The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

MCC presents Recover, Rebuild, Renew series

In the Fall of 2020, the Cultural Investment Portfolio team conducted approximately 300 conversations with operating support grantees to better understand their current strategies, exciting innovations, and sometimes, extremely difficult decisions in operating during COVID-19. Based on these candid conversations, a nation-wide RFP process was completed to provide the nonprofit cultural field the highest-quality, most critical intellectual capital necessary to recover, rebuild, and renew our sector post-pandemic.

Now we are excited to launch the Recover, Rebuild, Renew Series, which will include some 42 webinars and countless hours of one-on-one consulting. Alongside Mass Cultural Council’s ongoing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work, we believe these services represent the most critical areas of need to help plan a post-COVID operating environment for cultural nonprofits and creative workers.

This series will be delivered in wide ranging formats, including multi-session webinars, single-topic webinars and meetings, small group and panel conversations, and on-on-one coaching. These offerings are open to all cultural organizations across the Commonwealth, regardless of their funding relationship with Mass Cultural Council. This series is provided at no cost to participants. Finally, we have also designed the series to include opportunities to connect with other cultural organizations who have addressed similar challenges and can speak to their own experiences in a non-evaluative, judgment-free zone.

We’ve organized the series into several tracks. Cultural organizations can register for all tracks, all sessions in an individual track, or mix-and-match any individual session. All sessions will be recorded and will be made available for viewing afterwards. In planning for a renewed operating environment post COVID-19, our focus areas will be:
Human Resources
Moving Forward Together: Balancing Stressors & Finding Support for Executive Directors and Similar Leaders – Part 1 (Feb 25) and Part 2 (Mar 4)
Strategic Self-Care During Difficult Times – Part 1 (Mar 18) and Part 2 (Mar 25)
Creating a Positive Work from Home Experience – Part 1 (Apr 15) and Part 2 (Apr 29)
Legal Issues for Arts Administrators
Risk assessment concerns for nonprofit boards and staff during COVID-19 (Feb 23)
Basics of employment law (Mar 2)
Nonprofit unemployment obligations (Mar 11)
Nonprofit suspension and closure (Mar 16)
Nonprofit mergers and absorptions (Mar 23)
The legal considerations of having a remote workforce (May 6)
Board and Governance
The role of an effective board during times of stress – Part 1 (Feb 2) and Part 2 (Feb 9)
How to motivate and support board members remotely (Feb 4)
Successful board recruitment/retainment process in times of stress (Feb 11)
Leadership and Management
Charting a new path without a map: Adaptive arts leadership during COVID-19 & times of crisis (Mar 9)
Connecting in the cloud: Innovations in audience engagement in virtual performance (Apr 1)
How to conduct strategic planning during COVID-19 and times of stress (Apr 8)
Effectively motivating remote teams (May 13)
Best practices of leadership transition during COVID-19 and times of stress (May 20)
Funding streams: Virtual fundraising in the time of COVID-19 (May 27)
Conducting a successful capital campaign during times of stress (Jun 3)
Financial health resilience post-COVID: Revisiting your organization’s lifecycle to inform planning (Jun 10)
Effective collaborations & partnerships (Jun 17)
Financial Management
Board finance training (Mar 30)
Operating in a flawed system & managing uncharted waters – Part 1 (Apr 6) and Part 2 (Apr 13)
Budgeting basics (Apr 27)
How to read financial statements (May 4)
Cash flow planning (May 11)
Strategic budgeting and scenario planning (May 18)
Business model adaptation (May 25)
Managing risks & opportunities (Jun 1)
Understanding full cost (Jun 8)
The economics of partnerships and collaborations (Jun 15)
Telling your financial story for different audiences (Jun 22)
Federal and State advocacy: Fundamentals (Jun 24)
Federal and State advocacy: Strategy and Organizing (Jun 29)

To help us deliver this series, 12 Massachusetts and national-based consulting firms have been selected through the RFP process, giving us a local and macro-level perspective:
Arts Extension Service, Amherst, MA
Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston, Boston, MA
BroadBand Collaborative, Arlington, MA
Claire West Consulting, Tucson, AZ
EA Strategic Partners, Boston, MA
MASSCreative, Boston, MA
NMBL Strategies, Saint Louis, MO
Nonprofit Finance Fund, New York, NY & Boston, MA
Paper Crane Associates, Westford, MA
Penn Creative Strategy, New York, NY
SectorWind, Belmont, MA
SMU DataArts, Dallas, TX

Mass Cultural Council’s Recover, Rebuild, and Renew Series begins February 2, 2021. Two workshops will be offered weekly through June 29, 2021. We are excited to help the cultural sector recover from the staggering losses resulting from COVID-19 and help build a more resilient future.

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