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September 16, 2016

Opportunity to Join ArtStarts' Board of Directors

ArtStarts Board of Directors

ArtStarts in Schools is currently seeking individuals to join our Board of Directors as General Board Members. 

The ideal candidate will have previous Board or Committee experience, and offer expertise in one of the following areas: 

  • Fund Development: to guide our long-term financial plan
  • Indigenous perspectives: to inform our strategic plan
  • The role of Parents in advocating for arts in education 
  • Legal: not-for-profit, or any other relevant practice area

The candidate must be 18 years or older and reside in British Columbia.

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 January, May and October. ArtStarts will cover 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 3 to 5 meetings per year and working on deliverables between meetings.

Approximate time commitment is 5 to 10 hours per month.

Benefits and Recognition

  • Individuals 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.

How to Apply

Please apply with a cover letter and resume to: ArtStarts Governance Committee at
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.

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.

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