2018 ArtsKC Board & Committee Matchmaking Event
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
5: 00 – 6:30 pm
Town Square Room
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64110

Want to be more involved in the arts? Consider serving on an arts organization board or committee!

In this networking event, you have the opportunity to meet representatives from arts organizations across our community, and learn about serving on their boards and committees.

These organizations create, present, and connect audiences with visual, dance, music, theater, poetry, and interdisciplinary art. Learn how you can be a part of it!

The event includes speed-networking style 10-minute interviews between arts organizations and candidates, as well as open networking and refreshments. During the interviews, you will learn about the mission, programs, and open board or committee positions from the organization representative. Candidates should be prepared to share information about their background, and special skills or knowledge they may contribute in their service to the organization as a board or committee member. Refreshments will be provided.

Arts organizations featured are from the five-county Kansas City region, including Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.

Registration is open!

Candidate Registration

Please register for our Board & Committee Matchmaking event below. Questions? Read our FAQ, or email Heather Beffa: Beffa@ArtsKC.org

Attend our Board and Committee Matchmaking event for just $10. You will receive an acknowledgement of your registration fee via mail as well as an email generated through our system as your receipt. Thank you in advance!
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  • Arts organizations from the five-county region set up booths with information about their organization so that individuals may learn about opportunities to serve their community as a board or committee member. The evening includes both open networking and the opportunity for scheduled, 10-minute interviews between arts organizations and individuals.
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Organization Registration

Is your organization searching for new board and committee candidates?

Please take a moment to complete the form below to register a representative of your organization for the 2018 ArtsKC Board & Committee Matchmaking event 5:00 – 6:30 pm Wednesday, June 13th 2018 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center.

Please note: eligible organizations must 1) be nonprofit arts organizations, 2) be actively searching for board and/or committee members and 3) be based in the five-county Kansas City region, including Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.

On the day of the event, please bring promotional materials and information for your table, and 1-2 representatives from your organization: Executive Director, Board Members, Staff, or any representative ready to talk about board and committee service.

  • Do you already have a written Board Manual, with Roles and Responsibilities, for example? What is the meeting schedule? When is the first meeting your new person could attend? Is there a minimum donation requirement? Are there major events or campaigns coming up?

Questions? Please contact Heather Beffa at Beffa@ArtsKC.org or 816-994-9237.

Featured Organizations
FAQ and More Information

Nonprofit organizations are led by boards of directors, and are guided by committees.

Why serve?

  • Working in arts administration, as a board member, committee member, volunteer, or staff member, is an opportunity to work with and advocate on behalf of incredible artists.
  • Volunteers are driven by: dedication to service, arts access, advocacy, passion, and family /community ties.
  • There is no replacement for in-person connections and communication

Bring yourself and your passion for the arts

  • To prepare to serve on a board or committee, we recommend following your passion to an organization that matches you, to help inspire the best commitment from you. Your sense of purpose and persistence will help you deal with the challenges – and celebrate the strengths – of that organization.

Once I agree to join a board or committee, what should I expect?

  • The organization should provide you with a full list of responsibilities and expectations from the organization, including required donations, time commitment, and networking, etc.
  • A board should have an orientation for you as their new board member including a meeting and a board notebook that outlines the organization, its goals, financials, and recent meeting minutes. Part of serving on a board is about growing relationships, so it’s important to learn why the board recruited you.

General Notes

  • A strong knowledge and agreement of the mission of an organization is key to the cohesiveness of a value set for boards and committees. Education through seminars, events, and books is essential.
  • An ideal board member understands the full scope of the mission of the organization, and is hardworking, professional, humble, accountable, and collaborative.
  • Proficiencies and technical skills that can add value to a board or committee member’s service: leadership experience, accounting, finance, law, graphic design, marketing and fundraising, knowledge of the field.
  • As organizational leaders and as board members, many emphasize the importance of carefully balancing the power dynamics between staff and the board. Together, executives and boards lead organizations as a team, but mutual respect and trust must be built and maintained.
  • Regarding financial responsibilities, it’s important to understand financial statements in order to be good stewards of resources. Board members must also expect to coordinate asks from donors.
  • Conflicts of interest, legal and ethical, must be handled carefully. Bring up any potential problems up front, if possible.
  • Roberts’ Rules is a well-known historical book that outlines how an organization should govern itself. The book, which has been updated many times, is available in print, but can be accessed online at rulesonline.com. The way that meetings are conducted are specific to the culture of the organization, and these rules are usually used to settle conflicts.


  • Nonprofits belong to the communities they serve, and the staff, board, and audience of the nonprofit should be representative of the community.
  • Diversity can refer to race, religion, sexual orientation, geography, culture, ethnicity, international origin, physical abilities, socio-economic status, age and gender.
  • In response to the question, “What are some challenges to attracting representation from diverse / underserved communities?” The group responded that art connects people, but one must make an effort to cultivate relationships with outreach. Invitations to events can be great introductions to an organization. The Board Chair and the Executive Director must work together proactively to find passionate people with great skills and a diversity of thought.


  • Audiences are made up of the local general public, visitors to the area, members of the organization, and stakeholders in the community.
  • Funding and audience changes have challenged nonprofit organizations of all types, not only the arts, and boards and committees are paying attention to these issues.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors: