Hands On! Children's Art Museum

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Organization Summary

Hands On! is a not-for-profit organization formed to provide a place where children of all ages and abilities are encouraged to develop their full creative potential through the visual and performing arts. We plan to offer a dynamic, unique,and constantly evolving program. Although we will incorporate all of the fine arts into our programs, our focus is on visual art. Most activities will be open-ended and enjoyed on a walk-in basis. The Museum will be staffed by working artists, and all structured activities will be led by master artist-teachers. Hands On! will offer an art experience to children that will increase awareness of the arts, create an audience for the arts, and cannot be duplicated.

Our facility will house nine permanent open-art stations, including the Little People Lounge for our youngest visitors, Art Journey for toddlers, Sunflower Studio, Daisy Doodle-Shop, the Navajo Weaving Loom, I-MAC Imagination Station, the Sculpture Shop, Poppyseed Palace, and the Daily Special. In addition to our permanent stations, we will have a revolving set of installations, including our Shell Grotto, English Garden Light Design Table, City Design Architecture Board, and the Paint-Your-Own Ceramics Studio. We will have three art galleries: the Children's Gallery, a gallery showcasing the work created by the children who visit Hands On!; the Artworks Gallery, which is dedicated to the presentation of reproductions of work created by famous (and not so famous) grown-up artists; and the Chicago Artists Gallery, which provides a venue for our resident artists, as well as other area artists, to showcase their work.

Our facility will also house an extensive children's library that contains high quality books about artists, dancers, musicians, and composers and their lives and work. We will also provide a resource library for adults who are interested in furthering their knowledge of the arts. Our Curiosity Shop will sell affordable, high-quality art supplies, handmade toys, and other unique items.

We will offer special artist-led workshops and performances on a daily basis, including a twice daily "Storytime at Poppyseed Palace," and the Daily Special guided art activity. In addition, we will host the First Friday Concert Series, the Second Sunday Family Workshop, Culture Bugs classes for 18-42 month old children, Art Colony for 4-6 year old children, the Apprentice Workshop for teenagers, the Saturday Film Series, Art Encounters outreach program, monthly docent visits led by representatives of Chicago area galleries and museums, scheduled gallery openings, and seasonal special events.

Hands On! plans to locate in the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood on the southwest side of the city of Chicago. Although preliminary plans are being made to find a location, we will secure space when approximately fifty percent of our start-up funding has been raised.

Start-up Summary

Start-up expense totals include legal costs, leasehold improvements, rent, and related expenses. Start-up assets required include assets office equipment, furniture, and initial inventory and initial cash to handle the first few months of expenses. The details are included in the following chart and table.

Start-up Funding
Start-up Expenses to Fund $35,000
Start-up Assets to Fund $35,000
Total Funding Required $70,000
Assets
Non-cash Assets from Start-up $10,000
Cash Requirements from Start-up $25,000
Additional Cash Raised $0
Cash Balance on Starting Date $25,000
Total Assets $35,000
Liabilities and Capital
Liabilities
Current Borrowing $0
Long-term Liabilities $0
Accounts Payable (Outstanding Bills) $0
Other Current Liabilities (interest-free) $0
Total Liabilities $0
Capital
Planned Investment
Founding Directors $15,000
Private and Corporate Investors $25,000
Grants $30,000
Additional Investment Requirement $0
Total Planned Investment $70,000
Loss at Start-up (Start-up Expenses) ($35,000)
Total Capital $35,000
Total Capital and Liabilities $35,000
Total Funding $70,000
Start-up
Requirements
Start-up Expenses
Legal (Incorp., Permits, License) $1,500
Consulting Services $1,100
Leasehold Improvements $14,000
Stationery/Office Supplies $500
Advertising/Promotion $1,200
Website Design $1,700
Insurance $1,000
Rent $3,500
Security Deposit $7,000
Utilities (During Buildout) $1,300
Signage $1,400
Other $800
Total Start-up Expenses $35,000
Start-up Assets
Cash Required $25,000
Start-up Inventory $1,500
Other Current Assets $0
Long-term Assets $8,500
Total Assets $35,000
Total Requirements $70,000

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