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Woman Made Gallery: Call for Board Members

Woman Made Gallery seeks mission-focused, energetic women and non-binary folks who are committed to social justice in the arts and are looking for a rare opportunity to shape a growing nonprofit organization.

DEADLINE: Monday, June 7 @ 5 PM

Submit via the Google Form linked here.


ABOUT BOARD SERVICE

+ TRANSFORM WITH US IN FISCAL YEAR 2022

WMG seeks to build a team committed to social justice in the arts and whose energy will push forward the 29-year-old organization at the start of the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021. Under new leadership, WMG is planning a new organizational strategy (including mission, vision, values, and branding evolution), strengthening programs to grow impact, audience reach and revenue, and evaluating all operational systems for efficiency (including functions like information technology systems and human resources).

+ CONNECT + COLLABORATE

Our Board will have the great opportunity to connect and work with an empowering and non-profit savvy Board President, emerging visionary staff, and on a Board team of 15. Board Members will offer deep knowledge and perspective from professional practices and/or lived experience, lend resources, and be able to collaboratively work towards building a community of artists and strong supporters.

+ ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN AND NONBINARY ARTISTS

At Woman Made Gallery, we champion the work of women and non-binary artists, including trans women and femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer artists. Board Members will be the strongest advocates for both the organization and the women and non-binary artists that we support, bringing enthusiasm and energy to encourage others to get involved and see the value of feminist art as we do.



+ ADVANCING RACIAL JUSTICE

Woman Made Gallery stands firmly in our commitment to racial justice. In 2021, WMG Board and staff participated in Advancing Racial Justice Advancing Racial Justice, a dynamic online learning series through Interactive Institute for Social Change. In FY22, we will launch a Strategic Planning committee to collaboratively build upon this learning and center racial justice practices across the organization.

BOARD COMMITMENTS // HOW IT WILL WORK:

  • Commit to a full FY 2022 of service (July 2021 – June 2022).
  • Participate in one of five volunteer committees (Development, Programming, Membership, Marketing, Strategic Planning (Advancing Racial Justice)). *See descriptions below.
  • Commit to bimonthly meetings with the entire board and monthly meetings with their committee.
  • Board Members commit to staying informed on all things WMG through email communications directly from the Board President and Managing Director as well as general public communications.
  • Commit to attending each exhibition’s opening reception, as COVID-19 conditions allow.
  • Commit to building relationships with members of our community today, and/or opening doors to new artists, community partners, and future supporters at large.
  • Commit to $450 give/get annual financial support. That is, Board members will give a personal contribution or get a financial contribution through employer matching gifts, fundraising efforts like securing donors, event sponsors, or in-kind donations, selling event tickets, or otherwise.

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  • WMG is in need of folks with skills in the following areas: art industry connectors, community organizing, strategic planning, fundraising, event planning, marketing, information technology, human resources, and program development. No extensive experience required, but each member must be able to show their connection to these skills in some way.
  • Board Members must have passion and interest in learning about the visual or literary arts.

READY TO JOIN US? Submit via the Google Form linked here.

Questions before you apply? Email general@womanmade.org

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COMMITTEE DESCRIPTIONS

Development Committee:
The ideal volunteers have fundraising experience and philanthropic connections. Primary duties include contributing to potential funder names list, developing fundraising event plans, grant writing, promoting and participating in various fund and friend-raising efforts, among others.

Marketing Committee: The ideal volunteers have experience in marketing, social media, communications, public relations, or arts promotion otherwise. Primary duties include advising on effective, budget friendly marketing efforts to directly promote programs and events, building gallery reputation, developing overall brand strategy, among others.

Membership Committee: The ideal volunteers have art professional networks to connect with our 300+ member artists. Primary duties include relationship building with our members to understand needs, developing quarterly skills building workshop events, advising on additional exhibition opportunities for member artists, sourcing member artists, securing new benefits, among others.

Programming Committee: The ideal volunteers have art professional networks to build and design our annual programs calendar including exhibitions, literary arts and community dialogue programs. Primary duties include contributing to juror and community partner names list, pitching exhibition or programming event concepts, promoting calls for arts or sourcing artists otherwise.

Strategic Planning (Advancing Racial Justice): The ideal volunteers have a strong commitment to racial justice and activism. Building upon the organizations recent participation in Advancing Racial Justice through the Interactive Institute of Social Change, the primary duties include reviewing organizational practices through a racial justice lens, develop capacity building and educational tools to implement racial justice frameworks across the organization.

Contact Info:
Jamie Pitts
3127380400
Job Type: Volunteer
Location: Pilsen, Chicago