The Asian Pacific Islander (API) Arts Network is a volunteer-run and led grassroots collaboration of artistic and cultural producers, funders, presenters, and supporters, formed to increase visibility and diverse representation of APIs on a regional and potentially national level through self-generated activity and advocacy. Currently, the Network is funded by grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Boston Foundation.
The Network was launched in October 2017 in response to a town hall meeting and community forum attended by over 100 arts supporters and artists as part of the national “Beyond Orientalism” initiative. It became clear that despite the fact that there are large numbers of API artists in Boston, many feel isolated, unsupported, and unrecognized. Attendees articulated a need for a network for API artists and arts organizations to convene, work together, share best practices, and collaborate in the Boston area.
The Network holds the potential to influence the local funding landscape, leverage resources for API artists, and help younger and emerging artists find their path by learning from others. The Network strives to create a support system that will encourage peer learning, ensure equitable access to professional development opportunities, open lines of communication between funders, artists and administrators and spark collaboration between artists. By building a strong community and support system, the Network will empower artists and their supporters to advocate for issues that are important to them and their communities.
Currently, the Network is looking to expand the Steering Committee (SC), a volunteer leadership group that will be instrumental in guiding the mission, vision, and operational structure of the Network during these early years. The Network is committed to serving individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and will strive to be inclusive along such dimensions as gender, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, age, stage in professional/ artistic career, experience, artistic discipline, geography, and immigrant generation. As such, the Network is looking to build a SC that represents as many dimensions as possible.
Steering Committee Description:
The SC is a group of volunteers that provides leadership to the Network in lieu of paid staff. It provides strategic direction, support, guidance, and oversight to the Network and its activities.
Steering Committee Member Responsibilities:
- Refine and further develop the Network’s vision, mission, and goals, as well as organizational structure.
-Facilitate effective strategic and organizational planning.
-Provide direction and leadership to subcommittees, tracking the progress of projects and activities against plans and goals.
-Participate fully in one or more subcommittees.
-Help secure financial and other resources to enable the Network to fulfill its mission.
-Monitor and manage the Network’s financial resources.
-Ensure the Network’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
-Encourage and strengthen links between the Network and its stakeholders (individuals, organizations, communities, etc).
-Serve as an excellent representative, advocate, and ambassador for the Network, attending and supporting activities of the Network and its partners.
-Assist with SC and overall membership development, which may include communications, outreach, and recruitment.
-Commit to serving on the SC for at least one year.
-Attend and actively participate in SC and subcommittee meetings in person or virtually (currently slated for meetings once a month, subject to change).
This is a great opportunity for an individual looking to contribute to the Network’s mission. Individuals with a wide range of experience and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Selected Steering Committee members will demonstrate a commitment to the Network and its objectives, have patience in this critical formation year, and have an understanding of the particulars of working with a volunteer committee. Excellent communication skills and motivation to contribute to a team is a must. Selected members will have the unique and exciting opportunity to contribute to a group in its start-up phase.