The future is a digital one. Is your organization helping to lead or trying to keep up?
Technology Connectors™ is the region’s only comprehensive technology assistance initiative dedicated to the needs of arts and culture. Since 2001, the Technology Connectors has partnered with more than 50 technology companies, bringing expertise to meet a critical need in the arts. Accurate and timely technology planning gives the organization a roadmap to success while optimizing available funding and resources. We provide three types of services to assist organizations with technology infrastructure, planning and project implementation.
For Technology Professionals
Technology professionals who participate in Technology Connectors expand their skills and networks while lending much-needed and valued support to our cultural community. The ideal volunteer has technology expertise in at least one specific area and possesses creativity, initiative and flexibility. Don’t see your skills here but know they would make a difference? Drop us a note. We’ve mastered the art of the match, and we know how to help you and your company do good business in the region. Successful candidates have a strong interest in the arts and community engagement. Candidates should be willing to commit 5 to 10 hours a month on a consulting project; TC projects typically take 3 to 12 months to complete.
There is a one-time participation fee of $250 per participant. Many companies subsidize this fee, recognizing that having employees involved as volunteers offers both professional development opportunities and a way to enhance the company’s presence in the community.
How to Apply
You can apply online. Before you begin, please be sure you have an updated resume available electronically — you will be prompted to upload your resume into the application.
Once we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule an interview to discuss your interests and skills as they relate to Technology Connectors.
Once accepted into the program, you will participate in half day TC orientation session to learn about issues facing nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and to prepare you to be an effective consultant in an arts setting.
After you’ve completed the training session, we’ll place you with an arts organization with a clearly defined project that aligns with your area of expertise. We’ll stay in touch with you throughout the project, offering counsel and resources to help you succeed.
For Arts + Culture Organizations
New skills and strategies can keep your organization on the cutting edge. Join the more than 260 arts, culture and heritage organizations working with ABC to engage untapped networks of support for your staff, board and community. If you’re an arts manager who could benefit from a fresh perspective or additional expertise, and you’re willing to invest time and energy to lead your organization through a project, with the help of an experienced technology professional, then Technology is for you. Arts and cultural organizations pay an administrative fee to the Arts and Business Council when a TC volunteer is placed. The fee is:
- $200 for organizations with operating budgets under $250K
- $300 for organizations with operating budgets $250K to $500K
- $500 for organizations with operating budgets $500K to $1M
- $750 for organizations with operating budgets $1M to $5M
- $1,250 for organizations with operating budgets over $5M
Contact Eileen Cunniffe, Director, Business + Technology Services at (215) 790-3621 or [email protected].
Support Technology Connectors! In 2016, our skills based volunteers worked on over 240 projects and provided approximately 8,000 hours of service with the generous and invaluable help of volunteers like you. Together, we generated over $2.5mm in volunteer business consulting services to our region’s creative community. Please consider making a donation to Technology Connectors so we can continue to support the region’s arts and culture community. With your help we can establish a sector that prides itself on both its creativity and its excellent management capabilities.
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