263 Pearl Street
Cambridgeport, MA 02139
Date Posted: March 19, 2021
Region: Eastern Massachusetts
Type:Board of Directors
Board membership is on a voluntary basis and members are elected to an initial one-year term, with intent to renew. This working board meets four times per year. Minimal time is required outside of the regular meetings to execute specific tasks as delegated during board meetings, or to participate in extra initiatives around fundraising, audience development, community engagement, strategic planning, and program development. Board members are also solicited for their vote on the selection of exhibitions for our Exhibition Proposal Series.
Board members provide a sounding board for the staff, as well as direction and accountability. They are expected to help grow the vibrant community of visitors, ticket buyers, and volunteers. A meaningful annual financial contribution is also required.
The board and staff are always open to new ideas for improvement, organizational sustainability, and especially fundraising. Past projects led by board members include: a comprehensive brand identity, a new website (www.gallery263.com), a weekend of one-act plays, a festival of one-minute films, a silent dance party, annual foraged-food banquet, and a $12,000 Kickstarter fundraising campaign, and promotional video.
Applicants should understand--or seek to understand--the inner workings of arts or nonprofit organizations and should have an interest in the arts, but do not need to be artists or arts professionals. Knowledge of fundraising, donor prospecting, grant writing, and community engagement are a strong advantage. Connections to the local business community or other community organizations would also be a huge plus. We highly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.
Board members must be able to attend 4 annual board meetings and at least two annual fundraising events.
If we have enough interest, we may host a virtual information session for curious applicants to schmooze with board directors and staff, learn about the gallery, ask questions, and tell us what you believe you have to contribute.
Now in its 11th year, Gallery 263 is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to advancing the endeavors of artists and performers, while fostering public engagement, enrichment, and exchange. We are honored to provide a contemporary voice for the arts in Cambridge and beyond, while serving as the “living room” of our neighborhood. Through diverse programs including juried shows, artist-curated exhibits, music, dramatic arts, and residencies, Gallery 263 empowers artists and nurtures innovation. To find out more, please visit our website: www.gallery263.com
A free service of Mass Cultural Council.
Homepage banner image: Detail of glassworks by Carrie Gustafson (Mass Cultural Council Crafts Fellow ’11).