Arts Matter Workshop Series

Triangle Community Foundation has partnered with ARTS Action Research to bring a series of workshops to the Triangle designed specifically to help nonprofit arts organizations with planning, resource development, knowledge building, and assessment to further their artistic missions.

You’re invited to participate!

Over the next year, the Foundation and ARTS Action Research colleagues Nello McDaniel and Anne Dunning will host five workshops:

  • Monday, August 26, 2019: Organizational Process & Planning
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019: Growing Audiences
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020: Relational Fundraising & Development
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020: Leading Arts Boards
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2020: Knowledge-Based Assessment

These workshops are free and designed to be relevant for nonprofit arts organizations across the arts spectrum, from performing, visual, and presenting, to service arts organizations. While there will be themes and concepts referenced across the workshops, it is not necessary to attend all five. Come to one or come to all!

Nello and Anne will share tangible strategies for improving organizational processes through an arts centric approach and there will be opportunities to network with fellow arts nonprofits and Foundation staff.

Workshop 1: Organizational Process and Planning: The Plan and the Path

What: This first workshop will focus on two closely related but separate aspects of organizational process and planning. First is articulating, affirming or reaffirming an organization’s core values and vision narrative, making sure that all involved are clear about why this work and why this organization. The second aspect is about connecting the why and what with the organization’s actions and ambitions. While keeping eyes on the vision of the future, it’s the immediate path that will present new and/or unanticipated opportunities previously not considered.

When: Monday, August 26, 2019 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Where: Triangle Community Foundation, 800 Park Offices Drive, Suite 201, Research Triangle Park, NC 2770

Workshop 2: Growing Audiences

What: For artists, the need and desire to make, produce, present and exhibit art is equaled only by the need and desire to connect that art with an audience. All want and need people to engage and participate in their work in a meaningful way. It follows then that the most meaningful relationships artists have on every level begin with their audience relationships.  The Growing Audiences Workshop helps align the manner in which arts professionals establish and maintain artistic relationships with the nature of their audience relationships. This alignment provides an informed strategic framework for deepening existing audience relationships, for reaching broader audiences, and identifying and diversifying audiences in appropriate ways.

Instructor: Nello McDaniel

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 12:45 – 3:30pm

Where: Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701

Register here!

Workshop 3: Relational Fundraising and Development

What: This workshop will help arts leader understand how cultivating and nurturing relationships in an intentional and meaningful way can help to sustain their organization’s programs and infrastructure by providing simple steps to create a plan, set appropriate goals, identify potential supporters, cultivate supporters and see relationships through to the ask for support and beyond. This workshop is for arts professionals who seek to build appropriate, sustained relationships with individual donors, institutional funders and potential supporters of all kinds. The Relational Fundraising and Development Workshop will help board leaders understand the important difference between development and fundraising and ways to make the board a far more active and potent force for your organization.

Instructor: Anne Dunning

When: Tuesday, February 4, 2019 from 12:45 – 3:30 pm

Where: TBD

Registration Link: TBD

Workshop 4: Leading Arts Boards Workshop

What: The Leading Arts Boards Workshop extends the concepts and approaches outlined in AAR’s Organizational Process & Planning as applied to the board and community relationships.  This workshop is appropriate not only for formally incorporated arts organizations but any group seeking to enlist appropriate help and resources from community partners.  From defusing years of theory and myth, to defining roles and relationships, to recruitment and orientation of board members, to practical problem solving, the Leading Arts Boards Workshop is a must for arts professionals seeking to build healthy, balanced and effective board relationships and practices for their organizations.

Instructor: Nello McDaniel

When: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from 12:45 – 3:30pm

Where: TBD

Registration Link: TBD

Workshop 5: Knowledge-Based Assessment

What: For an arts organization of any kind to learn and change, leadership must have access to tools and approaches to accurately assess internal conditions and the external environment.  Assessment practices in the nonprofit arts sector have long been modeled after assessment in other sectors in which the value systems are largely growth-based.  ARTS Action Research has been working with arts organizations over the past several years to explore new approaches to assessment that work with the knowledge bases in the arts and that better reflect the value systems of the sector.  In this workshop, we will introduce assessment strategies and techniques that small to mid-sized organizations can integrate into their planning and organizational activities.  Participants will learn how to use assessment tools, create assessment plans, add new assessment practices to their work and analyze and integrate the assessment data to support learning and change.

Instructor: Anne Dunning

When: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 from 12:45 – 3:30pm

Where: TBD

Registration Link: TBD