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 window for the 2018-19 Art of Leadership Workshop Series is now closed. If you are interested in applying to the 2019-20 cohort, please fill out the form below and you will be notified once the application is available (Summer 2019).
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
Oregon Children’s Theatre
1939 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232
|PDX Arts: Setting the Stage||
|#2 November 7, 2018
Polaris Dance Theatre
1826 NW 18th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
|Nonprofit Nuts & Bolts||
|#3 December 5, 2018
525 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214
Getting Real About Arts Funding
|#4 January 9, 2019
5131 NE 23rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97211
Seeing Numbers: De-Mystifying Nonprofit Financials
|#5 February 6, 2019
New Expressive Works
810 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97214
|Why Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Matter||
#6 March 6, 2019
8371 N. Interstate Avenue
Portland, OR 97217
|Empowering Arts Leadership|
|#7 April 3, 2019
220 NW 2nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
|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.