Alliance Winter Workshop: Law & Governance Bootcamp for Performing Arts Non-Profits

*Update: December 5 - Registration Now Closed!

Date & Time: Thursday, December 6, 2012 / 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Venue: Alliance Board Room

The Workshop: Non-profit cultural organizations can run into legal challenges as a result of systems and practices in place that are not aligned with legislated policy or regulations. Sometimes it is challenging to know when legal advice is needed or what type of legal guidance is required to properly address an issue. This workshop aims to provide foundational knowledge and capacity to identify, plan for, and respond to legal issues that can arise in the management of a non-profit organization.

Participants will learn about good practices in the areas of governance, employment, leasing/purchasing property, and privacy in order to mitigate the risk of legal situations; how lawyers and the legal system address legal issues; relevant legislation governing non-profit and charitable organizations; and strategies for risk management.

This workshop is open to twenty-four leaders of City of Vancouver grantees in the performing arts sector (one representative per organization). Up to twelve organizations that complete the workshop and are in need of further legal consultation will be eligible for a free one-hour follow-up meeting with Martha Rans at Artists' Legal Outreach to address specific legal issues.

To cover lunch and beverage costs, a $20 non-refundable fee will be charged at time of registration.  

The workshop has been supported by the City of Vancouver / Cultural Services in partnership with Artists’ Legal Outreach and the Alliance for Arts and Culture.

The Facilitators: Martha Rans is the Legal Director of Artists’ Legal Outreach. She has been practicing law in British Columbia since 1997, and works extensively with arts organizations, not-for-profit societies and visual and multimedia digital artists.  Alison Brewin graduated with a Law Degree from the University of Victoria in 1991 and was called to the Bar in 1992. Throughout the 1990s, she worked in non-profit management, worked as political assistant to Margaret Mitchell, MP, and provided freelance community development, education and writing services.

Cost: Free to organizations currently receiving Vancouver Cultural Services grants ($20 lunch fee)

Registration: Registration for this workshop is through the Artists’ Legal Outreach website.


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