the Creation of a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization

Jessica Vaage, Mary Anna Pomonis, Art Department, California State University, Fullerton, 800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831

As of 2016, there are over 1.54 million nonprofit organizations across the United States, but about only thirteen hundred dedicate their cause to the arts and culture. To further this point, about 749 of those thirteen hundred are devoted to Art Therapy. As a soon-to-be graduate, with honors, of California State University, Fullerton, I aspire to one day create my own 501(c)3 nonprofit organization so that number will at least be 750. The first step in doing this, of course, is research. In my senior year of college, I found the Association of Hysteric Curators (AHC), a group known as a fluid, evolving, trans-generational group of women who gather to discuss contemporary feminism and the term's historicity, since 2014. After invited to attend a meeting by the President, and my mentor, Mary Anna Pomonis, I knew that AHC would be an excellent fit for the project I had in mind. This project ended up being my Senior Honors Project, one in which I turn AHC into a fully-functioning 501(c)3 in preparation for the creation of my future 501(c)3. In this, I was able to create an updated logo and event flyer for AHC and begin filling out the necessary forms. Upon discovering that these forms require funding, my mentor and I came up with ways to fund this and continue. As COVID-19 contributed to many delays with filling, we plan to continue this project after graduation. AHC is to curate and host an activism exhibition titled "My Body My Truth" at Dog and Pony in Spokane, Washington in late February of 2021. This exhibition focuses on body autonomy, from the fight to preserve reproductive rights to the issue of gender and identity. We hope to raise enough funds to finish filling as a 501(c)3 and raise awareness about the arts within nonprofit organizations. After completing this project, I plan on using this research to change that number to seven hundred and fifty. Creating this will bring opportunities to youth who may not have had the resources otherwise.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Jessica Vaage

Institution: California State University - Fullerton

Type: Oral

Subject: Art History & Visual Arts

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Oral 1
Date/Time: Mon 1:30pm-2:30pm
Session Number: 104
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