ARTIST TRUST STRATEGIC PLAN: A Letter from Our Board President
I never tire of the succinct strength of the Artist Trust mission, especially the understanding that a community supports its artists to be in turn enriched by the work they do and the paths they take: Artist Trust’s MISSION is to support and encourage artists working in all disciplines to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Artist Trust is a connector, supporter, and funder for Washington State artists of all disciplines.
As we celebrate the first 30 years of Artist Trust, we also look at the future. Recently we announced Artist Trust’s Strategic Plan through 2019. A group of members of the Artist Trust Board, staff, and volunteers led by board member Chris Abrass requested statewide feedback and examined the assumptions of our work, taking the pulse of the organization, particularly in its delivery of services to artists.
The new Strategic Plan is seamless in bringing together our mission with values and goals. The objectives and actionable items in the form of projects and initiatives follow suit. The Strategic Plan not only reflects the current status of Artist Trust but also shows that the plan is already in motion, for example, we recently released our Equity Plan, one of the plan’s initial goals.
I am particularly delighted that the plan is a living document, which will both provide guidance and allow us to reflect and adjust as needed, rather than a report that remains dormant and will be revisited a few years from now. To that end, the Strategic Plan Task Force is morphing into the Strategic Vision Committee. This new committee will meet to review progress and address changing needs in the field, as well as look at opportunities to advance our mission. When the time comes to write a new Strategic Plan, the work will already be in motion.
To complete the delivery, a booklet was designed and illustrated by artist Minh Nguyen. This publication is meant as a user-friendly guide to the concepts rather than the details of the Artist Trust Strategic Plan.
We couldn’t do this work without the Artist Trust’s staff, led by Shannon Halberstadt. Our plan for the future is also fueled by the support of our patrons at all levels. We are truly grateful to all of you.