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Next Step expands to Edmonton

Updated: Apr 1, 2021

Staff of the Rozsa Foundation spent a delightful Saturday (Feb 6) at the U of A, participating with Alberta School of Business students and recent grads in our first Edmonton edition of the Next Step program.

The Next Step program prepares and places Gen Y Alberta School of Business students and alumni on local arts boards and board committees, furthering the Foundation’s goals to bolster arts boards and organizational resiliency, and to strengthen leadership in arts management. Originally developed after joining forces with Calgary’s Haskayne Alumni Association and the provincial Board Development Program (BDP) at Alberta Culture and Tourism, the program captures talented and motivated graduates keen to meaningfully contribute to the arts community. The program has been met with great success in Calgary since 2012, and this workshop furthered that record of success.

With nineteen participants total, the Board Development Program Workshop was led by instructors Gary Marcellus and Bobbie O’Connor, both whose expertise and energy made for an engaging and highly informative day. Beginning with an introduction to Board Governance and working through topics such as Roles and Responsibilities, Policy Development, Managing Work, and much much more, the workshop was comprehensive and illuminating. We’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants.

“Gary & Bobbie's straightforward presentation of concepts such as policy development and roles and expectations of a board member was incredibly helpful and got me thinking about how to structure my thoughts and ideas if I do get the opportunity to sit on a not for profit arts board.”

- Brittany Bryce

“I found the day very informative and am excited to hear about upcoming opportunities in the arts community.”

- Katie Turner

“I am very excited about the opportunity of potentially joining a board. … I really enjoyed the session on Saturday.”

- Lindsay Cox

We now enter the wonderful phase of playing matchmaker between Next Step participants and arts boards in Calgary

and Edmonton, aligning the passions and interests of young business minds with vibrant arts organizations. Watching new, mutually beneficial relationships between business and the arts blossom is truly a joy, and furthers the Rozsa Foundation’s vision of strengthening organizational resilience in the arts.

We are also very pleased to share that one of our Next Step participants, Daniel Roth, has been placed into a Board Internship with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, facilitated by the U of A as an extension of the Next Step program. Big congratulations to Daniel!

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