CCPIDEAS and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence have partnered to create a new program that would train artists to serve on non-arts related boards of directors. The Creative Catalyst Program will train artists and assist in placing them on the boards of philanthropic organizations.

There are a number of benefits to having artists serve on boards, particularly when it comes to creative thinking.

There are strong benefits to the artists as well. Boards often consist largely of leaders in the business world, and an artist could benefit from those connections. It also takes them out of their community and places them into another, enabling them to learn new skills.

According to the website for the CCP, “The goal is to integrate great creative minds into comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of Louisville.”

The CCP will begin by training six artists and pairing them with six boards.

“As an artist-led organization focused on corporate and civic innovation, we understand the power of focusing creative minds on solving important problems,” explained IDEAS co-founder Theo Edmonds. “When properly trained and supported, artists are fantastic at helping organizations advance missions and at creating shared value between organizations and communities.”

Nonprofits and artists interested in participating should submit their information through the Creative Catalyst Program page.