Art on the Avenues (Wenatchee, WA)


  • Name:Adele Wolford
  • Title:President

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Art on the Avenues
  • Address:P.O. Box 3325
    Wenatchee, WA 98807
    United States
  • County:Chelan

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:509-663-9011

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  • Mission:
  • To provide our communities with sustainable, innovative, and educational programs through the exhibition and sale of sculpture.

  • Overview:
  • In early 1994, the Wenatchee Arts Commission was approached by a local citizen who proposed that we develop an outdoor sculpture exhibit similar to one in Grand Junction, Colorado. After an investigation and visit with the director of that program, a plan was presented to the Commission and the idea was enthusiastically received. A committee was formed and the Wenatchee Art on the Avenues was created based on the Grand Junction model. The premise behind both programs is that artists agree to loan their pieces for a year with the promise that one piece from the group will be purchased annually. It has recently been revised to a two year exhibit.

    Guidelines for the program were formed as follows:

    • It takes a resident artist to make the program work. The dedication of a locally respected artist is necessary to make sure that the program is responsive to artists.
    • Elements that are indigenous to our natural setting are used to create the exhibit.
    • There is a method established to sell the artwork and maintain a high caliber of artists so that the program continues to grow in presence (through permanent acquisitions) and quality.
    • There needs to be an organizational structure to back up the program and support the artists. It is a significant risk and cost for them to loan their artwork for a year.
    • The fundraising method for the program needs to be specific to the community, but must be done consistently from year to year.
    • The sculptures need to be exhibited in a “walkable” area so that they can be monitored and safeguarded.

    Wenatchee was very fortunate. The first year was an incredible success, and the representation of artists, thanks to nationally acclaimed artists William F. Reese and Fran Reese, was exceptional with 14 pieces. The city purchased one piece. They pulled in artists from across the United States. It set a wonderful precedent for years to come. Since the first installation in June, 1995, the community has acquired 57 pieces—25 city-owned, 24 Art on the Avenues owned, 8 privately owned and 31 visiting pieces available for purchase. The 2014—2016 exhibit has 88 pieces displayed.

    This program would not exist without the support of the artists. Our Artist Committee is closely involved with the artists and provides insurance for all pieces in the exhibit. There is an artists’ appreciation reception at the completion of the exhibit to honor and promote sales as well as giving the opportunity to meet and greet our artists. We are committed to helping our artists.

    The method for fundraising has changed from year to year based on what is happening in the local community. Three areas, however, are consistent:

    • Pedestal sponsorships are $3,000.
    • We receive a 25% commission on sculpture sales.
    • The annual luncheon is being replaced this year by a membership drive.

    In addition to the sculptures located in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee, AOTA sponsors the Beauty of Bronze program. This program was created in 2003 with the goal of introducing local children to art by giving them the opportunity to visit the AOTA sculptures. Beginning in 2004, the first 5th grade class of children also created their own individual bronze sculptures. This event occurs annually in late September, and every 5th grader in the Wenatchee School District participates by viewing the local sculptures and creating one of their own. Now in our eleventh year, there are over 600 students participating. It is our hope that we are “helping to build the next generation” of people who love and support the arts through art education.

    Perhaps the greatest benefit from this program is that it has helped to define a “sense of place” for Wenatchee, as well as being an element of a greater overall revitalization of the downtown area. It has also given art prominence in the community, and helped to heighten the awareness of art as an integral part of our quality of life.

  • Year established:1994
  • Endowment:No


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:91-1829270

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:911829270
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 3325
  • Organization City:WENATCHEE
  • Organization State:WA
  • Organization Zip:98807-3325
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 2006
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:A20
  • Asset Amount:$0
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  • Income Amount:$0
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  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:45:10 am

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