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ROZSA ARTS EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP (REAL)

INTRODUCTION
 

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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES 
 

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

2021 PROGRAM: EQUITY, ANTI-RACISM, INCLUSION, AND INDIGENOUS RELATIONS

To prepare for the 2021 Rozsa Executive Arts Leadership (REAL) program, we have invited three arts leaders to be our REAL Faculty Planning Team including Jared Tailfeathers (multi-media artist, musician, author, and program coordinator for Indigenous Placemaking at the Calgary Public Library), Cheryl Foggo (author, playwright, and filmmaker), and Su Ying Strang (artist, cultural worker, and director at The New Gallery).  Jared, Cheryl, and Su Ying are arts leaders, practicing artists, activists, advocates, and collaborators in Mohkinstis (Calgary). They each participated in the REAL 2020 program as guests/facilitators and we are delighted that they have agreed to become the REAL Faculty Planning Team together.  

 

The Rozsa Foundation, as a funder, an award giver, and provider of professional development opportunities is making Equity, Anti-Racism, Inclusion, and Indigenous Relations a priority in our work ahead. Having the voices and perspectives of Jared, Cheryl, and Su Ying to not only facilitate REAL sessions, but also lead the development of the program is very important to us. 

We are aware that arts organizations might not feel ready or supported to take on the work of Equity, Anti-Racism, Inclusion, and Indigenous Relations by themselves. We have our own discomfort, but we would like to take this opportunity to learn together continuously even amidst a world of unknowns about the arts sector. 

We believe that being grounded in where we are on this land with an understanding of who we are will help us figure out where we are going. Equity, Anti-Racism, Inclusion, and Indigenous Relations are the overarching themes that will be woven throughout the REAL program as we prepare to have meaningful conversations about strategic planning, community engagement, fund development, communications, leadership, and human resources. 

This is new work for us, we will be figuring it out as we go, and we will never stop learning together.   

2021 REAL FACULTY PLANNING TEAM

 

To prepare for the 2021 Rozsa Executive Arts Leadership (REAL) program, we have invited three arts leaders to be our REAL Faculty Planning Team including Jared Tailfeathers (multi-media artist, musician, author, and program coordinator for Indigenous Placemaking at the Calgary Public Library), Cheryl Foggo (author, playwright, and filmmaker), and Su Ying Strang (artist, cultural worker, and director at The New Gallery).  Jared, Cheryl, and Su Ying are arts leaders, practicing artists, activists, advocates, and collaborators in Mohkinstis (Calgary). They each participated in the REAL 2020 program as guests/facilitators and we are delighted that they have agreed to become the REAL Faculty Planning Team together.  

 

The Rozsa Foundation, as a funder, an award giver, and provider of professional development opportunities is making Equity, Anti-Racism, Inclusion, and Indigenous Relations a priority in our work ahead. Having the voices and perspectives of Jared, Cheryl, and Su Ying to not only facilitate REAL sessions, but also lead the development of the program is very important to us. 

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2021 PROGRAM: APPLICATIONS AND TUITION

We have extended the deadline for REAL applications to Friday, January 22nd and anticipate that the program will begin ONLINE on March 10th, 2021. Sessions will be held every other week on Wednesdays from 9:30am-12:30pm

The Rozsa Foundation subsidizes tuition for participants, and REAL participants pays the remaining tuition amount of $900/person for the 2021 REAL program.

 

For those who are employed, your employer may be able to access the Canada-Alberta Job Grant that will cover 2/3 of your tuition (please note that you must apply for the grant at least 30 days before the program start date).  

An important note: The Rozsa Foundation acknowledges that systemic barriers to equity exist when it comes to the Arts Leadership application process and paying for tuition. If this is the case, we invite you to email or call Geraldine Ysselstein at geraldine@rozsafoundation.org (phone: 587-435-8747 Monday-Friday between 2-5pm) to discuss your application and/or tuition, so that we may seek ways to provide additional/alternative application/financial supports. 

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.

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