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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

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

For October 2021, we will be delivering the program online to Alberta-based arts professionals. 20 hours will be in real time (synchronous) and 2 hours will be asynchronous (self-directed homework/group work).

When is RAFT?

10:00am to 12:30pm on the following dates:

Tuesday, October 5

Thursday, October 7

Tuesday, October 12

Thursday, October 14

Tuesday, October 19

Thursday, October 21

Tuesday, October 26

Thursday, October 28

Attendance at each session is required for completion.

APPLY BY Friday, September 10, 2021


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.

We also recognize that the tuition fee may present a barrier to participation.

We invite you to email Ainsley Soutière at so that we may seek ways to provide additional or alternative support. 

The Rozsa Foundation values equity, diversity and inclusion in our programs. We welcome and encourage applications for the Rozsa Admin Fundamentals Training (RAFT) from arts leaders who identify as 2SLGBTQQIA+ (Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, + other sexual or gender minority identities), Indigenous people, Persons of Colour, New Canadians, Deaf Persons, Persons with Disabilities, and Persons Living with Mental Illness.


Rozsa Admin Fundamentals Training (RAFT) was developed by Geraldine Ysselstein, Arts Leadership Director for the Rozsa Foundation. The program in October 2021 will be facilitated online
by Guest Faculty Toyin Oladele and Kodie Rollan.

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



Ainsley Soutière, Rozsa Foundation, 403-245-6063 or


Toyin Oladele (she/her)

Kodie Rollan (he/him)

Toyin is a Calgary-based multidisciplinary artist whose expression comes through music, dance, theatre, film, literary and curatorial practices. She is also an arts administrator, consultant, and project manager with over a decade of experience working in the arts and culture sector.

Toyin is the founder and director of the Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation, non-profit society whose goal is to connect newcomer and immigrant arts workers to the community in Calgary, she is also the project manager for the Public Arts in the NE part of Calgary with the City of Calgary.


She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Language and performing arts and she is an advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion. She mentors newcomers from diverse countries and professional backgrounds and enjoys creating arts with diverse communities and keeping community spaces connected.

Kodie Rollan is Philippine-born, Scarborough-raised, Calgary-based playwright, dramaturg, actor, and arts administrator.


Kodie is passionate about telling stories that examine the socio-political environment of our world and is also rooted in the various communities he serves.


He is also passionate about finding ways to decolonize and change the non-profit structure and practice through the lens of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.


He received his Master of Arts Leadership from Queen’s University in 2018 and has been facilitating the RAFT program since 2020.


He is currently the Artistic Associate at Chromatic Theatre.

Rozsa Foundation Arts Leadership Programs


An introduction to the fundamentals of arts administration


Business skills for arts managers, festival directors, and resource developers.


Senior arts leaders enhancing leadership skills through peer engagement.