ArtsBuild supports the arts community with shared services that address different needs across our local arts sector for resources and services such as legal assistance, human resources, healthcare, back office, and other training and tools. ArtsBuild currently facilitates these services for our Community Arts Partners, the recipients of our Mission Support grants.

Circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted the arts sector and in some cases have placed strain on the administrative and operational capacity of our local arts organizations, increasing a need for access to services and resources like these. Proudly, most of the vendors we have chosen to work with to provide these shared services are local minority or women-owned businesses. 

Arts Forward, a cohort of diverse arts organizations in Chattanooga, is a partner with ArtsBuild to tackle the various challenges we face in the arts sector and create opportunities for growth. We work together to identify needs and solutions so that arts organizations, especially small and mid-size organizations, can be efficient and successful. The shared services provided are the result of surveys and conversations with ArtsBuild’s Community Arts Partners and the Arts Forward cohort during the summer and fall of 2020. We are grateful for the Benwood Foundation, Lyndhurst Foundation, Footprint Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, and our ArtsBuild donors for supporting this work.

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Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts

Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts (VLPA) connects artists and arts organizations across the state with the education, resources, and opportunities they need to thrive from their creative endeavors. The program provides pro bono legal and business services to income-qualified artists and creative entrepreneurs of all disciplines, as well as emerging nonprofit arts organizations. VLPA is a state-wide program of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville.

Human Resources and Accounting Consulting 

ArtsBuild has partnered with HR Biz Solutions to provide monthly workshops on a variety of human resources and accounting topics relevant to the arts sector as well as one-on-one consulting at a 50% discount to ArtsBuild’s mission support funded organizations.

Racial Equity Training and Consulting

ArtsBuild has partnered with Donivan Brown to offer ongoing racial equity consulting to our mission support funded organizations. This consulting arrangement allows organizations to explore systemic and structural equity concerns in programming, policies, community engagement, recruitment, advancement, and governance.

Marketing and Communications Consulting

ArtsBuild has engaged Claridy Communications to offer ongoing training to the local arts sector as well as individualized marketing and communications consulting to our mission support funded organizations.

Grant Writing and Fundraising Training

ArtsBuild has engaged Skye Strategies to offer ongoing training to the local arts sector through monthly workshops on development, fundraising, annual campaigns, arts sector grants research, and grant writing.

Social Media Workshops

ArtsBuild has engaged Colline Miller to facilitate monthly informational webinars on topics relating to our funded organizations’ digital presence, including social media, email marketing, website design, and other topics based on feedback and interests.

Capacity Building, Strategic Planning, and Board Development

Community Consultants, LLC is partnering with ArtsBuild to assist organizations in building their business processes, human capacity, funding resources, and outreach strategy to reach their chosen audiences. The Community Consultants team will also assist in Spanish language translation services.

Monthly Zoom Gatherings

ArtsBuild hosts monthly calls for everyone in the local arts sector. We are here to support the arts community, share stories and resources, and uplift the arts, which are essential to our lives and our local economy. Through these regular gatherings, ArtsBuild aims to help facilitate partnerships and collaboration, educational opportunities, and connect our growing local arts sector. You can view recordings of past meetings on our YouTube Channel.

Zoom Recordings

You can access past Zoom recordings on our YouTube Channel. To get notice of upcoming ArtsBuild Zoom Gatherings, sign up for our e-newsletter at the bottom of this page.

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