Topic: Governance & Leadership

When you join the board of the Community Music Center in San Francisco, the expectations are clear from the start. CMC’s statement of commitments and responsibilities describes the board as “a group of dedicated, hardworking volunteers committed to advancing the mission and programs of CMC.” In brief, that’s what the boards of community arts education providers are all about. They are diligent, enthusiastic leaders, stewards, advocates, and ambassadors on behalf of the organization.

Serving on the board of a community arts education provider involves serious obligations. Nonprofit boards set organizational direction, ensure that there are enough resources to accomplish the mission, and provide oversight for finances, programs, and legal and ethical conduct. Board service also brings great personal satisfaction, as board members witness the impact of their organization on the life of its community.

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