SDCAP Wants You!

SDCAP wants you to get involved! Now, more than ever, is the time to practice Civic Responsibility and Communal Effort. As you know, SDCAP is the sower of seeds for the San Diego regional event and art creation that our community so earnestly craves. We’re asking for your help in order to keep our community engaged. The Board is actively seeking those willing to serve as an SDCAP Director and help us find creative approaches and ideas for fundraising, alternative event production and keeping CoLab safe for everybody during these tricky and physically-distanced times. SDCAP is looking for practical visionaries…Burners that can imagine and recognize new opportunities. SDCAP is looking for You!  

Selection Process for the SDCAP Board of Directors

The SDCAP Board is about to begin selecting new members for the Board of Directors (“BOD”) to begin terms in March 2021. This year, SDCAP is looking to fill at least 2-3 Director positions.  If you want to know more about what SDCAP is and the role of the BOD, keep on reading!

What is SDCAP?

The San Diego Collaborative Arts Project is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt not-for-profit organization founded in 2012. SDCAP’s mission is supporting collaborative arts in San Diego, particularly those aligned with the 10 Principles of Burning Man. Current SDCAP projects include YOUtopia, CoLab, and year-round grantmaking.


What is the BOD?

The BOD’s general function is fiduciary, legal, and operational oversight, which is required by the State of California and federal law. Due to the nature of non-profit governance, the BOD’s primary function is to protect the assets of the 501(c)(3).  We do this so that we can continue holding YOUtopia and offering CoLab as a community build resource, and give year round art grants.

Legal requirements for non-profit governance fall into 3 categories: Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty, and Duty of Obedience. While each Director must agree to and fulfil those duties, in reality, we spend a ton of time talking about budgets, accounting, liability, safety, and insurance.  

Per the Bylaws of SDCAP, the BOD is comprised of 7-15 Directors and by law is required to have a President/Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. Non-profit Boards are responsible for recruiting their own Directors.

All Directors are volunteers and must:

  • Serve a 3-year term, working year-round.
  • Attend 2 BOD meetings per month, from 7p-9p on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at CoLab (via Zoom meetings during COVID-19 pandemic)
  • Attend 1-3 weekend Board retreats per year.
  • Serve sober, on-call shifts at YOUtopia.
  • Spend anywhere from 5 to 20+ hours per week working via email/phone/ad hoc meetings to conduct SDCAP business.  

Directors are eligible to apply for and receive grant funding from SDCAP for personal projects, but must recuse themselves from voting on these matters and disclose any potential conflicts of interest on an annual and ongoing basis.

The SDCAP BOD generally operates using a consensus model, which is considered a best-practice by many non-profit leaders. If you’re not familiar with consensus models, we recommend reading up on the subject if you apply for a Director position.

Does SDCAP do anything else for the San Diego Burning Man community?

In reality, not much else.  However, annually, the BOD does select the YOUtopia Production Leadership Team (“PLT”). The BOD works with the PLT to develop and approve the YOUtopia budget.  Members of the BOD will also participate and provide oversight of the YOUtopia Art Grant Committee.  During the YOUtopia planning season, the BOD will also work with the PLT to address event operations impacting financial, safety, legal consequences, or anything that may fall under one of the 3 Duties of non-profit governance.  In COVID times, this may mean working with the PLT to create something new, an alternative to an in-person event.

With regard to CoLab, the BOD’s involvement centers around financial and liability oversight.  Otherwise, the BOD leaves the daily operations of CoLab in the capable hands of the CoLab management team.