Institute for Cultural Advancement

Presented by

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

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About the Institute for Cultural Advancement (ICA)

The Institute for Cultural Advancement (ICA) is the Cultural Council’s signature, multitiered professional development program for cultural organizations and creative professionals. Generously sponsored by The Donald M. Ephraim Cultural Leadership Fund through the Donald M. Ephraim Family Foundation, ICA sessions are offered throughout the year and are free to all members of the Cultural Council ($10 for non-members).

All sessions are held at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, unless otherwise noted. Main Sessions are general presentations for up to 50 attendees, while UpstART Workshops are more intensive learning opportunities limited to 25 attendees. Learn more about each session and register below.

Questions? Contact us at institute@palmbeachculture.com.

 

The 2019-2020 ICA sessions are inspired by the book “The Cycle: A Practical Approach to Managing Arts Organizations” by Michael M. Kaiser with Brett E. Egan. “The Cycle” is a theory of organizational activity that comprises four steps:

  1. Prioritizing impactful, mission-driven programming
  2. Aggressively marketing those programs, as well as the institution
  3. Newfound interest in well-marketed programs builds a family of ticket-buyers, board members, donors and volunteers
  4. The family grows and becomes more engaged with the institution and its programs, leading to increased revenue
That revenue is then reinvested in the creation of excellent programming, thereby completing “The Cycle.” Each of the following ICA sessions connects to at least one of the four parts of “The Cycle”:
ICA brochure - the cycle illustration
 

December 12, 2019
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Protecting Your Organization’s Reputation During a Crisis

Featured Speakers:
Bill Orlove (Florida Power & Light Company)
Naki Carter (Marketing Consultant)
Becky Peeling (Palm Beach Atlantic University)

An organization can be faced with a crisis at any time: a hurricane barrels toward South Florida; a high-level employee is involved in a scandal; the website crashes during a major gifts campaign. Crisis management is not a matter of if—it’s a matter of when. This session will explore the essentials of building a crisis communications plan—from forming a committee and communications chart to reputation management and more.

 

Suggested for: marketing, PR, executive, board of directors


January 16, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Understanding the Artist/Attorney Relationship

Featured Speakers: Phil DiComo and Leslie Adams (Haile, Shaw & Pfaffenberger)

In this workshop, local attorneys Phil DiComo, whose practice includes corporate and nonprofit law, and Leslie Adams, a specialist in intellectual property law, will provide a primer on trademark and copyright laws in a way that informs and educates creative professionals.

 

Suggested for: creative professionals


January 22, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Marketing Strategies and Planning

Featured Speaker: Dawn Frisby-Byers (Pennsylvania Humanities Council)

Every day, arts organizations are under pressure to produce more and do better with less resources. Success largely depends on the ability to translate your organization’s goals into a marketing strategy that drives results. To ensure optimal success, both your strategy and plan need to work together. Learn how to set realistic and achievable marketing goals that support organizational goals, how to construct the elements of a marketing plan, and how to execute a content marketing strategy during this session.

 

Suggested for: marketing, PR, programming/events


January 23, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Building New Diverse Audiences through Effective Practice

Featured Speaker: Dawn Frisby-Byers (Pennsylvania Humanities Council)

Demographic change is reshaping the make-up of communities across the U.S. and once tried-and-true marketing approaches are yielding diminishing returns. Arts organizations need to grapple with the reality of a more diverse population and position themselves to communicate with, and market effectively to, a more diverse population. This workshop will incorporate emerging new knowledge specific to audience building and consumer market research generated through the ongoing national Building Audiences for Sustainability initiatives supported by The Wallace Foundation.

 

Suggested for: marketing, PR, executive, development, programming/events, creative professionals


February 5, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Human Flourishing: Innovative Thinking in the Workplace

Featured Speaker: Dr. Matthew Lee (Harvard University)

Few would dispute that the arts play a crucial part in a life well-lived. Aesthetic experience is part of the story, but only part. There is so much more. It is good to remind ourselves of an expanded vision of the role of a musical composition, a painting, a poem, or the performance of a dance in the lives of all people. The arts can act as a bridge to connect disparate groups of people, while at the same time helping us to diagnose and remedy well-being deficits in our own organizations. But there are disparities in the extent to which the arts are utilized by different groups. Drawing on a wealth of interdisciplinary research, this session will envision a deeper role for cultural organizations in fostering a more inclusive experience of flourishing, or complete well-being, for all members of the community in Palm Beach County and beyond.

 

Suggested for: board of directors, executive, development, programming/events, creative professionals


February 5, 2020
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Human Flourishing: Practical Applications for Engaging Underserved Populations

Featured Speaker: Dr. Matthew Lee (Harvard University)

How might cultural organizations play a more central role in helping to promote flourishing, or complete well-being, for underserved populations? What steps can these organizations take to connect groups that otherwise have limited contact with each other? Using an appreciative inquiry process, this workshop will offer practical guidance on how to use research on flourishing and the science of behavior change to guide the daily work of cultural organizations.

This practical workshop will identify actionable steps within the arts and cultural community to promote human flourishing, especially for underserved populations. Attendance at both sessions is encouraged, but not required.

 

Suggested for: board of directors, executive, development, programming/events, creative professionals


February 20, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Using Storytelling in Your Brand Voice

Featured Speakers: Amy Bridger and Staci Sturrock (Ideabar)

Your brand is more than a logo and tagline. Your brand is a story that attracts an audience, connects with them emotionally and keeps them coming back for more. Before you can tell your brand story, you have to own that story, and know it inside and out. Led by two award-winning journalists-turned-marketers, this session is meant primarily for marketing, advertising and public relations professionals looking to crystallize the story of their organization’s brand—then flesh it out with an engaging personality, a distinct style and an unmistakable voice.

 

Suggested for: marketing, PR, executive, development, programming/events, creative professionals


February 27, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

MASCHINE and What it Means to Be an Artist

Featured Speaker: Gabriel “Gato” Ferrer (Native Instruments)

This session will invite attendees to learn about the real-world applications of MASCHINE (music production and performance system developed by Native Instruments) and have the opportunity to hear about the vulnerabilities associated with music production (or art itself). Attendees can expect to interact with MASCHINE software and to participate in exercises that help create space in which a real discussion about experiences in creativity and being an artist can be explored.

 

Suggested for: creative professionals


March 5, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

The Creative Process: Liberating Good Ideas

Featured Speaker: Craig McInnis (Craig McInnis Studios)

This session will explore McInnis’ favorite topic, the creative process, and discuss best practices for attendees to maximize their efforts. McInnis will offer tips for overcoming artist’s block, coming up with fresh ideas, and taking concepts from thumbnails, sketches and outlines to finished products.

 

Suggested for: creative professionals


March 10, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Strategic Planning: Your Roadmap to Mission Success

Featured Speaker: Gerry Czarnecki (National Leadership Institute, Deltennium Group)

Some of the most common complaints nonprofit executives share have to do with their boards. Whether it’s a lack of engagement or micromanaging daily operations, the struggles leaders face to keep a board balanced can be daunting. In this session, Czarnecki will explore ways to maximize a board member’s ability to contribute. He’ll share tools for conflict resolution and tactics to turn board members into the very best strategic assets.

 

Suggested for: executive, development, programming/events, board of directors


March 20, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Don’t Let Your Board Be Bored with Donor Relations

Featured Speaker: Lynne Wester

The dynamics of donor relationships are experiencing a revolution unlike any seen before. Donor relations are at the center of fundraising relationships. How do we work together with our boards, fellow teammates and other key stakeholders to show the value of donor retention through brilliant donor relations? This hands-on session will provide tangible takeaways and new thoughts about donor relations and board development and education. In this economic environment, competition for the gift has never been greater, making effective donor relations programs more important than ever.

 

Suggested for: marketing, PR, executive, development, programming/events, board of directors


April 7, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Using Influencer Marketing to Build Awareness and Crush Goals

Featured Speaker: Natalie Barreto (Push)

The new field of influencer marketing is quickly growing, and with the continuous crossover of public relations and social media, it’s critical to utilize the power of local and national influencers to tell your organization’s story. This two-hour session will discuss creative ways to engage with social media influencers–including personalized familiarization tours & experiences that garner the best social ambassadors and coverage, best practices, how to leverage personal touchpoints and more.

 

Suggested for: marketing, PR


April 16, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Martialing Resources: Planned Giving

Featured Speakers: Julia Chu and Alyssa Zebrowski (JPMorgan Chase & Co.)

Successful non-profit organizations are the results of well-organized, committed and engaged Boards. This session focuses on the board’s role in fundraising, along with cultivating and stewarding donors. Topics will include the need for development plans and policies and a review of common planned giving vehicles.

 

Suggested for: marketing, PR, executive, development, programming/events, board of directors


April 23, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Surveying Audiences with Purpose

Featured Speaker: Surale Phillips

This interactive workshop outlines six easy steps for designing audience or membership surveys. It covers how to ask the right questions so the answers provide data you can use and report correctly. This session is appropriate for anyone who is thinking about surveying audiences. Feel free to bring questions and examples for individual discussion.

 

Suggested for: executive, marketing


May 1, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Contingency Planning for Nonprofits

Featured Speaker: John Coates (PNC Bank)

It’s been more than 10 years since an economic recession, raising the likelihood that the next one may happen soon. There are certain things that nonprofit organizations can do to prepare for coming turbulence, from both an operational and investment standpoint. This session will discuss best practices to prepare well for the next crisis.

 

Suggested for: finance, executive, development, board of directors


January 16, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Understanding the Artist/Attorney Relationship

Featured Speakers: Phil DiComo and Leslie Adams (Haile, Shaw & Pfaffenberger)

In this workshop, local attorneys Phil DiComo, whose practice includes corporate and nonprofit law, and Leslie Adams, a specialist in intellectual property law, will provide a primer on trademark and copyright laws in a way that informs and educates creative professionals.

 

Suggested for: creative professionals


February 27, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

MASCHINE and What it Means to Be an Artist

Featured Speaker: Gabriel “Gato” Ferrer (Native Instruments)

This session will invite attendees to learn about the real-world applications of MASCHINE (music production and performance system developed by Native Instruments) and have the opportunity to hear about the vulnerabilities associated with music production (or art itself). Attendees can expect to interact with MASCHINE software and to participate in exercises that help create space in which a real discussion about experiences in creativity and being an artist can be explored.

 

Suggested for: creative professionals


March 5, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

The Creative Process: Liberating Good Ideas

Featured Speaker: Craig McInnis (Craig McInnis Studios)

This session will explore McInnis’ favorite topic, the creative process, and discuss best practices for attendees to maximize their efforts. McInnis will offer tips for overcoming artist’s block, coming up with fresh ideas, and taking concepts from thumbnails, sketches and outlines to finished products.

 

Suggested for: creative professionals


December 12, 2019
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Protecting Your Organization’s Reputation During a Crisis

Featured Speakers:
Bill Orlove (Florida Power & Light Company)
Naki Carter (Marketing Consultant)
Becky Peeling (Palm Beach Atlantic University)

An organization can be faced with a crisis at any time: a hurricane barrels toward South Florida; a high-level employee is involved in a scandal; the website crashes during a major gifts campaign. Crisis management is not a matter of if—it’s a matter of when. This session will explore the essentials of building a crisis communications plan—from forming a committee and communications chart to reputation management and more.

 

Suggested for: marketing, PR, executive, board of directors


January 22, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Marketing Strategies and Planning

Featured Speaker: Dawn Frisby-Byers (Pennsylvania Humanities Council)

Every day, arts organizations are under pressure to produce more and do better with less resources. Success largely depends on the ability to translate your organization’s goals into a marketing strategy that drives results. To ensure optimal success, both your strategy and plan need to work together. Learn how to set realistic and achievable marketing goals that support organizational goals, how to construct the elements of a marketing plan, and how to execute a content marketing strategy during this session.

 

Suggested for: marketing, PR, programming/events


February 20, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Using Storytelling in Your Brand Voice

Featured Speakers: Amy Bridger and Staci Sturrock (Ideabar)

Your brand is more than a logo and tagline. Your brand is a story that attracts an audience, connects with them emotionally and keeps them coming back for more. Before you can tell your brand story, you have to own that story, and know it inside and out. Led by two award-winning journalists-turned-marketers, this session is meant primarily for marketing, advertising and public relations professionals looking to crystallize the story of their organization’s brand—then flesh it out with an engaging personality, a distinct style and an unmistakable voice.

 

Suggested for: marketing, PR, executive, development, programming/events, creative professionals


April 7, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Using Influencer Marketing to Build Awareness and Crush Goals

Featured Speaker: Natalie Barreto (Push)

The new field of influencer marketing is quickly growing, and with the continuous crossover of public relations and social media, it’s critical to utilize the power of local and national influencers to tell your organization’s story. This two-hour session will discuss creative ways to engage with social media influencers–including personalized familiarization tours & experiences that garner the best social ambassadors and coverage, best practices, how to leverage personal touchpoints and more.

 

Suggested for: marketing, PR


January 23, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Building New Diverse Audiences through Effective Practice

Featured Speaker: Dawn Frisby-Byers (Pennsylvania Humanities Council)

Demographic change is reshaping the make-up of communities across the U.S. and once tried-and-true marketing approaches are yielding diminishing returns. Arts organizations need to grapple with the reality of a more diverse population and position themselves to communicate with, and market effectively to, a more diverse population. This workshop will incorporate emerging new knowledge specific to audience building and consumer market research generated through the ongoing national Building Audiences for Sustainability initiatives supported by The Wallace Foundation.

 

Suggested for: marketing, PR, executive, development, programming/events, creative professionals


February 5, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Human Flourishing: Innovative Thinking in the Workplace

Featured Speaker: Dr. Matthew Lee (Harvard University)

Few would dispute that the arts play a crucial part in a life well-lived. Aesthetic experience is part of the story, but only part. There is so much more. It is good to remind ourselves of an expanded vision of the role of a musical composition, a painting, a poem, or the performance of a dance in the lives of all people. The arts can act as a bridge to connect disparate groups of people, while at the same time helping us to diagnose and remedy well-being deficits in our own organizations. But there are disparities in the extent to which the arts are utilized by different groups. Drawing on a wealth of interdisciplinary research, this session will envision a deeper role for cultural organizations in fostering a more inclusive experience of flourishing, or complete well-being, for all members of the community in Palm Beach County and beyond.

 

Suggested for: board of directors, executive, development, programming/events, creative professionals


February 5, 2020
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Human Flourishing: Practical Applications for Engaging Underserved Populations

Featured Speaker: Dr. Matthew Lee (Harvard University)

How might cultural organizations play a more central role in helping to promote flourishing, or complete well-being, for underserved populations? What steps can these organizations take to connect groups that otherwise have limited contact with each other? Using an appreciative inquiry process, this workshop will offer practical guidance on how to use research on flourishing and the science of behavior change to guide the daily work of cultural organizations.

This practical workshop will identify actionable steps within the arts and cultural community to promote human flourishing, especially for underserved populations. Attendance at both sessions is encouraged, but not required.

 

Suggested for: board of directors, executive, development, programming/events, creative professionals


March 10, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Strategic Planning: Your Roadmap to Mission Success

Featured Speaker: Gerry Czarnecki (National Leadership Institute, Deltennium Group)

Some of the most common complaints nonprofit executives share have to do with their boards. Whether it’s a lack of engagement or micromanaging daily operations, the struggles leaders face to keep a board balanced can be daunting. In this session, Czarnecki will explore ways to maximize a board member’s ability to contribute. He’ll share tools for conflict resolution and tactics to turn board members into the very best strategic assets.

 

Suggested for: executive, development, programming/events, board of directors


April 23, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Surveying Audiences with Purpose

Featured Speaker: Surale Phillips

This interactive workshop outlines six easy steps for designing audience or membership surveys. It covers how to ask the right questions so the answers provide data you can use and report correctly. This session is appropriate for anyone who is thinking about surveying audiences. Feel free to bring questions and examples for individual discussion.

 

Suggested for: executive, marketing


March 20, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Don’t Let Your Board Be Bored with Donor Relations

Featured Speaker: Lynne Wester

The dynamics of donor relationships are experiencing a revolution unlike any seen before. Donor relations are at the center of fundraising relationships. How do we work together with our boards, fellow teammates and other key stakeholders to show the value of donor retention through brilliant donor relations? This hands-on session will provide tangible takeaways and new thoughts about donor relations and board development and education. In this economic environment, competition for the gift has never been greater, making effective donor relations programs more important than ever.

 

Suggested for: marketing, PR, executive, development, programming/events, board of directors


April 16, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Martialing Resources: Planned Giving

Featured Speakers: Julia Chu and Alyssa Zebrowski (JPMorgan Chase & Co.)

Successful non-profit organizations are the results of well-organized, committed and engaged Boards. This session focuses on the board’s role in fundraising, along with cultivating and stewarding donors. Topics will include the need for development plans and policies and a review of common planned giving vehicles.

 

Suggested for: marketing, PR, executive, development, programming/events, board of directors


May 1, 2020
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Contingency Planning for Nonprofits

Featured Speaker: John Coates (PNC Bank)

It’s been more than 10 years since an economic recession, raising the likelihood that the next one may happen soon. There are certain things that nonprofit organizations can do to prepare for coming turbulence, from both an operational and investment standpoint. This session will discuss best practices to prepare well for the next crisis.

 

Suggested for: finance, executive, development, board of directors


October 17, 2019
7:15 am – 10:30 am

Institute for Cultural Advancement Season Kickoff

Brett Egan DeVos Institute

Join us at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum Pavilion as we launch the 2019-2020 Institute for Cultural Advancement (ICA), the signature professional development series of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

Guest speaker Brett Egan, President, DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, will review “The Cycle: A Practical Approach to Managing Arts Organizations.” Board members and staff at all levels will not want to miss this insightful approach to creating a strong, sustainable enterprise.

DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum Pavilion
One Whitehall Way
Palm Beach, Florida 33480


November 8, 2019
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Design Thinking and Collaboration: Engaging New Audiences

Featured Speaker: Gerald Klickstein (Author, “The Musician’s Way”)

Join renowned arts entrepreneurship educator Gerald Klickstein for an interactive presentation to help organizations across all disciplines create high-impact, collaborative arts events to attract new audiences. Using the proven framework of “design thinking,” along with research from the National Endowment for the Arts and others, he helps organizations identify target audiences and define motivations and barriers to arts participation. Attendees will generate ideas to trigger motivations and overcome barriers; then map out ways to prototype, test, fund and scale up arts experiences suited to diverse audiences; and finally, review model events and examine audience-building resources from The Wallace Foundation and others. Attendees will depart with ideas, tools and best practices that can promptly be put to use.

 

Suggested for: executive, development, programming/events, creative professionals


November 8, 2019
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Essentials of Music Career Success

Featured Speaker: Gerald Klickstein (Author, “The Musician’s Way”)

To build sustainable income streams, today’s music makers need an array of entrepreneurial skills, few of which are taught in music schools. In this intensive workshop, arts entrepreneurship educator Gerald Klickstein will demystify the inner workings of the music profession and guide participants to build lasting careers as artists and professionals. First, attendees will articulate their artistic missions. Then, using the proven framework of “design thinking,” participants will devise authentic musical products and services that fit their missions and match community needs. Next, Klickstein will delve into financial, business and legal issues in music, distilling the core elements and enabling participants to handle the operational demands of the music profession. Attendees across all musical professions will depart with step-by-step action plans that may be used immediately to achieve short- and long-term goals.

 

Suggested for: creative professionals


November 12, 2019
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Major Gifts: What are They and How Do I Get Them?

Featured Speaker: Charlotte Pelton (Charlotte Pelton & Associates)

Learn what every fundraising professional needs to know about designing and implementing a major gifts program during this informative, focused presentation. Major elements include 1) How to define a major gift for your organization; 2) How to identify your organization’s best targets for major gifts; 3) How to develop the right cultivation strategies and approaches for each target; 4) How to conduct a successful solicitation; and 5) What to do once you have secured a major gift.

 

Suggested for: executive, development, board of directors


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