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Samuel Hoi Joins National Arts Strategies’ Board of Directors

Samuel HoiIt is with pleasure that we announce the appointment of Samuel Hoi, President of the Maryland Institute College of Art, to our Board of Directors.

“Samuel’s commitment to social impact and collaboration make him a perfect match for our work. He is deeply committed to fostering the careers of young artists and their place in building vibrant communities. We are honored that Samuel is joining the Board,” stated National Arts Strategies President and CEO, Gail Crider.

Mr. Hoi is an advocate for art and design education and creative professionals in social, economic, and cultural advancement. Formerly, he was president of Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, where he launched the annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region and California. As dean of the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C., Mr. Hoi created a visual arts program serving inner-city youth that received a National Multicultural Institute Award and a Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities.

Mr. Hoi has served on many boards, including those of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Arena Stage. He serves on and chaired the boards of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) and United States Artists (USA). He also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP).

Born and raised in Hong Kong, he received his BA from Columbia College in New York City and earned his JD degree from Columbia Law School. He subsequently obtained an AAS degree in Illustration from Parsons School of Design. Mr. Hoi holds honorary doctorate degrees from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and Otis College of Art and Design and was decorated in 2006 by the French government as an Officer of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

Ken Fischer, National Arts Strategies’ board chair shared his thoughts on the appointment, “Samuel’s years of leadership experience in arts education amplify why he makes a great addition to the Board. We are delighted to welcome his leadership and expertise and look forward to working alongside him.”

“The work National Arts Strategies is doing and the direction they are headed is inspiring. I am thrilled to be a part of this journey,” stated Mr. Hoi.


Kaywin Feldman Joins National Arts Strategies’ Board of Directors

kaywinWe are pleased to announce Kaywin Feldman as the newest member of National Arts Strategies’ Board of Directors. Kaywin Feldman has been the Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) since 2008. Kaywin oversees the museum’s staff of 250, its fine-art collection of some 87,000 objects, its 473,000-square-foot facility, and an annual operating budget of $30 million. Prior to the MIA, Kaywin served as director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art for 9 years. She is the current board chair of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD).

Kaywin received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Memphis College of Art in 2008, and received an MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London, an MA from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of London and a BA (summa cum laude) in classical archaeology from the University of Michigan. Kaywin’s specialties are Dutch and Flemish art and Greek and Roman archaeology. Kaywin was also a member of National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program.

“Kaywin is a thoughtful and effective leader in so many ways. She is committed to her organization, her community and the field. We are so pleased that she is joining the National Arts Strategies Board and welcome her broad vision and deep expertise,” shares National Arts Strategies President and CEO Gail Crider.

Ken Fischer, National Arts Strategies Board Chair notes, “Kaywin is an exceptional addition to the National Arts Strategies Board. Her knowledge, experience and leadership capabilities contributed greatly to the inaugural class of our Chief Executive Program and we are delighted to have the benefit of her many talents as we take on new and exciting challenges.”


Are you ready for change?

In a recent post on the Nonprofit Law Blog, “Change is Good,” Gene Takagi discusses common challenges and fears surrounding organizational change, and some of the ways in which board members can be advocates for positive change within the organizations they steward.  To overcome some of these barriers, Takagi recommends tactics such as dedicating meeting time to focus on the change, using a facilitator, creating committees and so on.

These are all great tips. It’s also important to determine if the board you have is staffed and structured to effectively manage the change you wish to effect. Taking the time to evaluate board performance and exploring the different ways in which your board can serve the organization will help you in determining if you have the right mix of support and structure to take on change. At National Arts Strategies’ Strategic Governance seminar, teams of board members and senior managers develop the skills to assess governance within their organizations using a self-evaluation tool. Building on an advance survey, seminar content will focus on the needs of attending teams and will include discussion of case studies, mini-lectures and practical exercise to help teams work together to improve organizational governance.

Does your organization have the leadership required to successfully navigate change? Learn more about Strategic Governance or apply with your team to join us in Miami November 15-16 »


Does your board need an update?

How does your organization today compare to its original form? It’s likely you’ve experienced some change – maybe in programming, audience or revenue structure. We’re constantly under pressure to explore new models and new funding sources.  Advances in technology have changed the way we design and deliver some services, and also how we work. All of these changes have great implications for organizational structure and leadership. Does your board reflect these changes? Do the skills of your trustees reflect the current needs of your organization?

Examining your board performance and structure can be pivotal in helping you move to the next phase of your work. At Strategic Governance, you and your board will learn frameworks for analyzing governance performance and practice an advanced self-evaluation instrument you can use and reuse to ensure continued improvement.

Join us November 15-16 in Miami for Strategic Governance to develop your understanding of how board and staff can work together to steward an organization toward its goals. Learn more about Strategic Governance or apply by August 24 »



How well does your board “fit?”

One of the keys to great governance is having the right fit between your board of directors and your organization. There are different types (or working styles) of boards and the best one for your organization will depend on a variety of factors. For example, most organizations need hands-on help from the board when they are first starting up, while more mature organizations have professional staff to oversee day-to-day operations, and rely on the board to determine the strategy and secure the resources necessary to achieve the mission.

This concept of fit is not just a matter of having the right board for your organization, it also applies to the people who serve on your board. Some people want to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty as a board member, whereas others are more interested in metrics or helping solve problems only when they arise. Board members who are high-performing on one type of board may perform poorly when on a different type of board. Having poorly matched board members can create problems – like disengagement – within your board and for your organization.

There are two main questions when trying to improve the fit of your board: what value can your board best add to your organization? How can you optimize the board structure, procedures and recruitment process to enable that?

The NAS Strategic Governance seminar is an opportunity for your board and staff leadership to work together for two days, identifying ways in which your board could better provide value to your organization and creating an action plan for aligning your board structure and procedures to meet those needs. We will be presenting Strategic Governance in Chicago December 2-3 with full-tuition fellowships. Apply before the October 8 deadline »


From the Experts: The Importance of Nonprofit Governance

Our Strategic Governance seminar (which we are presenting in Chicago, December 2-3) features two expert faculty, Warren Boeker, Ph.D. of the University of Washington and Rob Wiltbank, Ph.D. of Willamette University. Professors Boeker and Wiltbank sat down to talk with us about the critical role of governance in nonprofit organizations. Watch these clips to hear what they have to say, and let us know what your thoughts are about the value and role of the board of directors in arts and culture nonprofits: (more…)


Is your governance great?

You know about the benefits of good governance – a shared commitment to mission achievement and organizational sustainability. But how do you evaluate governance? How do you know if your governance is great?

Governance includes a wide range of activities, such as financial oversight, strategy formulation, and securing resources required for long-term organizational health. The tricky part of evaluating governance is that great governance is particular to each individual organization. The key to assessing your organization’s governance is determining what your organization needs from the board of directors and evaluating how well the board is meeting those specific needs. (more…)


Final 2010 Organization Fellowship Opportunity

Strategic Governance is the final seminar that we’ll be presenting with the 2010 Organization Fellowship. This seminar provides senior leadership and board members with the opportunity to strengthen one of the most critical capacities of any nonprofit organization – governance. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to work with your most important allies to make the organization you each care so much about as strong as it can be.

During this two day working-session, you will learn how to create conditions and build relationships that can react to change, contribute to good decisions and, in turn, to good governance. By the end of this seminar you will have:

  • An advanced conception of how boards and executives work together for organizational success
  • A more sophisticated understanding of the functions and elements of governance
  • A framework for analyzing governance performance in an organization
  • An advanced self-evaluation instrument that can be employed for annual evaluation and continued governance improvement

Strategic Governance will be presented in Chicago, December 2-3. All teams will attend with Organization Fellowships covering the full $1250 team tuition. Teams from outside the Chicago area will also receive up to $600 per person to help with the cost of travel and lodging. The deadline to apply is October 8.

Apply now »