C2Arts Accepting Applications for New Partner Members

C2Arts is accepting applications for new members to join our Community of Practice. There is an open application process. Please contact Amy Kweskin at amy@amykweskin.com or 415.350.6479 if you have questions. 

C2Arts Membership Requirements
--Individuals who are self-employed as consultants, not firms
Several members might have a consulting firm or be part of a consulting firm; however the member is the individual and not the firm (and all of its partners, employees, or subcontractors).

--Must be a practicing consultant or coach with ten years of experience in the nonprofit arts sector in any combination of philanthropy, consulting, coaching and/or senior management.
The field experience might include having served in the following capacities:
1)  as a foundation program officer making grants to nonprofit arts organizations or individual artists;
2)  as an Executive Director, Interim Executive Director, Senior Arts Administrator, or Development Director or Program Manager of a nonprofit arts organization;
3)  having consulted to the sector with clients participating, serving, or strengthening the arts sector such as nonprofits, foundations, municipalities, schools/colleges/universities, and membership organizations.

--Must contribute, in some way, to the diverse community of the Greater Bay Area and C2Arts: ethnically, geographically, and professionally (skills and experience.)
--Reside in the Greater Bay Area 
Greater Bay Area is generally considered to consist of the nine counties which have coastline along the San Francisco Bay and several, smaller bays closer to the Sacramento River delta. “(Source: Wikipedia referencing Association of Bay Area Governments.) These counties include Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

Timeline for nomination and election of new members
Memberships are accepted when submitted - there is no deadline.

Size of C2Arts
-- Up to 21 Partner positions
-- Up to 2 positions open for consultant/coach emerging leaders

-- Non-Discrimination Practice:  All C2Arts members must be willing to treat all clients and prospects consistently, fairly and equally without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, color, physical disability, or national origin of the individual or entity’s management or staff.
--Confidentiality:  All C2Arts members will maintain confidentiality regarding any non-public information provided to them by their clients. 

Obligations of C2Arts Members
--Attend 75% of meetings either in person or by phone
It is expected that C2Arts will hold four meetings annually. Meetings will be held in San Francisco and Oakland, trying to alternate between the two locations. Preference is for the members to attend in person.

--Participate in a working group (Membership, Events, Marketing, or other committees to be determined on an as needed basis)
Each C2Arts member will serve on at least one working group per year. These are not limited to membership, events, and marketing.
--Participate or express interest in participating in C2Arts events
Such events might include conferences, workshops, speed consulting opportunities, and events where C2Arts has been invited to send participants or even underwrite the event.
--Represent C2Arts in the Greater Bay Area communityThis includes keeping the C2Arts blog current; referencing C2Arts membership in one’s own website or marketing material; referring artists and nonprofit arts organizations to C2Arts when they are looking for consultants and coaches; and serving on a panel or participating in an event in the name of C2Arts when invited to do so by the Events Working Group.
--Be ethical about their consulting and/or coaching practices
--Performance Standards: All C2Arts members will determine the method, details, and means of performing her or his consulting and coaching services; however all such services shall be performed to a level not less than and consistent with the industry standard as an independent consultant or coach.
Such consulting and coaching work will always reflect the C2Arts member’s best professional judgment, based on information available to her or him at the time services are performed.
--Adhere to the Vision, Mission, and Core Values of C2Arts
VisionWe envision a vibrant and healthy arts landscape that enlivens our communities.

MissionTo further the work of artists, arts organizations and communities through our ideas, leadership, advocacy, and dialogue.

Core ValuesIn our work as arts consultants and coaches, we value creativity, transparency, diversity and accountability. We value the arts in our lives, in the lives of our communities and in society. We recognize that the arts contribute to understanding, clarity, compassion and a shaking up of our ideas about ourselves and the world.
--Be capable of serving the diverse community of the Bay Area
--Referral of Business:  All members pledge to refer all arts-related consulting and contracting business that he or she is not interested in pursuing, or are outside of his or her skill set, to other C2Arts members before recommending the project to non-member consultants.
Before declining a consulting assignment, the preference is for the member to email C2Arts and describe the project and list a point of contact. Declinations might have occurred due to scheduling issues, compensation, project length, or skill set.

Nominating Process of New C2Arts Partner Members
1) Current C2Arts Partner members can recommend one person every six months for membership.
2) To nominate, candidate must submit resume, a letter outlining the following:
a)  why she or he wants to be involved;
b)  how she or he represents the diverse Bay Area community based upon C2Arts membership requirements;
c)  provide two written references. They can be submitted from C2Arts members, funders and/or someone well respected in the nonprofit arts sector; and
d) submit all materials to consultantsforthearts@gmail.com or directly to a current Partner member of C2Arts.
3) Three C2Arts Partners must meet with the nominee (one can be nominator). This includes but is not limited to at least one face-to-face and two phone interviews.
The Membership Working Group will arrange the candidate’s interview and the process is open to all C2Arts members.  A write up is completed after each interview and sent to all the Membership Working Committee.
4) The Membership Working Group votes on whether to forward the candidate to the entire C2Arts Membership for a vote.
5)  If the Membership Working Group wants the C2Arts members to vote on a candidate for membership, it will send a package containing the candidate’s application and interview notes to the entire membership for review and consideration.
6)  Voting on C2Arts membership candidates will take place at regularly scheduled C2Arts meetings.