.Workshops and Webinars

Stop here to find professional development opportunities, such as workshops and webinars serving the arts management field.

NYCON’s Webinars

Strategic Planning for Arts Organizations: Setting A Course for a Successful Future [Webinar]

Cost: This session is free and open only to NYSCA Grantees.

Presented by Audrey Grifel, Capacity Building Advisor, NYCON
February 29th, 2012   10:00am to 12:00pm  

Location: This is a webinar. Audio and web instructions will be emailed to you 24-48 hours in advance of the session.

To register, visit http://www.nycon.org/events_conferences/eventsDetails.asp?eventsid=825

The times are not only a-changing, as Bob Dylan once wrote, but are doing so with blazing speed. For many nonprofit arts executives and board members, it is becoming difficult enough toplan for the coming year, much less for several years. In this seminar we will examine the basic approaches and ingredients for a successful strategic planning process for arts organizations in particular. This session provides participants with a overview of the strategic planning process and the importance of implementation and monitoring for success.What will be covered: 

  • Understand the value and essential elements of strategic planning
  • Explore best practices for board-led strategic planning including practical strategies, key players, and the importance of ensuring implementation
  • Understand how to design a planning process tailored to your own organization's circumstances, needs, and goals

A Fund Development Primer for Nonprofit Organizations [Webinar]
Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (ET)
Online - Call And Login Information Will Be Sent To You 24-48 Hours In Advance Of This Workshop

Presented by Audrey Grifel, Capacity Building Advisor, NYCON Poughkeepsie Office
and Andrew Marietta, Regional Manager, NYCON Central New York Office
                                                                                                                                                                 To register, visit http://www.nycon.org/events_conferences/eventsDetails.asp?eventsid=819.

This session provides an introduction to the diverse strategies nonprofits can use to generate revenue for their organizations with an emphasis on planning, sustainability and the role of Executive Staff and Board Members in fundraising efforts.What will be covered:

- Building a Board - Staff partnership for fund development
- Considering new, different and entrepreneurial approaches
- Overcoming your fear of "the ask"
- The importance of the fund development plan (developing, integrating and evaluating)

New! Free Pre-Recorded Webinars for NYCON Members..

Did you know that NYCON provides a variety of free educational, member benefit oriented and other types of webinars for its members?  NYCON stores many of them in its online archive for your convenience. You may access them at any time at http://www.nycon.org/events_conferences/index.asp.

Here are some webinars that are currently available there:

NEW:  “Are We Covered for That?" A Risk Management Workshop for Performing Arts Organizations

Member Benefit Spotlight: Learning the ABC´s of Webconferencing
Presented by Alex Knight, Account Executive, ReadyTalk

Employees vs. Independent Contractors: Roles, Rules & Risks [For Arts Organizations]

Managing Conflicts of Interest in Your Arts Organization 

Managing Board Risks [Part 1]  [For Arts Organizations]

Managing Board Risks [Part 2]  [For Arts Organizations]

Understanding Consumer Driven Healthcare for Nonprofits
Presented by Peter Andrew, CEO, Council Services Plus

Using the Web for Communications and Marketing
Presented by Jay Wilkinson, Founder & CEO, Firespring

Introduction to Online Fundraising
Presented By Andrew Marietta, Regional Manager, Central New York Office

Integrating Social Media into Current Marketing & Communications
Presented by Christopher Quereau, CEO, GrafiQa Creative Services

Directors & Officers Insurance through the NYCON Program
Presented by Peter Andrew, CEO, Council Services Plus

New Event - Americans for the Arts

Executive Director and Board Member Symposium

Americans for the Arts is excited to announce a new opportunity for board members and executive directorsundefineda day-long training on leadership called the Executive Director and Board Member Symposium. This one-day program is for those in the local arts field who seek to obtain new leadership training skills and learn how to deal with key challenges that face arts nonprofits. The Symposium will be held on April 15 in Washington, DC one day before National Arts Advocacy Day. For more information on this Symposium, visit http://www.artsusa.org/events/2012/aad/exec_symp.

Americans for the Arts - Webinars

Marketing Technology Fads: How to Give your Fluff Substance                                          February 13, 2012 at 3:00 PM                                                                                               Presented by: David Dombrosky, Chief Marketing Officer, InstantEncore                             Moderated by: Laura Kakolewski, Program Coordinator, Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement, Americans for the Arts      

Technology advances so quickly that arts professionals are presented with seemingly useful marketing tools every month or few weeks. Which tools will work best or have staying power? How can you be strategic in experimenting? From QR codes to location-based check-in services to mobile applications and more, this webinar will examine recent arts marketing trends to reveal ways arts professionals can use these tools strategically.

Roadmap to the pARTnership Movement                                                                                                                                          February 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM                                                                                                  

When businesses partners with the arts, everyone profits. Learn how businesses are using the arts to fuel innovation at work and how you can successfully partner with the businesses in your community. In this session, you will get a preview of Americans for the Arts’ new visibility campaign directed at the business community and discover how you can get involved.

Public Art Controversy: Preventative Emergency Care                                                  February 22, 2012 at 2:00 PM (90 minutes)

Program and project controversy plague public art when budgets as well as artwork form and content are scrutinized from all sides. Learn strategies for proactive advocacy from Philadelphia's Fairmount Park Art Association, Executive Director, Penny Balking Bach and other media experts in addressing public art's unique challenges. 

Finding the Perfect Media Marketing Mix                                                                                       March 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Emerging Leaders & ArtsVote2012                                                                                           March 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM

The 2012 election year will be significant for the arts, and it's crucial that we stand as a united voice around what is most important to us as individuals and to the field as a whole.  Emerging arts leaders are well positioned to demonstrate their leadership by serving as advocates for the arts within their own communities.  This webinar will provide opportunities and ideas for how emerging leaders can get involved in arts advocacy, and showcase two individuals that have worked within their own networks and communities to achieve advocacy success.

Outcomes, Indicators, and Evaluation - Oh, My!                                                                       March 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Arts practitioners are often overwhelmed by the prospect of assessing community level impact, particularly against the less tangible social or civic changes they have defined.  There are things that arts practitioners and their partners can do and choices they can make in focusing on evaluation, starting with defining clear and reasonable outcomes that the creative work is suited to achieve and determining what indicators or evidence of change to look for.  This webinar focuses primarily on these fundamental ingredients of evaluation. This webinar highlights stories of useful and doable evaluation efforts to understand social impact and practical tools and frameworks from Animating Democracy's Arts & Civic Engagement Impact Initiative and its new IMPACT web site to pave a (yellow brick) roadmap for evaluation.

From Reactionary to Anticipatory: Tips & Tools for (Effective) Local Arts Advocacy                                                                                                                                            March 21, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Your Website Is Ugly!                                                                                                                                                   April 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM                                                                                                                   Presented by: Ceci Dadisman, Director of Marketing & PR, Palm Beach Opera
Moderated by: Laura Kakolewski, Program Coordinator, Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement, Americans for the Arts

Many arts organizations struggle with a website that they can't update themselves or one that is difficult to manage. Rebuilding your site with a user-friendly and inexpensive content management system will not only improve the aesthetics of your site, but also allow anyone on staff (whether or not they have HTML knowledge) to make easy updates and provide fresh content. In this webinar, you will learn real-world tips that will help you a web manager pro in no time!

Reclaiming the F-Word: Folk Arts, Shifting Populations & Civic Engagement                  

April 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM (60 minutes)                                                                                              In this webinar, we will explore the importance of folk and traditional arts in preservation and participation, while also highlighting how they can connect individuals to their communities, foster dialogue between groups, and build cultural and civic capacity. Our presenters will offer you examples of folk and traditional arts as a method for creating civic engagement and social change!

Building Partnerships with Business: Arts-Based Training Programs                                                                                                                         May 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM MDT, 12:00 PM (60 minutes)

Non Profit Coordinating Committee of New York

Upcoming Workshops


These free workshops are open only to NPCC nonprofit members, and are held at NPCC's office at 1350 Broadway (35th Street), suite 1801 unless otherwise noted.  


Introduction to Google+     

Thursday,  March 22   
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Nonprofits work with many different groups: volunteers, individual donors, funders, their boards, the general public, and more. Google+ can help engage these different groups in a customized way and is designed to give people a place to tell stories, make recommendations, and highlight the organizations they love. Google specialists will help you create your Google+ organization page, provide you with best practices, and answer any questions that you may have. 

This workshop is the eighth in a series offered through the NPCC Cloud Computing Technology program.   

Please Note:  This meeting is limited to ONE person per organization due to space constraints. Please bring your own laptop to get the most out of this workshop. A limited number of laptops will also be available for those without laptops.

Location:  Google (at Chelsea Market), 75 Ninth Avenue. 

To register, visit https://www.nycharities.org/event/event.asp?CE_ID=4546.


The Board Member & Executive Director Relationship

Wednesday, March 28
9:30 am - 11:30 am

As a board member, how productive is your relationship with your organization's executive director?  This workshop is designed to help board members interact successfully with their executive directors and be effective in their responsibilities as board members. 

To register, visit https://www.nycharities.org/event/event.asp?CE_ID=4545

 NOTE: This workshop is limited to board members and executive directors only.

Only a few spots left! 


 NonProfit HelpDesk Webinars

The NonProfit HelpDesk helps community-based nonprofit organizations build capacity to better serve their clients. Its webinars are available to management, staff and board members of nonprofit organizations at no charge

This year, its webinars have a “Plus Factor” to help you successfully apply what you’ve learned. You will have an opportunity for individualized email and telephone follow-up with course instructors.

  • Ask questions specific to your organization

  • Get clarification as you start to apply what you’ve learned

  • Pin down critical details

We regret that we have had to cancel our November fundraising workshops due to New York City’s funding rollbacks. We hope to reschedule the workshops at some time in 2012.
We still have a full schedule of webinars.

Register now!

NPHD Webinars, Spring 2012
Webinar: Technology Development I - IT Security / March 7, 2012,
12:00-1:30 pm
Intended for: ED, administrative and IT staff
More Information / Register Now

Webinar: Introduction to Board Development I / April 19, 2012, 12:00-1:30 pm Intended for: EDs and senior executive staff
Webinar: Building, On-boarding and Effectively Utilizing your Board of Directors / April 26, 2012,  12:00-1:30 pm
Intended for: EDs and senior executive staff
More Information / Register Now

Webinar: Technology Development II - Using Common Office Software/ May 2, 2012, 12:00-1:30 pm
Intended for: all staff
More Information / Register Now

 Questions? Call 718-449-5000 x 2222

The NonProfit HelpDesk is grateful to the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and the Department of City Administrative Services for funding the presentation of these courses.
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