BEING A COMMUNITY ARTS AND CULTURE LEADER TODAY, WHETHER AS A VOLUNTEER, ARTIST, ADMINISTRATOR, OR ENTREPRENEUR, IS ABOUT
BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER AND
CONNECTING IDEAS AND OPPORTUNITIES
WITH A NETWORK OF OVER 300 COMMUNITY ARTS AND CULTURE LEADERS OF ALL TYPES, CONNECTING PEOPLE AND PROMOTING PARTNERSHIPS IS A BIG PART OF OUR DAY-TO-DAY WORK.
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WE’RE HERE TO CONNECT THE DOTS
WHILE WE WORK ON EXPANDING THIS SERVICE, HERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT WHEN CONSIDERING COLLABORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS:
1. TAKE THE TIME TO CHOOSE YOUR PARTNER WISELY AND PURPOSEFULLY:
Look for organizations whose missions complement your own, regardless of what field they are in. Numerous successful arts and health collaborations abound because their aims align (check out examples at the Arts and Health Network). And don’t wait to be asked; set your sights on your ideal partner.
2. MAKE IT LAST. CONFIRM MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL TERMS:
A collaboration may have a shorter-term focus, but that doesn’t mean it can’t grow to a meaningful partnership. Start out on the right foot by making sure your agreement benefits all parties.
3. SHOW YOUR OWN WORTH:
Whether you are partnering with government, the private sector or with another artist, take the time to write down your strengths and the value you bring to the mix. Having this set out ahead of time will help you set up better terms.
4. MAKE IT MEASURABLE:
Don’t get swept up in the romance of it all and over promise at visionary level; keep the deliverables clear and focused, and identify concrete ways to show accountability. (think: flowers are nice, but someone needs to take out the recycling….
5. WORK AS EQUALS:
Work as equals. You must understand and take on your new partner’s imperatives and timetables, as they must accept yours. Build in trust and co-operation. Ensure working relationships are encouraged especially among staff or volunteers at the point of contact between the two parties.
(Adapted from The Guardian Professionals Network, 2011.)
WHEN THE ALLIANCE FOR ARTS + CULTURE WANTED TO GATHER INPUT FROM COMMUNITY ARTS AND CULTURE LEADERS – THE PEOPLE POWERING THE ARTS -THEY CAME TO ARTS BC WHO REACHED OUT TO OUR NETWORK. THANK YOU TO ALL MEMBERS WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE COMMUNITY CULTURAL ROUNDTABLES!
- BC Arts Council Strategic Opportunities Grant - The Strategic Opportunities program assists B.C. arts and cultural organizations undertake significant strategic projects to address artistic and organizational opportunities and challenges, including: support for the creation of new work (including commissioning and collaboration); innovation in or enhancement of programming activity; capacity building; organizational transition; and/or investment in small capital projects (facilities or specialized equipment).