Membership in the Smiths Falls and District Arts and Culture Council opens the door to many routes and destinations. Benefits include affiliation with like-minded people, access to relevant news, information and professional and skilled resources, and opportunities to network with members of the local arts and cultural community.
Members who attend the Annual General Meeting can elect Directors to the Board and can themselves stand for election to the Board.
Members can attend our monthly Board meetings as well as invitation-only events such as our annual award reception.
Members can join the committees that run the Arts Council and pitch in to carry out its activities. These include events, communications, financial and membership.
The imagination, focus and memory achieve far more together than alone, even when fortunes are scarce. Aspects of our mission apply directly to you or else you want to see them fulfilled in this place you call home. What's going on around you? What works and what doesn't? You just can't get enough of that art and culture stuff. We need you. Help build the abundance!
We need people just like you:
–You toiled away for years and now you are retired and living on a pension. Why waste that magnificent brain with all of its organizational skills and experience on piddly little trivialities when you can put it to good use and keep your faculties intact?
–Students in or out of school know what they need to advance their educational and career goals: applied experience and connections. Both can be found and used by volunteering for non-profit organizations like this one.
–As a newcomer, you want to integrate into your new home quickly and seek a context.
–Spouses not transfixed by day jobs who give to their communities belong to a time-honoured tradition that extends down through the ages. When people say there’s more to life, this is what they are talking about.
Building a local arts and cultural community is not rocket science, but it takes time and persistence. It also takes a willingness to step back, see the details in the bigger picture, and connect the dots.
There are already many players on the local scene and they need your help.
Continuity is important, especially when it gets broken. Fact is, people get older when they’re not busy moving along. Organizations can outlive their founders, or they can evolve beyond an original purpose and method.
There are times when a good idea can’t be realized in any other way, or when a bad idea needs to be given a rest. New volunteers help needed change happen.
The SFDACC welcomes volunteers to help us conduct the activities that fulfill our mandate. Our favourite sort of volunteer is the one with their wits about them!
These activities include attending a monthly committee meeting and performing committee tasks.
Using a meeting agenda, committee members are briefed on the tasks at hand, accept committee tasks and update each other on what they have agreed to carry out. This is also where members contribute the information and knowledge they have.
Mostly its not rocket science. Tasks can include information-gathering, contacting people or meeting with them, writing or producing documents, number-crunching, distributing documents (Events posters, for instance), organizing an event and organizing other volunteers who perform tasks like staffing an event.
Volunteers bring their own viewpoints and tastes. The trick is to err on the side of quality, keep an open mind and to be practical. We value being realistic so don’t feel obliged to promise too much. A good rule of thumb is to not let the perfect become the enemy of the good.
Arts Councils are vessels that perform specific tasks in local waters. To be on this crew, these skills help:
Good conceptualization and analytical abilities.
Good verbal communication and written skills.
Good group working skills.
Join the crew.
The SFDACC holds an annual general meeting usually in the late spring or early summer, which includes voting in new directors and re-electing standing ones. In 2013 the AGM was held in Heritage House Museum on Old Sly's Road. In 2014, it was held at the Station Theatre on Victoria Avenue.
Annual Membership Fees
Join the SFDACC and receive the benefits of membership. Select a membership category based on the type of support you wish to provide. If you will be representing an organization such as an institution or a corporation, select “organization”. If you have the means and want to show how much you care about arts and culture here, select “patron”. By joining you will become eligible to vote at our annual general meeting.
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