Organizational Development

New Realities Triangle Regional InitiativeThe Triangle Community Foundation has partnered with the North Carolina Arts Council to provide a capacity-building initiative for arts organizations located in the four-county region of the Triangle. Deadline: July 14, 2017

New Realities ProgramThe New Realities Program is an organizational development program that provides long-term organizational assistance for arts professionals interested in addressing the challenges of a fast-changing environment for the arts. Deadilne: March 1, 2018


New Realities Triangle Regional Initiative

The Triangle Community Foundation has partnered with the North Carolina Arts Council to provide a capacity-building initiative for arts organizations located in the four-county region of the Triangle. Over the past three years the Triangle Community Foundation has partnered with the North Carolina Arts Council to provide a capacity-building initiative for arts organizations located in the four-county region of the Triangle. The content and structure of the initiative is based on the work developed by ARTS Action Research (AAR) for the North Carolina Arts Council’s statewide New Realties Program and other consortium programs in the U.S. and Canada.  It is designed to provide a cohort of small to mid-size arts organizations in the Triangle with the concepts and effective tools necessary for appropriate growth and sustainability.

Who May Apply

Arts organizations in Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake counties. Priority will be given to organizations between $100,000 and $1,000,000 in annual expenses for the most recently completed fiscal year, along with capacity to participate in a regional dialogue on the arts.

Description

Each participating organization will receive five individual two-hour sessions with Arts Action Research’s founder and principal consultant Nello McDaniel. The content of the work sessions is determined by the artistic and operational needs of each group. Issues addressed may include centering and positioning of the organization, board and staff development, planning, financial management, fund raising and marketing. These will be carefully viewed in the context of each group’s artistic vision and direction, the organization’s community and audience, and the human and financial resources available. One to two informal meetings open to all the area New Realities participants will be scheduled to provide a larger frame-of-reference for the individual work and open up a space in which to view the resources, intersections, and opportunities represented by the participating groups.

To be included in this initiative, the organization’s leadership must commit to a sincere engagement with the work and active involvement in the five individual sessions, three roundtables, and writing assignments during the process.  The following is a preliminary schedule for the year:

  • Deadline – July 14
  • Notification of awards – August 15
  • First round of individual sessions – Week of September 18
  • Second round of individual sessions – Week of November 27
  • Third round of individual sessions – Week of January 29
  • Fourth round of individual sessions – Week of April 2
  • Fifth set of individual sessions – Week of June 18
  • Group meetings - TBD

How to Apply

Applicants will submit the form electronically through the GO-Smart portal (https://ncarts.gosmart.org).  Applicants will be asked to provide the following information on the application form: 

  • Describe the current condition of your organization.
  • Describe the two to three challenges your organization is currently facing.
  • Describe how your organization sees its current role regionally and how that could grow in the future.

Six organizations will be selected to participate. Selection criteria will be based on the organization’s readiness to benefit from the consultancy and its ability to contribute to the larger discussion about the arts in the region.

Staff Contact

Jeff Pettus
Senior Program Director for Artists and Communities
jeff.pettus@ncdcr.gov
(919) 807-6513


New Realities Program

The New Realities Program is an organizational development program that provides long-term organizational assistance for arts professionals interested in addressing the challenges of a fast-changing environment for the arts. The program is conducted by Nello McDaniel of Arts Action Research, which is nationally known for innovative approaches to organizational development. The New Realities Program provides arts professionals with a conceptual framework, working process, tools, and guidance to develop effective ways to address current and ever-changing realities and needs for their organizations.

Arts leaders are asked to consider the changing conditions and environment, to describe their reality and to develop a plan addressing or altering that reality. This plan addresses how each organization will make its art or produce arts programs, how it will connect with its community, and how it will develop the human and financial resources it needs. The program requires the organization’s staff leadership to participate and be prepared to explore new and different approaches to organizational structure and operation. The organization’s board leadership is also expected to participate in various aspects of the program. 

Generally, the consultant meets with participants individually five times a year. Groups must commit to participating for at least one year and most groups participate for three or more. The content of the work sessions is determined by the artistic and operational needs of each group. Issues addressed may include centering and positioning of the organization, board and staff development, planning, financial management, fund raising and marketing. These will be carefully viewed in the context of each group’s artistic vision and direction, the organization’s community and audience, and the human and financial resources available.

Contact Nancy Trovillion if interested in applying for the New Realities Program. Priority is given to applicants who currently receive funding from the N.C. Arts Council.

How to Apply

The 2018-19 deadline is Wednesday, March 1, 2018. The application will be available online on January 6, 2017.  Applicants will submit the form electronically through the GO-Smart portal (https://ncarts.gosmart.org).  For more information about the online application process, please view our webinar. Applicants will be asked to provide the following information on the application form: 

  1. Describe the current condition of your organization.
  2. Describe the two to three challenges your organization is currently facing.
  3. Describe what you hope to accomplish by participating in this program.

 

Staff Contact

Nancy Trovillion
Deputy Director
nancy.trovillion@ncdcr.gov

(919) 807-6526