CREATIVE Connection

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PROGRAM BASICS


CREATIVE Connection
 is part of a strategic collaboration between the City of Santa Clarita’s Arts and Events Office and the City of Santa Clarita Arts Commission to support arts organizations looking for qualified, diverse board members. CREATIVE Connection is a nine-month leadership training and fellowship program designed for professionals interested in serving on nonprofit boards to develop and grow as leaders through board service training and field experience with a nonprofit.

Do you want to make a difference in the community through board service?

    • CREATIVE Connection is a wonderful way for local professionals to build their skills and expertise, expand their network and support nonprofit organizations in the City of Santa Clarita.

Program curriculum equips CREATIVE Connection fellows with tools to be an effective board member by gaining a deeper understanding of board governance, fiscal responsibilities, fundraising, volunteerism, and personal leadership development. As fellows cultivate nonprofit board skills, they will have the opportunity to attend a board meeting with a CREATIVE Connection Nonprofit Partner and apply those skills.

Objectives & Benefits

 – Gain a better understanding of how a board of directors is governed and operates

 – Maximize your role through board sponsorship, ambassadorship and consultancy

– Connect with a network of like-minded individuals and community leaders

– Support a more vibrant nonprofit community in the City of Santa Clarita

– Leverage professional expertise and skills to further the work of a Nonprofit Partner

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Program Requirements


Fellows
are expected to actively participate in CREATIVE Connection in the following ways:

      • Dedicate approximately 25-30 hours of time to participate in the 9-month program.
      • Attend all monthly workshops. The duration of each session is approximately 1-2 hours.
      • Attend at least one board meeting with two different Arts Nonprofit Partners – as observers, not participants – to see how different boards function. A list of board meetings will be provided for you to choose from.
      • Provide a memo or written summary on each of your board meeting experiences. A prompt will be provided for your response.
      • Be committed to serving on a nonprofit board upon completing CREATIVE Connection, and attend the Nonprofit Board Match Night with the intention to serve on an Arts Nonprofit Partner board of directors.
2021-2022 Program Schedule (Subject to change)

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First Tuesdays (2021), Third Tuesdays (2022)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Applications Open: April 12, 2021 
Applications Close: July 26, 2021
Cohort Announced: August 16, 2021

Session 1 – CREATIVE Connection Orientation and Introduction to the Santa Clarita Arts Commission
September 7, 2021

Session 2 – Introduction to the Arts Nonprofit Industry
October 5, 2021

Create & Connect (Optional Special Event)
Friday, October 22, 2021

Session 3 – Board Basics: Roles, Responsibilities and Governance
November 2, 2021

Session 4 – Budget Bootcamp: Nonprofit Finance and Financial Management
December 7, 2021

Session 5 – Resource Development & Fundraising
January 18, 2022

Create & Connect (Optional Special Event)
Friday, February 4, 2022

Session 6 – Action Planning
February 15, 2022

Session 7 – Strategic Communication and Advocacy
March 15, 2022

Session 8 – Nonprofit Sustainability
April 19, 2022

Session 9 – Fellows & Art Nonprofit Partner Match Night (Culmination Event)
Friday, May 20, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

The objective of CREATIVE Connection is to recruit and train leaders to serve as potential board members. The Nonprofit Board Match Night provides an opportunity for CREATIVE Connection fellows to connect and match with Arts Nonprofit Partner organizations whose mission best match their personal interests.

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 APPLY NOW
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Are You an Arts Nonprofit Seeking Help with Recruiting Members?

CREATIVE Connection is designed to train and facilitate opportunities for
highly qualified and enthusiastic people to serve on your board of directors.
When you apply to become an Arts Nonprofit Partner, CREATIVE Connection
will help you find leaders who have skill sets and perspectives that align with
your organization’s strategies, goals and needs.

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                 INQUIRE NOW

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Arts Nonprofit Partners
are expected to identify a designated board member to actively participate in CREATIVE Connection in the following ways:

  • Provide dates and times to at least three board meetings for fellows to attend.
  • Prepare the board for the Fellow’s attendance at the selected board meeting. You will be notified when a fellow has selected to attend your board meeting.
  • Formally invite the fellow to the board meeting. The CREATIVE Connection program coordinator will help facilitate an introduction.
  • Help orient the fellow to the workings of the board and your nonprofit’s mission and provide the fellow with a board meeting agenda, post-meeting notes, etc.
  • Introduce the fellow to the board and conduct an efficient, interesting and productive meeting whenever a fellow is in attendance.
  • Be available to attend the Nonprofit Board Match Night.
  • Have a strong approach to board recruitment and formal orientation program for new board members.
Nonprofit Partner Workshops  (Subject to change)

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Applications Open: April 12, 2021
Applications Close: July 26, 2021

Workshop 1 – Fundamentals of Grant Writing
October 6, 2021 | Time: TBD

Create & Connect (Optional Special Event)
Friday, October 22, 2021

Workshop 2 – Mastering Your Mission Statement
January 19, 2022 | Time TBD

Create & Connect (Optional Special Event)
Friday, February 4, 2022

Workshop 3 – Effective Recruiting and Onboarding
April 20, 2022 | Time: TBD

Session 9 – Fellows & Art Nonprofit Partner Match Night (Culmination Event)
Friday, May 20, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

The objective of CREATIVE Connection is to recruit and train leaders to serve as potential board members. The Nonprofit Board Match Night provides an opportunity for CREATIVE Connection fellows to connect and match with Arts Nonprofit Partner organizations whose mission best match their personal interests.

Email AEO@santa-clarita.com or call (661) 250-3787 for more information.