Board/Panelist Application


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CMAB Director Position Description

The Central MN Arts Board (CMAB) has served Region 7W for over thirty-four years as one of eleven Regional Art Councils designated by the Minnesota State Arts Board. The CMAB supports collaborative and innovative arts opportunities through partnerships and financial investments in Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright counties (Region 7W).

As a non-profit organization, the CMAB is governed by a nine-member volunteer board of directors, recruited from Region 7W to fund grant proposals and provide professional development services to arts and community organizations, school, government units and individuals. We also strive to enhance the appreciation of the positive and essential economic and social roles the arts play in our lives.

Board Member Responsibilities

  • Review and approve grant applications and panel recommendations for funding
  • Provide budget oversight and policy development
  • Oversee staff support and technical assistance to local artists and art organizations within the four counties

Board Member Expectations

  • Attend eight scheduled Board meetings at the Foley office.
  • Spend 2-10 hours in preparation for the Board meeting
  • Attend arts events funded by the CMAB
  • Attend and actively participate in the biennial planning retreat every other year

Board Member Qualifications

  • Resident of Benton, Sherburne, Stearns or Wright counties
  • Ability to make decisions impartially
  • Involvement in the arts in the four-county area
  • Experience and knowledge of at least one element of an organizations' operations such as: administration, finance, personnel, program development, public relations/marketing or grant writing

What is a CMAB Advisor?

The CMAB occasionally use the services of volunteer advisors who review grant applications, make funding recommendations, advise the board on policies and other services when needed. All advisory panel and committee meetings are open to the public.

Advisors will be reimbursed for travel and expenses, but are not compensated for their services. Advisory Panels and committees are made up of artists, arts professionals, community members and others actively involved in the arts. Advisors are appointed by the board.

The CMAB uses an open nomination process to identify potential advisors. Individuals may nominate themselves, or others, who fit the profile below.

Arts Advisory Profile Nominees should: be at least eighteen years of age, live in Minnesota and have experience in one or more of theses areas:

  • An artistic discipline
  • Arts education
  • Aesthetic decision making
  • Financial or organizational management of nonprofit organizations
  • Public art issues and acquisition procedures
  • Community-based arts projects
  • Advisors need to have outstanding knowledge and professional qualifications in the arts, and the ability to work well in a group.
  • In addition, the CMAB looks for advisors who are willing to commit time and energy to the review process and who exhibit sensitivity in making constructive critical judgments.

How Much Time Does Advisory Service Take?

The time commitment depends on which grant panel or committee the advisor serves. Most grant review panel meetings take 3-5 hours and involve several hours of reading (orientation materials and grant applications) prior to the meeting.

What Happens When I Submit a Nomination?

The CMAB creates a file for each nominee that includes his or her completed nomination form and resume. The nominee will be considered for appointment as vacancies occur.