If you have been looking for an opportunity to serve, Urban ArtWorks is looking for people with diverse experiences who are passionate about serving the community through nonprofit board membership in support of youth, artists, and the greater community at large through the power of art. If you have been looking for an opportunity to serve, Urban ArtWorks is looking for people with diverse experiences who are passionate about serving the community through nonprofit board membership in support of youth, artists, and the greater community at large through the power of art. For more information about Urban ArtWorks, please visit our website at www.urbanartworks.org.
Urban ArtWorks is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage youth, artists, and communities in the creation of public art that inspires connections and honors their voices.
Since 1995, we have collaborated with more than 2,000 youth and hundreds of artists to create thousands of public art installations in over 30 Seattle neighborhoods and 10 different cities. We envision a world where all people have access to the transformative experience of creating public art.
We live by our values to support the youth no matter their circumstances, amplify emerging artists, and engage the neighborhoods and greater community through the power of public art.
Connection: Through public art, we connect young people and emerging artists to communities, opportunities, new skills, accomplishments, and possibilities. We build community.
Anti-Racism: We use a racial equity lens as we develop and implement our goals and strategies. We hold ourselves and invite others to hold us accountable for our progress towards becoming an anti-racist organization through regularly evaluating and measuring our progress and sharing our outcomes with the community.
Expression: We believe that access to art is a human right and that self-expression and creative expression is power. We are committed to honoring the voices of young people and the communities we work with.
Belonging: We create a space where respect, diversity, and equity are at the forefront of our work. While we work with everyone, we hold primary space for those who have faced barriers to arts, education, and employment because of systematic racism.
Integrity: We act with respect and honesty with our community partners, staff, artists, youth apprentices, clients we serve, and each other. Our work is always guided by our mission.
The Urban ArtWorks Board of Directors will provide transitional direction and support from the previous working board model into a governing and advisory board model. The Urban ArtWorks Board of Directors will provide leadership, governance, and strategic fundraising support with a strong lens on diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as oversee the vision, mission, values, and internal operations of the organization. We believe that our Board makeup is important to represent the youth, artists, and the communities we serve.
• Ensure the legal and ethical integrity of Urban ArtWorks is practiced and monitored for effectiveness through programs that are consistent with the organization’s mission, vision, and values.
• Be an advocate by enhancing the organization’s public standing in the community by clearly articulating the organization’s mission, accomplishments, and goals for amplification.
• Be committed to staying informed and regularly attend Board meetings and important related meetings to review and comment on issues brought forward during the meetings.
• Participate in the creation of strategic plans and conduct annual reviews of the strategic plan.
• Faithfully read and understand the financial statements for strong fiduciary oversight or commit to learning about nonprofit financial management.
• Develop your leadership and governance skills by attending at least one nonprofit sector training session/event per year and sharing any key learning points with the Board.
• Commit to an annual philanthropic commitment as determined by the individual board member and fundraise/recruit members on behalf of the organization.
• Serve as active advocates and ambassadors for Urban ArtWorks and fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for the organization to advance its mission.
• Be willing to leverage connections, networks, and resources to help move Urban ArtWorks’ mission forward by securing financial resources and partnerships necessary for the organization to advance its mission.
• As this is a voluntary role, be able to serve an average of 2 – 5 hours per month.
• Nonprofit board experience is beneficial but is not a requirement to apply. We believe in supporting the development of those who align with our mission/values and are passionate about board service. We are committed to cultivating and encouraging leadership and governance skills.
• Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of youths, artists, and the broader community through art.
• Experienced in one or more of the following areas:
• Youth Programming
• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
• Finance / Accounting Practices
• Fundraising / Donor Cultivation & Engagement / Event Planning
• Marketing / Communications / Advertising
• Community Building/ Connecting / Corporate Networking
• Leadership / People Management
• Other qualifications and experiences are welcomed
• Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals.
We are excited to have you join our Board of Directors in serving Urban ArtWorks to support our youth, artist, and community to break barriers one wall at a time.
Inclusion Policy: For Urban ArtWorks, we go beyond the legal policy as we recognize, honor, respect, and welcome individuals with varied intersections and diverse personal lived experiences because not only is it the right thing to do, but it creates a more diverse, creative, and innovative organization. Urban ArtWorks provides equal opportunity to all candidates regardless of race, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, partner status, pregnancy/childbirth or any other category protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.