CKME reorganized as a not for profit organization in 2009 and as part of that process received a grant from the Arts Work Fund and engaged the Arts Consulting Firm to launch a strategic planning effort designed to revise its vision, mission and values and establish goals and objectives.
The strategic planning process was led by the Strategic Planning Committee, comprised of CKME board members, staff, and local community members involved in the arts. Additional feedback on the planning process was provided by the Community Advisory Committee whose participants included prominent members of the Chicago arts community.
Board Building and Committee Development were identified by CKME’s strategic planning process as a crucial next step in the future development and success of the organization. The strategic plan highlighted the importance of having an active and influential board of directors in order to provide a strong organizational foundation. With generous support by the Arts Work Fund, CKME embarked on a unique Board Building & Development process guided by Kristin Patton of Ensemble Consulting and utilizing the philosophy of Arts Action Research.
Through the continued professional guidance of the consultant and the AAR model, the process ensures that CKME’s new board, committees and support groups act together within their clearly defined roles, goals, priorities, and structure to effectively support the growth of the organization by harnessing structural support for successful new programming, organizational leadership, community partnerships, and funding development.
Chicago Expansion Initiative
Classical Kids Live strives to provide children with an exciting point of entry into the world of classical music by humanizing the lives of the great composers and creating an emotional connection to their musical masterpieces. We are honored to share our vision in many diverse cities across the globe, but our local expansion initiative holds a particularly special place in our hearts. Over the past few years we have found partnership in many wonderful Chicago-based organizations who share our dedication to nurturing our city and its youth through the power of classical music, including the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago. For more information, visit our Chicago Expansion Initiative homepage.