|Practical Considerations: Step 3|
Dedicated, long-standing advisory board members are your key to success. Here are a few strategies for creating and maintaining an active advisory board.
- Offer an honorarium, either for each meeting or for board member status.
- Luckily, the important things, the things that really make people feel a part of your institution and on board with your mission, are the ones that cost the least.
- Let board members know they are important to you. Always ask for their feedback.
- Refer to previous feedback explicitly in later meetings and develop strategies for incorporating it.
- Credit them for their contribution to the development of the program. List your advisory board members in your brochures and other publications, as well as on the museum's Web site.
- Make your board members feel a part of your museum community by keeping them informed about any developments in programming, new exhibits, and events.
- Send thank-you letters, minutes, and follow-ups; tell them how the results of the meetings are being implemented.
- Offer your advisory board members museum discounts and free passes.
- Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity to thank your advisory board members for their commitment and celebrate the program they helped to create. Invite them to a breakfast, lunch, or a reception; give your advisors an opportunity to speak at this event and be interviewed by the press.
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