BUILDING A STRONG ARTS & CULTURE BOARD
Strong arts organizations, powered by effective leaders, are central to a thriving arts environment. These organizations inspire celebration and change for our communities. Art of Leadership is a seven-month board training program presented by the Regional Arts & Culture Council. The program provides a unique space for arts organization board members (from emerging to seasoned) to develop the knowledge and skills to lead arts organizations effectively and responsibly. Participating arts leaders engage in tailored courses to learn the foundations of serving, develop strong relationships, and problem-solve together. As a participant, you will join over 550 program graduates from the past 17 years who serve a wide range of organizations.
This program is for you if you identify as:
- someone looking to join a board
- a current member of an arts & culture board
- a professional staff member who works directly with a board
RACC will provide foundational knowledge and real life case studies that help prepare volunteers and staff to address the challenges and opportunities that come with nonprofit board service.
The Art of Leadership program was so rich with information, knowledge, and experiences from both the business and arts community which allowed a very full and enhanced learning environment that was diverse and inclusive. The staff, guest panel members, and those participating in the Art of Leadership Program were so open and willing to share information and experiences that will help strengthen and sustain our organization as we continue work in the future.
– Connie Carley – PassinArt: A Theatre Company
- Led by arts consultants George Thorn and Toni Tabora-Roberts
- Seven workshop sessions including expert speakers, interactive sessions, networking, and topical information
- Internship opportunities to observe an arts board
- A complimentary Arts Card to use for two-for-one tickets to hundreds of local arts and culture events.
- Networking opportunities with fellow participants and local arts and culture leaders.
Application & Cost
The application for the 2018-19 Art of Leadership Workshop Series is now open and will close Friday, August 24, 2018. All applicants will be notified by August 31, 2018 of acceptance status. Space in the Art of Leadership Workshop Series is limited.
Tuition for the Art of Leadership Workshop Series is $800, but please do not let cost be a barrier to your participation. There are options to pay what you are able, specific discounts for current staff and board members with arts organizations, and a limited number of scholarships. There is also an option to pay your tuition in five installments if accepted. Payment does not occur during the application period, but during the registration phase following if accepted. If you need any clarity around cost or payment, please reach out to Matt at email@example.com.
The application deadline for this year’s Art of Leadership cohort is Friday, September 8. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance in the program no later than Friday, September 15—space is limited. Apply at racc.org/resources/art-of-leadership/2017-18-application.
Tuition is $800 per person. However, please do not let cost be a barrier when applying. Price adjustments can be requested in the application process.
Schedule and Curriculum
For the first six workshops, they are held at different arts and culture venues in the Portland area one Wednesday per month, October through March, from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. Lunch is included. The final, seventh session takes place in the late afternoon and evening and includes graduation, networking, and a celebration reception—location TBD.
#1 October 10, 2018 PDX Arts: Setting the Stage
#2 November 7, 2018 Nonprofit Nuts & Bolts
#3 December 5, 2018 Getting Real About Arts Funding
#4 January 9, 2019 Seeing Numbers: De-Mystifying Nonprofit Financials
#5 February 6, 2019 Why Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Matter
#6 March 6, 2019 Empowering Arts Leadership
#7 April 3, 2019 Graduation & Networking
The Art of Leadership program would not be possible without the valuable support of Workshop Sponsors. For more information on sponsorship opportunities and benefits, including complimentary registration for your employees, contact Alison Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Art of Leadership, contact Matt at email@example.com.