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 recently started working or volunteering (less than 3 years) in an arts organization and are looking to build their knowledge or who are looking to start their own 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

Who should apply?


Early career staff/volunteers of arts organizations with

0-3 years of work/volunteer experience.

What is RAFT? 

RAFT is a 2-day program

When is RAFT? 

RAFT Calgary - 22 + 23 February 2020

RAFT Edmonton - March 14 + 15 2020 

RAFT 2019/2020 Program Schedule (PDF)

What is the tuition for RAFT?: $100/person

Applications for RAFT in Calgary and Edmonton are now being accepted.

Deadline to apply for Calgary is January 24, 2020

Deadline to apply for Edmonton is February 14, 2020



Rozsa Admin Fundamentals Training (RAFT) was developed by Geraldine Ysselstein, Arts Leadership Director for the Rozsa Foundation with contributions from Derek Stevenson, Program and Granting Manager for the Rozsa Foundation.

Read stories about others' experiences with RAFT and our other Arts Leadership programs HERE. 



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

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