North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa Peer Learning Community

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 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.  

Program Details

Two 2.5-day retreats to 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.

  • Opening retreat:   Thursday, April 27, 2017 (1:00 pm) through Saturday, April 29, 2017 (5:00 pm), Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Final retreat:   Either Thursday, October 26 (1:00 p.m.) through Saturday, October 28, 2017 (1:00 p.m.), Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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.

  • Operating reserves
  • Dashboards reports and data
  • Building better boards
  • Governance and leadership structures and roles
  • Fundraising
  • Strategies for sustainability

Cost of participation

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. 

Feedback from participants

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.”