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May 17, 2016

Join ArtStarts' Board of Directors: General Board Member


ArtStarts in Schools is currently seeking an individual to join our Board of Directors as a General Board Member. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis. Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply below.

(We are also seeking a President. Click here for more information.)


Mission and Vision

ArtStarts in Schools provides innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education. ArtStarts Board Members look at their responsibility through three lenses: Strategic (setting priorities and monitoring performance), Generative (big picture questions and big picture thinking) and Fiduciary (stewardship of assets and accountability).

The ArtStarts Board operates as a governing body and concentrates on developing and monitoring goals and policies; focusing primarily on external factors and the future rather than internal operations and the past. We regularly assess our performance and effectiveness as a board and have an active board development plan. This approach ultimately supports ArtStarts to successfully deliver its mandate of promoting art and creativity among British Columbia's young people.


We are currently seeking to fill two openings on our Board of Directors. The ideal candidate(s) will have previous Board or Committee experience, and bring professional experience in one of the following areas: 

  • Legal (not-for-profit, or any other relevant practice area)
  • Art (full-time, practicing professional artist from any discipline)
  • Government relations (provincial, esp. in relation to the arts & education)

Previous involvement in arts programming or advocacy would be considered an asset. The candidate(s) must reside in British Columbia and we would particularly welcome applications from those based outside of the Lower Mainland.

Required attributes of ArtStarts board members include:

  • Clear understanding of, and experience with, non-profit governance
  • Strategic thinking and ability to contribute to the strategic plan
  • Visionary: able to see the organization in broad terms
  • Ability to work as part of a team and communicate effectively 
  • Interest in promoting art and creativity in young people

ArtStarts is committed to providing all members of the Board with an appropriate orientation to the Society and their role as Directors, to ensure all Board Members are familiar with and equipped to effectively carry out their responsibilities.

Deliverables / Duties

  • Commit to the mission and vision of ArtStarts
  • Contribute in the areas of board governance, strategic planning, the not-for-profit sector, finance, program development, resource development (human and capital)
  • Attend monthly board meetings
  • Serve on a committee 
  • Support special events as required 
  • Act as an ambassador of ArtStarts to external stakeholders 

Time Commitment

Board meetings typically take place from 5:30pm to 7:00pm on the second Thursday of each month. Directors can attend in person or join by conference call. Three times per year the Board meets in person (on a Friday night and Saturday from 9am to 3pm): typically in February, May and October. ArtStarts pays travel expenses for out-of-town members to attend these meetings.

Board members are also expected to serve on a committee, which involves attending approximately 4 to 8 meetings per year and working on deliverables between meetings.

Approximate time commitment is 5 to 10 hours per month.

Benefits and Recognition

Volunteers who contribute their time and knowledge as ArtStarts Board Members benefit from:

  • Opportunity to influence the future growth and success of ArtStarts;
  • Opportunity to develop personal leadership through committees and/or projects of the Board;
  • Networking opportunities in the arts and education sectors; 
  • Professional growth opportunities through guest speakers and workshops; 
  • Forging meaningful relationships with fellow volunteers, staff and community; 
  • Building strategic and visionary thinking skills;
  • Opportunities to spark individual creativity.


Please apply with a cover letter and resume to: ArtStarts Governance Committee at [email protected]

To strengthen your cover letter, please answer the following two questions:

  • What do you hope to gain from being an ArtStarts Board Member?
  • What do you hope to contribute as an ArtStarts Board Member?

Interviews will take place on a rolling basis.

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