2016 GIA Conference
Saint Paul, MN   October 16–19
A Confluence of People, Cultures, and Ideas

New Models for Shared “Back Office” Services

Monday, October 17, 10:00am – 11:30am

State III

Organized by Katie Fahey, Program Officer, Arts, Kenneth Rainin Foundation; and Adriana Griñó, Program Associate, Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

Moderated by Katie Fahey, Program Officer, Arts, Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Presented by David Sheingold, Co-Founder, ArtsPool; Thaddeus Squire, Managing Director, CultureWorks; and Laura Zabel, Executive Director, Springboard for the Arts.

The lion’s share of US arts organizations have budgets under $1 million. The number of individual artists working on a project basis outside of traditional nonprofit structures is increasing. Yet as small organizations proliferate, many continue to lack access to the management systems they need to flourish, furthering inequity in the sector. This session explores innovative shared “back office” service models addressing the financial, administrative, space, and other constraints facing small arts organizations and artists. Through sharing the pioneering strategies of management service organizations CultureWorks (Philadelphia), ArtsPool (New York), and Springboard for the Arts (Minneapolis), participants will unpack exciting solutions gaining national attention. Participants will learn how leaders are providing critical services to this expanding and vital segment of the field.