March 10, 2015
Making A New Mover
International Association for Sight Impaired Artists may to relocate its headquarters outside of Memphis in order to obtain greater support and reach its goal toward raising funds in order to initiate projects for blind and visually impaired artists.
The founder (Michael A. Williams) has expressed difficulty in obtaining support from the news media, sight impaired community and city officials. "I'm deeply sadden by
lack of support being offered by the Memphis community. I felt this organization
would have provided various opportunities involving the arts for individuals who are
blind or visually impaired . I have appealed to individuals who are blind or visually impaired to voluntarily serve on the board in order to have a voice on what goes on
in the organization itself and play a part in initiating various art projects for the arts."
The founder has expressed interested a need to relocate the organization immediate-
ly and has several cities in mind. The founder is also talking to various contacts to
find the best location and community support.
November 08, 2014-International Association for Sight Impaired Artists gears up to launch marketing campaign. The first phase is now in progress through the production and distribution of full color brochures to chapter presidents, affiliates and other non profit agencies that offer programs to the blind and visually impaired community
October 26, 2014- International Association for Sight Impaired Artists is working toward opening up 2 Chapters sometime in late 2014 or early 2015m as well as national office in Little Rock AR. The organization is presently in talks with 2 potential Chapter Chairpersons in Arkansas and Utah. The organization is also seeking to find a location for an international office.
August 01, 2014-IASIA CEO/founder Michael A. Williams has begun the process in searching for new headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee. The search is limited to a few areas of the city at the moment, which include the downtown area, midtown 38104 area and parts of the medical center area.
The primary factors in searching for a new location include safety, easy acess to and from the facility paratransit service, mass transit service, some parking spaces, restaurants and other eateries for future employees and member artists and room for expansion when needed. The search is expected to last at least 6 to 8 months.
JThe International Association for Sight Impaired Artists has been recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service. IASIA is also determined by the Service as a public charity and qualifies for city and state funding, as well as corporate and private foundations and the general public. All donations are tax deductible.
June 2014-IASIA has file its first form 990 for financial dsclosure to the Internal Revenue Service. The imformation was submitted electronically and only showed the basic data of corporate board members, revenue IASIA had received during 2013 and present location.
IASIA-Global partners with Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired to develop an art program for the blind and visually impaired to get involved with the visual arts. See video below.