CENTER OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL INC
PO Box 1929
% Shelia Clark
Frazier Park CA 93225-1929
Contact Information
Address PO Box 1929
% Shelia Clark
Frazier Park, CA 932251929
Telephone (661) 242-1583
Fax 661 242-1583
E-mail SheliaClark@centeroftheworldfestival.org
At A Glance
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Community Foundation staff conducted a site visit? No
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Our website has a complete listing of all types of volunteer opportunities available, including information on becoming a Voting Member, which entitles you to determine the projects and future of the nonprofit, as we are a membership-run 501(c)(3).   http://www.cowfest.org/volunteer
Year of Incorporation 2009
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $4,000.00
Projected Expenses $4,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $4,000.00 (2013)
Programs
Description
Scheduled for August 16 through 18, 2013, the Center of the World Festival is an annual amateur playwright competition, combined with the cultural tradition of the Chumash storytelling as social communication.  It also includes a video competition with categories for youth and adults, as well as a songwriting contest.
 
Budget 5000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theatrical Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified, Native Americans, Families
Short Term Success
The short-term success has been that in the past 5 years, attendance has grown from 10 audience members to 500.  We expect to double that audience attendance in year 2013.
Long term Success
The goal is community involvement in the arts, with increase from current 100 participants to 25% community involvement or 600 participants.
Program Success Monitored By
  • Attendance figures;
  • Number of playwright submissions received;
  • Number of community volunteers participating in the preparation and conducting of the event.
Examples of Program Success
Increase in audience from 10 to 500.
Statements
Mission Statement
The mission of the Center of the World Festival is to develop an interdependent, consensual, and ecologically sensitive community.  We create an art-based civic dialogue through the power of communitas theater, which invites all residents to participate in the creativity of the arts.  With a focus on cultural tourism, we invite other communities to come and share this experience in story-telling social theater.
Background Statement

The Center of the World Festival grew from the efforts of a local amateur theater, the Free Speech Zone Theatre, which is a grass-roots group comprised of local people who live in Pine Mountain Club (PMC), a community nestled in the Los Padres National Forest in California. All members of this readers' theatre, be they working class or wealthy, retired or young parents, share the desire to create a local community space where all amateurs who love the theatre can come together to explore and create art-based civic dialogue. In 2008, this group was awarded the Pine Mountain Club Community Service Award for providing three years of theatrical and communal events for the community to learn about community and social issues which gave PMC residents a chance to experience open communication about past and present events that have shaped our world today.

The Center of the World Festival (COWFEST) was founded in 2008 to take the vision of Free Speech Zone Theatre to a wider audience. COWFEST combines multimedia theatre productions with cultural and community education. Geared for community audiences, its productions address the issues and interests of the community with powerful and innovative dialogic techniques. Productions include recorded interview material, theater, public art, song, music, dance, video and slides, and other creative avenues of expression.

The Festival takes its inspiration from Chumash legends and the spiritual significance of Mt. Pinos to the Chumash people, believed by them to be "the center of the world." The festival themes are based upon the Chumash concept of maintaining balance with the universe and humankind; ancient ceremonies were conducted on Mt. Pinos for that purpose. We take "balance" to mean "peaceful co-existence" with each other and with nature. Using this idea of balance, we create a socially purposeful theater through stories that give meaning to our human existence.

The Center of the World Festival is a collaborative community theater event, which joins together local groups. Writers, poets, actors, readers, musicians, singers, artists, dancers—all who are willing to share their talent in expressing the mission of the Festival are welcomed with their ideas and contributions to the Festival. Committed to the idea that "localized arts" can be agents of social change, COWFEST seeks to bring about real community transformation through the communitas theater creative process.

The term "communitas" is defined as an intense community spirit, the feeling of great social equality, solidarity, and togetherness. In communitas theater, community members are involved with the art before, during, and after productions. They are necessary to the theater’s existence in ways well beyond economic support. Community-based ensembles do not embrace the "star system" of mainstream theater; they strive for a more egalitarian ideal. They balance experimentation with awareness of what the audience wants, likes, hopes for, can tolerate, will be inspired by. Local characters and issues are frequently the subject of original stories that reveal voices and points of view that can be absorbed by the community from a new perspective.

Communitas theater creates collectively generated theater with non-professionals. The more people engage with the work, the greater their emotional and intellectual investment. The residents conduct research, gather materials in workshop and focus groups, develop and stage a play that reflects the needs and wishes of the community. Communitas theater accomplishes social change by going to the roots of the problem and includes the people who are planted in that place. It is art-based civic dialogue which facilitates the self-expression of communities that have a vested interest in change, yet are conservative in the sense of preserving or celebrating a cultural heritage.

Communitas theater also has been referred to as "community cultural development" to define a range of initiatives undertaken by the community members to express identity, concerns and aspirations through the arts and communication media, while building cultural capacity and local sustainability and contributing to social change. Communitas theater reflects a deep belief in the power of art to bring different people together, with the result that stereotypes are cracked open in the unfolding of art which expresses, generates and challenges meaning in a specific community.

 

Impact Statement
Our top accomplishment from year 2012 was the 4th Annual Center of the World Festival held in Pine Mountain Club from August 19 through 21.  We received a $10,000 grant from Kern Board of Trade for tourism, a portion of which was used to develop a tourist friendly new website:  www.cowfest.org
Needs Statement
Our top most pressing needs:
  1. Internet funding for marketing purposes
  2. Improved microphones systems for expanded festival productions
  3. Improved lighting system for outdoor nighttime productions
  4. Outdoor heaters to encourage audience attendance in mountain night cold
CEO/Executive Director Statement
We are a grassroots arts and culture nonprofit, with the aim of involving all community members into creative expression, of whatever venue which fulfills their own individual need.  We support their efforts to bring economic vitality to our region via grants and funding for arts and culture activities.
Service Categories
Arts & Culture
Community Coalitions
Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Areas
Pine Mountain Club
Frazier Park
Lebec

Pine Mountain Club, CA, (PMC) is mountain village surrounded on four sides by the Los Padres National Forest. A small, remote community of about 2400 full-time residents we are blessed by a wealth of natural beauty, four-seasons of star-studded nights, the sound of silence, clean air and pure spring water. Located about an hour from Bakersfield on the north, the Los Angeles suburbs on the South, and Ojai on the West, we are considered to be a bucolic “nearby faraway place.”

Board Chair
Board Chair Shelia Clark Ph.D>
Company Affiliation Psychologist
Term Nov 2012 to Oct 2013
Email SheliaClark@centeroftheworldfestival.org
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Robert Clark
Company Affiliation Community volunteer
Term Nov 2012 to Oct 2013
Email aClark@centeroftheworldfestival.org
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Shelia Clark Ph.D.Clinical PsychologistVoting
Robert Clark Community VolunteerVoting
Jay Nichols Community VolunteerVoting
Kathleen Weinstein Community VolunteerVoting
Leo Knudson Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 6
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Standing Committees
Administration
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Executive
Marketing
Membership
Production
Volunteer
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Not Applicable
Term Start Nov 2010
Senior Staff
Title President
Experience/Biography
He was a member of the Founding Board of Directors since incorporation in 2009.
Title Secretary
Experience/Biography
She was a member of the Founding Board of Directors since 2009.
Title Vice-President
Experience/Biography
She was a member of the Founding Board of Directors since 2009.
Title Treasurer
Experience/Biography
She has been a member of the Founding Board since 2009
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 50
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Comments
CEO Comments
The organization is all-volunteer and does not have a CEO.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Oct 2012
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
The President's Volunteer Service AwardU.S. Presidential Service Award2012
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Nov 01 2012
Fiscal Year End Oct 31 2013
Projected Revenue $4,000.00
Projected Expenses $4,000.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$11,718$15,123$565
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.241.422.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$3,448$676$600
Current Assets$3,448$676$600
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$3,448$676$600
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountRevenue In-Kind $49,880Revenue In-Kind $53,049Individuals $1,165
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment $10,000Foundations and Corporations $10,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Contributions $2,250Individual Contributions $7,410 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Goal $0.00
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes Feb 2014
Comments
Foundation Comments
Center of the World Festival, Inc. filed its first 990 N (e-Postcard) in November 2010.  Small nonprofit organizations reporting $25,000 or less in revenue in 2010 or before, or $50,000 or less in revenue after 2010, are required to file a 990 N unless they choose to file a 990 EZ or 990. 
 
Financial figures are unaudited, and 2010 figures were taken from the organization's Treasurer's Report available under Other Documents.  2011 and 2012 financial figures were taken from the organization's Form 990-EZs with additional information gleaned from the Profit and Loss Statement and Treasurer's Report for the same years. 
 
Kern Community Foundation issued the Challenge Grant in 2012 for $1,000, with an additional $1,000 raised by the organization in individual donations.
 
The figures for Revenue In-Kind includes non-cash contributions,donated services and use of facilities and equipment as reported on the Form 990 EZ, Schedule O. Donated services, use of facilities and equipment are not included in total revenue on the Form 990 EZ.
 
For questions relative to the financials, please contact the organization.