Creative Champions Network

Strengthening the arts through board volunteers and leadership

Creative Champions Network, a Toronto Arts Foundation initiative, is working to find creative solutions to key challenges facing the arts community in Toronto.  Based on the understanding that volunteer leadership is a powerful force to promote the value of the arts in society, to advance policy, to encourage philanthropy, and to guide sustainable arts organizations, the network will harness the potential of its membership.  Under the guidance of Jini Stolk, Creative Trust Fellow, the network will facilitate a cohesive and collaborative network of knowledge sharing amongst the estimated 1200 arts champions volunteering on arts boards in Toronto. 

Vision
Our vision is of a Toronto where everyone has the opportunity to be joyfully engaged with the arts; where artists and cultural organizations are thriving; and where artists, managers and boards are mutually committed to enriching individuals and communities through the arts. 

Mission
Our mission is to empower the arts community’s most important and passionate volunteers by bringing members of arts boards together to learn, connect and become powerful champions of the arts.

Goal
Our goal is to create a sustainable and dynamic network, Creative Champions, brought together through targeted events and communications, and to strengthen the arts ecology by creating stronger boards that are better prepared to provide meaningful guidance and support to the organizations they serve.

Strategic Components

  • Get on Board Workshops & Seminars
    Offering practical knowledge, and an opportunity to share challenges, triumphs and good ideas with fellow board members. Tool kit and resources will be provided.
  • Knowledge Sharing
    Newsletter and or information sharing of best practices, research and articles curated by Claire Hopkinson, Director and CEO, Toronto Arts Foundation.
  • Online Community
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    Online forum and virtual meeting space for continued dialogue, information sharing, and networking.
  • Research
    An advisory committee will be struck to ensure that topics of interest are meeting the needs of board members and arts organizations.

John D. McKellar, C.M., Q.C.
Honourary Chair, Creative Champions Network

For more information about the Creative Champions Network, or if you are a board member of an arts organization and would like to join the Network, please contact:
Jaclyn Rodrigues
Community Engagement Manager
416.392.6802 x212
jaclyn@torontoarts.org

Get on Board Workshop & Speaker Series is generously supported by the Cultural Development Fund, Government of Ontario.

Creative Champions Network is generously sponsored by