In previous letters, I have mentioned that the ISC embarked on a strategic planning exercise last summer. I am thrilled to now tell you a little bit more about the process and the results after some nine months of work.
Working with a strategic planning consultant, the ISC’s staff and board, together with a number of members and other interested parties, went through an extensive interview process and participated in various “brainstorming” sessions to evaluate the ISC’s existing vision, mission, and programming and to envision their future evolution.
For me, one of the most interesting things to come out of this process was what didn’t happen. That is, the process didn’t identify any major new directions for the organization to pursue. Rather, it suggested that the ISC’s organic growth over the past 50 years has taken it in exactly the right directions, successfully fulfilling our vision and mission, and that our strategic planning should focus on how to do what we are already doing—only better.
Over the coming months, the ISC is likely to develop and publish new vision and value statements, perhaps we will even tweak our mission statement. But strategic planning discussions have suggested that we should focus on five primary goals to maintain our focus without duplicating the efforts of other organizations. These are: serve as an authoritative voice advancing contemporary sculpture in the U.S. and around the world; be the leading Internet access to key information on contemporary sculpture; build relationships with our core constituents, including artists, institutions, and patrons; develop the capacity to generate revenue to support our strategic goals and annual operating plans; and build the ISC’s governance capacities to ensure a vibrant and steady future.
We are already well on our way to determining how these goals should be effected through development, membership, Internet, conference and events, and publishing efforts. Priorities have been set, and ISC staff and board members are committed to investing prudently in the future of the organization. Some of the early work will be difficult to see—think development efforts, increasing membership, and planning for the expansion of our Web, conference and events, and publishing programs—but these efforts over the next 12–24 months will put us in a position to undertake a major redesign and expansion of our Web site and Internet offerings in 2012 and to expand our publishing program in 2013 and beyond.
All of us who work or volunteer for the International Sculpture Center are excited about the organization’s history, but as the ISC turns 50, we are increasingly driven by what we know the organization is yet to become.
We thank all of you—our members, subscribers, donors, and friends—for all that you continue to do to drive the success of the ISC as we look forward to the next 50 years.
Chairman, ISC Board of Directors
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