In 2005, Children’s Performing Arts (CPA) was established as a performing arts group for elementary youth. It began with a group of 27 children, a volunteer orchestra (including piano, bass guitar, and drums), and a few parent volunteers. Participating children kept increasing when word spread of the program and their performances. By the third season, it became evident that some formal structure was required to manage both the number of children and the operation of the shows.
A board of directors was formed in 2009, they worked to create CPA’s non-profit 501(c)(3) status and secured it in 2011. Their largest program typically has 100 students and is attended by over 1800 patrons. Over the last few years, they have expanded to meet community needs, they have added additional programs to include show choirs and summer camps to engage older youth in addition to their junior director mentorship program.
They also work to ensure a theater alliance within the Hanifl Performing Arts Center which is currently under construction. It will finally give them the ability to have a home base, an office space, classroom space, and multiple theater spaces. This is not your typical theater experience – all children who register for their programs are accepted. They accommodate any child and work within their abilities. It is their goal that teach child feels they are an important part of the final production.
- Provide theatrical, dance and musical interaction for children to develop skills in music, theater, and visual arts.
- Provide an opportunity for children to perform at their level of comfort in a supportive environment.
- Actively engage children in their community and the local community with Children’s Performing Arts.
- Provide leadership development for youth including programs that increase leadership, teamwork, and cognitive skills.
Annual budget: $96,400 – 49% Earned Income, 26% Foundation, 11% Individual Contributions, 13% Federal or State Contracts, 1% Corporate Sponsorships
Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Children’s Performing Arts honors the uniqueness of each individual and embraces diverse backgrounds, values and viewpoints to build a strong, inclusive community that prepares youth for lives in a multicultural society. This means providing all who live, learn, and work within our organization to have the opportunity to experience a broad range of ideas and perspectives. Diversity is an irreplaceable educational and artistic asset that develops the whole person. As we embrace the opportunity to learn from each other; it challenges us to grow and think differently. Quality education is enhanced by shared perspectives of those with varied backgrounds and views. Children’s Performing Arts strives to create a supportive environment that welcomes all people regardless of race, beliefs, disability or economic status.
- Most board members wear multiple hats and engage in various ad hoc committees as needed throughout the year.
- Accounting and Financial Skills – CPA is small but growing and additional support with their budgeting and cash flow to help manage growth is highly sought.
- Marketing Planning and Public Relations – As they hope to grow their audiences and spread the word of their programming, skills in reaching out to the community and media, as well as website support or graphic design & production could prove highly useful.
- Volunteer Management
- Fundraising – CPA wants to continue to leverage individual donations and corporate sponsorships, board skills in this area is encouraged.
The main responsibility of board members is to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of Children’s Performing Arts (CPA) so as to support the organization’s mission and needs.
- Number of members: Ten
- How many needed: Two
- Meeting time and frequency: Monthly on the third Thursday – Evening
- Meeting location: Northern St. Paul Suburbs
Along with governance responsibilities, volunteering and attendance at Children’s Performing Arts events and shows when able as well as ambassadorship on behalf of CPA.
- Time Expectation: Up to five hours per month
- Financial Contribution requirement: Yes, meaningful to the board member
- Committee requirement: No
- Length of Term: Two years
- Renewable: Yes