The Community Arts Development Program (CADP) of the Department of Cultural Affairs is launching Community Arts Leadership, a year-long capacity-building initiative designed to help arts leaders effectively run their small community-based cultural organizations.
The program’s practical approach provides selected participants with the opportunity to gain knowledge through interactive workshops, one-on-one technical assistance, and presentations from the field. The twelve-month workshop curriculum focuses on three core capacity areas: board development, strategic planning, and financial management. Additional presentations and panels will address some of the critical challenges and prospects facing nonprofit cultural leaders.
As a result of their participation, groups will be expected to achieve measurable results such as a viable strategic plan, tools for developing a well-functioning and strategically recruited board, and a budgeting framework that supports fiscal responsibility and mission adherence.
Community Arts Leadership is expected to kick-off early June 2013 and run for 12 months. Participation is free for all selected groups.
Any arts or cultural organizations interested in applying must:
- Have an operating budget of $250,000 or less in either FY2011 or FY2012;
- Serve a community where at least 51% of the residents are low- or moderate-income persons;
- Be a recipient of CDF funding in FY13;
- Have at least one full-time-equivalent staff member; AND
- Commit to attending all workshops and completing all assignments; executive director’s attendance is required for all workshops and a board member’s for at least 50 percent.
IMPORTANT: Interested organizations must attend one of four application seminars on February 12, 15, 19, or 20, 2013 (see Timeline for times and locations). CADP staff will be available to assist you throughout the two-step application period. You may contact us directly at either CADPinfo@culture.nyc.gov or 212-513-9361, however, please review the materials below beforehand.
Supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant Program, CADP provides technical assistance to community-based arts organizations serving the City's low- and moderate-income communities.