Arts Organizations At A Crossroads: Managing Transitions and Preserving Assets

Includes a Live Event on 11/16/2021 at 3:00 PM (EST)


About this series

Over the last year-plus, many arts and cultural organizations have found themselves at a crossroads of some sort. It’s not always clear how to go about weighing your options and making decisions in a proactive and thorough way. Free and online, The Arts Organizations at a Crossroads Toolkit: Managing Transitions and Preserving Assets was created to guide arts leaders through three significant transitions you are likely to face during your organization’s life. Each of these ‘crossroads’ is addressed in a self-standing section of the Toolkit: structural shifts, departure of key staff/leadership and the creation of artistic and physical assets which deserve preserving. The hands-on guide includes practical tools, and stories and wisdom from organizations who’ve navigated transitions themselves including 10 Hairy Legs, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and the Madison (WI) Children’s Museum.

Register to access the on-demand, 3-part webinar series which will be located on the right side of the page when made available. Registrants will be notified via email when the on-demand webinars are ready for viewing. Registrants will also receive reminders to join the live coffee chat discussion on November 16.

This series includes the following:

  • Part 1: Guidance for Making Legal and Structural Choices
  • Part 2: Protecting Your Knowledge Assets
  • Part 3: Managing and Preserving Your Legacy
  • Live Coffee Chat Discussion: November 16 at 3:00 p.m. ET

Local Arts Agency leaders will:

  • Learn how to utilize The Arts Organizations at a Crossroads Toolkit, its lessons, and findings
  • Gain awareness of issues to incorporate into training/professional development you offer to local arts organizations
  • Identify ways you may be a resource/repository/support as your local arts organizations address these crossroads

The Arts Organizations at a Crossroads Toolkit: Managing Transitions and Preserving Assets is written and developed by Mollie Quinlan-Hayes and published by NCAPER, the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response. This project was produced by NCAPER with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts to South Arts, the administrative home of NCAPER, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Mollie Quinlan-Hayes

Independent Consultant

Mollie Quinlan-Hayes is an Independent Consultant, working out of Marietta, Georgia. She consults widely for major arts organizations throughout the United States on strategic planning/organizational development, readiness planning, grantmaking and program design, as well as serving as a skilled facilitator in diverse settings. In addition to strategic planning, Mollie’s specialty is the conception, design/development and delivery of novel programs which address often nascent needs, and bring together teams of both internal and external players for successful rollout and adoption.  Mollie’s perspective on Board development and relations is informed by her experience as a Board member - on the founding Boards of ARTability Arizona, the Alliance for Audience/, and as an officer for the Georgia Arts Network – and as staff liaison to the Board members of South Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. 

Mollie directed the development and implementation of ArtsReady, a national initiative of South 
Arts launched in 2009, providing arts organizations with resources to create customized readiness plans for post-crisis sustainability. She continues to consult on this project, and ArtsReady 2.0 is rolling out in 2021.  Mollie works hands-on with individual arts organizations to develop readiness plans tailored to them. She serves on, and served as Co-Chair, of the Steering Committee of the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER). She coordinates the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants administered by NYFA; and provides professional development in the areas of New Approaches to Board Development,  Strategic Planning, and Readiness Planning.  She served as the Deputy Director and Accessibility Coordinator for South Arts, one of the six U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, from 2006 through 2020.  Prior to that, she worked with the Arizona Commission on the Arts for over 14 years. She has been a speaker and grant review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, several regional arts organizations, and a dozen state and local arts agencies. 


Arts Organizations At A Crossroads Coffee Chat
Live event: 11/16/2021 at 3:00 PM (EST) You must register to access.
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