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Interested in making a difference in the Calgary arts community? Love dance and live performance? Inspired by connecting communities with art and creative ideas? Consider volunteering as a Board Member with Springboard Performance. Springboard Performance’s artistic mission is to champion the exploration of contemporary practices in the physical arts and support aesthetic risk-taking that challenges artists and audiences with new ways of seeing, representing and responding to contemporary life. We want to build year-round relevance that connects new audiences to all Springboard’s programming (ie. Fluid Fest and Interrarium residency) and address our need for year-round presence and a year-round operating model. We work to radically reconsider the possibilities of festival and seasonal presenting models, and strategically program to maximize on the potential of both systems. To further this, Springboard has helped to disseminate dance artists by partnering a wide breadth of local, national and international festivals and companies with an interest in and experience with producing and supporting live performance. A Board Member brings their personal experience and expertise to help establish and achieve Springboard Performance’s strategic and operational goals. Springboard seeks a board driven by our same passion for dance and live performance and creating a sustainable and thriving arts ecology that connects Calgary artists across the city, across Canada, and across international borders. Board Members represent a broad diversity of values and perspectives that strengthen Springboard through collaboration. Board Members are volunteers with professional experience in their fields and are selected through application and interview by a Board-appointed committee. Board Members must enjoy working and interacting with people and have a positive attitude. Board Members receive no remuneration for their work but may be reimbursed for authorized expenditures made on behalf of Springboard. Springboard programming, operations and Board of Directors reflect the diversity of our city and its evolving arts practices. Maximum term: 5 years. Duties of a board member include: 1. Regularly attending board meetings and important related meetings, including the Annual General Meeting. 2. Making serious commitment to attend Springboard’s productions, ensemble workshops, Fluid Fest, and fundraising events, and participation with Springboard’s social media presence. 3. Volunteering for and willingly accepting assignments and completes them thoroughly and on time. 4. Staying informed about board matters, preparing themselves well for meetings, and reviewing and commenting on minutes and reports. 5. Getting to know other committee members and building a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus. 6. Being an active participant in the committee's evaluation and planning efforts, including review of bylaws and other policies to ensure they are up-to-date and observed. 7. Participating in fundraising for the organization and cultivation of relationships to support the organization as advocates and volunteers. Board members must declare any conflict of interest and abstain from participating in decisions when such a conflict exists, and must additionally protect confidential information related to the organization, artists, programming, and development activities.
Springboard seeks a range of experience for board appointments. Specialists in the areas of fundraising, legal, equity, event planning, web design, and marketing are appreciated, but all perspectives are valued and will be seriously considered.
Becoming an active part of Springboard’s Board of Directors is a great opportunity to actionably support Calgary’s dance and live performance scene. Board members are not only able to help develop Springboard’s programming and opportunities for Calgary artists, but are also able to get a fuller understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the city’s live arts culture.