Arts Finance Training

Interactive training programs for arts workers, managers, administrators, and board members looking to develop their arts finance skills.

“I’M GRATEFUL THAT THIS COURSE CENTERED THE HUMANNESS OF THIS WORK”

 

“This program was everything I hoped it would be and more. I deeply appreciated the cohort-learning model and Yesenia’s warm, organized, knowledgeable, and humorous take on the material… Most of all, I’m grateful that this course centered the humanness of this work. We were encouraged to be our full, complicated, intersectional emotional selves during our time together.”

– Program Graduate

Arts Finance Empowerment Camp


 

Series 1 - Financial Literacy

In Series 1 we unpack the basics of nonprofit arts finance to build your basic understanding and create a solid foundation of literacy. Get training in financial literacy, explore the arts finance ecosystem, and begin to develop your financial reporting skills in a safe and supportive environment.

By the end of this series, participants will be able to…

  • Identify various financial relationships in the arts ecosystem
  • Gain financial literacy through a basic knowledge of key financial terms
  • Make financial choices with confidence
  • Navigate the Big 4 of financial reporting – Profit & Loss, Budget vs. Actuals, Balance Sheet, Cash Flow, and the narratives they tell

Series 1 is designed for artists, arts administrators and board members looking to gain skills in financial management.

  • Limited to 12 participants

PROGRAM FEATURES

  • 10 participant cohort
  • 4 sessions, 3 hours each
  • 1 hour of 1:1 Coaching with Yesenia
  • 13 hours total

2024 DATES, TIMES + LOCATIONS

    • in the process of being scheduled. Reach out to Amy Kweskin amy@theintersection.org to be alerted when 2024 dates are set.
Series 2 - Financial Planning & Strategy

In Series 2 we take a deeper dive into what makes up nonprofit finances and get introduced to financial management tools.

Attendance in Series 1 is not a required prerequisite for Series 2 for those who already have an understanding of Profit & Loss, Budget vs. Actuals, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow.

“This program was everything I hoped it would be and more. I deeply appreciated the cohort-learning model and Yesenia’s warm, organized, knowledgeable, and humorous take on the material.” – Program Graduate

Series 2 is designed for nonprofit arts administrators and board members looking to build financial management confidence and competence.

By the end of this series, participants will be able to…

  • Identify how good budgeting contributes to fiscal health and financial management
  • Implement best practices for basic organizational budgeting
  • Explore tools and models for different ways of budgeting based on organizational goals
  • Understand the difference between a budget and cash flow projections
  • Use a cash flow management tool

PROGRAM FEATURES

  • 10 participant cohort
  • 5 sessions, 3 hours each
  • 1 hour of 1:1 Coaching with Yesenia
  • 16 hours total

2024 DATES, TIMES + LOCATIONS

  • Session #1 Intro to Financial Planning >>Thursday, January 25 from 10am-1pm PT via Zoom

 

  • Session #2 Creating Financial Goals, Objectives, Strategies & Tactics >>Thursday, February 1 from 10am-1pm PT via Zoom

 

  • Session #3 Strategic Budgeting >>Thursday, February 8 from 10am-1pm PT via Zoom

 

  • Session #4 Goals, Objectives, Strategies & Tactics (GOST) and Budget Lab >>Thursday, February 15 from 10am-1pm PT via Zoom

 

  • Session #5: Capstone – A presentation of GOST & Budget >>Thursday, February 22 from 10am-1pm PT in person in San Francisco

TUITION

$500 and Intersection covers the Eventbrite fees.

REGISTER on Eventbrite

Instructor

Yesenia Sanchez

Yesenia has 20 years of experience working with artists and arts organizations in many capacities. She has been an interim director, finance manager, administrative and program director, and executive coach and consultant. She is a finance trainer and coach for the Center for Cultural Innovation. Previously, she ran one of the largest artist incubation programs in the country at Intersection for the Arts. She received her coaching training in 2009 through the Coaching & Philanthropy Project’s Coach Training Pilot Program, where she had the opportunity to be a part of a year long cohort exploring the value of the coaching model in non-profit environments and in under-served communities. Yesenia specializes in business and finance coaching for individual artists, in addition to financial management, fundraising and development, facilitation, executive coaching and team building for arts organizations.

Build Confidence in Financial Literacy, Planning & Strategy 

The Arts Finance Empowerment Camp is an interactive cohort learning program for individual arts workers, administrators, managers, and board members. We’ll unpack the basics of nonprofit arts finance in two series. Participants are welcome to join for a single series or both.

Explore how cohort learning will empower your understanding of arts finance. Gain financial literacy and develop your skills in a safe, supportive and collaborative environment, where together, we’ll go beyond the numbers and into a deeper exploration of the arts finance ecosystem. In Series 1 we build your basic understanding of finance to create a solid foundation of literacy. In Series 2 we take a deeper dive into financial management tools.

What you gain
  • Immediately-applicable arts finance knowledge and tools
  • Confidence and clarity
  • Network of peers in your learning cohort
  • Certificate of Completion
Program Info

Each series has 5, 3-hour sessions + 1 hour of 1:1 Coaching with Yesenia = 16 hours total per series

Series 1 – 2024 sessions:

  • Series 1 ran September-October 2023. Reach out to Amy Kweskin amy@theintersection.org to be notified of 2024 dates.

Series 2 – 2024 sessions:

Session #1 Intro to Financial Planning

>>Thursday, January 25 from 10am-1pm PT via Zoom

Session #2 Creating Financial Goals, Objectives, Strategies & Tactics

>>Thursday, February 1 from 10am-1pm PT via Zoom

Session #3 Strategic Budgeting

>>Thursday, February 8 from 10am-1pm PT via Zoom

Session #4 Goals, Objectives, Strategies & Tactics (GOST) and Budget Lab

>>Thursday, February 15 from 10am-1pm PT via Zoom

Session #5: Capstone – A presentation of GOST & Budget

>>Thursday, February 22 from 10am-1pm PT in person in San Francisco

TUITION for Series 2

$500 and Intersection covers the Eventbrite fees.

REGISTER on Eventbrite

Want to be notified when dates are set for the next Series 1 or Series 2? Reach out to Amy Kweskin, Director of Professional Development at amy@theintersection.org

Bookkeeper Training


 

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Training Topics
  • Introduction to the Bay Area Arts Finance Ecosystem
  • Financial Terms & Literacy
  • General Bookkeeping Principles
  • Accounting Software & Platforms
Materials Provided
  • Computer
  • Google Drive
  • Trello
  • Quickbooks Online Subscription 
  • Microsoft Excel
Instructor

Yesenia Sanchez

Yesenia has 20 years of experience working with artists and arts organizations in many capacities. She has been an interim director, finance manager, administrative and program director, and executive coach and consultant. She is a finance trainer and coach for the Center for Cultural Innovation and is a featured author in the Business of Art© book, authoring the chapter on financial literacy for artists. Previously, she ran one of the largest artist incubation programs in the country at Intersection for the Arts. She received her coaching training in 2009 through the Coaching & Philanthropy Project’s Coach Training Pilot Program, where she had the opportunity to be a part of a year long cohort exploring the value of the coaching model in non-profit environments and in under-served communities. Yesenia specializes in business and finance coaching for individual artists, in addition to financial management, fundraising and development, facilitation, executive coaching and team building for arts organizations.

Overview

This program will train 4 entry level bookkeepers in the field of nonprofit arts finance. Over 5 weeks we will introduce trainees to the basics of bookkeeping for an arts nonprofit, from financial literacy, to reporting, to software.

This program is intended to increase general competency in the field of nonprofit arts finance among artists, arts workers, and cultural practitioners for the benefit of the sector, as well as teach trainees the necessary skills to be hired as an apprentice to Intersection’s Arts Financial Services (AFS) program.

 
Learning Objectives
  • Trainee will gain a general understanding of the arts finance ecosystem
  • Trainee will learn entry level nonprofit bookkeeping skills
  • Trainee will demonstrate a basic understanding of key financial terms and nonprofit financial reporting
  • Trainee will be trained in and demonstrate entry level skills in key financial software
 
Compensation

Participants will receive $25 per hour for each hour of training.

 
 
Participant Profile
  • Practicing artist, arts worker or arts and culture background
  • Desire to begin a career in arts finance and bookkeeping
  • Critical thinker
  • Detail oriented
  • Basic computer skills (MAC / PC)
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Google Drive
  • LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC encouraged to apply

 

This program was funded in part by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Want to be notified when dates are set for this program? Or, interested in commissioning this program for your organization? Reach out to Amy Kweskin, Director of Professional Development, at amy@theintersection.org