We are pleased to represent ArtsinStark (AIS), the annual arts campaign and county arts council, located approximately 60 miles south of Cleveland in Canton, Ohio. ArtsinStark is 50 years old with a mission of using the arts to create smarter kids, new jobs and healthier communities. The organization provides support and programs throughout the county with the current focus of creating a vision for the next 50 years of the Cultural Center. AIS owns and operates the Cultural Center for the Arts and 16 acres around the Cultural Center including the Parking Deck, and 6 other buildings. AIS wants to rebrand the neighborhood as North Market.
The Cultural Center for the Arts is home to four resident companies including the Canton Museum of Art, Players Guild Theatre, Canton Ballet and Voices of Canton. The Annual Arts Campaign supports the resident companies along with the Canton Symphony, Massillon Museum, Palace Theatre and grants to smaller non-profits, artists and schools reaching every community in Stark County. This campaign is conducted each spring and raises approximately $1.66 million and has made goal every year for the past 15 years. The overhead for the organization is low, putting 92 cents of every dollar into programs. The total annual budget for AIS is $3 million. Additional earned income in the annual budget is generated from parking, rentals and special events.
Programs include SmArts and Genius Project in schools throughout Stark County and across the region. The revitalization of downtowns includes the Arts District, First Fridays, the Canton Music Block, and 20/20 Vision. The last 13 years has seen over $14 million awarded in grants to the 7 largest arts groups with an additional $2 million to 900 small non-profits, artists and schools. The organization reaches over 200,000 people every year. ArtsinStark is a winner of the Governor’s Award for the Arts. AIS has collaborated with communities throughout the county in arts education programs and the installation of 100 pieces of public art. For additional information about specific AIS programs please visit the website: https://artsinstark.com/.
Canton is also the home of the National Professional Football Hall of Fame as well as the National First Ladies Museum and Library. In honor of the 100th anniversary of professional football, ArtsinStark is collaborating with the Hall of Fame and the Hall of Fame Village by commissioning 11 pieces of outdoor art. This multi-year $2.2 million dollar project represents a series of 11 historical events in football. The commissioned pieces of public art celebrate the Birth of the NFL (1920), Red Grange Turns Pro (1925), the NFL Draft (1936), Reintegration of Pro Football (1946), the 1958 Championship Game (Colts/NY Giants), Formation of the American Football League (1959), Pete Rozelle Named Commissioner (1960), AFL/NFL Merger (1966), Ice Bowl (1967), Super Bowl (1968), and Monday Night Football (1970).
THE POSITION OF PRESIDENT
The President and Chief Executive Officer of ArtsinStark is responsible for the overall management of the organization with a fiduciary responsibility to the Board of Directors. The President provides leadership to the board and staff in developing, articulating and achieving a vision for AIS. This includes leading and managing the Annual Arts Campaign, maintaining and strengthening relationships with the seven largest arts groups, continuing support for communities throughout Stark County and collaborating with a variety of local organizations including the ProFootball Hall of Fame, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visit Canton.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Creates and implements plans for using the arts as a tool for economic and community development in the downtown and beyond.
Assists the Arts Council in updating, re-evaluating and setting its priorities and objectives to develop strategic plans for the future.
Builds and expands upon the existing partnerships while engaging the stakeholders of the organization – Board, administration, neighboring communities including Alliance, Louisville, Massillon and Minerva – so that each has a voice, and all are part of the mission to serve the art and the community.
Spearheads fundraising of annual arts drive, capital campaign, and endowment fund,
Oversees the vision for a renovated and reinvented Canton Cultural Center for the Arts.
Coordinates the work of volunteers and staff in the execution of development activities.
Provides leadership to expand the financial base for AIS through earned and contributed sources.
Supervises a staff of 10 including hiring of a new Director of Development.
Manages the budgeting process and monitors Arts Council’s finances.
Supervises and administers the allocation of Arts in Stark financial resources, monitors all grant programs, and advises the Board of Directors on grant policies and guidelines for adoption by the Board.
Monitors and promotes the activities in the arts district (Music Block).
Prepares and presents reports to the Board of Directors in a transparent and timely fashion.
Develops strong working relationships throughout the community with board members, community leaders, arts organizations, and artists.
Serves as an official spokesperson for ArtsinStark and represents ArtsinStark and the arts community in other county-wide initiatives.
Highly self-motivated leader who is comfortable working extended hours and functioning in an environment of constant change.
Enthusiastic arts champion who is able to motivate and encourage others to support and participate in arts activities as participants and donors.
Experienced leader in arts education, promotion of public art, and in creating public/private partnerships.
Minimum of a BA or BS in an arts related field. An MBA or Master of Arts Management is preferable.
Seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience in non-profit management preferably in an arts organization. This should include management experience, board recruitment and governance.
Demonstrated experience in fundraising including major gifts, management of annual campaigns and/or united arts fund. Capital campaign experience is essential.
Proven financial acumen combined with the ability to structure and articulate the intricacies of the budget.
A politically savvy relationship manager with a history of bringing people with diverse opinions and agendas together for a common purpose.
Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.
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