Organizational Business Plan
The Coastal Arts League was organized in 1980 for the specific purpose of encouraging the creative arts in the community, through educational presentations, workshops, exhibits, and publications. The Coastal Arts League is a charitable organization under 501c3 IRS regulations. In California, it is regulated as a non-profit, by Assembly Bill 1233.
Our by-laws specify that all current dues-paying members are eligible to vote for the board of directors, elected annually. Committee chairs are appointed by the president to serve on the board, and board positions have two-year term limits. Our fiscal year is January 1 to December 31.
Our mission is to support the visual arts in the region, providing opportunities for artists to meet, show their work, and practice their art as part of a quality lifestyle. By tradition, we are an artists’ cooperative. This idea provides intrinsic reasons for our organizational goals and objectives. We are a volunteer organization, where members can find a way to participate according to their interests.
We have much to celebrate, including our generous members. Annual Donor letters, required by the IRS, were completed in January 2018 and 2019. Additionally, fifty-five donors contributed during the Spring 2018 Fundraiser, Coastside Gives. CAL will again participate in the Spring fundraiser in May 2019.
The annual Members Show begins in early December, and continues through the New Year. All who join or renew their membership by November 30, are eligible to participate.
At our Mid-year Evaluation in July 2017, the Board voted increases in membership dues and exhibit fees. Those changes were implemented with the November Membership Renewal campaign. Beginning in January 2018, the Exhibition Gallery fee was increased to $400/week. Thirteen shows were launched in the Decker Gallery in 2018, and the same number are underway for 2019. New members have been added to the Artists Collective. Sales increased in both galleries during 2018.