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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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Charlotte Cultivates its Next Cultural Leaders

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How do you identify emerging leaders and help them develop into productive volunteers and board candidates for cultural organizations in your community? For The Arts & Science Council of Charlotte, the answer lies in the organization’s Cultural Leadership Training Program (CLT). (Photo credit: Arts & Science Council of Charlotte.)

 

Launched in 2005, CLT was built out of concern from cultural organizations for finding the next generation of volunteers to serve on boards. “People were starting to recycle through arts organizations, with the same faces popping up all the time in board roles,” said Katherine Mooring, vice president for culture & community investment at the Arts & Science Council. “We were missing an opportunity to engage some new fresh talent.”

 

With meetings held at rotating cultural organizations for three-and-a-half hours, once a month, future board leaders are taught the history and dynamics of the region’s cultural community. Each class focuses on an aspect of board service and a particular arts discipline, with topics ranging from legal responsibilities, governance and board-staff relations to finance, fundraising and advocacy.

 

Because each meeting is held at a different cultural organization, class members are given an opportunity to be immersed in new arts and cultural activities—visual arts, performing arts, music, theatre and dance. Students have played Suzuki violin, performed scenes from Shakespeare plays, and created a line drawing of a dance movement, then performed it.

 

“It was alike getting a backstage pass to all the cultural arts programs in town,” comments Sheila Mullen, chief empowerment officer at Continuous Motion Consulting, who joined the board of the McColl Center for Visual Art when she completed the program in 2008 and is about to begin a term as board chair. “I was well-prepared to be a board member, and knew what my roles and responsibilities were.”

 

Taylor Barden, an associate vice president at Morgan Stanley, a board member at the Charlotte Symphony and chair of the committee of alumni of the program who select each new class, says the program helps class members see “how arts organizations can work together” for the benefit of the community.

 

Strong board leadership is an essential part of building arts and business partnerships that benefit the entire community. Read more about The Arts & Science Council of Charlotte’s Cultural Leadership Training Program, and be sure to download our “Working with Volunteers” tool-kit to learn about how you can create pro bono skills-based volunteer opportunities with arts organizations in your area.

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