The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts is seeking Board Members
Are you interested in supporting the arts and the development of the artists of Southern Georgian Bay? Then we want you on our team!
About The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts (BMFA)
The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts (BMFA) has been the pre-eminent, non-profit charitable arts organization in Southern Georgian Bay for over forty-seven years. Our goal is to inspire excellence in visual arts through educational and creative opportunities. We support and promote the work of 220 members through annual community events, juried shows, workshops, art talks, mentoring and operating an art shop in downtown Collingwood. The membership comprises talented artists of all ages who work in a wide range of creative fields. The BMFA is proud of its contribution to the work of our region’s artists and the vibrancy, well-being, and economy of our community as a whole.
Our board is composed of individuals and members with a diverse skill set with a common goal of working together to bring the BMFA’s annual programming to life.
- Aligned with BMFA’s mission and its culture and values;
- Kind, compassionate, self-aware and have a desire to seek feedback, learn and grow;
- Organized and manage timelines, goals and expectations well.
- Truly interested in supporting the growth of the BMFA and committed to establishing and supporting the BMFA strategic direction.
- Interested in the Arts
You are looking to:
- Share your expertise, knowledge and learned experience;
- Develop new skills while deepening existing ones;
- Strengthen your leadership skills;
- Expand your social and professional networks;
- Be a mentor;
- Support and strengthen your community.;
- Be part of taking BMFA to the next level!
Who we are looking for:
We are looking for Board members who are interested in rolling up their sleeves and getting involved on the Board to bring its 5 year strategic plan to life.
Board members can live anywhere in The South Georgian Bay area.
Board members with expertise, knowledge and/or learned experiences in the following areas will help strengthen BMFA’s ability to fulfil its mission:
- Accounting/Financial Management
- Business/Corporate Partnerships
- Community Programming
Previous board experience, while not necessary, is desirable. Director accreditation is not required. We aim for our Board to encompass diverse voices, backgrounds, and perspectives.
This voluntary commitment involves attending monthly board meetings that take place the third Tuesday of the month. Mostly held online, board meetings are held in person two to three time a year. Board members are also regularly involved in working committees such as:
- Program Committees – Juried Art Show, Juried Photo Show, Art About Town
- Awards Committees – Clerkson Emerging Artist Award, Kemp Award for innovative artistic project
- Fundraising Committee – Developing and supporting the delivery of both annual and event based fundraising.
A board term is 4 years and a member can serve two consecutive terms.
Responsibilities of a BMFA board member:
- Provide strategic leadership;
- Be knowledgeable about the BMFA’s mission, vision, values, programs and long-term objectives;
- Monitor and assess organizational performance;
- Ensure the BMFA has sufficient financial resources to carry out its mission;
- Understand the fiscal implications of decisions;
- Be prepared to actively engage in board meetings;
- Be an ambassador and promote BMFA’s work in the community;
- Support the Director of Operations and other staff;
- Ensure no conflicts of interest exist and that duties are upheld.
How to Apply
If you feel the BMFA is a great fit for you, we would love to hear from you.
Please email a statement of interest to [email protected]. In your statement include:
- Why you wish to be a BMFA board member;
- How you can support BMFA (expertise, knowledge and/or learned experiences); and
- Which working committee(s) you are interested in joining Program, Awards, and/or Fundraising).
This posting will remain open until positions are filled.
We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest in the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts but only those selected will be contacted!
The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts (BMFA) – Fundraising Committee
The purpose of the Fundraising Committee is to develop new, and nurture existing partnerships with individual donors, regional businesses, government funding sources, and private foundations and to fund the BMFA.
Duties and Responsibilities of Committee Members:
- Become familiar with the mission statement, guiding principles, and core values at the BMFA.
- Attend at least 75% of committee meetings
- Come to the meetings prepared
- Carry out tasks outside of the meetings assigned by the committee
- To contribute to the creation of a 2 to 3 years fundraising strategy for the BMFA
- To raise funds to meet the financial needs of the BMFA.
- To set attainable goals to be raised through corporate sponsor or partners on an annual (and projected 3 year) basis. Create an implementation plan to meet said goals.
- Working with the BMFA’s Director of Operations and Board Chair to actively solicit sponsorship of corporate partners and / or regular donors.
- Develop fundraising policies, guidelines, and best practices, including appropriate levels of support and ‘asking’ targets.
- Support staff in the development and implementation of a recognition plan for donors, sponsors, foundations, and partners.
- All members must serve a minimum of one year.
- The time commitment for a committee member will generally be up to one hour per committee meeting, plus extra time for work as assigned by the committee
- The Chair has the authority to call unscheduled meetings, if necessary, to handle emergency situations if, or as they arise.