Board of Directors Information
ArtStart is seeking Board Members who are interested in arts education, environmental stewardship, creative self-expression. We are especially interested in Board Members who are interested in promoting arts education and arts access across all communities, especially those with limited access to arts. We are seeking engaged Board Members who are committed to monthly board meeting attendance, creative idea-sharing on board committees, fundraising activities, and actively contributing to a culture of philanthropy. We especially seek to diversify our board, so underrepresented members of communities including, but not limited to BIPOC and LGBTQIA, are strongly encouraged to apply.
We are also seeking board members who fulfill one or all of the following criteria:
- Have personal relationship with the arts and/or environmental stewardship.
- Have professional experience with strategic planning, nonprofit management, arts education, or marketing.
- Support the fundraising and community outreach objectives of the organization, either through granting, securing individual gifts, and/or volunteering at annual festivals and other events.
Board Member Responsibilities & Expectations
- Board Meetings: Prepare for and attend monthly board meetings. Occasional special committees may be needed periodically throughout each fiscal year.
- Fiduciary Oversight: Review annual budgets, rental agreements, grant requirements when relevant, and monthly financial statements.
- Philanthropy: Raise $500 or more per year by participating in fundraising efforts, promoting fundraisers with your personal and professional networks, and/or making a personal contribution to the organization annually according to one’s financial ability.
- Creativity: Share your personal love for the arts and/or the environment with the Board.
Interested persons may apply by emailing a resume to ArtStart Board President Tom Lang.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT!
Founded in 1988, ArtStart is a private nonprofit organization located in St. Paul, MN. It is led by Executive Director, Carol Sirrine, and supported by a team of 3 part-time employees. ArtStart is comprised of two core areas: arts education and arts material sales. Arts education is provided by over 30 contracted professional artists who teach children and adults throughout the St. Paul and Minneapolis metro areas. Art education occurs through school residencies, workshops, summer and holiday camps, and online learning. Additionally, a partnership with the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge includes additional programming: ArtStart’s annual EcoArts festival, an art installation at the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center, and teacher workshops. Arts materials are sold at the ArtScraps Reuse Center in St. Paul. Donations of recycled material and art supplies are repurposed for arts activities and available for purchase.