ArtStarts in Schools is currently seeking individuals to join our Board of Directors as a General Board Member.
ArtStarts is a charitable, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting art and creativity in young people’s lives. We focus on creating meaningful change where young people benefit most equitably and directly – in their schools and classrooms. By providing young people with access to arts-based learning experiences, we develop a generation that values the creative, collaborative and innovative skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century.
At ArtStarts, our culture is rooted in shared values and shared purpose. We align first and foremost around our mission and vision. We work towards shared goals that drive mission impact. Our work is not just about keeping our organization afloat; it is about making our mission happen. You can read more about our mission, vision, guiding principles, and strategic plan here: https://artstarts.com/about
As an arts organization aimed at working with young people, we have an important role to play in advancing and strengthening the values of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. As part of this active learning journey, we are taking a magnifying lens to our core programs and also taking a birds-eye view of ArtStarts as a whole and identifying how we can apply an equity and decolonization lens to our work. Social justice issues are no longer the responsibility of activist organizations, but instead a moral responsibility for all of us as human beings. Social justice through the arts is a powerful approach and now an integrated part of our work towards mission impact.
Our current Board of Directors is made up of four volunteer board members, one of whom is retiring from ArtStarts after 7 years of service. Our recruitment plans reflect our shared desire and aspiration to build and maintain a Board of 9+ members.
Our current staff team is made up of 7 full-time and 3 part-time employees.
We are all committed to our own anti-oppression learning journey and focused on finding ways to embody our commitment to equity and decolonization both internally and externally at ArtStarts.
ArtStarts is currently seeking nominations of qualified candidates for the Board of Directors. There are five vacancies for 2022, each for a one-year term. Successful candidates will contribute their experience, perspectives, and skills to govern ArtStarts with a focus on three key areas: fiduciary (legal compliance and accountability), strategic (setting priorities and planning for the future), and generative (big picture questions and blue sky thinking).
Support and advocate for the mission and vision of ArtStarts
Commit to ongoing learning about yourself in relation to equity and anti-oppression
Contribute your perspective and pose valuable questions to support the Board in making sound governance decisions
Actively participate in and contribute to board activities
Attend recurring Board meetings as well as Board Committee and Task Force meetings
Serve on the Governance, Leadership, Finance Committee, and Task Forces as required, including providing input and contributing to deliverables of Board Committees
Appropriately collaborate with and support for the staff leadership team
Contribute time and energy to carry out Board responsibilities (such as hiring and managing the co-directors on the executive leadership team, strategic planning, resource development, or board development)
Act as an ambassador of ArtStarts to external stakeholders and your own networks
Attend and support special events as required
Do several of the following statements describe you? If so, we want to hear from you!
Excitement about and belief in the ArtStarts mission, vision, strategic plan and guiding principles
Understanding of non-profit governance, and interest in exploring emerging new models
Experience and willingness to advocate for systemic change within arts and education
Actively involved and connected within the BC arts or education communities
Familiarity with and commitment to anti-oppression principles and practices
Strategic thinker with the ability to contribute to future-oriented conversations
Capacity to work as part of a collaborative and creative team, leading and following others
Ability to navigate uncertainty and ambiguity, and flex with emergent needs
Commitment to ongoing personal learning, reflection, and growth
Ideal candidates will be keen to contribute expertise and networks in one or more of the following areas:
Arts Education (artist or educator who advocates for systems change and arts integration)
Anti-oppression (experience applying justice, equity, inclusion principles in organizations)
Finance (strategic accounting, budgeting, banking or investment)
Fund development (individual donors, grant writing and/or organizational funders)
Governance (knowledge and experience with boards, interest in emerging new models)
We encourage all applicants who believe they can excel in this role to apply, regardless of background and experience. We particularly encourage applicants from members of communities that are marginalized or that experience structural discrimination, including those identifying as Black, Indigenous, people of colour, LGBTQ2IA+, and those living with a visible or invisible disability.*
We would also particularly welcome applications from youth (aged 18-25), and from those based in BC regions outside of the Lower Mainland.
The average monthly time commitment is estimated to be 4-6 hours:
Monthly board meetings: ~1.5 hours
Annual board retreat: ~4 hours
Bi-monthly Committee/Task Force meetings: ~1 hour
In-between deliverables and ancillary activities throughout the year (e.g. one-on-ones, reviewing and preparing materials, responding to emails and communications, attending organizational trainings and events, etc.): 1-4 hours per month, up to a combined maximum of 6 hours each month
The Board convenes virtually. The ArtStarts office is located in Downtown Vancouver, and it is optionally available for any Board Members who wish to tend to role-related duties in-person. If the Board determines that there is a business need for an in-person meeting, additional time for travel may be required of out-of-town members. ArtStarts would pay travel expenses for those members accordingly. Accessibility details of our space are noted here: https://artstarts.com/gallery.
Volunteers who contribute their time and knowledge as ArtStarts board members benefit from:
The opportunity to influence positive social change across the province
The chance to make a significant contribution to the growth and success of ArtStarts
The development of leadership skills through committees and projects of the Board
Professional growth opportunities through trainings, guest speakers, and workshops
Meaningful relationships with fellow volunteers, staff and community
Strengthened strategic and visionary thinking skills
Increased inspiration and chances to spark your own individual creativity
Please apply with a resume or a comparable portfolio that highlights your experience with “Board Member Application” in the subject line, and send to: ArtStarts Board of Directors , at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please consider introducing yourself via a cover letter or in email and sharing:
What do you hope to gain from being an ArtStarts board member?
What do you hope to contribute as an ArtStarts board member?
Board Directors are presented at the annual general meeting (approximately May/June time frame), and we are seeking to have between 2-3 new board members join by that time. After the AGM, conversations with existing Board Members to gauge interest and fit will continue to take place on a rolling basis as we seek to seek and welcome additional board members throughout 2022.
We look forward to hearing from you!