To optimize total organizational performance, The Arts Center is one of 16 arts and cultural organizations currently participating in a two-year teaching and mentoring program called “Capacity Building: Rural Oregon and SW Washington Program” through the University of Maryland’s Institute of Arts Management. There is no fee for organizations to participate in this program thanks to the generous support of eleven Oregon Foundations*. This two-year  program runs September 2017 – October 2019, to develop a five-year program plan. 

The Arts Center’s Staff and Board are receiving in-depth training and consultation on a monthly basis to inform our strategic program planning process, based on the Institute’s Cycle Audit and Theories. Cycle Priorities are: 1) Consistent production of bold, transformative arts programs; 2) Aggressive marketing that creates demand for this art, and the institution behind it, attracting and exciting patrons; 3) Cultivation of supporters including members, participants, trustees and volunteers — drawn by the art programs and what it takes for the organization to succeed in providing them; and 4) Transforming this goodwill into resources such as contributions, volunteerism, and board service. 

Focus groups to discuss program plan ideas will start Summer 2018. If you are interested in learning more about the Capacity Building Project, please contact Laura Young, Communications & Development Director, laura@theartscenter.net.

*Collins Foundation, Community Foundation for SW Washington, Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation, Maybelle Clark MacDonald Fund, Meyer Memorial Trust, Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust, The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation.