Board Member Application

About the Kamloops Arts Council
The Kamloops Arts Council (KAC) is a registered charitable organization that is devoted to the development and enhancement of the arts in the Kamloops area. Celebrating over 50 years, we support all artists and art organizations and promote cooperation among them, government and business. We provide local artists and arts groups – visual artists, musicians, dancers and actors – with opportunities for exposure, networking and professional development.

As part of our mandate, the KAC takes the arts out to the community – producing high-quality, year-round low- and no-cost arts programs, performances, workshops and events for all. We believe the arts are for everyone, and that they have the power to heal, transform, connect, and develop skills in children, youth, adults and seniors, including those in crisis. Creating Creative Communities.

The KAC (first known as the Community Arts Council of Kamloops) was established in 1968 and incorporated in 1970 by community-minded volunteers to promote all art disciplines. The Arts Council was founded to provide support and opportunities for individual artists to develop and showcase their talents.    

The Kamloops Arts Council has always been, and will continue to be, open, inclusive and welcoming of all artistic styles and levels. We respect, encourage and support artists in all art forms and of all levels of experience. It is not our intent to dictate any particular set of artistic standards or values – those are for the artist to decide.

Our Programs

The KAC may be best known for its festivals and events, which include Art in the Park on Canada Day, the Kamloops Children’s Arts Festival, the Rivertown Players Children’s Summer Theatre Program, the Art in the Dark and more.

The KAC Main Gallery at the Old Courthouse is a year-round, non-curated space where visual artists and arts groups can host their own exhibition. Art Exposed Regional Exhibition is a multi-day open exhibition that showcases the work of more than 100 area artists of all ages and levels, working in all mediums. small// WORKS: a great big teeny tiny art show is an indoor exhibition in November / December that leads up to the holidays. We continue to seek out and develop new exhibition opportunities for our member artists.

The KAC offers Grants and Scholarships to artists, arts groups and arts students. Finally, the KAC’s Crossing Bridges Outreach Program works with local social service agencies to deliver arts workshops to children, youth and adults at risk and in crisis on a year-round basis.

Membership & Funding

The KAC’s membership consists of individual members, group members and honorary members and includes amateur and professional artists, arts organizations, philanthropists and arts admirers. Presently, the organization has approximately 550 members, 9 Board Directors, 2 Committees, numerous event-related working groups, 3 full-time staff and numerous program- and event-based contractors. We employ local artists whenever possible.

The KAC receives operational funding from the City of Kamloops and from the provincial government through the BC Arts Council. The KAC collects memberships and continually seeks funding for its various programs and events. The Kamloops Arts Council is community-based and grassroots. The organization has been, and will continue to be, a vital agency representing community artists while responding to their direct needs. Our purpose is to build a stronger cultural environment in which the arts, in all its forms, can develop, thrive and flourish.

Board of Directors Application

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BOARD OVERVIEW

Term: (As of August 2016 AGM): up to two consecutive 2-year terms, August to July.

Composition: (As of August 2016 AGM): Up to 12 Directors, elected by members or appointed at AGM (August). Interim directors may be appointed by the Board on a year-round basis, per KAC Bylaws.
Executive Officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer

Directors at Large: Oversee specific areas of the organization via work on Board Committees (e.g. HR; Marketing & Membership; Fundraising) and program working groups (Art in the Park, Art Exposed, etc.). Each Director is actively involved in at least 1 Committee.
Board Meetings are chaired by the President, or VP in case of President’s absence.

Current Vacancies (February 2020): Up to 3 Director positions are open and may be filled by the existing Board at its discretion.

Collective Board Skills Required: Finance, fundraising, management, business skills, non-profit/charity governance, organizational development, legal, knowledge of the arts community, marketing, communications, member/stakeholder engagement, human resource management.

Current Board Needs:
• fundraising experience or skills
• financial skills – budgeting, reporting, etc.
• human resources management
• volunteer and member engagement
• business/operations management
• non-profit governance experience
• communications and marketing
• public / media relations and strategic messaging

Demographics:
• The majority of our current directors are Kamloops-area artists, of all disciplines and from a variety of backgrounds.
• We strive to diversify the Board through a range of ethnicities, ages, genders, and backgrounds, accurately representing the population of Kamloops.

Pre-Election Candidate Orientation: An in-person or telephone meeting with candidates, or a group orientation session, may be held to further describe the position, answer questions, and assist the Board and the candidate with assessment of fit between the candidate and a KAC Director role. Members of the current KAC Board will set this up after applications have been received.

Orientation Resources: Board Reference Manual, website www.kamloopsarts.ca, and current Board Directors.

Regular Board Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8pm. Please ensure you are generally available to meet at this time. Location: Old Courthouse Cultural Centre, 7 Seymour Street West, Kamloops.

Time Commitment: Board Directors spend a minimum of 5-8 hours per month on KAC work, including preparation for and attending Board meetings, corresponding by email and voting in electronic motions, fulfilling Action Items from Board meetings, and taking an active role in at least one Board Committee. Committees generally meet on a monthly basis. Leading up to major events, Board members may be required to participate in additional meetings / volunteer additional time. Special Board meetings may occasionally be called outside of the regularly scheduled meetings, to address specific or timely material.

Contact Us Today!

Visit Us

7 Seymour Street West (at 1st)
Kamloops, BC V2C 1E4

Hours

Tues to Fri, 10-12 & 1-5;
Saturday 10-12 & 1-4

The Kamloops Arts Council office and KAC Main Gallery are located in the city-owned Old Courthouse Cultural Centre at 7 Seymour Street West. We share this wonderful century-old building with the Courthouse Gallery Cooperative and Theatre BC (Mainstage).

Visit us, our gallery and the rest of the amazing arts groups that are housed under one roof!

Please note: Kamloops Arts Council does not handle bookings for rentals of the Old Courthouse.  For information on rentals, please contact City of Kamloops Arts, Facility Booking, at facilities@kamloops.ca or (250) 828-3707.

We acknowledge the financial support of our Core Supporters: The City of Kamloops and BC Arts Council