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The Cultural Leadership program will recruit experts in the field to train participants in such areas as human resources and finance management, building fundraising campaigns, and best practices for board members. The curriculum is being created based on feedback from TBA member organizations about what topics they were most interested in studying. The inaugural session of the Cultural Leadership program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, ensuring that training sessions are low-cost ($20 to $30 per participant) or free.  Anyone will be able to sign up for sessions on the TBA website, and discounts will be available for TBA members.

• Session Schedule

Our Board Series

Good Governance Builds Great Theatre

Saturday, November 18, 2017; 1-3pm
Location: Theatre Bay Area offices, 1119 Market Street, Second floor - near Civic Center BART
Instructor: Dr. Anne W. Smith

The board of trustees/directors and staff leadership are responsible for the health and vitality of an arts non-profit organization. This workshop focuses on the practical elements of a productive working relationship among the leadership. How can a healthy, engaging experience be built? And how does this work between board and staff connect to core activity? In this session, equally valuable to new and veteran board members and executive staff, Dr. Smith will cover the major principles of board engagement and governance responsibilities.

What's The Story: How To Read & Request Financials As A Board Member
Sunday, November 19, 2017; 1-3pm 
Location: Theatre Bay Area offices, 1119 Market Street, Second floor - near Civic Center BART
Instructor: Jericha Senyak

Nonprofits benefit enormously when their boards have the tools to ask the right questions about their financials, but if you're not a CPA, how do you know what questions to ask? This 2-hour workshop geared towards board members without accounting backgrounds.

Cost for each session: $30 Member rate / $40 Non-member rate

Session can be taken together or separately. Get more details or register.

Weekend Finance Bootcamp: Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3, 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017; 10am-1pm & 2-5pm 
Sunday, December 3, 2017; 10am-1pm & 2-4pm
Location: Theatre Bay Area offices, 1119 Market Street, Second floor - near Civic Center BART
Instructor: Ann Marie Lonsdale

This weekend training is designed towards creating a greater sense of financial literacy for nonprofit arts workers, so if that's you, you are WELCOME HERE. Learning these concepts will empower you to take control of your project or company’s finances, respond more readily to challenges and opportunities, and represent your finances accurately. This is not is a business school accounting course, nor is it a Quickbooks tutorial. This is about learning and operationalizing finance concepts to better serve your work.

This weekend series will include four consecutive sessions:
  • Session 1 - Basic Financial Concepts and Terminology: Saturday, December 2, 10am - 1pm
  • Session 2 - Reading and Understanding Crucial Financial Documents: Saturday, December 2, 2-5pm
  • Session 3 - Creating Effective Budgeting and Cash Flow Tools: Sunday, December 3, 10am-1pm
  • Session 4 - Putting it all Together: Sunday, December 3, 2-4pm
Cost for entire weekend: $165 Member rate / $220 Non-member rate
Get more info on each session or register.

• Past Cultural Leadership Events

Cultural Equity, Diversity, and Artistry in Casting - September 19, 2017

This free community forum explored the legal, ethical, and aesthetic aspects of inclusive casting. Read a recap of the forum, listen to an archival recording, and find more resources on the topic (coming soon).

Questions or to receive information about future workshops? Please contact:

Rachel Fink
Managing Director