Best Practices

The Arts Alliance is committed to following and complying with nonprofit best practices. We regularly update our policies, including by-laws, board responsibilities, employee guidelines, financial procedures, communications and risk management.

The Arts Alliance contracts Artrain, a management service arts nonprofit to provide administrative, financial and project management services. This arrangement has resulted in a 50% savings in overhead costs. All revenue received to support The Arts Alliance’s work is used exclusively for their work at TAA. Our team is led by a president/CEO with 30+ years of nonprofit arts administration experience supported by a team with strong backgrounds in the arts, nonprofit sector, education, communications, public art and design and business. The professional team remains current on trends, laws and issues affecting the creative sector through their involvement in local, regional, state and national organizations including Americans for the Arts, Creative Many Michigan, Culture Source, Michigan Nonprofit Association and MCACA, among others. To guide human resource policies, practices and training, TAA’s board adopted Personnel Guidelines that mirror its contracting agency, Artrain, who is the employer of record for the  professional staff.

Planning process, desired outcome for programming and evaluation

The Arts Alliance actively engages the arts and creative sector, as well as the broader community, in identifying, planning and evaluating needed projects and services. Whether managed solely by The Arts Alliance or involving partners,  qualitative and quantitative goals are set to measure the success and effectiveness of each initiative. Assessment and evaluation procedures unique to each project are decided during the development phase. Major projects often include a pilot phase to identify opportunities and challenges in order to make modifications to ensure improvement during the next phase. Frequently the public is included in the evaluation process through online surveys or focus groups that provide important feedback and measure public opinion.

Promotion and marketing

The Arts Alliance is adept in using social and traditional marketing strategies to promote the programs and services that it and its members offer to media, public, cultural institutions, visitor bureaus, chambers of commerce and government agencies.  The Arts Alliance’s Communications and Style Guide includes style guides and communication guidelines. Every communications project begins with the team meeting to understand the goals of the project, the targeted audience, the partners and sponsors involved and how success will be measured. 

Board Bylaws and Policies

The Arts Alliance Bylaws Conflict of Interest Policy Whistle Blower Policy Anti-discrimination Policy Gift Acceptance Policy The Art Alliance Succession Plan
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