Opportunity Details

Arts & Culture, Board Development

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Board of Directors - Art Works Downtown


Art Works Downtown is looking for community-minded individuals in Marin County to grow and diversify the composition of its Board of Directors. As a non-profit organization that supports community engagement through the visual arts, we wish to expand the knowledge, diversity, experience and perspectives that contribute to the development of an inclusive and thriving arts community in Marin. Prospective Board Directors may especially contribute their leadership and experience in the visual arts, diversity/equity/inclusion, architecture, property management, accounting and finance, marketing, or strategy development. Importantly, a strong sense of community and commitment to the AWD mission are essential to this volunteer, 3-year position.

About Art Works Downtown

Art Works Downtown is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide an environment where visual arts thrive for the well-being of our community.

Since the founding of Art Works Downtown (AWD) in 1996, the core purpose of the organization has been to enrich our community by encouraging artistic activities, educating the public, increasing appreciation of art, and strengthening the relationship between artists, arts organizations and the larger community. AWD provides an environment that is seeded in its historic building on Fourth Street but expands its reach to the broader community in Marin. More than a physical location, AWD creates a setting that fosters unity, belonging, collaboration, opportunity, and creativity – all elements of a thriving, healthy, diverse arts community.


Expectations of the Board as a Whole


As the highest leadership body of the organization and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the board is responsible for:

  • determining and supporting the mission and goals of the organization
  • committing to diversity, inclusion and equity by modeling diversity and inclusion for the entire arts industry
  • maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all
  • selecting and evaluating the performance of the executive director
  • strategic and organizational planning
  • ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management
  • fundraising and resource development
  • approving and monitoring the organization’s programs and services
  • enhancing the organization’s public image
  • assessing its own performance as the governing body of the organization


Expectations of Individual Board Members

Each individual board member is expected to:

  • know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs
  • faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements
  • see diversity, inclusion, and equity as connected to our mission and critical to ensure the well-being of our staff and the arts communities we serve
  • advocate for and support board-level thinking about how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work, and how best to address that in a way that is consistent with our mission
  • serve as active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for the organization to advance its mission
  • leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve the organization’s mission
  • contribute a meaningful personal financial donation of $500 or more per year
  • help identify personal connections that can benefit the organization’s fundraising and reputational standing, and can influence public policy
  • prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in board meetings
  • participate fully in one or more committees


Further, board members are expected to:

  • follow the organization’s bylaws, policies, and board resolutions
  • sign an annual conflict-of-interest disclosure and update it during the year if necessary, as well as disclose potential conflicts before meetings and actual conflicts during meetings
  • maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of the organization
  • advocate for public and private-sector policy that promotes diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • challenge systems and policies that create inequity, oppression and disparity


If interested in becoming a board member at Art Works Downtown, please email Elisabeth@artworksdowntown (or the email link below) with a letter of introduction.  Please describe what skills you would bring to your board role and why this position is of interest.

Thank you for your consideration.  

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