Learning to run an organisation

2019-05-23 06:00
David Cornelson, secretary of the Community Arts and Culture Centres Federation, runs a capacity building workshop at the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum on Saturday 18 May. PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

David Cornelson, secretary of the Community Arts and Culture Centres Federation, runs a capacity building workshop at the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum on Saturday 18 May. PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

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To build capacity in local arts organisations, the Community Arts and Culture Centres Federation of the Western Cape (CACCFWC) presented a workshop at Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum on Saturday 18 May.

The federation’s secretary, David Cornelson, said his organisation wishes to bring a positive change and growth in arts groups.

He said it had noted a lack of administrative skill in these groups, which would enable them to develop and grow into sustainable community organisations.

“We have seen the need in these community arts organisations, where people are passionate about what they do, and want to see change,” Cornelson related, adding that CACCFWC wants all community arts organisations to leave a lasting legacy.

He said the federation is there to assist in all aspects of running an organisation. “Let’s come together, be part of the federation and share ideas,” Cornelson said. “We don’t have all the answers, but we can support where we can.”

He said the CACCFWC wishes to reinforce the idea of its accessibility, for it understood the difficulties organisations face.

“It’s not a lost cause,” Cornelson declared. “There are things we can do to improve our situations.

“One of the things that leaves us a bit disappointed is that we think we are the only ones struggling. If you isolate yourself you often feel as if you want to give up.

“We want to empower people and let them know what they are capable of achieving. It’s not up to other people to determine your destination, and without proper information it’s very difficult to know what to do.”

Over the years the CACCFWC has seen how the arts can transform the way people think, Cornelson pointed out, challenging them into a deeper understanding of themselves and the world, and conveying a message in interesting and effective ways.

Yandisa Magagana of Kuyakhanya Productions, an organisation in Lwandle, said he learnt much at the workshop, especially about the day-to-day operation and running of an organisation.

“I also learnt about the difference between NGOs and NPOs, how to market an event and leadership skills,” he said. “I would love attend more of such workshops, to enhance these skills that our organisations need.”

Magagana said the workshop also covered the importance of documenting, paper trails and record keeping as well as fundraising.

Kuyakhanya Productions, an implementing partner for CACCFWC, has invited other organisations to the area to benefit from more workshops that will be run.

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