The Rickie Report knows how important it is to network with other artists and business owners. The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is offering an incredible opportunity to take part in SmartBiz 2012′s Program.
What: SmARTBiz Summit 2012 – An educational day-long conference bringing together leaders from cultural organizations and the business community to discuss the vibrancy of business and art relationships and how these partnerships are a driving economic force in our region today.
When: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012
Where: Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida.
Cost: $30 – Includes breakfast, lunch, parking and educational sessions offered in two exciting tracks: Fundamentals and Advanced.
Katherine Oliver, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, to present “New York City: A Model for Growth” on SmartBiz 2012’s Luncheon Program.
Cultural Council of Palm Beach County awarded $40,000+
in grants from PNC Foundation to enhance cultural arts business acumen
SmARTBiz Summit 2012 in October to boost business initiatives
and foster professional development
The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County has received $40,000+ in grants from the PNC Foundation to strengthen the arts and cultural industry, through SmARTBiz 2012. Now in its second year, SmARTBiz is an educational and grants program developed through collaboration between PNC and the Cultural Council to demonstrate the value and impact of the cultural industry on the local economy.
The grants from the PNC Foundation, which received its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:PNC), will provide the recipient organizations with the opportunity to build capacity within their organization and offer governance training to strengthen their boards, bring in larger audiences, and earn more revenue. This year, SmARTBiz grants ranging from $3,600 to $5,000 were provided to nine arts and cultural organizations in Palm Beach County to fund and improve operations in those organizations.
For instance, last year the Boca Raton Museum of Art was granted $5,000 to purchase software that integrated three separate systems – donor software, art museum patronage software and art museum (school student) software. The grant eliminated the redundancy, converted the art museum to one system and improved the museum’s efficiency so that staff members could focus on better donor relations, increased visitors to the museum and more opportunities to attract new and returning students into the art school.
The 2012 SmARTBiz grant recipients are: Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, Artists Showcase of the Palm Beaches, Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park, Inc., Historical Society of Palm Beach County, Loggerhead MarineLife Center, Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Puppetry Arts Center of the Palm Beaches, Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center, and The Children’s Museum.
“Arts and cultural organizations make up a significant part of the local economy and they employ thousands of people, making the cultural industry one of the largest producers of jobs,” said Rena Blades, President and CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. “The Cultural Council is pleased to partner with PNC once again, to assist in fostering a greater awareness and connectivity between the business community and arts and cultural organizations because art and business go hand-in-hand,” Blades said.
PNC is also supporting SmARTBiz Summit 2012, a day-long conference that will take place on Oct. 30. This leadership conference for corporate, nonprofit, government and cultural communities will include two half-day workshops filled with professional development training in business operations, tax and estate planning, how to manage cash flow and finances, as well as development and capital campaigns. Two exciting tracks aimed at business acumen, sustainability, and bet practices, are also planned to offer something for everyone.
“Through SmARTBiz Summit, we expect to teach these community leaders how to run their organizations like healthy, successful businesses because we know that the arts are an instrumental economic driver to any community,” said Craig Grant, PNC Florida East Regional President. “Ultimately, this initiative will contribute to the overall business development of Palm Beach County.”
The basics track is a `nuts and bolts’ series of workshops that cover topics like, how to start and run a non-profit business and capacity building for sustainability. The other, an advanced track, will examine examples and case studies for a closer examination of best practices and lessons learned. Both are led by business industry experts. Special guest presenters on the program include Randy I. Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts, who will lead with opening remarks; and Katherine Oliver, Commissioner of the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting is scheduled to speak during the lunch program.
For information and to R.S.V.P. for the SmARTBiz Summit 2012, scheduled to take place on Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, visit http://www.palmbeachculture.com/smartbizsummit2012, or call Debbie Calabria at 561.472.3330. Admission is $30, and includes lunch and parking.
Katherine Oliver, Keynote Speaker
About PNC Foundation:
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through its signature cause, Grow Up Great, PNC has created a 10-year, $100 million initiative to enhance early childhood education and school readiness.
About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County:
The Cultural Council is Palm Beach County’s official arts agency and serves non-profit cultural organizations and professional artists throughout the county. The Cultural Council’s responsibilities include marketing the county’s cultural experiences to visitors and residents, administering grants to organizations and artists, expanding arts and cultural education opportunities, advocating for funding and arts-friendly policies, and serving cultural organizations and artists through capacity building training and exposure to funders and audiences. For more information, please visitwww.palmbeachculture.com. Admission to the Cultural Council is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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