Bluestem Center for the Arts

Address
415 North Fourth Street
Fargo, ND 58102
Contact
Website: http://www.bluestemcfa.org
Phone: +1 (218) 477-6500
Nonprofit
NTEE: B112 - Education
EIN: 45-0448759

Mission

The mission of Bluestem Center for the Arts is to educate, entertain, inspire, and enrich our community through the arts.
 201220102009
Basic features of the organization
Doing business as nameBluestem Center for the Arts
Year of formation1998
Metropolitan statistical area2520
Form of organization
CorporationTrue
Human resources, including compensation
Summary compensation info
Total compensation of current key personnel$55,668.00$24,849.00 
Sum of reportable (W2/1099) compensation$55,668.00$21,585.00 
Number of employees110 
Number of people compensated >$100k00 
Number of volunteers250367 
Personnel
Anderson, Dave
Title Director 
Name of key/compensated person Dave Anderson 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director True 
Average hours per week working for org 3.00 
Reportable compensation from org $0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $0.00 
Arness, Amy
TitleVice PresidentDirector 
Name of key/compensated personAmy ArnessAmy Arness 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org3.003.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00 
Beaton, Tim
Title Director 
Name of key/compensated person Tim Beaton 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director True 
Average hours per week working for org 3.00 
Reportable compensation from org $0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $0.00 
Benson, Kathy
Title Executive Director (Jan-Apr) 
Name of key/compensated person Kathy Gail Benson 
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org 40.00 
Reportable compensation from org $21,585.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $3,184.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $0.00 
Brookins, Tim
TitleDirectorVice President 
Name of key/compensated personTim BrookinsTim Brookins 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org3.003.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00 
Gjerdevig, Sara
TitleDirector  
Name of key/compensated personSara Gjerdevig  
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrue  
Average hours per week working for org3.00  
Reportable compensation from org$0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00  
Huffman, Dan
Title Director 
Name of key/compensated person Dan Huffman 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director True 
Average hours per week working for org 3.00 
Reportable compensation from org $0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $0.00 
Neal, Shelly
TitleDirector  
Name of key/compensated personShelly Neal  
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrue  
Average hours per week working for org3.00  
Reportable compensation from org$0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00  
Nyquist, Jeff
Title Director 
Name of key/compensated person Jeff Nyquist 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director True 
Average hours per week working for org 3.00 
Reportable compensation from org $0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $0.00 
Olig, Dave
Title Secretary 
Name of key/compensated person Dave Olig 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or director True 
Average hours per week working for org 3.00 
Reportable compensation from org $0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $0.00 
Olig, David
TitlePresident  
Name of key/compensated personDavid Olig  
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrue  
Average hours per week working for org3.00  
Reportable compensation from org$0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00  
Rosenfeldt, Jade
TitleSecretary  
Name of key/compensated personJade Rosenfeldt  
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrue  
Average hours per week working for org3.00  
Reportable compensation from org$0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00  
Schmid, Mary
TitleDirectorDirector 
Name of key/compensated personMary Jo SchmidMary Jo Schmid 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org3.003.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00 
Shaw, Jackie
TitleDirector  
Name of key/compensated personJackie Shaw  
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrue  
Average hours per week working for org3.00  
Reportable compensation from org$0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00  
Wiger, Sue
TitleExecutive Director  
Name of key/compensated personSue Wiger  
Position of compensated person
Average hours per week working for org40.00  
Reportable compensation from org$55,668.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00  
Wurzer, Steve
TitleDirectorPresident 
Name of key/compensated personSteve WurzerSteve Wurzer 
Position of compensated person
Current individual trustee or directorTrueTrue 
Average hours per week working for org3.003.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00 
Purpose: mission, activities, & accomplishments
Mission or significant activitiesThe Organization raises funds to support arts programming at the Arts Center in Moorhead, MN. Bluestem and Trollwood collaboratively offer arts and arts programming for all ages, pre-K through senior citizens.Future Builders in Support of Trollwood Performing Arts School raises funds to support arts programming at the arts center in Moorhead, MN. FutureBuilders and Trollwood collaboratively offer arts and arts programming for all ages, Pre K through senior citizens. 
Program service expenses, total$1,394,908.00$1,110,871.00 
Programs, including revenue & expenses
In 1998, Fargo-Moorhead community leaders formed Bluestem, a nonprofit organization, to support Trollwood Performing Arts School's substantial growth. Bluestem Center for the Arts mission is "to educate, entertain, inspire and enrich our community through the arts." Bluestem (formerly FutureBuilders) was entrusted with the operations and stewardship of Trollwood Performing Arts School and the shared Moorhead facilities. At its beautiful, spacious site, Bluestem not only provides a home for Trollwood's programming, but is also host to community events, conferences and symposiums, music concerts and festivals. The vision of Bluestem is to serve as a regional resource connecting communities and enabling dynamic arts programming for all citizens by developing financial support and maintaining a world-class venue. In 2011 Bluestem expanded its concert series to include Sheryl Crow, Moody Blues, Lyle Lovett and George Thorogood.Trollwood Performing Arts School (TPAS) provides youth arts educational offerings at Bluestem. TPAS is a unique youth arts organization committed to providing the highest quality of arts learning experiences, exceptional community entertainment, and activities that promote and celebrate cultural diversity. The mission of Trollwood is "to inspire those we serve through the arts to realize their full potential and be a positive influence in the global community." This mission drives the diverse and varied programs students experience each year in beginning through advanced levels of dance, theater, technical theater, vocal music, stringed music, video arts, and creative writing. These programs develop artistic knowledge and skills, but more importantly build fundamental life skills including self-esteem, self-confidence, communication and collaboration skills, citizenship and character. Trollwood developed in 1978 from the collaborative efforts between Fargo Public Schools and the Fargo Park District. As the demand for quality arts programming grew within the community, Trollwood quickly expanded beyond the purview of a typical public school arts program. Today, Trollwood serves an over 500 young people annually, with average audiences upwards of 20,000.Bluestem is the only venue of its type in the region, providing unique arts opportunities and events for all ages. TPAS offers students intensive arts training in a supportive and intellectually challenging environment, set in an inspirational outdoor venue that fosters a personal connection to nature and the greater world. Bluestem/TPAS plays many roles in the community including: 1) preparing youth for the future by empowering them with fundamental life skills in addition to top-quality arts training; 2) serving as an arts resource for the community by providing dynamic performances; 3) providing leadership to emerging arts organizations by sharing administrative, marketing, and development best practices; and 4) supporting regional schools and organizations by providing technical sound, lighting, stage equipment and costumes at little or no cost.
Program expenses$1,394,908.00$1,110,871.00 
Grants and allocations made$76,986.00$341,772.00 
Program revenue$1,250.00$15,993.00 
Program descriptionIn 1998, Fargo-Moorhead community leaders formed Bluestem, a nonprofit organization, to support Trollwood Performing Arts School's substantial growth. Bluestem Center for the Arts mission is "to educate, entertain, inspire and enrich our community through the arts." Bluestem (formerly FutureBuilders) was entrusted with the operations and stewardship of Trollwood Performing Arts School and the shared Moorhead facilities. At its beautiful, spacious site, Bluestem not only provides a home for Trollwood's programming, but is also host to community events, conferences and symposiums, music concerts and festivals. The vision of Bluestem is to serve as a regional resource connecting communities and enabling dynamic arts programming for all citizens by developing financial support and maintaining a world-class venue. In 2011 Bluestem expanded its concert series to include Sheryl Crow, Moody Blues, Lyle Lovett and George Thorogood.Trollwood Performing Arts School (TPAS) provides youth arts educational offerings at Bluestem. TPAS is a unique youth arts organization committed to providing the highest quality of arts learning experiences, exceptional community entertainment, and activities that promote and celebrate cultural diversity. The mission of Trollwood is "to inspire those we serve through the arts to realize their full potential and be a positive influence in the global community." This mission drives the diverse and varied programs students experience each year in beginning through advanced levels of dance, theater, technical theater, vocal music, stringed music, video arts, and creative writing. These programs develop artistic knowledge and skills, but more importantly build fundamental life skills including self-esteem, self-confidence, communication and collaboration skills, citizenship and character. Trollwood developed in 1978 from the collaborative efforts between Fargo Public Schools and the Fargo Park District. As the demand for quality arts programming grew within the community, Trollwood quickly expanded beyond the purview of a typical public school arts program. Today, Trollwood serves an over 500 young people annually, with average audiences upwards of 20,000.Bluestem is the only venue of its type in the region, providing unique arts opportunities and events for all ages. TPAS offers students intensive arts training in a supportive and intellectually challenging environment, set in an inspirational outdoor venue that fosters a personal connection to nature and the greater world. Bluestem/TPAS plays many roles in the community including: 1) preparing youth for the future by empowering them with fundamental life skills in addition to top-quality arts training; 2) serving as an arts resource for the community by providing dynamic performances; 3) providing leadership to emerging arts organizations by sharing administrative, marketing, and development best practices; and 4) supporting regional schools and organizations by providing technical sound, lighting, stage equipment and costumes at little or no cost.In 1998, Fargo-Moorhead community leaders formed Future Builders, a non-profit organization, to support Trollwood Performing Art's School's substantial growth. The vision of Future Builders is to serve as a regional resource connecting communities and enabling dynamic arts programming for all citizens by developing financial support and maintaining a world-class venue, Bluestem Center for the Arts. Trollwood Performing Arts School (TPAS) provides youth arts educational offerings at Future Builders. TPAS is a unique youth arts organization committed to providing the highest quality of arts learning experiences, exceptional community entertainment, and activities that promote and celebrate cultural diversity. The mission of Trollwood is "to inspire those we serve through the arts to realize their full potential and be a positive influence in the global community." This mission drives the diverse and varied programs students experience each year in beginning through advanced levels of dance, theater, technical theater, vocal music, stringed music, video arts, and creative writing. These programs develop artistic knowledge and skills, but more importantly build fundamental life skills including self-esteem, self- confidence, communication and collaboration skills, citizenship and character. Trollwood developed in 1978 from the collaborative efforts between Fargo Public Schools and the Fargo Park District. As the demand for quality arts programming grew within the community, Trollwood quickly expanded beyond the purview of a typical public school arts program. Today, Trollwood serves an over 500 young people annually, with average audiences upwards of 20,000. Future Builders is the only venue of its type in the region, providing unique arts opportunities and events for all ages. TPAS offers students intensive arts training in a supportive and intellectually challenging environment, set in an inspirational outdoor venue that fosters a personal connection to nature and the greater world. Future Builders/TPAS plays many roles in the community including: 1) preparing youth for the future by empowering them with fundamental life skills in addition to top-quality arts training; 2) serving as an arts resource for the community by providing dynamic performances; 3) providing leadership to emerging arts organizations by sharing administrative, marketing, and development best practices; and 4) supporting regional schools and organizations by providing technical sound, lighting, stage equipment and costumes at little or no cost. 
Financial data
Revenue
Total revenue$4,210,361.00$667,705.00 
Revenue from contributions (total)$193,831.00$625,528.00$7,043,784.00
Investment income, current yr-$4,335.00$100.00 
Total revenue from grants, etc., current yr$193,831.00$625,528.00 
Total unrelated business revenue$0.00$0.00 
Other revenue, current yr$4,019,615.00$26,084.00 
Net unrelated business taxable revenue$0.00$0.00 
Program service revenue (total)$1,250.00$15,993.00$13,621.00
Gross receipts$4,214,696.00$667,705.00 
Sources of contributions
Revenue from gov't grants $208,197.00 
Revenue from all other contributions$193,831.00$417,331.00 
Other types of revenue
Miscellaneous revenue (total)$3,983,011.00  
Income from dividends, interest, and similar investments $100.00 
Net rental income$36,604.00$26,084.00$14,173.00
Expense categories (totals)
Total functional expenses: sum of all$13,717,397.00$1,315,128.00 
Total functional expenses: program service $1,394,908.00$1,110,871.00 
Total functional expenses: management and general$12,299,562.00$37,258.00 
Total functional expenses: fundraising$22,927.00$166,999.00 
Fees for services
Legal fees (total)$8,161.00$1,250.00 
Fundraising service fees (total)$0.00$0.00 
Assets and liabilities
Total assets$991,894.00$15,850,747.00$17,986,130.00
Total assets, beginning of year$15,196,379.00$17,986,130.00 
Total liabilities$1,247,637.00$6,076,832.00$7,566,149.00
Total liabilities, beginning of year$5,945,270.00$7,566,149.00 
Pledges & accounts receivable, net $1,298,378.00 
Unrestricted net assets, end of yr-$1,613,282.00$8,460,166.00 
Temporarily restricted net assets$1,357,539.00$1,313,749.00 
Net assets-$255,743.00$9,773,915.00 
Net assets, beginning of year$9,251,109.00$10,419,981.00 
Other liabilities$689,252.00$2,970,562.00 
Bond liabilities $2,076,671.00 
Other assets$0.00$9,000.00 
Other financial variables
Revenue less expenses-$9,507,036.00-$647,423.00 
Advertising (total)$8,846.00$59,900.00 
Savings & temp cash investment$11,798.00$84,492.00 
Prepaid expenses & deferred charges$6,138.00$1,112.00 
Accounts payable & accrued expenses$69,185.00$41,684.00 
Secured mortgages and notes payable$489,200.00$987,915.00 
Total net assets or fund balances-$255,743.00$9,773,915.00 
Depreciation, depletion, amortization$432,964.00$417,703.00 
Governance and accountability
Number of voting members99 
Number of independent voting members99 
Financial sheets audited True 
Accrual accountingTrueTrue 
Tax year start date2012-01-012010-01-01 
Tax year end date2012-12-012010-12-012009-12-01
Indicators for schedules (selected)
Grants to domestic org/gov't >$5kTrue  
Metadata about the filing
E-return type: 990, 990EZ, or 990PF990990 
Date e-filing submitted2013-12-312011-11-25 
IRS schema version2012v2.12010v3.4 
Filing identifier201303199349306795201103139349300405 
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