The Arts Organizations at a Crossroads Toolkit: Managing Transitions and Preserving Assets

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This webinar introduces the new “Arts Organizations at a Crossroads Toolkit” that is available online for free. The Toolkit, published by the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER), is designed for staff and Board leadership as you plan for your organization’s future. Whether you are stable, in flux, planning a transition, or undertaking strategic planning, you will find guidance and resources to help you make the best decisions for your organization. The class will include tools that increase your resilience through staff transitions and encourage you to plan for your organization’s legacy, wherever you are in your lifecycle. This webinar will cover:

  • a Decision Tree to help you determine your structural options;
  • the Guide to Making Legal and Structural Choices, looking at radical restricting, dormancy, mergers, and dissolution;
  • Protection of Your Knowledge Assets, how to capture the ‘deep smarts’ held by staff members and share that knowledge;
  • the Management and Preservation of Your Legacy, so that whether you’re growing, stable, or facing a hiatus or closure, your unique cultural assets will be protected.

Instructor: Mollie Quinlan-Hayes

Mollie Quinlan-Hayes is an independent arts consultant based in Marietta, Georgia. She is the developer and writer of The Arts Organizations at a Crossroads Toolkit. She consults widely for major organizations throughout the United States on strategic planning/organizational development, readiness planning, grantmaking and program design. Most recently she conducted board development workshops with partner, Claire West, for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Mass Cultural Council. Current clients include NCAPER, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Performing Arts Readiness, and more. She served as the Deputy Director and Accessibility Coordinator for South Arts, one of the six U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, from 2006 through 2020. Prior to that, she worked with the Arizona Commission on the Arts for over 14 years, At both agencies, Mollie led strategic planning, served on the senior management team; and was liaison with Board/Commission members.

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