April 24, 2020
ArtStarts in Schools is currently seeking individuals to join our Board of Directors with a focus on finance, strategy, and innovation. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis in May and June of 2020. Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply below.
ArtStarts is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that expands the role of art in education to activate learning and nurture creativity in British Columbia's young people. We focus on creating meaningful change where young people benefit most equitably and directly – in their schools and classrooms. Since 1996, ArtStarts has collaborated with educators, artists, families, and communities to promote art as an essential part of learning and life.
As an arts organization that works with young people, we have an important role to play in advancing and strengthening the values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Social justice through the arts is a powerful approach and now an integrated part of our work towards mission impact. You can read more about our mission, vision, guiding principles, and our commitment to anti-oppression here: ArtStarts.com/about.
2020 is shaping up to be a year of significant change for ArtStarts as we simultaneously navigate a leadership transition, upgrade our technical systems to streamline administrative processes, continue to learn how to apply an equity and decolonization lens to our work, and respond to the myriad impacts of a global pandemic.
At this critical and exciting time, we are seeking to fill 2-4 openings on our small and committed Board of Directors. Successful candidates will contribute their experience, perspectives, and skills to govern ArtStarts with a focus on three key areas: fiduciary (legal compliance and accountability), strategic (setting priorities and planning for the future), and generative (big picture questions and blue sky thinking).
Do several of the following statements describe you? If so, we want to hear from you!
Ideal candidates will be keen to contribute expertise and networks in one of the following:
We encourage all applicants who are interested and believe they could make a valuable contribution to apply, regardless of your professional experience. We encourage applications from members of communities that are marginalized or with lived experience of structural discrimination, including those identifying as Black, Indigenous, people of colour, LGBTQ2IA+, and those living with a visible or invisible disability. We would also particularly welcome applications from youth (aged 18-25), and from those based in BC regions outside of the Lower Mainland.
ArtStarts is committed to providing all members of the board with an appropriate orientation to the organization and their role as Directors, to ensure all Board Members are effectively engaged and able to make a valuable contribution.
The average monthly time commitment is estimated to be 4-6 hours.
Given the current global pandemic, we are planning for virtual monthly Board meetings. When the board is able to meet in person again, we plan to resume our previous practice of meeting 2-3 times per year. This requires additional travel time for out-of-town members, and ArtStarts will pay travel expenses for those members to attend. Board members are also expected to serve on a committee, which involves attending approximately 4 to 8 virtual meetings per year and working on deliverables between meetings.
Benefits & Recognition
Volunteers who contribute their time and knowledge as ArtStarts board members benefit from:
Please apply with a cover letter and resume with “Board Member Application” in the subject line, and send it to ArtStarts Governance Committee, at [email protected].
Cover letter to answer the following two questions:
Interviews will take place on a rolling basis in May and June 2020.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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