Cultural Leadership Training

ASC’s Cultural Leadership Training (CLT) Program is designed to identify emerging leaders and help them develop into productive volunteers and board candidates for cultural organizations across our community.

During a nine-month period, participants gain a deeper understanding of the cultural community through classroom educational sessions, cultural events and programs, and placement with a Mecklenburg County cultural organization as either a one-year apprentice or as a full-term board member at the conclusion of the program.

The 2016-17 class has been selected and applications for 2017-18 will be available in Spring 2017. For more information or to be added to prospect list, email Katherine Mooring at katherine.mooring@artsandscience.org.

Participants: Approximately 30 emerging leaders living and/or working in Mecklenburg County.

Eligibility: Participants must live or work in Mecklenburg County, N.C. Current or prior members of boards of directors for Charlotte-area nonprofit arts, science and history organizations are not eligible for this program. Current staff members of nonprofit arts, science and history organizations are not eligible for this program. ASC provides other training opportunities for existing board and staff members serving area arts, science and history organizations. Visit Workshops & Training for more information.

Selection Process & Criteria: Class members are chosen by the CLT Selection Committee, which seeks participants representing a wide range of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, experiences and geographic distribution across Mecklenburg County. Committee members review and score all paper applications and then schedule interviews with finalists. You will be notified in early July whether or not you have been selected as a finalist. The Committee will choose approximately 30 participants for the class, and all finalists will receive written notification of the Committee’s decision by mid-August. The Selection Committee is ultimately looking for individuals who are prepared to accept leadership roles as volunteers within arts and cultural organizations. As such, criteria for admission to CLT include demonstrated leadership abilities, strong personal initiative and motivation, and the ability to work well on teams that include varying viewpoints. Candidates should also have a strong commitment to the arts and/or other cultural disciplines.

Time Commitment: The program runs from September through May and requires approximately 32 hours over nine educational sessions held at arts and cultural venues; board observations; social gatherings; and a culminating graduation event. At the end of the program, ASC places graduates on a board of directors as either an apprentice (typically a one-year term) or as a full-term board member, personally working to find a good fit of interests and skills.

Admission to this program is extremely competitive and, as such, success of the CLT program depends on the full commitment of each participant to attend all program sessions, arrive on time and participate fully. While we recognize that emergencies do arise, more than two unexcused absences will result in dismissal from the program and forfeiture of tuition.

Program Fee: $900 for corporate professionals – $650 for nonprofit professionals or full-time volunteers. Partial scholarships are available and will be awarded based on need.

FAQ’s about the CLT program

Who runs the CLT program? CLT is run by the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte/Mecklenburg (ASC) and is the only program in the region that specializes in training and placing business professionals on boards of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. ASC staff members plan and execute all aspects of the CLT program, with assistance from staff and board from Charlotte-area cultural organizations as well as CLT alumni. Organized in 1958, ASC is a nonprofit organization that serves and supports Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s cultural community through grant-making, planning, programs and services to ensure a vibrant community enriched with arts, science and history. ASC combines resources from the Annual Fund Drive, other private sector support, allocations from local, state and federal governments, and its endowment to support cultural organizations, educational programs and individual artists throughout the region.

How does the CLT program work? It’s a hands-on training experience, including nine educational sessions led by board and staff from local cultural organizations. Sessions are held at different arts and cultural venues and usually incorporate a site tour or experiential activity and guided discussions/Q&A about key issues facing the nonprofit cultural field. Most sessions are designed to showcase a particular discipline (visual art, history, performing arts) and introduce participants to the depth of program offerings in our community as well as educating them about key roles, responsibilities and challenges of board members. At the end of the program, we place you on a board of directors as either an apprentice (typically a one-year term) or as a full-term board member, personally working to find a good fit of interests and skills. CLT alumni will also receive continued mentoring and support from ASC staff.

What do the training sessions cover? The program provides thorough and rich training with a limited number of participants to promote more effective learning. Sample topics include: an overview of ASC and Charlotte’s cultural sector, risk management, legal and fiduciary obligations of the board, crash course in fundraising, understanding nonprofit financial statements, community engagement, board/staff relations, advocacy, and finding the right fit for your own board service.

Which organizations will accept CLT graduates on their boards? CLT alumni have joined organizations like the ASC, Children’s Theatre, Clayworks, Carolina Voices, McColl Center for Visual Art, Festival in the Park, Levine Museum of the New South, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Community School of the Arts, Sustain Charlotte, Theatre Charlotte and many others.

Why is there an attendance requirement? Admission to this program is extremely competitive and, as such, success of the CLT program depends on the full commitment of each participant to attend all program sessions, arrive on time and participate fully. Considering that there are only 9 sessions over 9 months, missing just 2 sessions is equivalent to missing more than 20 percent of the program. Given this requirement, if you are not able to commit to attending the scheduled sessions (i.e. you have frequent, unexpected personal “crises” that disrupt your schedule or your job includes considerable travel, etc), it may not be in your best interest to apply.

Is the program free? Because this is a serious training program, there is a fee of $900 for corporate professionals and $650 for nonprofit professionals or full-time volunteers. ASC evaluated similar programs elsewhere in the country as well as comparable leadership development programs here in Charlotte when determining our fee structure. Many employers underwrite the cost because of the obvious value to the individual, the company and the community relations that the program builds; however, partial scholarships are available and will be awarded based on need. In the event a scholarship is not available, we are also willing to work out payment plans with participants on a case-by-case basis. Please see the application form for additional information.

 

View the Program Overview

 

Additional questions? Contact Katherine Mooring at 704-335-3039 or katherine.mooring@artsandscience.org

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