Introducing: The OPAAC Arts Roundtable
The OPAAC Arts Roundtable is an organization of – and for – OPAAC arts organizations members.
Arts organizations want to be the best they can be but often lack the capacity, connections or collaborations needed to accomplish their goals.
Based on feedback gathered at the ArtsFunds Breakfast in June and a subsequent survey sent to all. Our nonprofit-members feel they could benefit organizationally with help from OPAAC on the following:
– Opportunities to network, learn about each other’s work and build relationships within the arts organizations.
– Information and education about “how to manage and run their organizations and learning about best practices that can help them build capacity and make them stronger.
– Ability to share and leverage resources with each other
– Ways to facilitate connections and opportunities for support and collaboration between organizations.
This year, the Roundtable will work on the following items:
– Networking (each meeting plus a weekend event)
– Education and information (guest speakers, subject matter experts, member speakers)
– Advocacy for the arts and arts funding at the state and local level
– Sharing and collaborating
Develop an “arts organization guide” that:
– Documents resources on the OPAAC website
– Lists other local resources already available to arts organizations
– Provides a member listing
– Includes an arts calendar
Other possible topics for 2015 will include:
– “The perfect grant application”
– Coordinating performance calendars and event
– How to work with the OPRF Community Foundation and other local organizations to strengthen their support for the arts
The Roundtable will meet three to four times a year.
Meetings will be held at a member facility when possible. The day and time of the meeting will vary to accommodate members’ schedules.
The Roundtable held its first meeting on October 21. The topic for the evening was “How to Write the Perfect Grant”. Susan Parks (PING!) presented an excellent session on grant writing. You will find all of the files from Susan’s presentation below. Good Luck and Happy Grant Writing!