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DeVos Ireland Programme: Capacity Building 18 Months Intensive

A Partnership with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland*

Since 2012, Business to Arts’ has partnered with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland *(DeVos Institute) to provide Irish cultural organisations with the opportunity to participate in capacity building intensives. From 2012 – 2014 a total of 23 organisations completed either 1 or 2 years of an intensive Capacity Building Programme. April 2015- October 2016 saw 10 organisations complete an 18 month intensive programme.  The programme saw significantly positive results for many in the areas of Strategic Planning, Artistic Programming, Marketing, Board engagement, Management and Fundraising.

The extended 18 month programme developed following assessment of the outcomes of the first two years of the DeVos Ireland Programme. Both the original and extended programmes were supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, The Ireland Funds, and the wider Business to Arts member network.

The extended programme focused on strategy development, implementation and capacity building in an organisational context, and support two types of arts organisations in the Business to Arts network:

  • Organisations new to the DeVos Institute process
  • Organisations that have completed either one or two years of the DeVos Ireland Programme

Since its founding in 2001, the DeVos Institute has served over 1,000 institutions from over 80 countries. While environments, objectives, and disciplines vary, each of these clients share the desire to create, market, and sustain exemplary cultural programmes.

All organisations selected to participate brought up to five participants from their organisation including the Artistic Director, Head(s) of Department or General Manager, Development Officer and a representative of the Board (typically the Board Chair, or a champion of change).

The intensive programme combined group seminars with regular ongoing, one-on-one consultations with each organisation. Sessions were led by Michael M. Kaiser, Chairman of the DeVos Institute; Brett Egan, Director of the DeVos Institute; DeVos Institute associates and Business to Arts leadership. Throughout the 18 months, participants worked on revenue diversification, individual giving campaigns, board development, marketing and strategic planning.


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