Cumulus full-members are expected to send their official representative (s) to attend the General Assembly on an annual basis. This is an opportunity for members to approve the main strategic objectives recommended by the President and Executive Board, approve the association’s annual budget, and endorse new institutional members.
Held annually in the 1st quarter of the calendar year, “extraordinary” sessions are held when the association has critical needs for members to vote.
Information to come.
The GA will conclude the service of CEB VII and hold the elections of CEB VIII.
After 30 years of continued growth and success as an unregistered association under the legal framework of its founding host institution, Aalto University, Cumulus is ready to transition to becoming a legally registered association in Finland.
As a registered association, Cumulus will keep upholding its mission: to be a dynamic forum for knowledge exchange and best practices and a committed advocate for the positive role of designers and artists in shaping a better world.
Since December 2020, when CEB VII started the exploration process on registration, it has endeavored to conduct this critical task of its mandate of the legal registration in partnership with the Secretariat, Aalto University, and Finnish Legal Counsel. The following goals and priorities have guided this work:
As a result, members were invited to weigh in on the registration process during the following touchpoints:
This plan aims to generate a revised draft of the amended statutes that, hopefully, all members will confidently endorse and ultimately vote on to finalize the registration process. The timing is pressured for the association as CEB VII concludes its mandate and hands over the association to the next elected Board from June 16 onward.
The post-EGA consultative actions have included the design of a member survey to collect feedback and open workshops with Cumulus legal counsel to clarify the work done to date on the statutes.
Before the upcoming June General Assembly, members will be invited to review the new draft of the amended statutes and will be asked to vote to finalize the registration of Cumulus in Finland.
The approval by members of the next amended statutes’ draft is critical: it will ensure the legal registration of Cumulus. The registration will guarantee the association transitions smoothly into its legal state with its Secretariat and Aalto at its ongoing host through 2025.
When starting the negotiations for a renewed service agreement between Cumulus and Aalto, it became apparent that the current legal structure of Cumulus– with regard to Cumulus’s global network and expanded financial operations – is problematic for both parties. For this reason, Aalto recognized that an independent registration is necessary before signing the new service agreement.
In my understanding, the Executive Board and the Secretary-General have carried out the preparation for this transformation seriously, respectfully, and with full responsibility for the Association.
Aalto University and Aalto ARTS sincerely hope that members accept the modified amendments of the statutes that will be presented in the General Assembly in June to enable the signing of the new agreement between Aalto and Cumulus.
Dean, School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Aalto University – May 2022