Engage Kansas City

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Engage Coach Carla Patterson will facilitate a conversation with arts and culture leaders about governance, mission, community engagement, and the Kansas City arts landscape. 

M-AAA is excited to launch Engage Kansas City, a peer network training for small-to-midsize arts and culture organizations. Engage meets each organization where it is, working to identify ways that we can help one another improve as a connected, thriving cohort.

Engage has been helping organizations in Houston since 2012 and participants overwhelmingly report that getting to work with peers that are experiencing the same challenges, is priceless. They have seen positive growth in their fundraising capabilities and board relations, and are engaging in more meaningful ways with their constituents. We look forward to similar success in Kansas City!

Applications for Engage will be available online from June 1 – June 22, 2018.

About the Program

Engage Kansas City will include:

  • Eleven six-hour facilitated large group working sessions;
    • Governance (two sessions)
    • Mission and Vision and Values (two sessions)
    • Finance and Fundraising (two sessions)
    • Making Your Case for Fundraising (two sessions)
    • Leadership (two sessions)
    • “Bringing It Together” Final Celebratory Workshop
  • Pre-session homework
  • Individual goal-setting exercise for each topic
  • Peer learning/meeting by cohort
  • Report-outs to large group on progress made
  • Periodic on-site visits over the duration of the project

Thanks to support from the National Endowment for the Arts, grants of $3,000 will be available to each participating organization for community engagement projects.

The cost of the twenty-month program is $800.

Meet the Coach

Engage Coach Carla Patterson is a passionate advocate for arts and cultural organizations with more than twenty years of experience facilitating organizational and community development projects. Patterson is an Engage coach in Houston, and she is the author of the Leadership and Community Development Curriculum for the State of Nebraska.

Carla says, “I am thrilled to lead Engage and be part of this innovative and impactful program in your community. Through our work together you’ll be better equipped to understand the keys to donor development; the role your board, your staff, and your mission plays in fundraising; and how to create a powerful case for support. You’ll explore specific engagement strategies you can use with your board; understand the difference between audience and community engagement and strengthen your ability to impact your communities through your mission. You’ll be part of an amazing group of peers who are committed to helping each other and strengthening the arts and cultural sector of the greater KC area. I look forward to answering your questions and meeting with those of you who are ready to take a deep dive into the core of your work. Please feel free to email me at engage@maaa.org.”

Schedule

Engage Kansas meeting dates are: July 20, September 21, November 16. Dates for 2019 are to be determined, but will likely continue on the third Friday of the month.

All group meetings will take place at Mid-America Arts Alliance, 2018 Baltimore in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District.