ORANGE CITY – The Orange City Arts Council was selected to participate in ArtsLab, a six-month leadership and strategy program designed to ensure that artists and arts organizations in the Midwest have the skills, ideas, and networks needed to flourish. The course, available only to organizations in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa, will explore the concepts of relevancy in the marketplace, leadership growth, financial and resource development, and organizational infrastructure.
ArtsLab is a program of Arts Midwest, a U.S. Regional Arts Organization that fosters connections among artists, organizations, and communities across the Midwest. Through performing, visual, and literary arts and leadership development programs, Arts Midwest is committed to delivering high-quality arts experiences and encouraging new, cross-sector collaborations.
“The Orange City Arts Council is so pleased to participate in ArtsLab,” said Phyllis Van Gelder, Arts Council board president. “This course will give us the opportunity to connect with organizations that face similar issues. We are looking forward to learning from the experts and from our peers in the arts and culture sector. It is a very exciting time for us.”
David Fraher, president & CEO of Arts Midwest, says, “We are looking forward to working with these organizations and leaders to support their ongoing leadership development. We are already inspired by the important work they are doing in Iowa to engage their communities in the arts and we anticipate that ArtsLab will only foster more exceptional conversations, new approaches, and innovative artistic experiences that make both urban and rural communities stronger and more connected.”
Beginning in April 2015, 22 organizations will participate in retreats and shared learning opportunities:
Aberdeen Area Arts Council
Hill City Area Arts Council
Mathews Opera House
Sioux Falls Arts Council
Sisseton Arts Council
South Dakota Arts Council
The Arts Center
Arts North Dakota
Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts
Dakota West Arts Council
Nelson County Arts Council
North Dakota Council on the Arts
Three Rivers Arts Council
Grinnell Area Arts Council
Iowa Arts Council
Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance
Orange City Arts Council
Public Space One
“The Iowa Arts Council is proud to partner with Arts Midwest to bring ArtsLab to Iowa,” said Matthew Harris, Iowa Arts Council Administrator. “Investing in the capacity of Iowa arts organizations is part of our mission and ArtsLab is giving us an opportunity to do that in a collaborative way while fostering a regional network with our peers in the Dakotas.”
Support for ArtsLab is generously provided by Bush Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation, Mardag Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, and the Iowa Arts Council.
ArtsLab was launched in 1999 by six major foundations seeking to learn better approaches to building leadership and management skills in community-based arts organizations. All three cycles of the program have been highly rated by independent evaluators for their positive impact on organizational stability, community engagement, and the development of strong, adaptive leadership.
More information about ArtsLab is available at artslab.artsmidwest.org. Questions about the program may also be directed to Sharon Rodning Bash at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured above are Orange City Arts Council board members (left to right) Olga Alvarado, Sandie Vant Hof, Jim Schaap, Mark Volkers, Angela Kroeze Visser, Chris White, Phyllis Van Gelder, Emily Stokes and Susan Le Mahieu. Not pictured are Noah Adams, Gail Marincovich, Terry Mouw and Jennifer Sabo.