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Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (CCSA)

Total Qualifying Score: 7
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: Yes – 0
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : No (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $250,001 to $1.5 million – 5 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: Yes – 0
Q9. CARES Act Funding:
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (CCSA)
Galax, Other County, Virginia 24333

County (ARC Region) Other
State (ARC Region) Virginia


Q1. Mission:

We offer classes, events and exhibits year-round for all ages and skill levels in wood, pottery, painting, stained glass, fused glass, textiles and more.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

  1. We were formed as a vehicle to stimulate growth in the economy, developing a creative economy.  Revenue is generated for regional artists through both teaching and sales of their work and visitors are solicited for classes/sales and multiplier with regional lodging, shopping and dining.
  2. In addition to typical classes we’ve developed a wellness curriculum shortening time and welcoming seniors, special needs and vets to benefit from the creative process in both stress relief, community development and pride engaging several community service projects- healing by giving back.
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  4. This school has been just as much about community development as it has economic development leveraging the cultural heritage and human resources in teaching Appalachian craft that will otherwise be lost if we don’t continue embracing and sharing these skills, knowledge and experiences.
  5. We have several “graduates” from our classes, entrepreneurs their own studios/businesses now as a direct result of CCSA’s classes.  We also offer multiple programs to school aged students including but not limited to: STEM, after school, in-session, offering innumerable volunteer, internship involvement opportunities.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: Yes

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 1/4 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 1/4 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $195,672/$200,143

Q6. Fiscal Year: July-June

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $268,042 / $255,392

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $195,672 / $200,143

Balance Sheet

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): Yes ($$370,000)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($$26,000)
Received From: Virginia Community Capital   Date Received: May 4, 2020
For What Purpose(s): Payroll and Utilities

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

We have had to virtually shut-down our school.  With hands-on classes this pandemic has pretty much shut us down.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Being able to ever offer classes like we had pre-pandemic again?
Will our audience ever return?
With all but one staff remaining- will we lose all other staff and maintain existing?

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

Information and resources are always of help.  Having an opportunity to network with other like minded organizations may/likely uncover  opportunities not otherwise evident.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Fundraising

Course #2 Choice: 2-Long-term Financial Management

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 6-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 – Dec. 18, 2020)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Fall 2020: 6-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 – Dec. 18, 2020)


Name: Christina Pollins, Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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