As part of the overall Creative County Initiative this complementary training covered messaging for arts, culture, and creativity, and gaining media attention through OpEds, social media best practices and Letters to the Editor. Attendees also learned how to effectively engage on social media to build relationships and momentum for their work on local and regional platforms The speakers at this event, moderated by Karen Ristuben, director of the Creative County Initiative, were Tracie Konopinski of Mass Creative and Susan Ryan-Vollmar of Influence Consulting, Peter Carzasty of Geah LTD. and John Andrews, founder of Creative Collective LLC Recorded by Peabody Access TV.
In 2017, ECCF embarked on the Creative County Initiative (CCI), in partnership with the Barr Foundation and many other arts funders across Essex County. This effort, over a 5-year period, will invest more than $2 Million in the arts, culture and creative sector. Learn more here.
FREE to the Community
The arts community is calling for opportunities to network, learn, share information and collaborate. To meet that need, ECCF’s Creative County Initiative is pleased to offer a series of dynamic, hands-on workshops in 2020 for artists, creative entrepreneurs and cultural nonprofits.
To extend the learnings presented in these workshops, participants will be eligible to apply for a mini-grant to receive individualized technical assistance in the topic area – a unique opportunity to put your learnings into action!
ECCF is thrilled to be partnering with MassCreative, CreativeCollective, LLC, ArtsMidwest, ArtsEmerson, Grantmakers in the Arts and Springboard for the Arts to offer you these capacity-building opportunities.
Capitalization for Creative NonProfits: Is a balanced budget good enough for your nonprofit?
Date: Monday, April 13, 2020
Location: Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Crosby Forbes Room, Salem
Information: In the arts and cultural sector, many nonprofit executives and board members aim for financial stability but struggle to make ends meet. Their organizations must adapt to changing community interests and needs but lack the resources for risk-taking and risk-management. While balanced budgets are the norm, national research tells us that arts and cultural organizations need more working capital to innovate and thrive in a rapidly changing operating environment.
Does your organization have the assets to weather an economic downturn?
Are you well positioned to accept an exciting opportunity that involves financial risk?
Can your organization respond to changes in audience priorities and expectations?
If your answer is, “No.” (or, “I don’t know.”), we hope you will join us April 13, 2020 for Grantmakers in the Arts’ workshop for arts and culture nonprofits, “Conversations on Capitalization & Community.” These workshops will be led by national experts Champ Knecht, Operations Manager, Grantmakers in the Arts, and Rebecca Thomas, Principal, Rebecca Thomas & Associates (RTA) and former Vice President, Nonprofit Finance Fund. Together, Grantmakers in the Arts and Rebecca Thomas have trained hundreds of nonprofit executives, board members, and funders.
ECCF is thrilled to partner with the Barr Foundation to present this workshop. Grantmakers in the Arts encourages organizations to send teams of two or three, including executive directors along with their senior finance professional (if that position exists). The workshop is also well suited to board members who participate on the executive or finance committee and that provide financial oversight and counsel. Participants should have a working knowledge of how to read and interpret financial information, and be able to discuss their financial challenges, opportunities, and needs.
Registration at 1:30pm.
-Champ Knecht, Grantmakers in the Arts, and Rebecca Thomas, Principal, Rebecca Thomas & Accociates (RTA)
Register early to guarantee your spot HERE.
Finding and Amplifying Collaboration in Arts & Creativity: nuts & bolts for artists, cultural organizations and their partners
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020
Location: Peabody Access Telecommunications, 119 Foster St., Building 13, Suite 2B, Peabody, MA
Information: Looking for new strategies to collaborate and partner to meet your mission and build stronger, more vibrant, more connected communities? Learn practical approaches to collaborate and partner with artists, arts and culture organizations, businesses and communities from Springboard for the Arts. This interactive training will introduce new methods to make and maximize collaborative relationships across the creative, philanthropic, business, and government sectors. ECCF is honored to partner with Springboard for the Arts to present this workshop.
Breakfast at 8:30am.
-Juni-Li Wang, SpringBoard for the Arts, and Karen Ristuben, Essex County Community Foundation
Register early to guarantee your spot HERE.