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Cultural forum for arts groups

Cultural forum for arts groups

The District of Sechelt and Arts BC are hosting “a community cultural forum” at Seaside Centre on March 1.  Tickets for the day long professional development session, aimed at non-profit organizations, cost $25.  They can be purchased online at Eventbrite.ca.  To allow for planning for materials and the included lunch, those interested are encouraged to register by Feb. 25.

Sechelt’s Arts, Culture and Communications Coordinator, Siobhan Smith is hoping to see volunteers, staff, and board members of the estimated 30 arts-focussed non-profit groups on the Coast in attendance.

“We know that Sunshine Coast non-profits and charities are looking for local capacity-building opportunities,” said Smith.   Local groups have told Smith that due to budget constraints and the time required to travel to off-Coast courses, their representative are often unable access the professional development programs they need to support their work.

The forum will be led by Patricia Huntsman, an arts management and cultural planning consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the creative sector. Huntsman is a member of the Insight Team of Arts BC, a provincial arts service organization that cultivates community cultural development.

“Our day will start with an overview of current trends and impacts in BC’s and Canada’s arts and culture landscape. We’ll then discuss these with respect to our local context. From there, we’ll dive into workshops on a variety of topics,” said Smith.

One area of discussion will be non-profit board governance and training.  This will examine the various board models, how they differ, and which models work best for a variety of types of organizations.  Smith believes this will be a good primer for those new to arts non-profit boards and an important refresher for those current board members.

Another workshop will look at fundraising and sponsorships; it will help participants understand the donor lifecycle and the requirements for donor administration.

Other sessions will examine how contracts, memorandums of understanding, fee-for-service agreements and operating agreements work. There will also be discussion of non-profit organization insurance requirements.

Over the forum’s lunch break,  a “cultural roundtable” will be hosted.   Participants will be asked to share stories, knowledge and ideas to help support collaboration among Coast-based arts and culture groups. Through these discussions, Smith is hoping participants can build a shared vision and understanding that will help the Coast’s cultural sector develop, diversify and expand.

Connie Jordison

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