Role of the Board
The Board of Directors plays a vital role in the leadership of Kirkland Arts Center. The Board provides the guidance and support necessary for KAC to fulfill its mission, vision, and goals. Board members actively participate in areas such as finance, marketing, fundraising, and strategic and event planning.
About Kirkland Arts Center (KAC)
Kirkland Arts Center is a nonprofit visual arts school and gallery, as well as the owner steward of the historic Peter Kirk Building. KAC was founded as the Creative Arts League in 1962 by artists and citizens who were interested in providing local opportunities in the arts and a passion for preserving the Peter Kirk Building.
For more than 60 years, KAC has owned and maintained this historic structure and transformed it into an exhibition gallery, community arts studio, and home to 2D and 3D art classrooms that serve Eastside students of all ages and skill levels.
Kirkland Arts Center unleashes the power of art to ignite individual growth and self-expression, build community spirit, and cultivate cultural vibrancy.
Roles and Responsibilities of KAC’s Board of Directors
Each individual board member is expected to:
- commit to a three-year term;
- give a meaningful personal financial donation that places KAC in your top 3 philanthropic commitments annually;
- participate fully in one or more KAC standing committees;
- Understand the Fiduciary Responsibilities of a board;
- know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs;
- follow the organization’s bylaws, policies, and board resolutions;
- Act as advocates and ambassadors for KAC, leveraging social networks and resources to support the organization;
- prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in monthly board meetings, especially faithfully reading and understanding the organization’s financial statements;
- maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of the organization.
To satisfy its fiduciary duties as the leadership body of the Kirkland Arts Center, the board of directors as a whole is responsible for:
- making key decisions regarding the organization’s mission, strategy, and goals;
- selecting and evaluating the performance of the executive director;
- strategic and organizational planning;
- ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management;
- fundraising and resource development;
- enhancing the organization’s public image; and
- assessing its own performance as the governing body of the organization.