By Rick Hutzell
The Annapolis Opera is headed to school.
The arts company is one of 11 in Annapolis and Anne Arundel arts and culture groups chosen for a new training program designed to teach best practices for nonprofit management and governance.
Leaders of the Annapolis Opera, the Annapolis Arts District, the Annapolis Film Festival, the Annapolis Maritime Museum, the Chesapeake Arts Center, Creative and Performing Arts of South County, Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the Maryland Federation of Art, Maryland Hall for Creative Arts, the Maryland Concert Series, and The Musical Autist will take part in an 18-month program with Maryland Nonprofits’ Standards for Excellence Institute. The training program will start in January.
Funding the training was provided through a partnership of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County and the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. The training sessions are valued at over $10,000 per organization.
The institute is a national initiative established in Baltimore to promote standards of ethics, effectiveness, and accountability in nonprofit governance, management and operations.