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IFVP Institute April Board Meeting

The IFVP Institute Board met for their April meeting. We took time to check in and noted various health challenges that have slowed down our work, but are glad that we are all doing better lately! We discussed our various individual projects, and then received updates on the certification project. We have gotten clarity on a variety of concerns and are making progress on an automated registration process that will reduce administrative overhead and allow us to focus more on assessment. When that system is in place, we will begin to implement our pilot cohort.

April IFVP Board of Directors meeting

The IFVP Board of Directors met on Saturday, April 13, 2024. We took time to check in by sharing our sense of the value of being part of the IFVP and the board. Most all agreed that the international networking and friendships were greatly valued, especially by those in areas where visual practice is not so widespread, and it can feel lonely doing this work. We then transitioned to reports about membership and finance, which are stable at this point. We are hoping to continue to work on increasing membership value and numerical growth after the summit focus is past.

IFVP Board of Directors March Meeting

The IFVP Board of Directors met on Saturday, March 9. We took time to check in about our family connections, and then reviewed reports for our finances and membership. We spent most of our meeting discussing the upcoming summit and planning for it. We noted that contracts have been signed for the space, the gala dinner entertainment, professional headshots and video clips, general photography and some off-site housing. We should be finalizing workshop presentations, the schedule and on-site dorm housing soon.

Summit Win: Heather Martinez pre-summit and participation

In the years I've been participating in IFVP and the conferences/summits, one of my vivid memories is of trainings with Heather Martinez. I can still picture a previous conference workshop where there was literally standing room only, with the room full of people standing shoulder to shoulder all practicing their lettering. I'm looking forward to taking Heather's presummit on lettering, as this is one of the weakest parts of my visual practice.

IFVP Board of Directors meeting: February 10

The IFVP Board of Directors met on Saturday, February 10 for our regular meeting. After checking in, we looked at reports on membership and finances. We have an increasing number of basic memberships, which was our hope for increasing our diversity, equity and inclusion by offering a lower cost version of membership. This has presented a challenge however as memberships are our primary income stream for maintaining our operation. We discussed the need to develop multiple income streams and to research whether the basic membership is meeting our DEI hopes.

2024 Global Summit updates!

So we've sold out our early bird registrations (thanks all who boosted us into the new year!) and have now put in place the regular registration page. The non-member price is $1750 (summit and on-campus food, not travel or housing). Premium and basic members who are signed in to your account will find an automatic discount that will allow premium members to register for $1550 and Basic members to register for $1650. 

December meeting of the board of directors

The IFVP board of directors met on Saturday, December 9. We checked in on each other's week and moved to reports. We noted that there are 246 members divided among premium and basic. We noted that we have 21 registrations for the Montclair Summit, which leaves 19 early bird spots left. We are anticipating that we will see significant gains in engagement in and around the Summit, and are preparing to be ready to involve people in various projects.

IFVP Asia gathers!

I was glad to be invited by Chung Li, Tul and Jilly to zoom in with the IFVP Asia meetup on Saturday, November 25th (that's their time, for me it was 9pm on Friday night!). It looked like about 60 participants altogether (about half online, half in person) and for me there was active conversation on the zoom chat and facebook group. I met some very talented and excited people who were eager to learn about visual practice and the IFVP.

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