Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Governance 101 for Arts, Culture, and Heritage Organizations

  • 3

    Unit One: Essential Legal Responsibilities for Board Members, Directors, and Officers

    • Introduction to Unit One

    • Background Assessment

    • Your Legal Responsibilities and Liabilities

    • Statutory Standard of Care

    • Understanding Your Standard of Care

    • Statutory Standard of Care Quiz

    • Further Reading on Fiduciary Duty

    • Conflicts of Interest

    • Conflicts of Interest Quiz

    • Conclusion - Your First Steps

    • Additional Resource: Board of Directors Skill Matrix Template

    • Additional Resource: Further Readings

    • Additional Resource: Krista Vaartnou's Governance 101 Presentation Slides

  • 4

    Unit Two: How Board Members Contribute to the Success of an Organization

    • Introduction with Jules André-Brown

    • Essential Roles & Responsibilities for Board Members

    • Introduction to Succession Planning

    • Succession Planning with Jules André-Brown

    • Further Readings: Succession Planning

    • Why Term Limits Are Important

    • Strategies for Holding Successful Board Meetings

    • Strategies for Effective Communication & Collaboration (Part II)

    • What Are Term Limits?

    • Strategies for Effective Communication & Collaboration (Part I)

    • Operational vs. Governing Boards

    • What is a Consent Agenda?

    • Strategies for Holding Successful AGMs

    • Further Readings: Successful AGMs

    • Building Relationships Between Executive Directors and Chairs

    • The Governance Crisis in BC's Cultural Sector - Why Relationships Between Directors and Staff Are Critical

    • Who is at the table? Diversity Among Board Directors and Officers: Exploratory Estimates on Family, Work and Income

    • Planning, Visioning, and Goal-Setting, Part 1

    • Planning, Visioning, and Goal-Setting, Part 2

  • 5

    Unit Three: Supporting Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Within Your Organization

    • Welcome to Unit Three!

    • A Conversation About Equity in Arts, Culture, and Heritage

    • Resources for Learning About Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

    • Barriers to Systems Change in Arts, Culture, and Heritage

    • The three-headed hydra: benefits, limitations, and opportunities in cultural governance

    • Truth Telling as a Precursor to Reconciliation

    • Readings on Equity in Not-for-Profit Governance


  • How much does this course cost?

    Individual enrollment costs $49.99, but to encourage entire boards to participate in this professional development opportunity, we are offering a special group enrollment of $4.99 for 4+ board members from the same organization. If you are interested in the special group rate, please email [email protected].

  • How long do I have to complete the course?

    Upon enrolling in the course you will have 4 months to complete it and receive your certificate. If you need a one-time course extension, please email [email protected].

  • Where can I send feedback or questions about the course and its content?

    This course is being maintained by the BC Museums Association, please email [email protected] if you have any questions, notice any errors, or have feedbacl.

Arts BC, the BC Museums Association, and the Squamish Arts Council would like to thank the BC Arts Council and the Vancouver Foundation for their support in developing this online course.