Volunteer for the Arts!
NEXT TRAINING NOVEMBER 4th, 5th, AND 6th, 2003
The Arts &
Business Council of Rhode Island is looking for the best and the
brightest business executives with a passion for arts and culture
and an interest in making a difference to join Business Volunteers
for the Arts (BVA) consultancy program.
The BVA program offers professionals the opportunity to use
their skills to make a significant
impact on an arts organization while broadening personal and
professional horizons. It
challenges individuals to apply their expertise in new ways and
introduces participants to new people and experiences. BVA
volunteers also have the chance to expand their professional
contacts through social and networking events sponsored by A&BC/RI.
Each year, A&BC/RI trains a select group of business
professionals to serve as volunteer management consultants. The BVA
training program is designed to educate volunteers in the basic
components of nonprofit arts management and in the art of effective
consulting. Once trained, BVA consultants work directly with a
nonprofit arts organization on a short-term or long-term project
that matches their skills and interests with the organization's
devote a minimum of one year of service to the BVA program. Most
choose to give an average of three years because they find it such a
rewarding experience. In 2002 alone, the BVA program provided 3800
hours of consultants' time, valued at over $627,000, to 40 Rhode
Island arts organizations.
Current volunteers cite many reasons for getting, and staying
involved: the challenge of applying their business skills in new
and interesting ways; the opportunity to develop and strengthen
their leadership and interpersonal skills; the competitive advantage
they have over others in the workplace; and the reward in knowing
they've made a difference in the management and vitality of a Rhode
Island arts/cultural group by sharing their talents and expertise.
have three years of upper/middle management experience.
Expertise is being sought in the areas of:
& public relations;
Computers & technology;
Fundraising & development;
Website & graphic design;
Legal (especially nonprofit issues);
Organizational development; and
Economic research/feasibility studies.
participate in a three-evening training session.
One of the
things that sets the BVA Consultancy Match Program apart from other
volunteer service programs is our required orientation for new
volunteers. The BVA training program is designed to educate
volunteers in the basic components of nonprofit arts management and
in the art of effective consulting. While you already possess
specific skills, the training prepares you to use these skills effectively within
non-profit arts organizations. We train you how to be a
consultant in the non-profit arts environment by walking you through
likely scenarios you could face.
training you will review the basics of begin part of the BVA
program, explore the match process through a case study and examples
of other BVA experiences and learn more about the specific needs and
management differences of non-profit arts organizations.
Additionally you will meet the leaders of some of Rhode Island's
dynamic arts and cultural community and hear about the vital role
arts and culture play in our state's economy.
training will be held Tuesday, November 4th, Wednesday, November 5th, and Thursday,
November 6th. There is a small
cost for the BVA training program of $40 that will cover training
materials as well as a reception and dinner on Thursday evening.
LOCATION: Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, 1st Floor
Conference Room, 30 Exchange Terrace, Providence.
CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION.
If you are interested in expanding
your professional horizons, working with inspiring and passionate
people, and opening yourself up to new networking opportunities
through consulting with arts and cultural non-profit organizations,
please call Tonya Langford at 401.521.5000 or email