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.
Our community will be meeting next in the first quarter of 2023.
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 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.
Initiated in 2021 and managed by CEB VII, the research and necessary work to prepare the registration culminated with the General Assembly of June 2022 when Cumulus members adopted the Association’s new Amended Statutes required by Finnish Law for Cumulus to register in Finland.
The following priorities guided the consultative work that CEB VII carried out to help transition the Association to legal status:
As a result, members were invited to weigh in on the registration process during the following touchpoints:
The registration will guarantee the Association’s smooth transition as legal body that will keep its management with the Secretariat team based at Aalto University, the ongoing university host of Cumulus 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