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Questions & Answers

Question:

Friday, May 31, 2024

Kent Whipple

Are you planning on being audited at the end of the year when you submit your 990?

Answer:

As LiveArts Santa Fe is in its first year as a non-profit, we will not be conducting an independent audit due to budget restrictions. While we understand the importance of audits for transparency and accountability, an independent audit can cost over $10,000, and we are trying to preserve funds. Our current financial resources are focused on critical operational needs and program development.


However, we are committed to financial transparency and will ensure that our 990 form is prepared meticulously and submitted on time. We also plan to implement auditing practices as our organization grows and our budget allows for it. In the meantime, we will continue to provide detailed financial reports and updates to keep our stakeholders informed.


We appreciate your understanding and support as we work towards building a strong and sustainable foundation for LiveArts Santa Fe.

Question:

Friday, May 31, 2024

Kent Whipple

If saving the Greer is not in Live Arts's bylaws, why is it still listed on your website?

Answer:

It is, in fact, explicitly included in our bylaws. According to ARTICLE II. CORPORATE PURPOSE, Section 2. Specific Purpose, our mission directly supports the preservation and revitalization of the Greer Garson Theatre Center.


Our Mission:

To engage, inspire, and embrace a multi-cultural, neurodiverse, and multi-generational community by eliminating barriers in the performing arts. LiveArts Santa Fe aspires to amplify all creative voices through offering innovative and inclusive artistic work & education.


The specific objectives and purpose of this organization shall be:

  1. To meet the critical demand for a professionally managed and high-quality performance space in Santa Fe.

  2. To utilize the workshop, training and production facilities as support infrastructure for on-going production and educational projects.

  3. To collaborate with local colleges and universities, as well as after-school programs

  4. serving under-privileged youth and communities, the film community, private tutoring and mentorships.

  5. To sponsor, host and/or participate in events and activities that promote the arts.

  6. To provide opportunities for the community to engage in artistic learning opportunities culminating in performances.



Our Specific Purpose Alignment:

  1. Reinvigorate, develop, and manage the Greer Garson Theatre Center:

    1. This aligns with our mission to eliminate barriers in the performing arts by providing a professionally managed and high-quality performance space that is accessible to all community members.

  2. Meet the critical demand for a professionally managed and high-quality performance space in Santa Fe:

    1. Our mission emphasizes creating opportunities for diverse voices. The Greer Garson Theatre Center serves as a catalyst for artistic excellence and community engagement, fulfilling a critical need for high-quality performance venues.

  3. Utilize the workshop, training, and production facilities as support infrastructure for on-going production and educational projects:

    1. These facilities enable us to offer innovative educational opportunities, aligning with our mission to inspire and engage a multi-cultural, neurodiverse, and multi-generational community.

  4. Collaborate with local colleges and universities, as well as after-school programs serving under-privileged youth and communities:

    1. Collaboration with educational institutions and community programs supports our mission to embrace diverse communities and provide inclusive artistic education and mentorship.

  5. Sponsor, host, and/or participate in events and activities that promote the arts:

    1. By promoting and hosting artistic events, we ensure that every voice is heard and celebrated, fostering a sense of community and belonging.

  6. Provide opportunities for the community to engage in artistic learning opportunities culminating in performances:

    1. Engaging the community in artistic learning and performance opportunities embodies our mission to eliminate barriers and amplify creative voices.


Conclusion:

The preservation and revitalization of the Greer Garson Theatre Center is not just a goal; it is a fundamental part of our mission, vision, and values. It is essential for providing a platform for artistic excellence, community engagement, and inclusive education, ensuring that every creative voice in Santa Fe has the opportunity to be heard and celebrated.



Apply today and join us in making a significant difference in the performing arts world.


For more information or to start your application, visit LiveArts Santa Fe and click on Join Leadership on the homepage.

Question:

Friday, May 31, 2024

Kent Whipple

Where is the formal plan to save the Greer?

Answer:

We have submitted our formal plan to save the Greer Garson Theatre to the City of Santa Fe. You can access the relevant documents through the following link: https://santafe.primegov.com/portal/item?id=25234


This link includes all the necessary details about our proposals, strategic initiatives, and community engagement efforts aimed at revitalizing the Greer Garson Theatre and making it an accessible community hub for the performing arts. 

We encourage you to review these documents for comprehensive information on our plan. If you have any further questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.


City Documents found here: https://santafe.primegov.com/portal/item?id=25234

Our RFP Submission: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aH1nDxmNGHbwuBt1h1D4rVMbG1Bw0A0W/view?usp=sharing

Question:

Friday, May 31, 2024

Kent Whipple

Where is a copy of the RFP with the City of Santa Fe?

Answer:

The Request for Proposals (RFP) with the City of Santa Fe for the Midtown District can be accessed through the following link: https://www.midtowndistrictsantafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/PAC-Midtown_RFP23_16_P_01DEC2022.docx


Additionally, for further details on community engagement and our ongoing efforts to involve the community in our plans for the Greer Garson Theatre, you can refer to our Community Engagement Report. This report provides insights into our outreach activities, stakeholder meetings, and community feedback that have shaped our proposals and initiatives.


We encourage you to review these documents for comprehensive information on our RFP submission and community engagement efforts. If you have any further questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Community Engagement Report: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1p-UAj-e1maXSW6HNGEvdt8E3e9zozkzx/view?usp=sharing

Question:

Friday, May 31, 2024

Kent Whipple

Where is the copy of Cheryl Odom's resignation letter/post/email to the board?

Answer:

Cheryl Odom’s resignation was accepted by the board following an incident involving the unauthorized sharing of confidential information, which undermined LiveArts' advocacy efforts for the Greer, and shattered the hard-earned trust between LiveArts and elected city officials. Cheryl offered to resign her position. The decision was made in accordance with our organizational bylaws to ensure the integrity and effectiveness of our operations. For more information, please reach out to legal@liveartssantafe.org

Question:

Friday, May 31, 2024

Kent Whipple

Why do you refuse to share their bylaws? Providing a copy of bylaws is considered best practice.

Answer:

We are currently in the process of updating our bylaws to reflect our current organizational structure and practices. Additionally, it is important to clarify that the IRS does not require us to submit bylaws for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, nor does the State of New Mexico, where we are incorporated, require us to file them.

We understand there have been claims that our bylaws should be made public by law. For instance, it was mentioned that "Your bylaws are an internal document for your board of directors, officers, and other employees. However, they became public when you received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. By law, the IRS requires that your bylaws be attached to your tax-exemption application, which makes your application and your bylaws public. I have to provide our bylaws to anyone who requests them. I understand your hesitation, but it is the law."


This statement is incorrect. The IRS does not require the submission of bylaws as part of the 501(c)(3) application process. Furthermore, the State of New Mexico does not mandate that we file our bylaws. Similarly, despite claims regarding Washington state requirements, their Articles of Incorporation instructions clearly state: "Purpose of Corporation: Indicate the purpose for which the Non-Profit is being organized. Any other provisions may be attached if needed. Do not attach or refer to the bylaws."


Additionally, there are several individuals, some of whom are in attendance today, who have publicly tried to undermine or destroy LiveArts Santa Fe. It is not clear if these requests for our bylaws are being made in good faith, and therefore we have decided to only share the bylaws with individuals who want to get involved with LiveArts and help us Save the Greer.


If there are specific sections of the bylaws you wish to review, please email us at legal@liveartssantafe.org detailing the sections you wish to see, and we will do our best to provide you with the information you need.

Question:

Friday, May 31, 2024

Kent Whipple

How much money has been raised that has been designated or restricted to the Greer Garson Theater?

Answer:

Over the last seven years, LiveArts has raised $81,493. A total of $0 were restricted by the donor to the renovation of the Greer. (if that’s what you mean by “restricted to the Greer Garson Theatre”). $55,000 was restricted to be used on start-up salaries. All other donations were unrestricted. We are committed to transparency and will disclose our detailed financials in our upcoming 990 form, which follows our fiscal year cycle ending on June 30th. Our annual report and financial summaries will also be available on Guidestar for public review.


There is no specific New Mexico statute that forbids us from sharing financials. As a nonprofit organization, LiveArts Santa Fe complies with the regulations set by the State of New Mexico regarding document disclosure. While we strive to be transparent, certain internal documents are confidential and not required to be shared publicly. This is LiveArts Santa Fe’s first year in operation as a 501(c)(3), and our fiscal year ends on June 30th, with our 990 IRS filing and annual report to the state due in October.


For financial transparency, we provide detailed financial information in our annual reports and IRS Form 990, which will be available on our website at the end of our fiscal cycle. If you need specific financial information for grants or donation letters, please contact donors@liveartssantafe.org.


Kent Whipple himself acknowledged in an email on April 28, 2024, that the I-990 will become public once we turn in our taxes: "The I-990 will become public once you turn in your taxes. I understand why it's not public or on Guidestar yet. I can check those out once you submit the taxes in October, as, again, by law, they must be public." He also mentioned, "Regarding the PnL, I totally get why you don't want to make that public."


Despite this understanding, Kent continues to request documents that he clearly recognizes are not public prior to filing. We stand by our commitment to transparency within the bounds of regulatory compliance and appreciate your understanding as we work diligently to provide the necessary financial information at the appropriate time.

Question:

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Reuben Greenwald:

Can you please explain in more detail where the alumni donations went? They were supposed to be used to fund the takeover of the Greer but with that not happening, alumni would like some clarity.

Answer:

Allocation of Alumni Donations:

While no one requested it, the alumni donations have been held in a separate account, specifically set aside for future use once the City of Santa Fe is ready to move forward with the plans for the Greer Garson Theatre. This ensures that the funds are preserved and available for the intended purpose of supporting the revitalization of the Greer when the time is right. The thousands of work hours that went into creating proposals, negotiations with city officials, coalition building, research, and planning were paid for by other donors.


Commitment to Transparency:

We understand the importance of transparency and accountability regarding the use of alumni donations. As we move forward, we are committed to providing detailed financial reports. If anyone intends their donation for a specific purpose, that should be explicitly outlined at the time the donation is made. That will legally bind LiveArts to use the funds for the intended purpose. If no designation is made at the time of the donation, there is no way for us to know what the intended purpose of the donation is. Our upcoming 990 form, available after the end of our fiscal year on June 30th, will offer a comprehensive view of our financial allocations. Additionally, our annual report will be accessible on Guidestar for public review.


Future Steps:

While the City of Santa Fe's current plans have delayed our initial timeline for taking over the Greer, we remain dedicated to our mission. The alumni donations have been crucial in maintaining our operations and keeping our advocacy efforts alive. We are actively exploring alternative strategies to achieve our goals and will continue to engage with alumni and other stakeholders to ensure ongoing transparency and accountability.

Question:

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Kent Fritzel

Why does the LiveArts webpage still list Cheryl Odom and Reuben Greenwald on the "About Page"? This appears to be deceptive. "Former College of Santa Fe (CSF) faculty member Cheryl Odom and alum Rueben Greenwald started a grassroots movement called #SaveTheGreer." Please list specific examples of what LiveArts has done in its 7 years to benefit the goal of saving the Greer. Another question: Why was Cheryl Odom reported to have resigned? Can you show the resignation letter during the call, please?

Answer:

Website Information:

The LiveArts webpage listing Cheryl Odom and Reuben Greenwald on the "About Page" is intended to acknowledge their foundational roles in starting the grassroots movement #SaveTheGreer. This is not going to change, because we acknowledge them and thank them as our founders. The Greer is part of the Midtown Redevelopment project because of their activism.


Over the past seven years, LiveArts has undertaken several targeted initiatives to directly support the goal of saving the Greer Garson Theatre Center:

  1. Advocacy and Awareness:

    1. Action: Launched the #SaveTheGreer campaign.

    2. Support: This campaign raised public awareness and garnered community support for the theatre's preservation.

  2. Community Engagement:

    1. Action: Hosted an Open House in September 2021.

    2. Support: This event informed and engaged the community about the importance of saving the Greer.

    3. Action: Developed and implemented the Cabaret Series and the Young Creators Project (YCP).

    4. Support: These programs maintain ongoing community interest and support for our mission.

  3. Media Coverage:

    1. Action: Secured features in local media, including the New Mexican and radio programs.

    2. Support: Media coverage highlighted our efforts and broadened public engagement with our cause.

  4. Strategic Planning:

    1. Action: Developed comprehensive plans for the theatre’s revitalization.

    2. Support: These plans include a Capital Campaign and strategic partnerships to ensure the theatre’s long-term sustainability.

  5. Fundraising:

    1. Action: Secured initial seed money from the Ripple Pie Foundation.

    2. Support: This funding supports key roles and operational needs critical to our mission.

    3. Action: Applied for and received grants.

    4. Support: These funds are directed towards specific projects and initiatives related to the Greer such as the city grant that funded the September Open House.

  6. Legal and Negotiation Efforts:

    1. Action: Engaged legal counsel.

    2. Support: Legal expertise helps navigate negotiations with the City of Santa Fe, ensuring compliance and alignment with city regulations.

  7. Volunteer Mobilization:

    1. Action: Organized volunteer efforts.

    2. Support: Volunteers support our initiatives and events, maximizing community involvement and minimizing costs.

  8. Educational Programs:

    1. Action: Offering the Young Creators Project (YCP).

    2. Support: YCP helps young artists build confidence and amplify their voices, fostering a new generation of theatre enthusiasts and supporters.

  9. Collaborations:

    1. Action: Partnered with local organizations, Santa Fe Community College, an architect, and project managers.

    2. Support: These partnerships enhance our capacity to save the Greer and strengthen our advocacy efforts.

  10. Public Outreach:

    1. Action: Conducted public outreach and one-on-one meetings.

    2. Support: These efforts build a broad base of community support, crucial for our mission to save the Greer.


Cheryl Odom’s Resignation:

Cheryl offered to resign her position. Her resignation was accepted by the board following an incident involving the unauthorized sharing of confidential information, which undermined LiveArts' advocacy efforts for the Greer. The decision was made in accordance with our organizational bylaws to ensure the integrity and effectiveness of our operations. For more information, please reach out to legal@liveartssantafe.org


Regarding the Resignation Letter:

For privacy and legal reasons, we cannot share the resignation letter publicly at this time. However, we can confirm that her resignation was voluntary and accepted by the board in accordance with our policies. For more information, please reach out to legal@liveartssantafe.org

Question:

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Kent Fritzel

Please share your mission statement. Please show all financials collected so far by category and where the funds went. How exactly (and what exact amounts) do the cabaret fundraisers contribute to funds to revive the Greer? Why does Live Arts need paid staff? This should be entirely volunteer at this point. Lastly, there are rumblings that the City of Santa Fe has announced that Live Arts is not a viable candidate to handle the Greer RFP. Please comment.

Answer:

Mission Statement:

To engage, inspire, and embrace a multi-cultural, neurodiverse, and multi-generational community by eliminating barriers in the performing arts. LiveArts Santa Fe aspires to amplify all creative voices through offering innovative and inclusive artistic work & education.


Financials Collected So Far:

LiveArts Santa Fe is committed to transparency and ensuring that all donations are used as intended by our supporters. Here is the specific language regarding the Save the Greer fundraising:


"LiveArts Santa Fe is advocating for the historical Greer Garson Theatre Center on the Midtown campus. We are a non-profit organization formed in 2023 with the purpose of advocating to reopen this state-of-the-art facility so that the entire community can have more access to the performing arts. Let's Save The Greer and bring in a new generation to the love of performing. Every dollar is applied towards our mission; to engage, inspire, and embrace a multi-cultural, neurodiverse, and multi-generational community by eliminating barriers in the performing arts. LiveArts Santa Fe aspires to amplify all creative voices through offering innovative and inclusive artistic work & education. Your support helps us produce programming, hire staff, prove our capacity, and continue to advocate for a revitalized and accessible community hub for the performing arts in Midtown Santa Fe."


Campaign Site: https://givebutter.com/savethegreer


Any donation made to the Save the Greer fund was made for this specific purpose and is restricted to this mission.


We are committed to transparency and will disclose our detailed financials in our upcoming 990 form, which follows our fiscal year cycle ending on June 30th. Our annual report and financial summaries will also be available on Guidestar for public review. These reports will provide a clear breakdown of the funds raised and how they have been allocated in support of the Greer Garson Theatre Center.


Thank you for your support and understanding as we continue to advocate for the Greer and work towards making it a vibrant and accessible community hub for the performing arts.


Cabaret Contribution:

The Cabaret Series is primarily a community engagement tool rather than a fundraising strategy. While the amounts raised from these events vary, any funds generated are a bonus and are directed toward supporting our programming and operational costs. The primary goal of these events is to maintain community engagement and visibility for our initiatives, including the efforts to revive the Greer Garson Theatre Center. This is emphasized by the MC during transitions between acts at the performances.


Need for Paid Staff:

Paid staff were originally hired because the City of Santa Fe indicated that we would be moving forward with next steps for the Greer redevelopment. When it became clear that these activities would not be happening for some time, all paid staff returned to volunteer status. While the staff were employed, both paid members spent over 40 hours a week meeting with community stakeholders, building relationships, and sorting out the path forward with local politicians and city departments. Paid staff are crucial to ensuring the continuity and professionalism of our operations. While volunteer support is invaluable, certain roles require dedicated, full-time attention to effectively manage programs, coordinate events, and execute strategic plans. This structure allows us to maintain a high standard of service and meet our organizational goals. As of April 26th, all staff members have moved to voluntary roles to conserve the capital raised.


Comments on Viability for the Greer RFP:

Regarding the rumors about the City of Santa Fe's stance on our viability for the Greer RFP, we have not received any formal communication indicating that we are not considered a viable candidate. We continue to engage with the City in a constructive manner, and we believe that our plan, community support, and strategic initiatives position us as a strong contender. That being said, we are always working to strengthen our position and encourage help from stakeholders like you to further advance our shared cause.

Question:

Friday, May 17, 2024

Kent Whipple

Where may we see a copy of Cheryl Odom's resignation letter or email?

Answer:

Cheryl Odom's resignation was handled in accordance with our organization's bylaws and privacy policies. As such, specific internal documents, including resignation letters or emails, are considered confidential and are not publicly shared.


For any specific inquiries or further information, please contact us at legal@liveartssantafe.org. We strive to maintain transparency while respecting the privacy and confidentiality of our board members and staff.

Question:

Friday, May 17, 2024

Kent Whipple

If you had an agreement with the city and the pulled after agreeing, why are you not pursuing legal action?

Answer:

While we did not have a formal agreement with the City, we were actively engaged in discussions and planning efforts. Pursuing legal action without a formal agreement in place is not a viable option. Instead, we believe in maintaining a collaborative approach with the City to achieve our mutual goals and secure the best possible future for the Greer Garson Theatre.


Furthermore, pursuing legal action could potentially harm our relationship with the City and jeopardize our advocacy efforts. We are committed to working through constructive dialogue and cooperation to find a solution that benefits the entire community. Our focus remains on engaging with the City and other stakeholders to reopen the Greer and enhance access to the performing arts in Santa Fe.


We continue to explore all available options and work diligently to advocate for the reopening of the Greer through collaborative efforts and positive engagement.

Question:

Friday, May 17, 2024

Kent Whipple

Where many I find a copy of the long-term plan to save the greer

Answer:

Our long-term plan to save the Greer Garson Theatre is outlined in various strategic documents and planning reports. For access to these documents, please visit our website or request specific sections by contacting us at legal@liveartssantafe.org. We are committed to transparency and will provide the necessary information to those who are interested in supporting our mission.


Community Engagement Survey: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1p-UAj-e1maXSW6HNGEvdt8E3e9zozkzx/view?usp=sharing


The Long Vision: https://www.liveartssantafe.org/programs

Question:

Friday, May 17, 2024

Kent Whipple

What New Mexico statute is forbidding you to share financials?

Answer:

There is no specific New Mexico statute that forbids us from sharing financials. As a nonprofit organization, LiveArts Santa Fe complies with the regulations set by the State of New Mexico regarding document disclosure. While we strive to be transparent, certain internal documents are confidential and not required to be shared publicly. This is LiveArts Santa Fe’s first year in operation as a 501(c)(3), and our fiscal year ends on June 30th, with our 990 IRS filing and annual report to the state due in October.


For financial transparency, we provide detailed financial information in our annual reports and IRS Form 990, which will be available on our website at the end of our fiscal cycle. If you need specific financial information for grants or donation letters, please contact donors@liveartssantafe.org.


Kent Whipple himself acknowledged in an email on April 28th, 2024 that the I-990 will become public once we turn in our taxes: "The I-990 will become public once you turn in your taxes. I understand why it's not public or on Guidestar yet. I can check those out once you submit the taxes in October, as, again, by law, they must be public." He also mentioned, "Regarding the PnL, I totally get why you don't want to make that public."


Despite this understanding, Kent continues to request documents that he clearly recognizes are not public prior to filing. We stand by our commitment to transparency within the bounds of regulatory compliance and appreciate your understanding as we work diligently to provide the necessary financial information at the appropriate time.

Question:

Friday, May 17, 2024

Kent Whipple

How many donations have you received and how much money has been classified as restricted to save the Greer?

Answer:

We appreciate the generosity of our supporters. Donations have been received and classified appropriately to support our mission. For detailed financial information, please refer to our annual reports and financial disclosures available on our website.


https://www.liveartssantafe.org/annualstatments

Question:

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Richard English

When the GGT was functioning under the auspices of colleges, it was largely unavailable to union activity. When it is operated by a non-profit, it won't be and might become a focus for the AEA & IATSE. What plans are in effect to form relationships with these unions?

Answer:

Richard submitted an answer to us, but we wanted to clarify:


" You have no plan, because you have no idea how. "


LiveArts Answer:

We are open to establishing relationships with the Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) if it becomes financially feasible in the future. However, there is a limited pool of IATSE theater technicians in Santa Fe compared to those in the film industry. Even the Lensic Performing Arts Center does not have a deal with IATSE.


AEA would only become relevant if we were to establish a resident company. For rental agreements with AEA, there is no known avenue for a rental house like the Greer to have a specific agreement with AEA. Such an agreement might also restrict local theater companies from renting the space, which we do not wish to pursue.


This concern addresses a potential scenario that is years down the road. As of now, forming these relationships are not an immediate priority, but we remain open to exploring these possibilities as the situation evolves.

Question:

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Richard English

Why, after so many years, do so few people in Santa Fe even know about the efforts to save the Greer?

Answer:

Richard submitted a answer to us, but we wanted to clarify:


"Because you have only promoted your "organization." Where are the newspaper articles? Where are the ads?"


LiveArts Answer:

The limited public awareness of our efforts to save the Greer Garson Theatre Center can be attributed to several factors. Firstly, we were under a media blackout due to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), which restricted our ability to promote our cause publicly. Additionally, as volunteers, we have limited resources and could only engage in private, one-on-one conversations with community members. City officials also emphasized that public pressure could work against our efforts.


We want to clarify that all our public outreach focuses on our efforts with the Greer, even if we are not permitted to put it front and center in our print and digital materials. It is unlikely that anyone who has heard of LiveArts is unaware that our central reason for existing is to revitalize the Greer Garson Theatre.


Despite these challenges, we have started to increase awareness through media coverage, including a recent feature in the New Mexican and appearances on radio programs. The Cabarets and Young Creators Project have also helped spread the word about the Greer, giving us confidence in our efforts.

Question:

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Richard English

Why have so many board members left, and why have they not been replaced? Is it because they have become disenchanted due to LiveArts' inactivity?

Answer:

Richard submitted an answer to us, but we wanted to clarify:


" The ones I've spoken with can't get over how timid and inept you are. And you can't replace them because you have no connections. "


LiveArts Answer:


Since our founding, only a few board members have stepped down, and none have ever mentioned “how timid and inept” we are. Please encourage those former board members to reach out because, as of this moment, we believe Rich made this up.


The turnover rate for nonprofit boards averages around 21%, and LiveArts Santa Fe is below that average. Board positions are voluntary and require a deep understanding of governance, legal responsibilities, and fiduciary duties. While some members have left, they have been replaced, and the board has an ongoing recruitment process. Our board remains committed to fulfilling its mission and serving the community.


We actively seek dedicated individuals to join our board who share our vision and are committed to revitalizing the Greer Garson Theatre. Our recruitment efforts include reaching out to our networks and engaging with community leaders who have the skills and passion to contribute to our mission. Despite any turnover, our board is strong, and we are confident in our ability to drive forward our initiatives and goals.

Question:

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Richard English

Why are there so many members of the Advisory Committee? And why do so many of them seem to do nothing to benefit the GGT?

Answer:

Richard submitted an answer to us, but we wanted to clarify:


" All your friends. Watching you work is like watching a Garland/Rooney movie. "


LiveArts Answer:

The Advisory Board consists of performing arts professionals and collaborators who support the mission of LiveArts Santa Fe. They serve as advocates for breaking down barriers to the performing arts and reopening the Greer Garson Theatre Center for the entire Santa Fe community. Advisory Board members are called upon for their expertise when needed and represent diverse backgrounds and communities to ensure a broad range of voices in decision-making. The Advisory Board will continue to expand to include more diverse perspectives and stakeholders to effectively serve the organization's mission.


Interested stakeholders are invited to participate in the Advisory Board, where they can support staff and drive forward the advocacy for the Greer Garson Theatre Center. If you are interested in applying to the Advisory Board, please email us at info@liveartssantafe.org and participate in the onboarding process to serve on committees.


All are welcome to apply to be involved at a leadership level by filling out the following application: https://forms.gle/7SdhS3orhhpsqpru8

Question:

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Richard English

Why has LiveArts avoided any sense of transparency and dodged all requests for documents?

Answer:

Richard submitted an answer to us, but we wanted to clarify:


" You claim there are New Mexico laws that prevent you. That's a flat lie. You are cowards. "


LiveArts Answer:

LiveArts Santa Fe, as a nonprofit organization, complies with the regulations set by the State of New Mexico regarding document disclosure. While we strive to be transparent, certain documents are confidential and not required to be shared publicly. Requests for documents have been met with hesitation due to concerns about undermining the organization and threats of legal action. We have shared documents, such as the bylaws, with individuals working to improve the organization but have restricted access to internal documents following attempts to harm the organization.


If you would like to request specific sections, please do so via legal@liveartssantafe.org.


Question:

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Richard English

Why does LiveArts have no legal counsel?

Answer:

Richard submitted an answer to us, but we wanted to clarify:


" Because you won't do the work. Probably another "bandwidth" issue. "


LiveArts Answer:

We have been in contact with legal counsel and had a legal advisor on the board until very recently. Due to budget constraints, securing legal representation willing to work pro bono is challenging, but we are actively seeking leads.


LiveArts leadership believes in exhausting all amicable approaches with the City before considering adversarial actions. We aim to maintain a collaborative relationship with the City to secure the best possible future for the Greer Garson Theatre.

Question:

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Richard English

Why did it take an eruption of outrage to make LiveArts pay attention to the alumni regarding the Greer situation?

Answer:

Richard submitted an answer to us, but we wanted to clarify:


" Because you think you know everything already, yet it's utterly apparent that you do not. Bad, incompetent leadership. "


LiveArts Answer:

We understand the frustration regarding the Greer Garson Theatre Center. Alumni input has always been valued, as shown by their roles on our board and advisory board, and through ongoing communications. The challenges posed by the City of Santa Fe have impacted our operations, but our commitment to preserving the Greer remains steadfast. We appreciate alumni engagement and support during these efforts. We always have and continue to encourage alumni to get involved. If you don’t like the leadership, come on board and change the leadership.

Question:

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Richard English

Why are members of LiveArts offering jobs to their friends for when they "get" the Greer? And why do members of LiveArts assume they will themselves have jobs at the Greer?

Answer:

Richard submitted an answer to us, but we wanted to clarify:


" This is actually illegal. Stop it. Now. Or be reported. "


LiveArts Answer:

Regarding the accusation of promising jobs to Joshua's Playhouse associates, this is hearsay and gossip. No promises have been made by Joshua regarding job offers to his Playhouse friends once the theater opens. Hiring decisions are not within the purview of the board; they are handled internally by the hiring manager according to HR practices and processes.


The board's role is to approve the operating budget and oversee the general operations of the organization, not to be involved in specific hiring decisions. LiveArts has been in compliance with state and federal regulations in hiring staff, including the Executive Director, Vaughn Irving, who underwent a public application process that attracted several candidates with no guarantee of being offered the position.


This rumor was started by Cheryl Odom who had a personal vendetta against a certain member of the Santa Fe theatre community. Joshua used her as an example for how the board of directors does not have the power to influence hiring decisions and if the staff chose to hire her the board could not object. Cheryl interpreted this as Joshua offering her a position when in reality, it was the opposite.

Question:

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Richard English

Why do all of the events, such as they are, seem aimed at benefitting LiveArts?

Answer:

Richard submitted an answer to us, but we wanted to clarify:


" Because that's all they do. "


LiveArts Answer:

LiveArts Santa Fe's events and programming are designed to align with the organization's mission and values, as well as the objectives outlined in the Midtown Master Plan, which focus on arts, education, and inclusive community engagement. These events aim to increase access to the performing arts and appeal to a diverse audience in Santa Fe, moving away from elitism.


Through these events, LiveArts generates funding for its operations and advocacy efforts, including the goal of reopening the Greer Garson Theatre Center for the benefit of the entire community. The organization's programming also includes alumni-focused events, such as reunions and festivals, to showcase the talents of College of Santa Fe and Santa Fe University of Art and Design alumni.

The City of Santa Fe has been supportive of LiveArts' efforts, and these events demonstrate the organization's capacity and commitment to its mission.


MidTown Master Plan: https://www.midtowndistrictsantafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/MIDTOWN_Master-Plan_rev21DEC2022.pdf


Master Plan at a Glance: https://www.midtowndistrictsantafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/221019_SFM_AtAGlance_Final-1.pdf


MidTown Site: https://www.midtowndistrictsantafe.com/

Question:

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Richard English

Why does LiveArts keep knuckling under to Mayor Alan Webber? Why not go on the offensive via the press?

Answer:

Richard submitted an answer to us, but we wanted to clarify:


"You are weak and cowardly. Own up to it. Be adults.  "


LiveArts Answer:

The city owns the Greer Garson Theatre and all the land surrounding it. There is no future for the Greer Garson Theatre without working directly with the City of Santa Fe.

Question:

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Richard English

Why was Cheryl Odom bullied out of the organization that she started, and who has so many valuable connections in Santa Fe?

Answer:

Richard submitted an answer to us, but we wanted to clarify:


" Agesim. It's a serious problem with your "organization." "


LiveArts Answer:

Cheryl Odom, recognized as the co-founder of #SaveTheGreer Facebook Group, has been acknowledged for her contributions. She offered to resign following an incident involving the unauthorized sharing of confidential information, which undermined LiveArts' advocacy efforts. The board accepted her resignation to ensure the integrity and effectiveness of the organization.


The decision was not about bullying but about maintaining professionalism and commitment to our mission. The success of LiveArts Santa Fe is supported by many dedicated individuals, including board members, staff, volunteers, and community partners.

Question:

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Richard English

How much were Vaughn and Sarah paid during their time as full-time employees? And what was the justification for those monies?

Answer:

Richard submitted an answer to us, but we wanted to clarify:


"Since it wasn't answered, we are going to assume that you were paid way too much to do not much at all. "


LiveArts Answer:

The specific salaries for Vaughn and Sarah during their tenure as full-time employees will be disclosed in our 990 form. Our financial records follow the fiscal year cycle, with books closing on June 30th. The board approved the operating budget, including salary allocations for operational roles, during the October 2023 board meeting.


Justifications were included in the timeline of activities we discussed at the beginning of the meeting. We did receive a restricted donation that could only be used start-up salaries and that was the money used to pay Vaughn and Sarah.


For detailed information, please refer to our annual report and Guidestar.

Further reports can be found here:https://www.liveartssantafe.org/annualstatments

Question:

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Richard English

How many man hours were expended on the cabaret events, to the detriment of doing anything else?

Answer:

Richard submitted an answer to us, but we wanted to clarify:


" Way too many. "Oh, we're working on the cabaret events and don't have the 'bandwidth' for anything else." That's both sad low rent.  "


LiveArts Answer:

LiveArts will push back on this question because it shows a lack of understanding of the profound socioeconomic disparities that exist in New Mexico.


This question also attempts to undermine the Cabaret Series and the Teen Cabaret, both of which reach diverse communities and showcase the talents of diverse performers. The Cabaret Series is aligned with our mission to engage and support underserved communities, providing them with opportunities to participate in and benefit from the arts.


Furthermore, this question shows a lack of alignment with the historic mission of the College of Santa Fe and the Brothers, which was and still is to serve people in poverty. The cabaret events are an extension of this mission, emphasizing inclusivity and community engagement.


While volunteer hours are essential for any event, the cabaret events are strategically designed to align with our mission, engage the community, and provide a platform for diverse voices and talents. These events are an integral part of our efforts to support and uplift the community, consistent with our values and goals.

Question:

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Richard English

Why, after so many years, is LiveArts broke, and who decided that the cabaret events were a worthwhile idea to fix that?

Answer:

Richard submitted an answer to us, but we wanted to clarify:


" Just a stupid, rinky-dink idea designed to get audiences for your friends. Total failures.  "


LiveArts Answer:

LiveArts is not broke. The organization has temporarily shifted to a hiatus status while the city continues to plan and organize. To conserve capital, our staff has transitioned to volunteer roles, ensuring that funds remain available when the city is ready with their plan.


The cabaret series is intended as a community engagement mechanism, not a primary fundraising strategy. These events are designed to increase visibility, foster community connections, and promote our mission. While any money raised by the cabaret events is beneficial, the primary goal is to keep the community engaged and informed about our efforts and initiatives.

Question:

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Richard English

Please name 10 concrete things Josh has done to benefit the GGT in the last six months? And why was someone with no experience running a non-profit elected to the board presidency?

Answer:

Richard submitted an answer to us, but we wanted to clarify:


" Since it wasn't answered, we can only assume that he's done nothing but secretarial work. He's in over his head and is only there because he's Vaughn's buddy.  "


LiveArts Answer:

Joshua's 10 years of experience working with nonprofits demonstrate a strong understanding of nonprofit management and operations. His background in nonprofit health centers, executive leadership roles, and volunteer efforts at the Santa Fe Playhouse, La Familia Medical Center, and The New Mexico Thespian Chapter showcase his commitment to the nonprofit sector and his leadership abilities in volunteer-driven organizations.


Furthermore, Joshua's involvement with the New Mexico Thespian Board, where he helped plan the annual Thespian competition for three years, highlights his organizational skills and ability to manage complex projects. While Joshua may not have direct experience leading a nonprofit as a president, his background and skills make him a suitable candidate to lead LiveArts Santa Fe effectively.


When Cheryl stepped down as Board President, Vaughn was voted in as Board President, bringing his extensive experience and dedication to the role. When Vaughn transitioned to the role of Executive Director, Joshua was nominated and unanimously voted in as the new Board President. This election process ensures that individuals with the appropriate skills and experience are chosen to lead the organization effectively, maintaining strong governance and continuity.


Question:

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Richard English

What is the current fundraising status, and how much money is incoming in the next 3 months?

Answer:

Richard submitted an answer to us, but we wanted to clarify:


"Nothing is being done about fundraising, because you don't know how, and won't make the big calls. Too timid. "


LiveArts Answer:

LiveArts is continuously working on various fundraising efforts. We have a number of strategies in place to secure financial support and are optimistic about our progress. The details of incoming funds and specific amounts are part of our ongoing planning and will be shared in our financial reports as appropriate.

Question:

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Richard English

What happened to the initial seed money donated by Ripple Pie Foundation?

Answer:

Richard submitted an answer to us, but we wanted to clarify:


"It was squandered on nonsense. The pie charts you provided were completely without context, and thus were useless. Have you been misappropriating funds? Sure looks it, and you're going to end up getting sued. "


LiveArts Answer:


The initial seed money donated by the Ripple Pie Foundation has been primarily used to pay for Vaughn Irving to serve as Executive Director since September 2023 and to hire Sarah Wrenn-Weaver in February 2024. Their roles focus on planning and directing funding towards a Capital Campaign in anticipation of the City granting a lease to LiveArts.


Due to the City’s political process on the Press Release from March 2024, LiveArts has adjusted its strategic plan to diversify income streams by launching programming and generating net assets for the non-profit. This ensures that donors do not have to subsidize operations unless they wish to. The seed money was specifically given for the purpose of covering salaries during this start-up phase and has been used accordingly.

Question:

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Kelly Collins (formerly Marteney)

Why are alumni’s kept out of this process? Other than being asked for donations.

Answer:

We would love to include more alumni, and we encourage you to get involved. Alumni have not been kept out of the process. We actively seek and value alumni input, as evidenced by the alumni serving on our board and advisory board. We also maintain ongoing communications with alumni through emails, meetings, and engagement posts in the “Save the Greer” Facebook page.


While we do ask for donations to support our efforts, we also encourage alumni to participate in various ways, including providing feedback, joining committees, and engaging in our events and programming. Alumni involvement is crucial to our mission, and we remain committed to including them in our efforts to save the Greer Garson Theatre Center.


Interested stakeholders are invited to participate in the Advisory Board, where they can support staff and drive forward the advocacy for the Greer Garson Theatre Center. If you are interested in applying to the Advisory Board, please email us at info@liveartssantafe.org and participate in the onboarding process to serve on committees.


All are welcome to apply to be involved at a leadership level by filling out the following application: https://forms.gle/7SdhS3orhhpsqpru8

Question:

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Kelly Collins (formerly Marteney)

When is Cheryl Odom going to be reinstated to the board?

Answer:

Cheryl Odom's resignation from the board was accepted following an incident involving the unauthorized sharing of confidential information. At this time, there are no plans to reinstate her to the board, as she has contributed to an effort to undermine the work we are doing.

Question:

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Kelly Collins (formerly Marteney)

It appears the lines have been blurred in LiveArts intentions (or so it seems). Is the funding going towards LiveArts other endeavors, or specifically towards the revival GGT? I would not want to donate to a bait and switch. I would want my money to go towards the Greer.

Answer:

Every dollar spent so far has gone to pay two staff members and cover necessary business expenses (e.g., website, marketing materials, rental fees) to continue advocating for the Greer Garson Theatre Center and launch programming aimed at promoting the non-profit, breaking down barriers to the Performing Arts, and offsetting staff salaries.


A typical day for LiveArts staff (Vaughn Irving and Sarah Wrenn-Weaver) includes several meetings with local stakeholders and politicians, phone calls and outreach to potential non-profit resources and lawyers, creating graphics and marketing materials about the mission and advocacy efforts, researching and writing grants, and meeting with committees to plan upcoming programming and fundraising.

All of LiveArts' programming is in support of saving the Greer, including public engagement activities like the Cabarets and Youth Programming.

Question:

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Dylan Pommer (Son of Cheryl Odom)

If we are forcing people from the board, I will state that I believe that Josh should also be removed. From banning people from the Facebook group, to sending Cheryl a resignation letter when she never officially resigned, to promising many of his Playhouse buddies jobs once the theater opens. This is corrupt and immature and I have no confidence is any organization that continues to have someone like that in a leadership position. Perhaps it’s time for a completely fresh start with all of the backstage drama from all sides.

Answer:

Joshua's actions, including the moderation of the Facebook group and handling of board resignations, have been in line with organizational policies and aimed at maintaining a productive and respectful environment. Cheryl offered to resign, and the board accepted her resignation in accordance with our bylaws.


The claims about promising jobs to Playhouse associates are unfounded. No such promises have been made, and all hiring decisions are handled through proper HR practices, not by individual board members. The board's role is to approve the operating budget and oversee general operations, not to be involved in specific hiring decisions.


We understand that there are differing opinions, but we remain committed to our mission and the integrity of our leadership. We appreciate feedback and continue to strive for transparency and effective governance in all our activities.

Question:

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Dylan Pommer (Son of Cheryl Odom)

Why has Live Arts not contacted any kind of legal council in regards with dealing with all of the complications the city is imposing on you?

Answer:

We have been in contact with legal counsel and had a legal advisor on the board until very recently. Due to budget constraints, securing ongoing legal representation willing to work pro bono has been challenging, but we are actively seeking leads.


LiveArts leadership believes in exhausting all amicable approaches with the City before considering adversarial actions. We aim to maintain a collaborative relationship with the City to secure the best possible future for the Greer Garson Theatre.

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