Facilitated by Arts Midwest, this seven-month peer learning community will explore concepts found within ArtsLab's healthy business model, including relevancy within community, leadership development, financial and resource development, and organizational infrastructure. Participants will receive a toolkit for use in continuing the learning within their local community and will create: a focused strategy roadmap with the flexibility to adapt to change, and a compelling story of vision, values and clarity of identity to invite engagement and support.
Similar to a 2015 version of this program, this program aims to develop local networks by inviting back some program alumni and extending the opportunity to new organizations.
Each State Arts Council will select arts organizations within their state for participation in this program.
March 1, 2017: Application deadline at 5 p.m. (CST). (South Dakota applications are due March 6)
March 9, 2017: Arts Midwest will contact invited participants with a request to RSVP to attend the retreats.
March 24, 2017: Deadline for selected applicants to confirm their participation and RSVP for the April 26 retreat.
Two 2.5-day retreats will be held in the spring and fall of 2017—centrally located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Participants will learn from their teammates, their peers, and ArtsLab's curriculum team as they dig deep to build capacity.
Between these retreats, monthly virtual workshops, and facilitated coaching will assist the development of strategy roadmap and identity statements, and will provide technical assistance in areas listed below. These virtual workshops will take place the 2nd Tuesday of each month from noon - 1 p.m. CST.
Registration, meals, and double occupancy rooms are provided, thanks to support from your state arts agency and Arts Midwest (the full program value is $2,500 per person). Private rooms or other travel expenditures may be covered —contact your state arts agency for more information (see below).
ArtsLab and the three state arts agencies offer this series again in 2017 due to highly positive responses to the 2015 cohort.
“This was such a powerful experience and will impact our organization to no end. Having a board member with me was vital.”
“I love how all the sessions interweave. I am leaving feeling like it is do-able to combine bits and pieces together.”
To be eligible for this opportunity, organizations must meet the following criteria:
Additionally, organizations that are seeking ways to be relevant to their community and to develop a resilient plan for capacity development are encouraged to apply.
For South Dakota organizations, apply here.
For North Dakota organizations, apply here. In addition, some travel expenditures may be covered — contact NDCA at 701-328-7590 for more information.
For Iowa organizations, apply here.
Deadline: submit your application by March 1, 2017, 5 p.m. CST (4 p.m. MST). For questions about required materials and access to the application form, please contact your state arts agency.
Questions about the program can be addressed to Erin Brueggemann at Arts Midwest: [email protected] or 612-238-8006.