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ArtsWave: Express Your Passion for the Arts Through Board Service

Samuel Moore Jr

ArtsWave’s acclaimed Boardway Bound program returns this fall to prepare the next generation of arts leaders.

After more than a year of lockdown, arts venues across our region are preparing for a fresh start this fall. And most of us are looking to renew and recharge as well. If you have a passion for the arts or have always wanted to learn more about this dynamic sector of our community, ArtsWave wants to hear from you. We’re looking for potential board members for local arts organizations we support and we’re eager to prepare a new class of leaders to serve.

In September, ArtsWave relaunches Boardway Bound, our acclaimed program that combines the fundamentals of non-profit board service with an immersion into the inner workings of the arts community. Graduates of the program have a unique opportunity to be matched directly with an arts organization and serve as board members. You can express your interest right now by registering for our information session on May 25 which will be held live stream.

Boardway Bound provides extensive networking opportunities with a diverse group of leaders from top companies across the region. Newcomers to Cincinnati will find a new circle of friends; mid-career professionals will get to share their expertise in impactful ways; and long-time residents will be re-energized by the vibrancy of the arts in Cincinnati. Black Achievers member Sam Moore of P&G says, “The knowledge I gained through the program prepared me to actively contribute to the boards I joined.”

The six two-hour sessions of the program blend in-person and virtual learning with a high degree of interaction and expert commentary from leaders in the arts. Topics range from the fundamentals of advocacy, fundraising and marketing, to the dynamics of arts budgets and nonprofit governance — even experienced board members find new insights in this program.

In the final Boardway Bound session, program participants meet with arts groups in a “speed-dating” approach that is intended to create successful matches that lead to invitations to join an arts organization board.

Applications are open now through June 15. Individuals of all backgrounds and career stages are welcome; ArtsWave seeks to ensure that the organizations we support reflect our entire community. If you aren’t ready to apply yourself, think about recommending the program to a friend or colleague. Click here for more information or to apply.

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