Strengthening Your Equitable Capacity | Full Series

Strengthening Your Equitable Capacity | Full Series

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Join Artist Communities Alliance (ACA) for a virtual workshop series on building equitable capacity for artist residencies.

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Registration closes on Monday, April 25, 2022 at 8 pm EST. Register early!

Strengthening Your Equitable Capacity Workshop Series

Join Artist Communities Alliance and our brilliant faculty of artists and arts leaders for Strengthening Your Equitable Capacity, a values-driven workshop series designed to support artist-centered experiences. This professional development opportunity will help artist residency staff and leadership assess and strengthen all elements of their residency program, with a focus on Identity, Program Design, Stewardship, Resource Development and Operational Excellence, the key areas outlined in ACA’s Five Pillars of a Healthy Residency Framework Rubric*, developed by Lisa Funderburke Hoffman.

Equitable Capacity, a concept coined by ACA’s Executive Director Lisa Funderburke Hoffman in 2020, refers to the strengthening of an organization’s “muscle” to be equitable in policies, practices, and processes. Each three-hour intensive includes nuts-and-bolts presentations from guest faculty and ACA staff, interactive exercises and small-group discussion and networking.

This series will help you:

  • Sustain artist-centered experiences
  • Refine your welcome and onboarding processes for artists
  • Manage your organization’s operations
  • Develop an equitable engagement strategy with your stakeholders and audiences
  • And more!


Crafting Thoughtful Artist Residency Experiences

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm ET

What do artists need to have successful residencies and how can thoughtful preparation set up residencies for success?

In this workshop, based on the Thoughtful Invitation Framework developed by Lisa Funderburke Hoffman, we’ll consider proactive engagement frameworks to develop clear communication and expectations, provide inclusive access to artists, and respond when things don’t go as planned.

You’ll leave with the tools needed to develop your own artist-centered approach to community engagement, orientation, and collaborative problem-solving.

Trust + Transparency in Artist Engagement

Thursday, April 28, 2022 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm EST

How does your outreach process dictate the range of artists who apply? Are you providing artists with comprehensive and accurate information so they can determine whether your program is a good fit? How can residency programs evaluate their selection processes and set up juries for success?

Whether you just launched your first call or are exploring ways to strengthen your process, this workshop will examine important aspects of access in your application and selection process and provide you with new tools to help support artists.

Nuts + Bolts: Building your Residency’s Capacity

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 | 1:00pm -4:00pm EST

Do you have policies and processes that guide your work? What plans and systems would improve your capacity and make your work more efficient and effective? How do you evaluate your organization’s risk?

In this workshop, you will learn how to develop and implement structured and standardized processes to support your organization and residency program(s). This workshop will center ACA’s Five Pillars of a Healthy Residency Framework Rubric* developed by Lisa Funderburke Hoffman.

Know Your Value: Fundraising Strategies for Artist Residencies

Thursday, June 16 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm EST

Who has expressed interest in the resources and services you provide? How can you meaningfully engage your constituents to support your work? How do you translate your value proposition into a fundraising strategy?

In this session, you will learn how to create long-term strategies toward gaining (and keeping) fundraising support from corporate, individual and foundation sources. This workshop will suggest ways to build a fundraising strategy that speaks to your context and community.


Space for this series is limited. Registration closes on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 8pm EST (unless tickets sell out sooner). Register early.

ACA-member rates are $185 per session, $600 for the full series, plus Eventbrite fees. Join or renew your membership in order to receive the discounted rate.

Non-member rates are $260 per session; $900 for the full series, plus Eventbrite fees.

Full series rates are only available until Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 8pm EST (unless tickets sell out sooner).


Flexible rates available to organizations that are Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) led and founded; or led and founded by a person with disabilities. For eligibility these organizations also maintain a budget of $500,000 or less. If you would like further information on these rates, please email with:

  1. Organization name
  2. Organization’s annual budget
  3. Workshop(s) you wish to attend
  4. ACA membership status
  5. A brief note explaining your eligibility


50% refund issued if canceling up to 3 weeks in advance of each workshop. No refund issued if canceling within 3 weeks of the workshop. Alternatively, you may instead transfer your paid registration to another member of your organization. Please email us at to update your registration. The date for the 50% refund cut-off for the full series package is April 6, 2022.


All workshops will be captioned and ASL interpreted. ACA is committed to providing full access to all. Please send accessibility and accommodation inquiries and requests to during registration.


What can I expect from this workshop?

Attendees can expect a mix of interactive exercises and as nuts-and-bolts information from our guest facilitators, as well as time in smaller group breakouts for discussion and networking. You will receive a participant packet the week of your session that outlines resources and prompts. We also welcome questions ahead of the session, sent to

Can I share my registration with my colleagues?

No; one registration equals one virtual seat. We will remove participants from the session who do not follow this policy.

I would like to split the series registration among different staff. Can we do that?

Yes; you may elect to send one staff person from your organization or program to each workshop. You must let ACA staff know who will be attending at least 7 business days in advance of the session. As with all workshops, one registration is meant for one virtual seat. Please send the following to

  1. Full name
  2. Title
  3. Email address
  4. Workshop title

How do I know if I am a current member of ACA?

If you are not sure of your organization’s status or whether your membership is current - drop us a line! Please write to to confirm.

Can I pay by check?

Because registration tracking and event links are processed through Eventbrite, attendees must register through this portal. Eventbrite accepts credit card payments as well as PayPal. If you need to pay through your organization’s bank account, check to see whether it is linked to PayPal.

I need an accessibility accommodation that is not listed.

ACA is committed to providing full access to all. All workshops will be ASL interpreted and captioned and we are happy to engage other services as needed. Please send accessibility inquiries and requests to at least 7 business days before the session.

Something came up and I can no longer attend my session. What should I do?

If you are not able to make your session for any reason, you may transfer your registration to a colleague or board member at your organization. Please let us know so we can update your registration: email

Alternatively we are able to offer a 50% refund up to three weeks out from each session if you are not able to transfer your registration to an organizational colleague.


Artist Communities Alliance (ACA) is the international service organization for artist residency programs and artist-centered organizations. ACA's mission is to advocate for and support artist residency programs as a means of advancing the endeavors of all artists. Founded in 1991, ACA currently has more than 250 members in 50 U.S. states and 20 countries, and works on behalf of 1,500 residency programs worldwide. Since 2004, ACA has provided more than $4 million in direct grant funding to artists and artist residency centers.

*Five Pillars of a Healthy Residency Framework Rubric developed by the Artist Communities Alliance design team: Lisa Funderburke Hoffman, Executive Director; Edwige Charlot, Director of Community Learning; and Kate Strater Hogan; with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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