“Effective retreats advance the mission,” says Millennia Consultant Mirja Hanson, “and so it was for the Board of Directors planning retreat of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA). Board members representing arts, literature, publishing, academic, business and cultural organizations gathered October 2016 to identify prioritize directions for board engagement in support of the MCBA mission “to lead the advancement of the book as an evolving art form.”
The MCBA is the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind in the field. The stated 2014 Strategic Plan vision is “a world where book art is created, cultivated, celebrated, and understood as a vital and lasting expression of culture” http://www.mnbookarts.org/. Located in downtown Minneapolis, the center brings together artists, instructors, art collectors, learners, appreciators and people of all ages to learn and enjoy traditional and new paper-making crafts, letter press printing, bookbinding, typography, graphic design, art making through classes, exhibits, presentations, shops, events and the resource center.
The retreat discussion resulted in initiatives for identifying new and emerging book arts audiences and expanding access to programming through inter-sector partnerships, off-site venues and strengthened working relationships with center staff. According to Board Chair, Diane Merrifield, “the retreat was very helpful, in both bringing board members together in a way that builds cohesiveness and a sense of shared purpose, and in providing direction for making their experience on the board more meaningful.“