda Beringer Liz Earnest Marc Langelier Martin Garner
Matt Johnson Matt Polson Meg Carnahan Morgan Barbour Pam Connolly Pam Turner Peggy Thibodeau Rhonda Abouhana Robin Harris Sara Schmatz Sarah Provencal Stacey Firefly Stephanie Smith Stephen Rudlin Steve Perigard Susan Sanford Taylor Bernard Trent Williams Tyra Robinson William Southerland Willie Hinton
David Crank Sarah Hopkins Finley Thomas S. Gay Marc A. Greenberg Jill Bussey-Harris Joel Martinez Katherine P. Noel Sakina Paige Charles D. Piper, AIA Andrew S. Piretti I. Todd Stanley Thomas Topinka Angie Leung Williams Mabel Wells Fred G. Wood, III
For 32 years, SPARC has provided the youth of the Richmond region distinctive performing arts education, enhancing their life skills and benefiting their schools, families and neighborhoods. SPARCâ€™s mission is to inspire young people (ages 3-18) to reach their full potential through quality training in the performing arts. The mission is facilitated through professional artists presenting a range of tuition-based classes, workshops, summer camps, productions and outreach programs.
Why is SPARC important? Incorporated in 1984 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, SPARC makes it financially possible for students to participate in its programs who might not otherwise be able to afford it. SPARC expands its outreach to communities through three key programs. In its 24th year, the compelling New Voices for the Theater statewide playwriting program receives applications from over 180 high school playwrights statewide. SPARC’s outreach program in local schools and neighborhood centers—STAGES—provides grant-funded performing arts education in traditionally underserved neighborhoods to over 1,000 youth annually. Launched in 2012, LIVE ART is a unique, multi-disciplinary, inclusive educational program that is building relationships between arts organizations, educators and artists to expand arts opportunities for students with developmental disabilities, hearing impairment and typically developed students alike.
Experiences through SPARC have changed our child’s life for the better in so many ways - she’s no longer a shy, quiet child - she loves the stage, public speaking, singing, dancing and acting and hopes to continue for many years to come. – SPARC Parent
Impact of your support of SPARC in 2012-2013: SPARC measured a 20% increase in enrollment in tuition-based performing arts education programs. More than 46% of all youth served received financial aid or participated free of charge in outreach programs. SPARC provided over $27,000 in financial aid for tuition-based education.
Contributions sustained the STAGES outreach program serving 8 schools and neighborhood centers and reaching over 1,000 students across the greater Richmond metropolitan area. Of those established school sites, year-end performances in schools were held for audiences of more than 6,300 youth, families, and educators. SPARC continues to implement its quantitative educational assessment tool; findings indicate a 53% student improvement in the Virginia Oral Language Standards of Learning.
Yesterday we ran into a former counselor of Zach’s and we were talking about Charlotte’s Web. She whispered to me afterwards that he seems so much more mature, confident, looked her in the eyes when he was talking to her ... I said, yep, that’s SPARC. – Melodie, SPARC Parent
As we look toward SPARC’s future, we have plans to: • Continue to expand public awareness of the benefits of students participating in SPARC; • Sustain the STAGES outreach education program in existing school sites; • Forward fund the LIVE ART outreach program providing inclusive performing arts education to children with special needs, vision and hearing impairment for many years to come; • Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of New Voices for the Theater; • Focus on increasing enrollment and diversifying our tuition-based classes.
Thank you to those who contributed to sparc in 2012-2013
SPARC relies on generous contributions to fulfill our mission. The list on the following pages reflects contributions received during the period beginning September 1, 2012 and ending August 31, 2013. We strive to list all donors accurately. If any errors or omissions have occurred, please accept our apologies and notify us at 804-353-3393. Thank you for supporting SPARC!
Individuals, Businesses and Foundations Supporting SPARC! The Stargazers Society $1,000 - $10,000+ Stacey and Frank Baum Pam and Bruce Belleman Nancy and Scott Belleman Anne and Roger Boeve Rejena Carreras and Tom Jones Kathy Mays Coleman Carol Cosby Jane and Rick Costello David Crank Melanie Davenport
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dolan Debbie and Paul Edmunds The Felmus Family Carol Ford Tom Gay Chris and Marc Greenberg Lynn and Hal Greer Yvonne and Charles Gold Jill and Monroe Harris Anne Marie Irani and Larry Schwartz Mr. and Mrs. George K. Jennison Mark Joy Jo Kennedy
Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Lennon David Marshall Linda W. Mays Teri C. Miles Sara Belle and Neilson November Sara J. and J. Robert Mooney Sakina Paige and Jamal Thomas Andrew S. Piretti Karen and Ron Pusey Mr. and Mrs. Myron H. Reinhart Holly Rice and Vince Gilligan Steven Rogers Fannie and Gilbert Rosenthal
Ann and Jerry Samford I. Todd Stanley Kelley Stanley Wallace Stettinius Mr. and Mrs. James E. Ukrop Heather and Patrick Williams Thomas Wohlfarth Patty and Fred Wood
The Directors Circle $250 - $999 Michael Agostino Valerie Alley Phoebe Antrim Laura Bacon Jo Anne and Bill Bosher Rhoda and Kim Boys Mr. and Mrs. Richard Brackley Cat Bramhall Diane Butler Sally Canar Chris and Dante Carlisle Jewel and Dean Caven David Christian Pauline and Albert Cooper Anne Curry The Deibel Family Pamela and F. Davis Drumheller Christopher English Sarah and Don Finley Kim and Jon Hahn Gayle and Bill Hefty Marion and Guy Horsley Susan Hudgins Robin Lynne Hulbert and Jeffrey Weller Susan Craven Johnson and Neville Johnson, Jr. Cabell Jones Amy Kidwell Trina and Hugh Lee Page and Adrian Luxmoore Leigh and Joel Martinez Janice Moore Dianne and Tom Mraz Elizabeth H. Muse Linda Nash Robert Nelson Katherine and Brian Noel Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Nowicki, Jr.
Helen and Chip Nunley Toni and John Oâ€™Brion Suzanne C. Pollard Peggy and Mark Resnick Jess Reynolds Julian Reynolds Ryan and Danielle Ripperton and Family Jacky Robinson Susan and Robert Salsitz Jolene and Michael Scott Meredith and Alfred Scott Kathe and Edwin Simpson Sandra Sisisky Margaret Slade Patricia M. Smith Max Straub June Tomes Terri and Thomas Topinka Robert Ukrop Margaret van Ekeren Beverly Wallace Margaret and John Whitlock Angie Williams Greg and Taffy Williams Jack L. Williams Susan and Gary Wolver
Patrons Up to $249 Sharon and Richard Baltimore Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Barger Duane M. Benton Linda Beringer Beth Bickford Jonathan Blake James C. Bonbright Eugenia H. Borum Carl Boyd, MD Mike Boyd Bromby Bradley Lee Bradley Wendy Brown Dr. and Mrs. John B.H. Caldwell Cheryl and Wayne Canipe Michelle Carn Pamela Carnahan Irene H. Carney and Fred P. Orelove Therese B. and Michael F. Cashen
Lingling Chen Kate-Roy and Dixon Christian Laura and Eric Cote Shannon Daily Jim Dalton Hannah Davis Paul Deiss Katherine DeLoyht Helen and David Dietz Joni and Mark Dray Courtney Edwards Lauren Effron Teresa and Chris Fallon Alexandra Fannon Sylvia and David Fine Danna Flaherty Leigh Geiger and Arlen Bolstad Donna Gilles Esther Gilman Kimberly and W. Richard Gilman Jr. George Ginn J. Carroll Graham Nancy Haga The Hansen Family Katherine Hark Ruth Harris Marsha and Michael Hawkins Linda Heaslet Lisa and Michael Hessberg Gloria Hintz Birdie and Calvin Jamison Anna and Brent King Mary Catherine Kolbert Justin Laughter Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline and Dr. Jonathan Lebolt Amy and David Lefkowitz Margaret Reed Rebecca Reed Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Love, Jr. Eric Margolin Jason Marks C. Anson Matthews and Richard J. Brown Lee Katherine and Rob Mays Julie McConnell Mr. and Mrs. George McKinney Anne McMorrow Darla and Todd Mercer Susan and Stephen Meyers
Andrew T. Moore, Jr. John Montgomery Mr. and Mrs. Johnson Moss Candace Mraz-Nelson and Craig Nelson Kendall and Brian Neely Ltc. Francisco B. Newman, Jr. Catherine and Christopher O’Brion Jacqueline O’Connor Elaine Ogburn Erin O’Malley Emma Orelove Sandra and Robert Peay Antonia Penn Mary P. Pierce Julia and Charles Piper Mark Press Dee Raubenstine Shirley and Bob Reinhard Zak Resnick Nan Ellen and Dick Ritsch Robbin Roddewig Jane and Jim Rothrock Alan A. Rudnick and Marc Villiamiel Mr. and Mrs. S. Buford Scott Ronald Secrist Lynne Shockley Clare and Zack Sisisky Mary C. and Dennett C. Slemp Sharon L. Smith Neil Sonenklar Kim and Bob Stallings Jan and Jim Starnes Jenna Stickley Pamela Stokes Ann Thomason Chinda Tilson Mr. and Mrs. Tim Timberlake Brad Tuggle Pat Vastano and Dennis Lieberman Melanie and Christopher Wade Mr. and Mrs. Hays T. Watkins Allyne Webster Mabel G. Wells Susan Wermus Susan and Anthony Yoo Roberta Zilius
In Kind Alpha Natural Resources Irene H. Carney and Fred P. Orelove Paul Donnelly The Felmus Family Linda and Earl Ferguson Anne Marie Irani and Larry Schwartz HyperFormance Tom Jones Lane & Associates, PC Sakina Paige and Jamal Thomas Andrew S. Piretti Revolve Retirement Plan Administrator (RPAS) Ann and Jerry Samford Patricia Sauls and Mark Mobley Andrea Schneider and William Thomas Meredith and Alfred Scott SFA Fine Art Services Sherwin Williams - Ashland June P. Tomes Terri and Thomas Topinka
Businesses Alterra Excess & Surplus Insurance Altria Group Baskin Robbins - 5510 W. Broad Street Blackwood Development Company, Inc Bon Secours Richmond Health System Brighton Collectibles BrownGreer, PLC Electric Power, Inc. Harris Mechanical Services inLieu, LLC McGuire Woods LLP On Hold Marketing PlanG, Inc. Richmond Primoid, Inc. S.M. Durlak, Inc. Sweet Frog Troutman Sanders LLP Williams & Sherrill
* Funds of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia SPARC is supported by general operating support from
Foundations and Government Entities BDH Foundation E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation The CarMax Foundation The Community Foundation* CultureWorks Mildred P. and John F. Daffron, Sr. Fund for the Performing Arts* The Dominion Foundation Margarete and Siefried Eckhaus Charitable Trust Kip Kephart Foundation Stanley and Kim Markel Memorial Fund The Micawber Foundation Inc. Massie Scott Fund* Nunnally Charitable Lead Trust RECO Foundation United Way Local Governments and Schools Program United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts
Tribute gifts Arlen Bolstad in honor of Mabel Wells Carl Boyd, MD in memory of Martha Newell Matthew Gelven in honor of Julia Wolver Nancy Haga in honor of Erin Thomas-Foley Ruth Harris in honor of Mabel Wells Anne Marie Irani in honor of Natalie Schwartz Linda Mays in honor of W. Jerrold Samford Linda Mays in honor of Scott Belleman Emma Orelove in memory of Pat Asch Nan Ritsch in honor of Heather Williams Margaret Slade in honor of Susan Hudgins
Statement of Activities For the Year Ended August 31, 2013
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Henry always loves his SPARC classes and productions, but this one truly stood out in both his experience and the castâ€™s performance. His years of experience with SPARC have really influenced who he is today --- He now has the confidence to take risks and the ability to appreciate the talents of those who surround him. â€“ Jennifer, SPARC Parent
* Audited financial statements are available upon request.
2% - Investment
12% - Administration
16% - Earned
14% - Fundraising
82% - Contributed
73% - Program
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