NASAA’s current strategic plan was ratified by the membership in 2012, and the board reaffirmed its currency in 2014. Although member satisfaction with NASAA is strong, state arts agency environment is always evolving. Now is an optimal time to consider our goals and to assess NASAA’s strategic position, potential opportunities and priorities for serving the membership. To this end, a new comprehensive strategic planning process is under way. Planning activities will take place in 2016 and 2017, toward a new plan to take effect in fiscal year 2018.
A draft of the new plan is now available for review. NASAA is eager to receive your comments and suggestions while the document is still in draft form. To share your feedback, please e-mail NASAA Chief Program and Planning Officer Kelly Barsdate, or phone 202-347-6354. To learn more about the process for formulating the draft, read on!
We set the stage with a visioning session on state arts agency change at NASAA’s 2015 Leadership Institute. Then the NASAA board (representing 21 states) devoted a planning retreat to forecasting the future of our field. We’re taking new political realities into account and mining policy trend analyses from experts in many sectors.
NASAA’s planning offers many ways for state arts agencies to weigh in. The NASAA board framed the effort in spring 2016, then multiple member committees took part (including Planning & Budget, Nominating, and Resource Development). Most important are the voices of the membership at large, which we’re capturing through:
We’re casting a wide net for new ideas and diverse opinions. To do this, NASAA is convening regional arts organizations and national arts service groups. We’re reaching out to cultural advocates and networks that influence public policy. We’re also interviewing leaders in the business, rural development, education, health and community development sectors.
Our new plan will plainly articulate NASAA’s work, building on the strengths of our existing plan while retooling to meet the demands of the future. Our board will help us to pick our shots, be realistic about resources and keep a tight focus on NASAA’s mission: to strengthen state arts agencies.
NASAA’s strategic plan articulates NASAA’s long-range goals and objectives. To stay nimble, we also develop annual action plans that guide our short-term activities. This helps NASAA stay in sync with constantly evolving needs, opportunities and constraints.
NASAA’s Planning & Budget Committee leads NASAA’s long-range planning and annual action planning. The committee includes a mix of executive directors and council members with diverse skills and geographic perspectives:
Ken May (ED-SC), NASAA Treasurer, Committee Chair
Ben Brown (AK-CH), NASAA 1st Vice President
Theresa Colvin (ED-Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation)
Stephanie Conner (CM-TN)
Monica Guzman (CM-GU)
Randy Rosenbaum (ED-RI)
Amber Sharples (ED-OK)
John Strickland (CM-WV)
The committee welcomes comments and suggestions from members. Contact NASAA Treasurer Ken May to share your ideas or questions.