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An Introduction to the Fundamentals of Arts Administration


We recognize that there are many paths to arts administration. Some may enter the field as a practicing artist, a volunteer in an arts organization, or as a passionate supporter of the arts.


Wherever you are coming from, the RAFT program is for:

  • Anyone working or volunteering in the arts for less than 3 years looking to gain more knowledge on arts management

  • Founders of new arts or community organizations who seek knowledge in organizational development

  • Arts professionals seeking knowledge in project management, career growth, community engagement and developing new networks.




RAFT is designed to provide skills and knowledge needed by early career art professionals. This includes, but is not limited to, artists, culture professionals, arts managers, consultants, and community leaders.


Participants will acquire skills through the lens of a fictional case-study story facilitated through speaking roles, discussions, role-playing, and a small group presentation.


Topics covered include:

  • Organizational structure (non-profit vs charitable status)

  • Board development and staff relations

  • Financial statements and budgeting

  • Strategic planning (mission, vision, values, goals, objectives, SWOT analysis, and evaluation)

  • Project planning and management

  • Community engagement

Upon successful completion of the Rozsa Admin Fundamentals Training (RAFT) program, you will be able to:

  • Explain the real-life challenges and opportunities of being a not-for-profit art organization.

  • Review a financial statement presented at a not-for-profit board. 

  • Evaluate an organization’s mission, vision, and value statement. 

  • Identify the main components that make up a strategic plan. 

  • Discuss the importance of doing evaluations. 

  • Construct a project plan based on answering the questions of who, what, where, when, why, and how much for organizations

  • Develop and manage individual artistic projects and or programs.

Classroom art studio filled with arts managers for Rozsa Foundation training fundamentals

Toyin Oladele instructs RAFT Fall 2023 in the Atelier Artista art studio at cSPACE Marda Loop.

Photo by Motif Photography.

RAFT at a glance

Who should apply?

Early career staff/volunteers of arts organizations with 0-3 years of work/volunteer experience.



What is Virtual RAFT?

RAFT is a 22-hour program that will be delivered online in the spring and early summer of 2024, covering the basics of arts management theory and practices.

20 hours will be in real-time (synchronous) and 2 hours will be asynchronous (self-directed homework/group work).



When is the next Virtual RAFT?

 Summer virtual* session: June 3 – 26, 2024

Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Application deadline: Friday, April 19, 2024


There is a minimum session attendance requirement for completion. Up to two absences are permitted with advance notice at the discretion of the facilitators.



What is the tuition for RAFT?: 


Capacity is limited and applications are processed in the order they are received.


**The Rozsa Foundation acknowledges that systemic barriers to equity exist when it comes to the Training application process and program experience.

We also recognize that the tuition fee may present a barrier to participation. We invite you to email Ainsley Soutière so that we may seek ways to provide additional or alternative support. 

The Rozsa Foundation values equity, diversity and inclusion in our programs. We welcome and encourage applications for the Rozsa Admin Fundamentals Training (RAFT) from arts leaders who identify as 2SLGBTQQIA+ (Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, + other sexual or gender minority identities), Indigenous people, Persons of Colour, New Canadians, Deaf Persons, Persons with Disabilities, and Persons Living with Mental Illness.


Toyin Oladele (she/her)

Toyin is a Calgary-based multidisciplinary artist whose expression comes through music, dance, theatre, film, literary and curatorial practices. She is also an arts administrator, consultant, and project manager with over a decade of experience working in the arts and culture sector.

Toyin is the founder and director of the Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation, a non-profit society whose goal is to connect newcomer and immigrant arts workers to the community in Calgary, she is also the project manager for the Public Arts in the NE part of Calgary with the City of Calgary.


She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Language and performing arts and she is an advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion. She mentors newcomers from diverse countries and professional backgrounds and enjoys creating art with diverse communities and keeping community spaces connected.


Kodie Rollan (he/him)

Kodie Rollan is a Philippine-born, Scarborough-raised, Mohkins’tsis-based playwright, dramaturg, lyricist, and producer. He is very excited to continue his work with the Rozsa Foundation and growing in his arts leadership practice. As an arts leader, Kodie is passionate about community-building, creating spaces for shared storytelling, and arts equity within the nonprofit sector.


He received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and his Masters in Arts Leadership from Queen’s University. He is currently the Artistic Director of Chromatic Theatre and was recently the Assistant Dramaturg for the Playwrights Lab at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity. Outside of the artistic world, Kodie is an avid basketball fan who still continuously celebrates the 2019 NBA Champions, the Toronto Raptors. 

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