February Meeting and the Network of Ensemble Theaters Workshop!

January’s meeting was great and small (and included an agenda item where we discussed if we should keep having meetings. We decided “yes.”)

Our February Meeting will be Sunday February 24 at 4pm at the Aborn St offices at Trinity Rep (46 Aborn St, 3rd floor). It will be following. . . .

The Network of Ensemble Theater’s Financial Literacy workshop, which we are all incredibly lucky to have in Providence. You should definitely come (but space is limited so register soon!) Here’s the description:

NET logoJoin NETWORK OF ENSEMBLE THEATERS in Providence, RI on February 23 – 25  for a FREE professional development workshop on Financial Literacy for small arts organizations!

Financial Literacy 101 

Designed to empower ensembles and small arts organizations, this participatory artist-focused seminar increases attendees’ comfort, confidence, comprehension, and competency levels by sharing the basic tools needed to manage the financial “business” of artmaking. It provides an introductory-level overview of the financial components involved in operating an arts organization, including:

-Planning (chart of accounts, budgeting, cash flow projections);

-Day-to-day fiscal management (receivables, payables, deposits, bookkeeping, bank reconciliation, financial controls and policies);

-Reporting (tools for evaluation and review by staff/company members, boards, and external stakeholders, and how to use these tools internally to guide your decision making).

Led by NET Managing Director Alisha Tonsic, the session is designed for a small group, in order to ensure an intimate, comfortable setting and time for personal attention. Participants receive in-class handouts, as well as a take-home USB drive loaded with templates, forms, and resource materials that they can put to use immediately with their companies. In addition, participants receive a one-on-one private consultation  to access tailored coaching and direct responses to their specific questions and concerns.


February 23rd                    10am – 4pm (with a one-hour lunch break)
February 24th & 25th          Optional 45-minute private coaching sessions

FREE to Rhode Island arts organizations! Advance registration required, limited to 15 participants.

This workshop is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) to allow participants to attend for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional support for this session and the Ensemble ABCs program is provided by lead funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about NET and the Ensemble ABCs program, please visit: www.ensembletheaters.net