Below you will find information on the MT Poet laureate nomination process, International Theatre Institute Travel Grants, support for arts presenters in the West from WESTAF, Board Cafe: Speed Up the Board Recruitment Process, free software available from Tech Soup, an article on turnover among volunteers and five reasons for why volunteers leave, the U.K. Institute of Fundraising makes recordings of conference sessions available on their website, 20 Bad Leadership Habits, several items from the Artful Manger blog, and Ben Cameron identifies 4 challenges more important than money that the arts face in Barry’s blog.
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Beck McLaughlin Education & Web Services Director Montana Arts Council PO Box 202201 Helena, MT 59620-2201 406-444-6522 Arts in Education Hotline 800-282-3092
MONTANA POET LAUREATE NOMINATION FORMS NOW AVAILABLE
The Montana Poet Laureate is a position created by the Montana legislature, which recognizes and honors a citizen poet of exceptional talent and accomplishment. Applications for the state’s next Poet Laureate are due May 4, 2009 at 5 p.m. Applications are available at http://art.mt.gov/ or by calling 406-444-6639 or emailing Kim Baraby Hurtle at email@example.com .
The term of service for the position is for two years and the award is honorific. The Montana Arts Council will convene a panel of poets and literary experts, among others, to select three finalists from among the nominations. These names will be submitted to the Montana Arts Council for approval and finalization. The Poet Laureate of Montana will then be chosen by Governor Schweitzer from among these nominees in July.
The Poet Laureate will be chosen on the basis of three criteria:
· Excellence as evidenced by the submitted poetry sample.
· Exemplary professionalism as evidenced by an established history of substantial and significant publication and special honors, awards, fellowships, or other recognition.
· Advancement of poetry in Montana communities.
Sandra Alcosser was Montana’s first Poet Laureate, appointed by the Governor in 2005, and Greg Pape is the Montana Poet Laureate through July 2009.
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International Theatre Partnerships Supported
Theatre Communications Group/International Theatre Institute Travel Grants The Theatre Communications Group (TCG)/International Theatre Institute Travel Grants are designed to support cultural exchange and artistic partnerships between professionals in the United States and their counterparts in Russia and Eastern and Central Europe. The program awards theatre professionals (artists, administrators, or educators) $3,000 grants, which may cover transportation and living expenses essential to the project, including research materials, communication costs, theatre tickets, and/or the services of an interpreter. Applying theatres must have nonprofit status and hire professional artists and administrators. Individual applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who wish to initiate or deepen relationships with artists and/or theatre companies in Russia and/or Eastern and Central Europe. The application deadline is March 23, 2009. Visit the TCG website to download the application guidelines.
Support for Arts Presentations in the West
Western States Arts Federation: TourWest The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) is a nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. WESTAF provides TourWest grants of up to $2,500 for the presentation of out-of-state touring performers and literary artists in underserved communities within the 13-state WESTAF region. Projects should include at least one outreach activity, such as lecture-demonstrations, master classes, in-school educational activities involving students with the artist, etc. Applications must be submitted online through the WESTAF website by April 1, 2009.
Speed Up the Board Recruitment Process!
Board Cafe • By Jan Masaoka • February 14, 2009 •
Imagine getting excited about volunteering for something, and then waiting six or seven months before you actually get to do it. Can we accelerate the process by “pre-qualifying” candidates?
One of the most frustrating parts of board recruitment is the length of time — often months — between talking with a prospect and then bringing him onto the board . . . months during which the candidate usually becomes less interested. For instance, a person might be tentatively asked in January, discussed by the governance/nominating committee in February, have her name brought to the board for discussion in March, officially interviewed/asked in April, elected by the board in May, and her first board meeting is in July! Some boards invite potential recruits to observe a board meeting before deciding whether to join, which adds even more time.
To accelerate this process, some boards invite candidates to the board meeting at which they will be voted on. The hitch, of course, is that it makes it very difficult for a board NOT to approve someone who is already in attendance (albeit asked to sit in the hall for a few minutes).
Instead, think about “pre-approving” some candidates. Often a few names arise of people who are already known well by several other people on the board: perhaps a community leader, a mayor, a long-term activist, and so forth. In such cases, the board can have a preliminary discussion about the candidate and provisionally approve him or her as a board member. To read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/281
Dear Nonprofit Colleague,
We know you’re working harder than ever right now to bring your services to the people who need you. And we’re working, too, to help make sure that you have the tools to be as effective as possible.
Today, I’m writing to tell you about some new software that Adobe, Microsoft, Symantec, and MYOB have donated to support the valuable work you do. These new tools, which are highlighted below, join the hundreds of donated software, hardware, and hosted products already available through TechSoup that can empower your organization to do more good.
Read on to learn more:
Get your message out with new Adobe software
Collaborate across your organization with updated Microsoft server tools
Symantec helps you protect your valuable data
Take charge of your organization’s finances with new MYOB software
For the rest of the message see attached Word doc “Tech Soup” – Beck
Nonprofit Online News: http://news.gilbert.org/ Weekly Edition for Monday, February 16, 2009
+ The New Volunteer Workforce
The Stanford Social Innovation Review is apparently publishing articles in conjunction with the Foundation Center’s Philanthropy News Digest. Last week’s piece on The New Volunteer Workforce is a worthwhile read. The four authors pull together the findings of several reports from the last few years about high turnover among volunteers and offer five reasons for why volunteers leave: (1) not matching volunteers’ skills with assignments, (2) failing to recognize volunteers’ contributions, (3) not measuring the value of volunteers, (4) failing to train and invest in volunteers and staff, and (5) failing to provide strong leadership. They offer several fairly high-level recommendations for how to turn this around.
+ Institute of Fundraising Conference Session Recordings
The U.K. Institute of Fundraising makes recordings of conference sessions available on their website. Topics include: Working with Volunteers for Community Fundraising Success, Global Perspectives on Major Donor Fundraising, Fundraising and Campaigning, Direct Marketing, and New Media.
+ Marshall Goldsmith’s 20 Bad Leadership Habits
There are so many leadership books out there. Is this another sign of what happens when you spend other people’s money? Or are people hungry for ideas? I imagine it’s both, of course. Anyway, until recently I was unfamiliar with Marshall Goldsmith. I don’t think his work is groundbreaking, but it’s a really good example of the “quick tips” method of teaching. For example, his 20 Bad Habits list (for some reason a 1 page PDF), is really quite useful. (My reaction to reading some of these was “ouch, yeah I do that one”.) Go ahead and read his full explanations, but here they are in summary: (1) Winning too much. (2) Adding too much value. (3) Passing judgment. (4) Making destructive comments. (5) Starting with NO, BUT, HOWEVER. (6) Telling the world how smart we are. (7) Speaking when angry. (8) Negativity, or “Let me explain why that won’t work”. (9) Withholding information. (10) Failing to give proper recognition. (11) Claiming credit that we don’t deserve. (12) Making exc uses. (13) Clinging to the past. (14) Playing favorites. (15) Refusing to express regret. (16) Not listening. (17) Failing to express gratitude. (18) Punishing the messenger. (19) Passing the buck. (20) An excessive need to be “me”.
THE ARTFUL MANAGER WEEKLY SUMMARY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2009 a weblog on the business of arts & culture by Andrew Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE PROS AND PERILS OF THE EMBEDDED INSTITUTION…
Many bloggers are spinning out the story of Brandeis University and its imperiled Rose Art Museum. But I’m particularly focused on the part of the storyline related to embedded institutions, which make up a large part of the arts ecology in the United States.
Posted: Monday, February 9, 2009
DO ARTS JOBS COUNT AS JOBS?…
Scott Lilly at the Center for American Progress floats a timely reminder to the good folks in Congress currently bristling about the stimulus package: arts jobs are jobs, regardless of your opinion of what they produce. How have we all lost focus on that rather obvious fact?
Posted: Tuesday, February 10, 2009
FOLLOWING CRUMB TRAILS…
On-line social network systems and user-curated music services have created a new way for individuals to share their thoughts, their favorite music, and their random travels. But they’ve also created something else — a trail of evidence of decision behavior that’s manna for the cultural manager.
Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2009
OF ART AND INNOVATION…
I’ve grown a bit weary of our lofty but vague advocacy of the arts. In our rhetoric and our strategy, we’ve become interchangeable with any other industry in search of public money, favorable legislation, or civic priority. This article, at least, offers some specific evidence in support.
Posted: Friday, February 13, 2009
FOUR BIG ISSUES http://www.westaf.org/blog/archives/2009/02/four_big_issues_1.php BEN CAMERON IDENTIFIES FOUR CHALLENGES MORE IMPORTANT THAN MONEY THAT THE ARTS FACE.