Vision Board

 

I chose Sydnie L. Mosley Dances because they center the creativity, movement, dreams, activism and lives of Black women. They make beautiful and provocative dances that touch on head and heart, justice and aesthetics. They see and affirm Black life in everything they do. To experience their work is to live fully.

Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director of The Laundromat Project

quoted after directing a grant to SLMDances from Black Art Futures Fund

The SLMDances Vision Board is a team of professionals who believe in the SLMDances collective mission and values and work closely with collective leadership to use their skills and resources to realize the strategy and vision. The goal is to build and activate the vision board in 2021. 

 

Benefits of joining the SLMDances Vision Board include: 

  • Community - Opportunities to participate in collective events, movement classes, and strategic visioning

  • Social Impact - Engage communities in important social dialogue by supporting educational workshops and interactive performances 

  • Professional Experience - Build experience supporting and scaling a small, friendly grassroots organization interested in challenging non-profit norms and experimenting with structures and practices rooted in Black self-determination

Who You Are

General Board Criteria: 

  • Demonstrated leadership 

  • Ability to work independently with limited guidance/oversight 

  • Special consideration given to young Black professionals who meet specific eligibility criteria as part of broader effort to diversify governance of arts community 

  • Financial contributions (give/get) from individual board members: $500/year

Open Vision Board Roles

Development Advisor: Develops and supports individual donor strategy to meet annual targets for contributed income (2021 donation target is $15,000) 

  • Time Commitment: ~ 8 hours/month with concentrations around holiday appeal, board meetings, and fundraising events 

  • Characteristics of Ideal Candidate: 

    • Professional fundraising experience OR personal/professional network with access to potential individual donors and/or corporate sponsors

    • Comfortable making personal appeals to individuals 

  • Engagement with SLMDances Leadership: 

  • Illustrative Activities:

    • Individual Donor Fundraising through Holiday Appeal

    • Individual Donor Fundraising through Dinner/Event

Legal Advisor: Provides pro-bono legal advice on taxes, copyright, trademark, and other legal matters as needed 

  • Time Commitment: -2 hours/month with concentration around board meetings and tax deadlines 

  • Characteristics of Ideal Candidate: 

    • Legal professional 

    • Relevant tax/copyright/trademark experience 

  • Engagement with SLMDances Leadership: 

  • Illustrative Activities: 

    • Provides legal counsel when the tax structure incorporates (DBA → LLC) 

    • Provides legal counsel for any copyright and trademark needs (music licensing, publishing etc.) 

    • Other legal counsel as needed

PR Advisor: Cultivates the company's public image in alignment with vision and values and provides access to networks and greater organizational visibility 

  • Time Commitment: ~8 hours/month with concentrations around campaigns, board meetings, and special events 

  • Characteristics of Ideal Candidate: 

    • Connected to national and/or Black media outlets 

    • Able to secure/make connection between visibility opportunities and earned income 

  • Engagement with SLMDances Leadership: 

  • Illustrative Activities: 

    • Launch Visibility Campaign for the Company and founder

    • Identify and connect to potential Brand Ambassadors (not in the dance field, but someone who has an appreciation for dance and the unique SLMDances process/experience) 

    • Identify most appropriate platforms/channels to promote SLMDances

If you are interested in joining the SLMDances community by serving on the Vision Board, please contact the Board Chair, Courtney Keene at courtkeene@gmail.com with your resume and statement of interest.

We encourage you to learn more about us and our work. We look forward to meeting you soon!