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BOARDway Bound with ArtsWave

Posted by Danielle Iwata
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BOARDway Bound with ArtsWave

Cincinnati’s ArsWave is back with its signature program aimed at cultivating business leaders who will become the region’s next set of arts board members. BOARDway Bound offers selected board candidates and current board members a two-month professional development session. Throughout the process, the newest cohort will take courses like “All Things Revenue,” “Nonprofit Financial Management,” and “Impact, Collaboration, Storytelling,” among others.

 

Since 2004, ArtsWave has trained and placed 300+ candidates, many of whom come from health, energy, and financial industries. Equipped with a greater understanding of arts management, these leaders have successfully helped arts organizations increase revenue and increase audiences.

 

As ArtsWave President and CEO Alecia Kintner notes in an ArtsBiz, “Arts board leadership is one of the top professional development tools Cincinnati’s corporate community uses to groom high-performing employees into future leadership.” Through board participation, employees have opportunities to explore different challenges and creative solutions. Moreover, through these engagements, they can deepen their sense of community.

 

One of the local businesses that understands the value of board participation is Cincinnati Fifth Third Bank. ArtsWave nominated the company for a BCA 10 Award, which it will receive on October 2 in New York City at the BCA 10 Gala that honors the best businesses partnering with the arts.

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An Environment of Convergence

Posted by Melyssa Muro
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An Environment of Convergence

Conversations surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion are currently affecting almost every industry.  From tech to home sharing, leaders are approaching new ways to engage employees, thwart exclusion, and consider people on the margins within their work environments and also within their communities. 

 

So, how are leaders approaching this area as it effects the arts and culture sector?

 

MoMA’s president emerita, Agnes Gund, has worked to diversify the scope of the museum, stating, “We serve a population.” In other words, the works should reflect the range of the population served.

 

To fulfill this need for diverse works, Gund reached out to individuals like AC Hudgins, who joined the board of directors in 2012. He has since contributed his collected works, including pieces by David Hammons, Henry Taylor, Senga Nengudi, and more, and in doing so, has enhanced the exchange of ideas from those with differing backgrounds. By housing these works down the hall from those of Van Gogh and Dali, MoMA cultivates an environment of convergence. In this way, Hudgins’ additions are immensely appreciated; as his friend and colleague Marie-Josee Kravis frames it, “[W]e have three million visitors a year… We have to be an agora, not a temple.”

 

Hudgins, as well as many leaders of color within boards, brings in diverse art and draws in a wider and newly engaged audience. As art and culture leaders work to close the gap between neighborhoods and lifestyle, they always keep at top of mind that the arts are the bridge that transcend that gap.

 

Photo: MoMA. Marino Miculan courtesy of Flickr.

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