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An Introduction to the Fundamentals of Arts Administration


We recognize that there are many paths into arts administration. Some may enter the field as a practicing artist, a volunteer in an arts organization, or as a passionate supporter of the arts.


Wherever you are coming from – the RAFT program is for those who have been working or volunteering for less than 3 years in an arts organization and are looking to build their knowledge.




Fundamental skills in arts management provide early-career arts professionals (0-3 years of experience) an opportunity to learn what it means to work in a not-for-profit arts organization.


Participants will be invited to take part in a fictional case-study story through speaking roles, discussions, role-playing, and a small group presentation.


Topics covered include organizational structure (non-profit vs charitable status), board and staff relations, financial statements, strategic planning (mission, vision, values, goals, objectives, SWOT analysis, and evaluation), and project planning.



Upon successful completion of the Rozsa Admin Fundamentals Training (RAFT) program, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the real-life challenges and opportunities of being a not-for-profit arts organization

  2. Review a financial statement presented at a not-for-profit board 

  3. Evaluate an organization’s mission, vision, and value statement 

  4. Identify the main components that make up a strategic plan 

  5. Discuss the importance of doing evaluations 

  6. Construct a project plan based on answering the questions who, what, where, when, why, and how much


At a Glance

Who should apply?

Early career staff/volunteers of arts organizations with 0-3 years of work/volunteer experience.

What is RAFT? 

RAFT is a 14-hour program that is delivered in-person and most recently online, covering the basics of arts management theory and practices.

For November 2020, we will be delivering the program online to Alberta-based arts professionals. 12 hours will be in real time (synchronous) and 2 hours will be asynchronous (self-directed homework/group work).

When is RAFT?

Session Dates, occurring 10am - 12pm MT:

November 10

November 12

November 17

November 19

November 24

December 1



What is the tuition for RAFT?: 


*The Rozsa Foundation acknowledges that systemic barriers to equity exist when it comes to the Arts Leadership application process and program experience. If this is the case, we invite you to email Program and Granting Manager, Ayla Stephen at so that we may seek ways to provide additional or alternative support. 


Rozsa Admin Fundamentals Training (RAFT) was developed by Geraldine Ysselstein, Arts Leadership Director for the Rozsa Foundation. The program in September 2020 will be facilitated online by Ayla Stephen, Program and Granting Manager for the Rozsa Foundation and Guest Faculty Kodie Rollan.

Read stories about others' experiences with RAFT and our other Arts Leadership programs ON OUR BLOG. 



Ayla Stephen, Programs and Granting Manager, Rozsa Foundation, 403-245-6063 or

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(403) 245-6063

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