Strategic Plan 2013-2014

Goal One: Develop Little Opera’s capacity to build and support a sustainable organization, the smart way.

Goal Two: Ensure that Little Opera’s artistic program continues to develop, deepen, and grow.

Goal Three: Enhance Little Opera’s position as an important contributor to arts accessibility and social change in the Bay Area.

Action Steps: Objectives and Indicators of Success

Goal One:  Develop Little Opera’s capacity to build and support a sustainable organization, the smart way.  

Objectives:                 

      1. Develop a 2-3 year development strategy that supports Little Opera’s growing financial needs
      2. Develop an earned income stream to support Little Opera’s mission
      3. Determine benefits and pitfalls of fiscal sponsorship vs. 501c3 status, and implement whichever option holds the greater net benefits
      4. Invest in the professional development of our management team

Indicators of Success:

      1. Little Opera has a 2-3 year development strategy with clearly defined individual, foundation, and corporate fundraising goals, and tactics to achieve them
      2. Pilot Opera-in-a-Day, a lighthouse project for Little Opera’s earned income stream
      3. A decision is made about Little Opera’s fiscal model
      4. Little Opera’s management team applies research and lessons learned from conferences and best practices into programming.

Goal 2: Ensure that Little Opera’s artistic program continues to develop, deepen, and grow.

Objectives:

      1. Develop a comprehensive 1-2 year plan for the after-school program with clearly defined learning goals that reference the Common Core Standards.
      2. Drawing on best practices in the field of arts education/child development research and development, design and pilot a one-year assessment and evaluation project.
      3. Expand Little Opera’s programming and increase the number of children we are able to serve.
      4. Ensure that all new guest artists are familiar with the Little Opera process before engaging them in the program
      5. Research, design, and pilot a teaching artist training program for Teaching Artist Associates to build the field.

Indicators of Success:

      1. Little Opera articulates and clarifies its story development and music curriculum.
      2. Documentation and reflection practices are woven into Little Opera’s daily life.
      3. An increase in the number and diversity of students served and broadening of Little Opera’s geographical reach
      4. Little Opera delivers a one-day guest artist workshop.  Guest artists have a deeper understanding about what it is we do and how.
      5. The Teaching Artist Apprentice program begins to take shape.

Goal 3: Enhance Little Opera’s position as an important contributor to arts outreach and social change in the Bay Area.

Objectives:

      1. Design and implement a marketing and communications plan that will increase awareness and understanding of what Little Opera does, how we do it, and why
      2. Cultivate strategic partnerships with leaders in the field, both in the Bay Area and beyond
      3. Set up an informal El Sistema research group to increase knowledge and understanding of the philosophy and its application for work with Little Opera children and youth

 Indicators of Success:

      1. Little Opera’s mission, vision, and goals are recognized and understood by all of our constituents
      2. Relationships with other opera companies, arts education leaders, and others are established and growing.
      3. Little Opera is actively engaged in an El Sistema research group and has visited numerous El Sistema sites both nationally and internationally, documenting effective practices and ways to implement them within Little Opera.