Well, you just do some research, find some people to help, and start
We founded the Chicago Metal Arts Guild in 2001. Our founder, Alix
Mikesell, called a meeting, interested people showed up, volunteered
to serve on the charter board and we were off.
Now we have a fabulous newsletter, ably edited by Orchid's own Noel,
and a terrific selection of workshops, lectures and exhibitions each
year. Oh, and did I mention we're hosting SNAG in 2006?
Basically, here are the steps:
-research incorporation and the facts about not for profits. You
may be able to get help from groups like Accountants for the Arts
and Lawyers for the Arts.
-line up the volunteer board. Don't make it too small. You need
volunteers to do the work of the organization. The treasurer is
essential. Essential. Possibly your most important board member.
-do the incorporation paperwork and begin the process of applying
for your 501 (c) 3 status. (not for profit)
I am not a lawyer, and this is only the barest outline.
It's not hard to do; it helps if you can lead, yet be humble,and
Ours is a regular full service type of guild, but it doesn't have to
be done that way. If you only want to do workshops, you can set it
up that way. Though I bet it would grow from there.
Metalsmith, Certified PMC Instructor
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