During these unprecedented times, Toronto Arts Foundation is committed to the health and safety of our community. In 2020, we began hosting our Creative Champions Network sessions online.
We're pleased to offer you the below recordings of past webinars for you to explore. For recorded sessions on our Confronting a Pandemic, please click here.
Governance Policies: Why, Which, When, How?
November 17, 2020
The past months have thrown a spotlight on the importance of having clear and current policies on matters including employment practices, non-discrimination, anti-racism, anti-harassment, financial oversight and more. Boards can play an essential role in defining practices, responsibility and accountability that advance the legitimacy and sustainability of an arts organization. Learn from seasoned board members Brett Ledger and Susan Pigott how to develop governance policies based on solid values, honest discussion, and commitment to collaborative working practices and organizational excellence.
When the Shift Hits the Fan
Februrary 22, 2021
It was a hard year, but Creative Champions' first webinar of 2021 offers an opportunity to be inspired and re-energized. Hear what some inventive organizations have been doing to shift, adjust, pivot, evolve, and survive. Featuring creative leaders who’ve responded boldly to the shock of the pandemic - adapting and reshaping how they create, produce and present their art. Are we really going to return to “normal” some time soon? Or should we be learning and sharing ways to evolve in a transformed world?
Board Recruitment: How Does Successful Succession Planning Work Today
March 30, 2021
It’s said that board composition is at the root of board effectiveness, and that succession planning is one of an arts board’s most important leadership roles – a role made immeasurably more challenging by the pandemic’s disruption to “business and usual” and by rapid and urgent changes in community expectations. Learn how to shift from a haphazard, last-minute scramble to a process that goes beyond filling current skills gaps to recruiting the right individuals to fill future needs, by: always recruiting new board prospects; watching for future leaders; identifying, cultivating and bringing forward new members; and taking deliberate action to develop and embed diversity on your board.
Are You The Boss of Me? One Mission, Two Roles
May 17, 2021
Who IS the boss in an arts organization? Or does asking that question indicate a misinterpretation of governance and confusion about the mutual and separate roles and responsibilities of board and staff? No one in our stressed community has time for misunderstandings, or tensions, in the midst of a pandemic. Yet we know that the unhealthy power dynamics that sometimes pop up between board and staff haven’t disappeared during Covid. Our panel will explore the many benefits of mutually supportive and respectful collaboration - and the ideas and understandings that underlie them – in a webinar that tackles the foundational but perennially vexing topic of the role of arts boards in relation to staff.