The Australia Council for the Arts, in partnership with the
Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA), an Our Community enterprise,
will present a series of workshops and free webinars for leaders of arts
organisations. These programs form part of the Council’s Governance Program
which is designed to enhance capability across the sector.
Tailored specifically for the arts sector, the Australia
Council Arts Governance Program aims to enhance governance skills which are critical to effective
leadership and sustainability. The program is tailored for those in leadership
roles within small to medium organisations, including the CEO, artistic
director and board members.
Lissa Twomey, Australia Council MPA and National Engagement
Executive Director, encourages executives of small to medium organisations to take
advantage of this unique Arts Governance Program to gain a deeper understanding
of the unique risks to arts organisations.
“The Australia Council identified a lack of nationwide
arts-specific upskilling and, as a result, developed the Arts Governance
Program. Strong governance can ensure the right environment for an organisation
to thrive and create great art,” Ms Twomey said.
“Arts boards need strong structures and processes in
place and the Arts Governance Program provides tools to effectively discuss how
the creation of art aligns with the vision and the mission of the organisation.”
Freewebinars begin in May, with the
first being an Arts Governance Refresher on 2 May followed by a webinar on Meeting
Processes on 23 May. The Council has included these webinars within the program
to ensure all organisations have access to this type of information
irrespective of location or budget. The webinars will occur throughout the
year, creating an archived resource of governance tools. Future topics will be developed and added in
response to need.
The other component of the Arts Governance
Program is a full-day workshop for small to medium
organisations which will be held in the second half of the year in all capital
cities and select regional centres. The first
will be held in Sydney on 29 May. Registrations
are now open and up to three people per
organisation can attend on the same registration. All participants will receive
a two-year membership to the Institute of Community Directors
Australia, an Our Community enterprise, which provides a suite
of online resources and active discussion forum.
The program structure covers topics
such as: board composition, succession planning and diversity; the board’s role
in artistic governance; optimising risk for an arts organisation; and board
effectiveness. The program aims to provide participants with greater confidence
in managing board performance and a greater understanding of contemporary good
governance practices in the arts sector.
workshop participant Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director of Artspace said
that the program challenged some basic assumptions and offered exemplary
insights into how organisations can think more strategically, laterally, and
“The Arts Governance Program provides a
unique opportunity for executive staff and board directors to think
about leading collaboratively and ways to develop new strategies for supporting
organisational sustainability and ambition,” Ms Glass-Kantor said.
FREE UPCOMING WEBINARS
30 May PARRAMATTA
2 May ARTS GOVERNANCE
1 June CANBERRA
23 May MEETING PROCESSES
20 June BRISBANE
22 June CAIRNS
18 July ADELAIDE
20 July HOBART
15 August MELBOURNE
16 August MELBOURNE
12 October PERTH
14 November DARWIN
16 November ALICE SPRINGS
Please check the Arts Governance Program for further
dates to be announced. Additional workshops may also be scheduled based on demand.
For more information or to register for a webinar or workshop please visit ICDA or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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