ROZSA ARTS EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP (REAL)
Upcoming dates, course format, and tuition information for Winter 2021 are currently under discussion. If you are interested in taking the REAL Program, please send an email to Geraldine Ysselstein, Arts Leadership Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rozsa Foundation offers the Rozsa Executive Arts Leadership (REAL) program for established leaders who have demonstrated the potential to lead change in their organization, community, and/or the arts sector.
Participants will focus on developing soft skills (eg. deep listening, creativity, critical thinking, empathy, collaboration, leadership styles, and voice) alongside hard skills (eg. finance, governance, and technical skills) that will lead to personal and professional development.
The goal of the program is to offer a space for established arts leaders to come together and discuss opportunities and challenges they have in their own organization, collaborate to address these opportunities and challenges within the arts sector, and do a deep dive on a particular topic with local creative thought leaders.
These challenges/opportunities may include marketing, communications, funding, board governance, financial, community engagement, human resources, technology, and legal.
Our approach in Rozsa Executive Arts Leadership (REAL) is to use a blended type of learning that delivers instructional content through an online portal called Slack and uses the in-person sessions to collaborate, problem-solve, and tackle different challenges with the support of peers, facilitators, and guest leaders.
We believe this approach will allow for greater depth of conversation and create a meaningful professional development experience.
Upon completing the Rozsa Executive Arts Leadership (REAL) program, an arts leader will be able to:
Assess their own leadership values, style, and capacity
Build relationships with other program participants
Take collective action to address sector-wide concerns
Advocate the value of the arts to the wider community
The Rozsa Executive Arts Leadership (REAL) program builds on the Rozsa Arts Management Program (RAMP) themes of governance, resource development, marketing, human resources, leadership, and finance.
However, while RAMP focuses on management and planning skills, the REAL program is focused on developing leaders who can inspire others towards a shared vision of success and lead them towards change even if there is risk involved.
The REAL program is for:
Arts managers across arts disciplines who are taking their leadership to the next level
Arts managers who have 5-10 years of work experience
Arts managers who are interested in being leaders in their organization and within the arts sector
The REAL program is led and facilitated by Geraldine Ysesstein, Arts Leadership Director with the Rozsa Foundation, and many respected arts leaders in the Calgary arts community. These include Su Ying Strang of The New Gallery; Jenna Rogers of Chromatic Theatre; Terry Rock of Platform Calgary; Karen Ball; Cheryl Foggo and Agatha Starczyk.
The Rozsa Foundation subsidizes tuition for participants working for nonprofits/registered charities. The REAL participant pays the remaining tuition.
Tuition for 2020 is $1200/person.
The Rozsa Executive Arts Leader Program (REAL) application deadline will be in December 2020, in order to allow for enough time (30 days) for applicants to apply for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.
The Canada-Alberta Job Grant can fund up to 2/3 of your program costs to a maximum of $10 000 per individual or $300,000 per organization.
If you do not qualify for the Canada Alberta Job Grant (for example, you are a board member or contracted staff member), please contact the Rozsa Foundation for information on further subsidies.
2020 FINAL PRESENTATIONS
The REAL program culminates in final presentations to the community. In 2020, these were done in a ZOOM Conference Platform due to COVID-19 public gathering restrictions. The cohort is divided into pairs and given a complicated challenge on which to deliberate. The presentation is of Five Bold Ideas on how to deal with this challenge. To see the presentations, click here.