So you want to be an LRAC Board member?

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Have You Ever Considered Serving on Lake Region Arts Council's Board?

Here Are Some Frequently Asked Questions About the LRAC Board 

Over the years it has been an honor and pleasure to work with dozens of wonderful folks who served on the LRAC Board. The LRAC Board members, who are chosen to represent the nine counties of our region, have also represented a wide slice of regional professions, such as business owners, teachers, farmers, artist of every kind, city council members, directors of arts organizations, art collectors, retirees, medical professionals, librarians, the list could go on and on.

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The one thing all Board members have in common is a love of the arts and a desire to make sure that LRAC supports and encourages the arts in our region.

If you have ever thought you might like to represent your county on the LRAC Board, but needed more information to decide if it would be a good fit for you, here are some FAQ’s to help you decide.

How many people serve on the LRAC Board?

There are 18 Board members, two from each of Lake region Arts Council's 9 counties, Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin.

How long are your Board terms?

Board terms are for 3 years. A Board member may serve a second 3 year term, but then must resign from the Board and be off the Board for at least 1 year before applying again.

When are the Board meetings?

The Board meets every third Tuesday of the month, except in Aug. and Dec. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm, sometimes earlier, depending on the number of grants to be reviewed. Meeting are usually over by 9 pm. The meetings are held at the LRAC offices in Fergus Falls.

What are the duties of a  Board member?

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LRAC is the largest regional arts funder, awarding over $300,000 in arts grants every year. The LRAC Board reviews grant applications and determines which grants receive funding. Grant reviews are held at the monthly Board meetings. There are eight grant rounds each year. The Board also works with the Executive Director on long range planning and overall management of the organization. Board members are expected to be LRAC ambassadors by attending LRAC funded events, presenting grant checks for publicity efforts, and promoting LRAC grants and services in their home counties.

Do Board members receive pay for being on the Board?

LRAC Board members are volunteers, but are reimbursed mileage for attending meetings or LRAC funded art events.

If I am a Board member, can I apply for a grant?

LRAC Board members and members of their families cannot apply for the following grants: Artist Quick Start, Career Development, Fellowship or Individual Artist Legacy grants. If a Board member has an affiliation with a grant applicant, either individual or organizations, the Board member must declare a conflict of interest and will not discuss or vote on the application at the grant review.

As you can see, the LRAC Board has a strong influence on decisions that impact the growth, diversity and energy of our regional artists, arts events, arts organizations and community development.

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Being a Board member is exciting. You’re the first to hear about upcoming events, new work being done by artists, plans for public art, and trends that impact our region and our state.

Being a Board member is a chance to be part of something bigger than yourself and contribute to your community in fun, exciting and meaningful ways.

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in being a Board member, just contact the LRAC office for more information and an application. Phone 218-739-5780, or send an email by clicking here.