Board Leadership

Develop the knowledge you need to become a successful board member of a small southside arts organization. The training you receive will enable you to make a positive impact while building your professional skills and civic responsibility.


About the Program

The Civic Knowledge Project’s Southside Arts & Humanities Network (The Network) offers a Board Leadership program designed to leverage the University resources to provide participating South Side cultural organizations with talent for their boards. The Board Leadership program is unique in two ways: First, it aims to serve small and emerging arts and humanities organizations with annual budgets of less than $500,000. These organizations often have “working boards” that require dedication. Second, this program is “by the Southside, for the Southside” — with an emphasis on connecting the intellectual resources of the University of Chicago community with the cultural resources of local non-profits. The program will train participants and match their skills and interests with one of 10 selected small South Side cultural institutions.

Program Structure

Students must complete four courses of three hours each to earn the certificate, as well as a two-hour orientation prior to beginning coursework. Courses meet in the evenings during the autumn.

Program Requirements

Required courses:

  • Nonprofit Arts/Humanities Organization Structure and Lifecycle
  • Fiduciary and Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards
  • Board Role in Nonprofit Organization Development and Fundraising
  • Effective Nonprofit Board Leadership and Management Approaches

Application/Registration Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Interview with the program head

This is not an open enrollment program. Please see the Deadlines section to the right for current application periods.