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Institute attendees may register for the Emerging Program Institute only or the Institute + Nonprofit 101 (additional registration required).

[ Nonprofit 101 Agenda ] [ Institute Agenda ]


Emerging Program Institute Agenda

Wednesday, June 11

6 pm - 8 pm

Opening Reception @ Angelina (1565 Broadway St)

Thursday, June 12
(all activities @ The Carr Center - 311 E Grand River Ave - unless otherwise noted)
8:30 am Coffee/tea and light snacks
9 - 9:30 am Welcome + Intro
9:30 - 10 am

Residencies at a Glance | This session will introduce attendees to the variety of residency models around the world and look at major changes and new trends in the field.

Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities

 10 - 11 am

The Relevance of Place | In this session we'll look at how place and context influence programming, how artists might engage your community in meaningful ways, and how demonstrating relevance can help you build support.

Alix Refshauge, research and special projects associate, Alliance of Artists Communities, and former Artist Residency Director, HUB-BUB; Brad Kik, co-founder/co-director, Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design; Faina Lerman, co-founder, Popps Packing.

 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Building A Support Base: Funding Residencies | Where does financial support for residencies come from? This session will explore different funding structures -- from government agencies to private funding, and from both contributed and earned revenue -- and explore what developing sustained support can look like for you.

Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities; Brian Barr, Passenger

12:30 - 1:45 pm

Lunch + Carr Center introduction

1:45 - 3 pm

Matching Artists with Mission: Developing a Selection Process that Works for You | There is no one-best-way to design a selection process, and each depends on understanding what artists are the best fit for a particular program. In this session we’ll look at ways that programs can use selection process to find the strongest applicants for their residency along with ways that organizations can connect with under-served artists.

Alix Refshauge, research and special projects associate, Alliance of Artists Communities, and former Artist Residency Director, HUB-BUB; Elizabeth Chodos, Executive Director, Ox-Bow; and George Jacobsen, Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation

3 pm - 6 pm Residency site visits and tours
Popps Packing
Power House Productions
6:30 pm - 8 pm Dinner Party @ COLORS at The Carr Center, hosted by Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design with music by the Detroit Party Marching Band
Friday, June 13
(all activities @ The Carr Center - 311 E Grand River Ave - unless otherwise noted)
8:30 am Coffee/tea and light snacks
9:15 - 10:30 am

Distinguishing Yourself | Understanding your niche is critical to attracting support, building a brand, engaging artists, developing a Board, and much more. In this session, we'll workshop with the group and provide real-world examples of residencies that have a strong sense of identity and communications.

Amanda Kik, co-founder/co-director, Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design; Marlee Grace, Have Company; Andrew Ranville, residency co-founder, Rabbit Island

10:45 am - 12 pm

Dolphin Tank! | Friendlier than a shark tank, this session lets you test your mettle against a group of respondents. Try out your elevator speech, pitch your project, and get instant feedback on your ideas.

Cristina DiChiera, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts; Michael Orlove and Sydney "Pepper" Smith, National Endowment for the Arts; Caitlin Strokosch, Alliance of Artists Communities

12 - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 - 3 pm Ask an Expert | These 30-minute small-group sessions give you an opportunity to address specific concerns. Attendees will be able to choose 3 topics from the list below.

Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts
Michael Orlove, Director - Artist Communities, Presenting/Multidisciplinary, and International Activities; Sydney "Pepper" Smith, Artist Communities Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts

Facilities planning
Adam Price, Executive Director, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art

Capitalization: How to plan for long-term financial sustainability
Alice Carle, Managing Director - Arts & Culture, The Kresge Foundation

Developing international partnerships
Jackie Anderson, Office Relations Manager, Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

The Artist-in-Residence Experience
Scott Hocking, Former artist-in-residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts, Bundanon Trust, Gibraltar Point, Grinnell College, ISLAND, La Napoule Art Foundation, Mattress Factory, and Sculpture Space

3 pm - 6 pm Residency site visit and wrap-up conversations
555 Arts
6 pm - 9 pm "Midwestern Voices and Visions" exhibition and reception @ MOCAD (4454 Woodward Ave)


Nonprofit 101 Agenda

Nonprofit 101 offers a day of workshops and discussions for those developing new organizations who are looking for the basics of starting a nonprofit. Nonprofit 101 is led by Detroit-based NEW: Solutions for Nonprofits, with consultant Yodit Mesfin Johnson. Since 1993, NEW has been helping nonprofits succeed by strengthening management and offering solutions to issues facing the nonprofit community. Today NEW and its partners provide educational, consultative, and technological solutions to nonprofits across southeast Michigan and beyond.

Wednesday, June 11
(all activities @ The Carr Center - 311 E Grand River Ave - unless otherwise noted)

8:30 am

Coffee/tea and light snacks

9 am, start

1) Welcome and Outcomes
This opening session will include an understanding of nonprofit composition, board service responsibilities, and identification of the specific issues, priorities, and next steps of the participating group


2) What Defines a Nonprofit?

  • Overview of nonprofit sector
  • A discussion of the trends for nonprofits nationally
  • The importance of the mission and mission statement for focusing board objectives and tactics

3) Fiduciary Duties of Board Service
A discussion of the duties and responsibilities of board service: duties of care, loyalty, obedience, and confidentiality.


4) The Work of the Nonprofit Board
An overview of the typical lifecycle of a nonprofit from start-up through maturity, and potentially dissolution.

  • Board Operations: Board Composition, Recruitment and Education, Effective Meetings and Committees
  • Strategic Planning
  • Resource Development: Physical, Human, and Financial Resources
  • Oversight: Program, Legal, and Fiscal Oversight
  • Ambassadorship/Fundraising

5) Storytelling & Future Steps
Issues, tasks, and priorities identified during the workshop will be reviewed and the group will prioritize next steps based on their unique needs. The objective is to translate concepts and best practices into near-term practical actions.

5pm, end

6) Developing Your Elevator Pitch
Figure out how to hone in on what makes you unique, articulate your plans, and connect quickly with different audiences. Attendees will have an opportunity on Friday to test out their elevator pitches on each other and a group of funders and other arts leaders.