By Bernie Petit
With the enormous funding challenges the Charlotte-Mecklenburg cultural sector is facing, it helps to have leaders prepared to guide arts organizations through whatever lies ahead.
That’s where the Arts & Science Council (ASC) is continuing to make a difference with its Cultural Leadership Training (CLT) program. The CLT program, which coaches emerging leaders to serve on boards of nonprofit organizations in Mecklenburg County, recently received recognition in an article from Americans for the Arts, a national nonprofit organization or advancing the arts and arts education.
Sheila Mullen, Chief Empowerment Officer at Continuous Motion Consulting, joined the board of the McColl Center for Visual Arts after graduating from the CLT program in 2008 and will soon be the organization’s board chair. She told Americans for the Arts how the CLT program provided her with an informative overview of the local arts scene.
“It was like getting a backstage pass to all the cultural arts programs in town,” Mullen told Americans for the Arts. “I was well-prepared to be a board member, and knew what my roles and responsibilities were.”
The nine-month, hands-on training program continues to be a way for the cultural sector to identify new leaders, said Katherine Mooring, ASC Vice President of Cultural and Community Investment.
“With the graduation of the 2012-13 class, we have placed nearly 250 graduates of this program in board or committee leadership roles with local arts and cultural organizations,” Mooring said. “We are so proud that the program continues to identify, cultivate and engage such a passionate and committed volunteer leadership base for our cultural community.”