By-laws of the Connecticut Arts Administrators Association
THE CONNECTICUT ARTS ADMINISTRATORS ASSOCIATION, Inc.
ARTICLE I Name and Purpose
The name of the association shall be the Connecticut Arts Administrators Association Incorporated,hereinafter referred to as “CAAA”.
The purpose of the association shall be:
A. To provide a forum for the dissemination of exemplary arts education
practices in Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Art and Media Arts.
B. To provide professional development to assist those responsible for
local arts education in informing students’ arts learning or improve
the ability of those responsible for local arts education to improve
students’ arts learning.
C. To provide a vehicle for communication and collaborating with the
State Department of Education, other state arts and education organizations, and teacher preparation institutions.
D. To provide a forum in which leaders of arts education from diverse
settings can participate in the setting of statewide policies affecting
local arts education.
E. To engage in other activities that increase students’ access to quality
education in all of the arts.
ARTICLE II Membership
An Arts Administrator, to be considered for membership in this
A. Serve as an arts educator or arts supervisor,
B. Be duly appointed by his/her supervisory board to act as a district
administrator/coordinator or teacher leader,
C. Work in a supervisory capacity with other teachers in the same Arts
or related field, in more than one school building on a full or part-
D. Work as a college-level Arts or related field department chairperson
or designated representative, in a college with an arts or related field
E. Serve as an arts-in-residence consultant or resource
F. Be a retired arts educator or arts supervisor
ARTICLE III Officers
The officers of this organization will serve without compensation shall be elected for a two-year term according to the following:
Elected Every Two Years (Odd Years)
A. President, who will lead, represent and oversee all operations of the organization as determined by the Articles of Incorporation shall plan relevant Professional Development to reflect the priorities of the members, plan meeting agendas and chair the membership meetings.
B. Vice-President, who will serve as an officer for two years before becoming President. Will carry out duties as determined by the President.
C. Past President, who will serve as an officer and advisor for two years after being President and will carry out duties as determined by the President
Elected Every Two Years (Even Years)
D. A Treasurer, who will receive, disburse and manage all association funds, prepare financial statements and reports at the direction of the officers with the consent of the President.
E. A Secretary, who will record minutes, maintain a file of minutes and relevant organizational documents and carry out organization duties as determined by the President.
Ex-Officio Advisors (Not Elected)
A. The State Arts Consultant(s) and the Arts Education Manager for the State Arts Agency (CT Office of the Arts) will serve as ex-officio
advisors of the organization.
B. Chairpersons from CMEA, CAEA, EDTA, CDA and CAAE, who are appointed by those organizations will have an opportunity to report activities at each membership meeting.
The Executive Director is a non-compensated position with no term limit appointed by the officers to assure and maintain the mission of the organization and to carry out the goals and initiatives identified by the elected officers. The Executive Director reports directly to the President. The responsibilities of the Executive Director would include, but not be limited to:
· Prepare and present an organizational annual report and 501c3 and required tax filings.
· Identify, develop and maintain relationships with foundations, corporations, state arts and educational organizations, and individuals.
· Facilitate the continuity of organizational protocols and procedures.
· Assist officers with the implementation of identified projects, goals and initiatives, including membership development.
ARTICLE V Vacancies
If a vacancy of the officers occurs by reason of death, resignation, or other causes, the President may nominate a member in good standing with dues paid in full to fill out the unexpired portion of the term.
ARTICLE VI Quorum and Voting Requirements
For officer elections, there is one class of voters and a simple majority of voting, dues paying members shall constitute a quorum in either an email or in-person format. For the transaction of organization business at officer meetings, a minimum of 4 officers must be present to constitute a quorum.
ARTICLE VII Officer Conflict of Interest
In general, personal, business or family interest in a policy or transaction may constitute a conflict of interest. If an officer is in doubt as to whether there is a potential or actual Conflict of Interest in a specific situation, disclosure and consultation with the President and Vice-President of the organization is expected and will be held in confidence unless required by law or regulations.
ARTICLE VII Non-Profit Nature
The Connecticut Arts Administrators Association, Inc. is organized exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code. No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the stated purposes of the organization.
Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
The Connecticut Arts Administrators Association, Inc. is not organized and shall not be operated for the private gain of any person. The property of the corporation is irrevocably dedicated to its educational and charitable purposes. No part of the assets, receipts, or net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of or be distributed to any individual. The corporation may, however, pay reasonable compensation for services rendered, and make other payments and distributions consistent with these Articles.
No officer or director of this corporation shall be personally liable for the debts or obligations of the Connecticut Arts Administrators Association, Inc. of any nature whatsoever, nor shall any of the property or assets of the officers or directors be subject to the payment of the debts or obligations of this corporation.