FAN encourages any members who are interested to volunteer for a FAN Committee. It is through the FAN committees, which cover a broad range of skills and activities, that much of the work of the organization is accomplished.
The Communications Committee produces the FAN printed newsletter and e-news. Published once yearly, the printed newsletter is an important review of our meetings, camaraderies and grants awarded in photos and copy. The e-news is sent monthly to provide members with information on upcoming FAN meetings and activities as well as photos from recent events. This Committee is also responsible for press releases, the website, and other communications with the public.
This committee plans and hosts events at which our members attend a performance or exhibit funded by FAN, preceded or followed by a lunch, dinner, reception or other social event. Cultural Camaraderie has become extremely popular with the FAN membership, and an effective means of recruiting new members.
Recruiting and retaining members is essential to FAN’s ability to develop a community interest in the arts and a funding pool for grants. The Membership Committee focuses on activities to bring in new members and to provide information and activities for our current membership. Activities include communications and special events including the Member Only Events, in appreciation of our members, with behind the scene tours, trips to art collector’s homes and specific events for members only.
MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON PROGRAMMING
Quarterly luncheon meetings are held for FAN members at which current topics concerning the arts and culture are discussed by distinguished guest panelists. The Luncheon Programming Committee assists with the development and organization of the program, and with the luncheon arrangements. Luncheons are held in October, December, March and May. Guests and prospective members are welcomed at these meetings. Grantees, panelists and arts leaders mingle informally with members and guests.
The task of the Screening Committee is to select the programs that will receive grants for the 2020-2021 season. The Screening Committee is crucial to FAN’s mission to support the visual and performing arts in Miami-Dade County. Members of the committee, working together, have a unique opportunity to learn about the grant evaluation process and applicant arts organizations while performing an important service for the membership.
Screening Committee members can choose to screen in one of the four disciplines FAN funds: Music, Dance, Theater and Visual Arts. The screening process starts with a training session in January. Screeners then review grant applications, make site visits and meet with other members of their team to select the applications they will recommend to the entire committee. The process concludes in February, when the entire Screening Committee votes for the programs that will be awarded grants. A Ballot and Voting Booklet will be sent to the general membership to vote for the Members’ Choice Grant Awards. The Annual Grant Awards Luncheon is held in May.