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ORGANIZATION: CAMBRIDGE ART ASSOCIATION

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Join the Cambridge Art Association’s Board of Directors, and support artists in your community!


Since 1944, the Cambridge Art Association (CAA) has been committed to exhibiting and promoting the work of regional, New England artists.

CAA plays a vital role in building a vibrant community through visual art. CAA believes visual art has the power to enrich lives, connect individuals, and facilitate dialogue among artists and art lovers of all ages and backgrounds. CAA exhibits quality works of visual art by its members to engage art lovers and art collectors of all ages. CAA provides educational opportunities for its members to enhance their skills as artists, while promoting the appreciation of visual art among the public.


Over the past year, the CAA expanded our activities across Cambridge. In Spring 2023, CAA reengaged with one longterm exhibition space - University Place Gallery - in Harvard Square, while opening a new exhibition space in Kendall Square. CAA's return to University Place came after a 3-year hiatus; this continues a legacy of programs dating to the late 1980s, and renews our partnership with bxp (formerly Boston Properties). The CAA @ Canal gallery, located in the heart of Kendall Square's Canal District, launched a new partnership with BioMed Realty and provides significant visibility for artists from the CAA community.

The ongoing, systemic oppression of people of color, including BIPOC, AAPI, and LGBTQIA+ populations, has spurred deeper conversations about the ways in which the CAA can better support all artists in the community. The CAA is committed to fostering a Culture of Belonging in all facets of the organization. This work will be paramount in the strategic planning process planned for our next fiscal year.


About the Board of Directors:


Comprised of professionals, artists, and art supporters from the Greater Boston area, our Board of Directors have made a personal commitment to supporting local art and artists, and to helping to fulfill the mission of the Cambridge Art Association. The Cambridge Art Association Board of Directors is a working Board.


Board expectations:


Service


  • Members agree to serve a three-year term, and be active participants.

  • The Board of Directors meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, September through June. Meetings are called to order at 6:30pm, and last approximately 90 minutes. Approximately half of meetings are hosted on ZOOM, and half are hosted in person, in Cambridge.

  • Directors are expected to attend all meetings unless ill or traveling. No Director may miss more than three meetings per year and still remain a full Board member.

  • Each Director will serve on a committee. These committees include: Budget and Finance; Governance; Marketing/Outreach; Fundraising; Membership; Exhibitions; Programs; DEI; and an ad hoc committee for our annual Spring Art Party.


Outreach


  • Directors are expected to be ambassadors for the Cambridge Art Association, and to be knowledgeable about the history of the organization, current programs and events, membership capacity, etc.

  • Each Director is expected to attend at least two opening receptions per year.


Philanthropy


  • Directors are asked to make an annual contribution that is personally meaningful - and that is among their highest annual giving priorities. Most current Director’s donate a minimum of $250 annually - which can be made in quarterly or monthly installments

  • Directors are expected to attend and support CAA’s attend our annual fundraiser, held in May, and to participate in the solicitation process for the event.

  • Be part of a culture of philanthropy at CAA, and become involved in part of the gift solicitation cycle, where appropriate.

Qualifications:
Directors should be enthusiastic supporters of the Greater Boston Area arts community, and be interesting in deepening their engagement within this community.

Directors must be able to commit 5-10 hours per month in CAA related activities, including meetings and events.

Individuals with experience in the following industries: law, finance, development/fundraising, marketing/outreach, curation; as well as those from traditionally under-represented groups, are encouraged to express interest.

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About CAMBRIDGE ART ASSOCIATION

Location:

25R LOWELL ST, CAMBRIDGE, MA 02138, US

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Cambridge Art Association (CAA) to build a vibrant community through visual art: connecting individuals and facilitating dialogue among artists and art lovers of all ages and backgrounds. To accomplish this, CAA exhibits quality works of art and seeks to enrich lives and engage art enthusiasts and collectors. CAA also provides educational opportunities to its members and others to enhance their skills as artists and promote the appreciation of visual art.

Description

The Cambridge Art Association was founded in 1944 by a group of local artists and art supporters. At the time, there was no other local association like it. The CAA was a space for exhibiting work, learning new techniques, and socializing. It was - and is - above all, a community of artists.

Today, the CAA currently maintains two gallery spaces for exhibits, as well as several less traditional satellite spaces. Until August 2015, we were a juried members association. As the result of a strategic plan and long term vision for the CAA, we are now open to all.

What do we do? We present roughly 25 gallery exhibits, and an additional 20 exhibits in our satellite spaces. We create opportunities for local and regional contemporary artists to engage with gallery owners, curators, collectors, and each other through networking events, portfolios reviews, and other professional development programs.

CAUSE AREAS

Arts & Culture
Community
Arts & Culture, Community

WHEN

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WHERE

25R Lowell StCambridgeCambridge, MA 02138

(42.38033,-71.13891)
 

SKILLS

  • Strategic Planning
  • Legal (General)
  • Budgeting
  • Curating
  • Human Resources Assistance
  • Fundraising

GOOD FOR

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 22
  • The anticipated time commitment is 5-10 hours per month, inclusive of Board Meetings, committee work, and event attendance
  • Interested applicants should be able to attend monthly meetings, hosted on the second Tuesday of each month, 6-8:30pm, September-June.

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