The Union Recorder


May 1, 2014

Allied Arts participating in Momentum for the Arts Initiative

MILLEDGEVILLE — Allied Arts is one of 10 organizations in the Macon area selected to receive a full scholarship to participate in the Momentum for the Arts Initiative.

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) announced 44 nonprofit arts organizations from across the state have been selected to take part in Momentum — a competitive and transformative multi-year process designed to help nonprofits build strategy and leadership that leads them to higher impact in their communities.

These organizations will take part in one of four Momentum cohorts being launched this spring in Albany, Augusta, Macon and Savannah, with major statewide support from the Georgia Council of the Arts (GCA), and regional support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area in conjunction with the Knox, Creel-Harrison and other local foundation partners.

“Georgia Council for the Arts' mission is to cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia communities through the arts,” said Karen Paty, director of Georgia Council for the Arts. “Nonprofits sit squarely at the center of this work and foster the vitality of our cultural communities. We are investing in Momentum to help them cultivate strategic capacity, develop effective leaders, foster collaboration, and ensure the sustainability of these vital groups.”

The first and largest project of its kind in Georgia, Momentum was developed by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and pioneered on the southern coast over the past two years. An evaluation of the inaugural cohort of 25 nonprofits in Brantley, Camden, Charlton and Glynn counties validated remarkable transformations in the ways their organizations create actionable, high-impact strategy; make dynamic, data-driven decisions; and implement enduring systems to measure and manage results.

Based on extensive research, the 18-month Momentum process focuses on transforming the way nonprofits manage and sustain high performance levels over time, while catalyzing communities of peer leaders to cooperatively tackle large and long-entrenched problems in their community.   

Allied Arts Executive Director Randy Cannon said the process is young still with two meetings completed.

“We are currently involved in a high performance survey assessment. You involve your key stakeholders in figuring out where we are right now and where we need to go,” Cannon said.

Allied Arts joins the 2014 Momentum Macon Cohort with Eatonton-Putnam Arts Foundation; Friends of the Historic Douglass Theatre Complex; gloATL; Jazz Association of Macon; Macon Arts Alliance; Macon Film Festival; Museum of Arts and Sciences; The 567 Center for Renewal; Theatre Macon; and Tubman African American Museum.

Cannon is glad the organization made the cut, being one of two organizations outside of the Macon area to make that cohort.

“I felt like it was an opportunity for Allied Arts to find out what we are doing correctly to maximize on that and where our weaknesses are to alleviate those,” Cannon said. “The whole goal with Momentum is to help the board, staff and volunteers think and act more strategically. We will get a strategic plan out of this process.”

On May 20, Allied Arts will participate in “Board Boot Camp.”

Cannon sounds excited about the 18-month process.

“It's good for the community because it will make the work that we do more cost effective and have a higher impact,” he said. “I think we'll end up in a very good place.”


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