Maine Arts Commission Sponsors Free Board Development Workshops in Belfast and Camden



With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maine Arts Commission will sponsor free board development and leadership training workshops at Waterfall Arts in Belfast on Thursday, October 27th and at the Camden Opera House on Friday, October 28th. The Arts Commission believes that “Behind every community with a vibrant arts scene are well-managed organizations, and behind each of those organizations is a hard working and effective board.  With these workshops, the Arts Commission is working to make sure non-profit organizations in Maine are the strongest and most effective possible.”

The session will be led by Tony Scucci, a senior governance consultant with Board Source, formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards. Scucci lives in Portland, ME, and his clients have included the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Council for Indian Health, the National Council of La Raza, the National Association of Independent Schools, and the American Red Cross. He recently completed working on a governance effectiveness project with the North Carolina partnership for Children.
The workshop in Belfast on the 27th will focus on board development. Topics include increasing board members’ understanding of their duties, roles and responsibilities, strengthening the board and executive director partnership, clarifying mutual expectations, and developing specific strategies to increase governance effectiveness.  Board member recruitment and orientation, board room dynamics and governance structures, as well as planning and assessment tools will also be addressed.
The leadership training sessions in Camden on October 28th will focus on board chairs and executive directors developing effective leadership teams and generating ideas about how to be more effective leaders. The participants will gain a greater understanding of their own leadership qualities and styles, as well as a deeper understanding of core leadership competencies.

Executive Directors and Board members of non-profit organizations at any level of experience are welcome. Both workshops begin at 8:45 am and end at 4 pm with a break for lunch, which will be provided by the Arts Commission. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast; the Camden Opera House is located at 29 Elm Street in Camden. There is no charge for the workshops, but seating is limited and registration is required. Full details and registration information can be found online at: http://mainearts.maine.gov/services_outreach.aspx