The Boardroom

Winner of our annual Christmas Board Draw announced!

Throughout each year we ask arts organizations to send us their board updates, and this year we decided to throw some festive fun into the mix! Every organization that sent us their updates was added to a year-end Christmas board draw, with a prize of $500 (to be donated to a charity of the board chair's choice), as well as a board development package courtesy of Board Leadership Calgary.

This year's winner is Brian Dean, board chair of ProArts Society! Congratulations to Brian and ProArts! We look forward to seeing all the good your organization will bring in 2017!










Board Members attend RAMP Graduates' ALP presentations

Photo: Mary Rozsa de Coquet and Geraldine Ysselstein

The 2015/2016 RAMP season concludes with graduates' ALP (Action Learning Project) presentations, covering everything from new audience development, board succession planning, fund development, strategic planning, membership development, organizational sustainability, human resources, youth and community outreach, plus many more challenges faced by the arts sector. As always, participants gained new insights into arts management across disciplines, and strengthened their skill sets as administrators. 

Board member attendance is a key factor in showing support and organizational investment in staff, and the Rozsa Foundation was pleased to see several engaged and receptive board members during the presentations. Sincere thanks to them and the time they've committed to their managers and administrators.

Jannie Edwards, Board Vice-President of the Edmonton Poetry Festival, had this to say:

For years, I taught at Grant MacEwan College, now MacEwan University, and ended my career there as Associate Dean of the Performing, Visual and Communication Arts Division. One of our vital programs in that Division was, and still is, the Arts and Cultural Management program, and my involvement with curriculum redesign and ongoing evaluation of that program gave me the perspective and experience to more fully appreciate the need for arts leadership and professional development. 

So bravo to the Rozsa Foundation for your eagle vision in putting resources toward that vision! Too often, we are put into a reactive mode of response in the not for profit arts sector." 

And from Steven Rosendorff of the Lunchbox Theatre Board:

Not only was Samantha's research and presentation interesting, but it has practical applications that will be able to benefit Lunchbox Theatre and all those vendors/supporters involved in the proposed loyalty programme.

And from Tyler Westover of the Silver Skate Festival Board:

I appreciate being able to attend the presentation and meet both Mary and Andrew.  They defiantly show a passion for for the Arts and those who work within the space.  They provided great points to consider as we move forward; their message was supportive of our formalization and the work Erin and the staff of Silverskate (and board) are focused on.  It was great to have confirming messages that we need to continue to strive for organized and deliberate growth goals. 

With the 2016/2017 RAMP application phase now open (applications close June 30th), we look forward to meeting the next round of dedicated arts administrators and managers. We also look forward to meeting their board representatives, as board engagement and support plays a substantial role in strengthening organizational resiliency through supporting their leaders and innovators.


Expand and Diversify your Board with Next Step

Partnering with the Haskayne School of Business, the Alberta School of Business, and the Alberta Board Development Program, Next Step is designed to match your organization with a recent business school graduate. These graduates have studied arts marketing and completed a specially designed non-profit governance course in preparation for service as a member of a non-profit board.

According to the Canadian Board Diversity Council, diversity in Board composition provides a wealth of talent, connections and perspectives as Boards benefit from well-credentialed individuals who bring a wider range of skills, experiences and perspectives to corporate governance. This translates to better discussion, greater diligence in decision-making and, ultimately, improved financial performance. For more information about how apply to Next Step, visit the page here.  


Announcing the Rozsa Foundation's Annual Board Appreciation Year-End Draw!

Every month, the Rozsa Foundation sends out a letter to the Boards of arts organizations requesting updated information. Who's new? Who's soldiering on? Who's registered as a charity? The Foundation collects the information as normal course of business in working with organizations in the arts sector. It is kept strictly confidential and used to facilitate participation in our granting or capacity building programs. From time to time, we also extend invitations to local or Foundation hosted events which we think might be of interest to our contacts.

As mundane as collecting this information may seem, we're always happy to see what's new with your Board, and seeing continued strength in arts leadership is very important to us. To show appreciation for the great work Arts Boards are doing, we will now be entering all the updated Board names into an annual year-end draw for $500, which the winner may donate to their organization. To be entered into this draw, simply respond to our letter (sent out the month following your AGM) with the names of your current board, as well as the additional requested information.

If your arts organization has never received one of our letters, and is located in Alberta, please contact us and we'll add you to our database, as well as our draw! And keep up the great work!

And BRAVO to the following boards for bringing in new directors and maintaining long-standing ones*:

Arts Commons (CCPA/Epcor Centre)
New Works of Arts Calgary Society
Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players
Youth Singers of Calgary
CKUA Radio Network
Antyx Community Art
Green Fools Theatre Society
Alexandra Writers Centre Society
Sled Island Music & Arts Festival
Alberta Dance Theatre
ProArts Society

*Please note these are organizations that have sent us updates since January 2017