National Summer School 2015 – session outlines

History and Context: Philanthropy and Cultural Policy in the US & UK
Philanthropy is often portrayed as a solution to funding challenges in the arts. This session explores the history of foundations in the USA and their influence on arts policy in the US, UK and Canada. Critical questions about the role of arts patronage and the related influence of individuals, corporations and foundations on cultural organisations will be debated and discussed.

Building Financial Resilience in the Arts
This session will consider how different arts and cultural organisations are adapting their business models in light of key external drivers. Through a series of case studies, and drawing on change leadership models, participants will explore the role of the fundraiser in business model innovation and in creating more resilient arts and cultural organisations.

Change Management
Managers and others involved in fundraising have to be competent at identifying the need for change and be able to act in ways that will secure change. The statistic that 70% of change programmes fail seems to be widely accepted and getting it ‘wrong’ can be costly. It is, therefore, imperative that we get it ‘right’, but getting it ‘right’ is not easy. This interactive session will explore your experience of managing change and identify ‘lessons’ that might help you and others manage change within the context of fundraising. A further session will explore how the way people behave in groups can help or hinder performance and issue related to organisational change.

Arts Management: History, Theory and Strategy
In this session, we will explore the history and development of the academic field of Arts Management, introducing and critiquing strategic tools and frameworks and discussing alternative approaches such as creative strategy.

The Politics of Arts Fundraising
In this session, we will look at ‘soft power’ from both a theoretical and practical perspective. By examining the academic literature and considering the daily practice of arts managers, we will discuss the key concepts of cultural diplomacy, cultural relations and soft power. We will also explore the policy-making process in terms of who gets to speak, whose voice is heard and how dreams, ambitions and ideas transform into cultural policies.

Cultural Leadership in Practice
A description of challenges that those supporting and enabling change need to engage with, and an analysis of cultural organisations that are changing their attitude and approach to funding, including Peckham Platform, London Sinfonietta and LAMDA.

Swarms, Spaces and Social Good: Arts fundraising and leadership trends in the U.S.
In this session we explore the evolving terrain for arts fundraising in the United States, focusing on integrated multi-platform development strategies, creative placemaking and for-profit corporations pursuing social benefits.

The Art of Resilience: Influencing the debate and motivating change
What do we, as arts fundraising managers, need to do to allow the arts to thrive in an uncertain and shifting financial climate? An enlightening reflection on the future potential of arts fundraising.

Panel discussion: Artist-led Philanthropy – are our artists key to ensuring that we make a step change in giving for the arts and culture?
In light of the continued squeeze on arts funding, how can local and regional galleries, museums and theatres make up the funding shortfall and foster thriving communities? Does the main answer lie in galvanizing our artist community to lead the charge to support institutions to make a step change in giving? The session will be chaired by Professor Ann Sumner (Public Art Officer, University of Leeds) and speakers confirmed so far include Richard Andrews – UC Berkeley, Associate Director of Centre for New Music and Audio Technologies (Berkeley), Rory Wardroper – Fundraising Consultant, Keranjeet Virdee – CEO South Asian Arts and Dr Marta Herrero – Programme Director, MSc in Creative and Cultural Industries Management at Sheffield University. Please note, this session will be open to a wider audience.

Cultural Leadership and Change
In this session, we will critically investigate the particular challenges that cultural leaders face in serving the diverse interests of their staff, peers, artists, funders, politicians and the general public.

Ethical considerations in Leadership
In this session we ask what makes an ethically good leader. In particular we focus on how leaders can shape the culture of their organisations to encourage (or discourage) ethical behaviour.

Fundraising and Leadership
This session will explore definitions of leadership and discuss why leadership is more important than ever at times of change, complexity and uncertainty. Drawing on a values-based approach to leadership, this session will outline the skills that leaders need today and consider the role of leadership in fundraising.

Cultural Entrepreneurship
Cultural Entrepreneurship is about more than just business: it’s a win-win scenario that can help create a sustainable sector in a time of economic uncertainty. This session will explore how cultural entrepreneurship can help arts workers take ideas and turn them into revenue generating opportunities that can support their organisations artists and communities.

Updated 31 July 2015 and subject to change

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