Artistic Directors of the Future (ADF) is partnering with Without Walls and Dance Umbrella as host organisations for their award-winning Board Shadowing Programme for 2022.
The ground-breaking programme offers arts organisations the chance to meet and potentially develop relationships with Black, Asian and ethnically diverse board members. It is also an opportunity for companies to assess their engagement and retention strategies for ethnically diverse people.
Working with Dance Umbrella and Without Walls, ADF have developed a bespoke package which includes induction sessions, support, shadowing time, meet and greets, governance training, networking and evaluation; this ensures that members and host organisations gain a meaningful, informative and practical experience which will lead to positive change for the sector as a whole.
The Board Shadowing Programme won The Stage Newspaper Award for Innovation in 2020. It was designed to demystify the roles and responsibilities of a board, broker relationships with aspiring trustees and create an even playing field for future opportunities.
Since ADF’s Board Shadowing Programme begun in September 2018, four members have joined boards of influential organisations – Anni Domingo has become a Trustee for Sheffield Theatres, Anthony Almeida a Trustee for Nottingham Playhouse, Eileen Bellot a Trustee for Tamasha Theatre and Stage Sight and Artistic Directors of the Future’s Membership and Engagement Producer, Francesca Murray-Fuentes is now a Trustee for Oxford School of Drama.
David Morgan, Programme Manager, Without Walls said ‘As the largest outdoor arts consortium in England, Without Walls is thrilled to be one of the host organisations for the ADF Board Shadowing Programme. We welcome the opportunity and look forward to gaining new insights from the Board Shadowers, as well as providing pathways for a more representative cultural sector. This aligns with our existing commitment to diversify the outdoor arts sector and builds on an existing programme of activities to support Black, Asian and Ethnically Diverse creatives working in the field of outdoor arts across the country. We look forward to welcoming the ADF shadowers in the months to come.’
If you are an arts practitioner who would like to become a Board Member and benefit from help and guidance it is not too late, closing date is 15 November 2021, contact ADF at [email protected]