Creative Leaders is a six-week program created in partnership with Winning Truths International to train individuals how to lead within arts nonprofit and civic boards. Following completion of the curriculum, participants are connected to meaningful service opportunities. The program's structure is centered on empowering members of Kansas City's arts community with a lens focused on diversity and equitable inclusion.

Self-Mastery & Knowing Your “Why” SESSION #1 90-MINUTES
-Understanding Your Strengths, Opportunity Zones & Self Interests
“Opportunity zones are professional development focus areas that will allow one to identify personal challenges and develop strengths.”
-Self Interests are your “Why.” Participants will identify their self-interests

Policing Biases and Propelling Possibilities
-Unconscious Biases, Indicators, Types of Biases Defined
-Dimensions of Identity and Harnessing Your Power
-Benefits of Battling Biases and Managing Microaggressions in the Arts Community
-Propelling Possibilities of Anti-racism in the Arts Community

Share the Shine While Empowering Others SESSION #2 90-MINUTES
-What is Imposter / Trespasser Syndrome
-Competent Vulnerabilities & Emotional Intelligence
-Introverts & Extroverts, the Leader lies within
-Empowering Others & Cultural Curiosity
-Defining & Creating Psychological Safety
Inclusive Leadership & Effective Collaboration
-Inclusive Leadership; It’s in You!
-Transparency, Equity, & Inclusion: Building a Successful Board
-Effective Communication as a Leader & High-Performing Teams

Arts Governance;The Kansas City Arts Industry: Then & Now! SESSION #3 90-MINS
-Kansas City Art Institute/Sketch Club
-Mutual Musicians Foundation
-The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
-Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
-Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Board Governance Basics: What You Need to Know!
Board members provide foresight, oversight, and insight. The board of directors has three primary legal duties: How to research organization and board to determine “good fit.”
-Duty of Care: Take care of the nonprofit by ensuring prudent use of all assets, including facility, people, and good will;
-Duty of Loyalty: Ensure that the nonprofit's activities and transactions are, first and foremost, advancing its mission; Make decisions that are in the best interest of the nonprofit corporation; not in the best interest of the individual board member
-Duty of Obedience: Ensure that the nonprofit obeys applicable laws and regulations; follows its own bylaws; and that the nonprofit adheres to its stated corporate purposes/mission.

Nonprofit Boards: 7 Key Responsibilities for Good Governance SESSION #4 90-MINS
-Ensure Effective Organizational Planning
-Provide Sufficient Resources
-Make Sure the Organization Fulfills Legal Obligations
-Provide Proper Financial Oversight
-Select and Evaluate the Executive Director
-Improve the Organization's Public Standing
-Recruit & Retain Qualified Board Members
Networking & Community Building in Nonprofits SESSION #5 90- MINUTES
-Inclusive Networking
-Seeking Cultural Connections & Experiences
-Incorporating Allyship: Mentorship & Sponsorship
Robert's Rules of Order
-Robert's Rules of Order is a tool used by representative bodies of all kinds to bring order to meetings and allow the group to take care of business in an efficient and predictable manner.
-Robert's Rules of Order and other kinds of parliamentary procedures are a proven way of conducting meetings.

Learning in Action SESSION #6 90-MINUTE SESSION
-Overview & Working Session To Find/Create Resume And Application For Board
-How To Research Organizations And Boards To Determine “Good Fit.”
-Review Matrixes and How To Use Them
-What Are Your Glows & Grows from Your CLP experience?

Who Should Apply? Anyone from the business or civic sectors with a passion for public service, the arts and creativity, or looking to learn more about how to be an effective, adaptive leader of high-performing teams and organizations.

Application opens Wednesday, May 24, 2023 and closes at 11:59 PM on Friday, June 30, 2023.

Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance in August 2023. 

Sessions will be held on six consecutive Tuesdays from 1:00 - 2:30 PM and will begin on Tuesday, September 12, 2023.

The first and final sessions will include a lunch reception from 12:00 - 1:00 PM.

To support equitable participation, pricing is offered on a sliding scale. Creative Leaders is intended to qualify as professional development and we encourage applicants to speak with their employer about covering program fees. A portion of proceeds support the mission of ArtsKC to advance lives through the arts. 

Participant Fee Schedule (per organization's gross annual revenue)

$2 million or less: $1,750

$2.1 - $10 million: $3,500

$11 million or greater: $5,000

Apply to become a Creative Leader through our online application.

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