Fractured Atlas

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Fractured Atlas
Non-profit
Industry Technology
Founded 1998 (1998)
Founder Adam Huttler

Fractured Atlas is a non-profit technology company that provides business tools for artists.

History[edit]

Fractured Atlas was founded in 1998 by Executive Director Adam Huttler as a theater production company.[1] Between 1998 and 2001, the company produced or presented numerous theatre, dance, and performance art shows in New York City.[2][3][4] Fractured Atlas's final major production, Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome, opened on September 7, 2001 at a theatre in lower Manhattan.[5] Following the financial fallout of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Fractured Atlas began a shift from a production company to a service organization.[6] The organization re-opened as a membership-based support organization for other artists in 2002.

In its early years as a service organization, Fractured Atlas was known for its programs providing health and other insurance, fiscal sponsorship, professional development, and other technical assistance.[7] While these programs were all web-based, the organization did not begin seriously to position itself as a "technology company" until late 2009, when it announced the launch of ATHENA (later renamed Artful.ly).[8] In August 2013, Fractured Atlas acquired Gemini SBS, which was previously an affiliated for-profit company that developed web applications for non-profit and arts industry clients.[9] In 2014, Fractured Atlas launched the Arts Entrepreneurship Awards[10][11] and a software development fellowship program for artists.[12]

Programs[edit]

The organization's primary services include fiscal sponsorship and insurance, along with the software products Artful.ly and Spaces. Other significant activity includes the Arts Entrepreneurship Awards and a software development fellowship for artists.

Fiscal Sponsorship[edit]

Fractured Atlas's fiscal sponsorship programs allows non-commercial art-related projects to be supported through grants and tax-deductible donations without the project having to maintain independent 501(c)(3) status.[13] As of May 2014, the organization reported to be sponsoring nearly 3,500 artists and organizations through this program, and to have raised over $62 million in support of their work.[14]

Arts Entrepreneurship Awards[edit]

The Arts Entrepreneurship Awards seek to honor innovators and entrepreneurs in the business aspects of arts and culture.

2014 Winners[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Fractured Atlas has received a 4-star rating (the highest possible) on Charity Navigator[18] in each of the past three years.

Fractured Atlas earned a 4.5 star aggregate rating on Great Nonprofits.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reardon, Christopher (August 3, 1999). "Your Money or Your Life". Village Voice. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ McNulty, Charles (November 17, 1998). "A Jewish Saint". Village Voice. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ Zimmer, Elizabeth. "Girl Groove". Village Voice, June 8, 1999.
  4. ^ Yaa Asantewaa, Eva. "Great Reckonings in Little Rooms". Village Voice, May 2, 2000.
  5. ^ Gates, Anita. "THEATER REVIEW; Foraging in the Mind, Where Slavery's Scars Linger". New York Times, September 14, 2001.
  6. ^ Weissman, Cale Guthrie. "Will Starving Artists Turn to Coding Instead of Waiting Tables". Pando Daily, April 11, 2014.
  7. ^ Ulaby, Neda. "Fractured Atlas Puts 'Biz' in Show Business". National Public Radio, March 11, 2009.
  8. ^ Huttler, Adam. "Announcing ATHENA Tix, a New Open Source Ticketing System". Fractured Atlas Blog, December 8, 2009.
  9. ^ Hrywna, Mark. "Nonprofit Fractured Atlas Buys For-Profit Tech Firm". The Nonprofit Times, August 6, 2013.
  10. ^ Huttler, Adam. "2014 Arts Entrepreneurship Awards Honorees". Fractured Atlas Blog, January 30, 2014.
  11. ^ "Fractured Atlas Announces Winners of Arts Entrepreneurship Awards". Forecast Public Art, February 26, 2014.
  12. ^ Ruth, João-Pierre S. "The Arts Meet Coding: Fractured Atlas Fellowship for Tech Training". Xconomy, April 25, 2014.
  13. ^ Catton, Pia. "The Nonprofit as Nonstarter". Wall Street Journal, August 30, 2012.
  14. ^ "Fractured Atlas Live Membership Stats". Accessed June 12, 2014.
  15. ^ Brenner, Wayne Alan. "Rubber Repertory Wins National Arts Entrepreneurship Award". Austin Chronicle, February 4, 2014.
  16. ^ Schiller, Be. "This Artist Colony in a Church has a New Spin on Traditional Arts Funding". Fast Company, February 21, 2014.
  17. ^ Vaillancourt, Cory. "Local Artist, National Recognition". Erie Reader, February 5, 2014.
  18. ^ "Charity Navigator Rating - Fractured Atlas". Accessed June 12, 2014.
  19. ^ "Fractured Atlas - Volunteer, client and donor reviews and ratings on GreatNonprofits". Accessed June 12, 2014.

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