Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts
1905 Kentucky Ave
Winter Park FL 32789-4530
Contact Information
Address 1905 Kentucky Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789 4530
Phone (407) 636-9951
Web and Social Media
Donate with a credit card http://www.bluebambooartcenter.com
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Supporting today's artists and educating the artists of tomorrow
Mission
Mission

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts provides live music performances, poetry readings, theatrical events, art gallery showings, film and video presentations, music lessons, clinics, seminars, and other arts related events, designed to enrich the local community by exposing them to the arts, and providing direct contact with artists of all types, who will discuss and enlighten, while also providing specific instruction in their chosen discipline, both individual and in groups.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Christopher Cortez
Board Chair Mr. Christopher Cortez
Board Chair Company Affiliation Blue Bamboo Music Inc.
History
IRS Ruling Year 2015
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $12,000.00
Projected Expenses $30,000.00
Statements
Mission

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts provides live music performances, poetry readings, theatrical events, art gallery showings, film and video presentations, music lessons, clinics, seminars, and other arts related events, designed to enrich the local community by exposing them to the arts, and providing direct contact with artists of all types, who will discuss and enlighten, while also providing specific instruction in their chosen discipline, both individual and in groups.

Impact

Blue Bamboo Center For The Arts opened its doors on July 18, 2016. The Center's goals are to provide a venue for jazz, classical, chamber, blues, singer-songwriter concerts; art education opportunities in the form of one-on-one or group instruction, workshops, seminars, etc.; an art gallery to showcase the works of local and national artists.

In addition to music concerts, we have hosted piano and dance recitals, theatrical performances, and provided a space for vocal instructions. We host the monthly University of Central Florida "Parcels" meeting for students in the Master of Fine Arts program, where the students read from their books and poetry in progress. Additionally, we display artwork from local artists, including several from the McRae Art Studio. The artwork is frequently rotated, providing opportunities for other local artists.

We also established a "Community Ticket" program. Community Tickets are given free of charge to someone who cannot afford to attend a show. Retirees, shut-ins, students, etc. are given the opportunity to attend a show when someone purchases an extra ticket. Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts matches every Community Ticket sold.

Our goals for the upcoming year are to continue building on the base we have established in our first year of operation; increase audience attendance; provide further opportunities for local artists by way of art exhibits; provide more theatrical performances; increase membership/sponsorship enrollment; and continue diversifying the type of events we hold.

 

Independent Research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or program effectiveness? No
Needs Blue Bamboo Center For The Arts' continuing needs are to obtain funds for performers, educational programs, volunteers and interns.
Background Chris and Melody Cortez had a vision to create a venue for live jazz, Americana, and classical music performances, art gallery space, and educational opportunities for children and adults in the form of individual and/or group lessons, seminars and workshops. We seek to support today's artists and educate the artists of tomorrow.
CEO Statement

From Chris Cortez, CEO: Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts provides a home for performing and visual arts. Often classical music, jazz, theater, dance, spoken word, painting, and sculpture take a back seat to more commercial concerns. We intend to advocate and wherever possible, to provide a platform to success for those artists who demonstrate great dedication to their craft. Presentation is part of that, but we will also focus on arts education through private lessons, clinics, and seminars featuring the artists utilizing our space.

Our officers are accomplished artists, producers, and directors themselves. Together they have created hundreds of musical compositions, arrangements, audio recordings, videos, and paintings, and logged thousands of hours perfecting their craft and performing worldwide.  We see the community need for this type of facility because of our direct interaction with local artists, musicians, actors, and performers of all types, and the public at large.

Audiences are moved deeply by a wide variety of performance art, presented at the highest levels of proficiency. There are thousands of brilliant artists of all types in Central Florida deserving of a home, and far too few venues. We intend to be one of them, and we will remain focused on those artists most deserving of wider recognition. Taking things further, we also want to be that connection for the audience to learn how and why these people do what they do, and why it’s so valuable for all of us. We also want to inspire the next generation of artists to go as far as humanly possible.

Board Chair Statement

From Chris Cortez, Chairman and President: Being a professional musician for over 40 years, I have played all types of music in all types of venues. Choosing jazz as my main focus, I have seen a decrease in available venues for this American born musical form. From my associations with other artists, I have also come to realize there is a real need to support local artists and to educate the artists of tomorrow. My vision is to provide a venue for a variety of performance arts - jazz, classical, chamber, spoken word, dance, theater and so on. The focus is to feature artists at their highest level of proficiency in their field. Not only will the artists perform, they will also provide educational opportunities in the form of clinics, workshops, question/answer sessions before or after a performance.

I have a deep passion for learning and striving to be the best I can be - as a musician and a person. It is an on-going life-long pursuit. By building Blue Bamboo Center For The Arts, I believe I can help others in their pursuit of being the best they can be, too.

NTEE Information
Primary Organization Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Primary Organization SubType Performing Arts Centers
Areas Served
Geographic Areas Served
FL - Winter Park
FL - Orange
FL
Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts serves Winter Park, Orlando and all of Central Florida. 
Goals
HelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

The specific objectives and purpose of Blue Bamboo Center For The Arts is to provide instruction in the arts to individuals and groups of students; to create events designed to entertain and inform the general public in all arts related disciplines; to explore the arts from many points of view, by providing direct contact with artists of all types to interact directly with guests; to sponsor, host and/or participate in events and activities that promote the arts and arts education; and to provide state of the art production and recording facilities.

The Center provides opportunities for residents, musicians and other performing artists in Central Florida and beyond, by providing them with a venue focused on all of the arts, be it music, spoken word or theatrical, at a high level of proficiency. Education is a main focus for the Center, providing opportunities for artists to impart their knowledge to both children and adults in the form of individual and group instruction, clinics, workshops and seminars. The Officers and Board members have a passion for supporting today’s artists and educating the artists of tomorrow.

Strategies
HelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?  

The Officers of Blue Bamboo Center For The Arts are accomplished artists, producers, and directors themselves. Together they have created hundreds of musical compositions, arrangements, audio recordings, videos, and paintings, and logged thousands of hours perfecting their craft and performing worldwide. They see the community need for this type of facility because of their direct interaction with local artists, musicians, actors, and performers of all types, and the public at large.

Strategies for success include providing artists of high performance expertise with a venue that will support their craft while providing the general public an opportunity to not only experience these performances, but to also interact with the performers via workshops, clinics, lessons, and question/answer sessions.

Capabilities
HelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

Our Officers are accomplished artists, producers, and directors themselves. Together they have created hundreds of musical compositions, arrangements, audio recordings, videos, and paintings, and logged thousands of hours perfecting their craft and performing worldwide.  We see the community need for this type of facility because of our direct interaction with local artists, musicians, actors, and performers of all types, and the public at large.

Two of the Officers in particular have performed around the world, thereby creating a network of artists at the top of their craft. These Officers also grew up in Central Florida and have a large network of artists ready to perform at this new venue and impart their knowledge to their audience.
Indicators
HelpHow 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? Blue Bamboo Center For The Arts will measure success both financially and artistically. The key indicators being the ability to pay our bills to keep the Center open; attendance levels; feedback from the audience and performers.
 
Progress
HelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

Blue Bamboo Center For The Arts opened its doors July 18, 2016. The Officers worked diligently with the City of Winter Park to obtain permit approval. The major obstacles presented to us were parking and septic capacity, which we have successfully addressed. Our goals for the upcoming year are to continue building on the base we have established in our first year of operation; increase audience attendance; provide further opportunities for local artists by way of art exhibits; provide more theatrical performances; increase membership enrollment; and continue diversifying the type of events we hold.

We continue refining and diversifying the type of events we hold. Diversification is important to us to reach audiences with a wide variety of interests. Understanding that we have limited resources to direct toward advertising, we have recently hired a person to help us with outreach to the community. The goals for this person are to increase community awareness of who we are and what we offer, as well as increasing our memberships/sponsorships.

 

Programs
Description The non-profit strives to provide musical performances, including jazz, classical, Americana, blues, spoken word, and other high performance art. Performers will be at a high level of achievement in their craft, providing the audience an opportunity to interact with them via question/answers sessions, clinics, workshops and other general instruction either individually or in groups. The capacity level of the Center is approximately 120 persons. Additionally, the non-profit will provide educational programs, internships and volunteer opportunities.
Population Served Adults
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Comments
CEO Comments

Our goals for the upcoming year are to continue building on the base we have established in our first year of operation; increase audience attendance; provide further opportunities for local artists by way of art exhibits; provide more theatrical performances; increase membership enrollment; and continue diversifying the type of events we hold.

We continue refining and diversifying the type of events we hold. Diversification is important to us to reach audiences with a wide variety of interests. Understanding that we have limited resources to direct toward advertising, we have recently hired a person to help us with outreach to the community. The goals for this person are to increase community awareness of who we are and what we offer, as well as increasing our memberships/sponsorships. 

 

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Christopher Cortez
Company Affiliation Blue Bamboo Music Inc.
Term Aug 2016 to July 2017
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair
Board
Board Members
NameCompany AffiliationsStatusCertificate*
Mr. Christopher Cortez Blue Bamboo Music Inc.VotingNo
Ms. Melody Cortez Blue Bamboo Music Inc.VotingNo
Mr. Jeff Flowers Voting
Mr. Mark Piszczek Community VolunteerVotingNo
*This individual has been awarded a Certificate in Orientation to Board Service by the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College ebi.rollins.edu, the Central Florida Partnership www.centralfloridapartnership.org, and the Central Florida Foundation www.cffound.org.
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 30
Board Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Policies
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Comments
CEO Comments

We continue refining and diversifying the type of events we hold. Diversification is important to us to reach audiences with a wide variety of interests. Understanding that we have limited resources to direct toward advertising, we have recently hired a person to help us with outreach to the community. The goals for this person are to increase community awareness of who we are and what we offer, as well as increasing our memberships/sponsorships.

 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Christopher Cortez
Term Start July 2015
Email cortezguitar@earthlink.net
Experience Mr. Cortez has been a musician and entrepreneur all of his life. He established a record label, Blue Bamboo Music, in 1986. Originally a sole proprietorship, Blue Bamboo Music was incorporated in 2011.
CEO Salary Range $0 - $50,000
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 3
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Senior Staff
Title Vice President and Secretary
Experience/Biography Ms. Cortez has over 25 years experience in various corporate capacities, including public utilities, financial institutions and manufacturing. She has a Bachelor's degree in Human and Organizational Development from Loyola University in New Orleans, LA. From 1996 - 2014, Ms. Cortez was employed at Rain CII Carbon LLC (a producer of petroleum coke for the aluminum industry) serving in various Human Resources capacities including Director of Human Resources and subsequently Vice President of Human Resources. 
Other
CEO Comments

Blue Bamboo Center For The Arts opened its doors July 18, 2016. The Officers worked diligently with the City of Winter Park to obtain permit approval. The major obstacles presented to us were parking and septic capacity, which we have successfully addressed. Our goals for the upcoming year are to continue building on the base we have established in our first year of operation; increase audience attendance; provide further opportunities for local artists by way of art exhibits; provide more theatrical performances; increase membership enrollment; and continue diversifying the type of events we hold.

We continue refining and diversifying the type of events we hold. Diversification is important to us to reach audiences with a wide variety of interests. Understanding that we have limited resources to direct toward advertising, we have recently hired a person to help us with outreach to the community. The goals for this person are to increase community awareness of who we are and what we offer, as well as increasing our memberships/sponsorships.
State Registration No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Month
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Documents
Form 990s
YearDocument
2016Form 990-N 2016
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS 501(C)3 Determination Letter
Other Financial Documents
YearDocument
2016Revenue and Expense Report
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$5,737----
Administration Expense$9,163----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.51----
Program Expense/Total Expenses39%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,358----
Current Assets$735----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities($600)----
Total Net Assets$1,958----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations, Corporations and Individuals $7,538----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestments $27----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ------
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments

The $30,000 annual operating expenses are for payments to performers and to provide educational programs and internships.

Foundation Comments
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