Recognizing the limitations of its traditional business model, the Anchorage Concert Association (ACA) undertook a radical shift in direction. It moved from presenting art to facilitating community transformation through art. After undergoing training in “civic arts practice”, ACA staff, board and artists experimented with new and unexpected community partnerships. Focused on its long-term resilience, ACA also made several key internal changes to embed this new experimental mindset into the “DNA” of the organization.
Change is always in the air, it seems, and I’m especially thankful for the change toward blooming flowers now beginning … Continue reading
The journey of Teatro Publico de Cleveland (TPC) is about generosity, learning, trust and the desire to connect in spite of challenges. … Continue reading
Alberta Theatre Projects, Downstage, and Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre have been selected to move forward into Incubating Innovation, a program that supports organizations in designing and prototyping new strategies for increased public impact and value.
. . . The small group I was in spent time discussing the suggestion that we “come together to dismantle and kill ideas.” Like how some carnivores work in packs to bring down big animals, we would collaborate to tackle our biggest challenges . . .
In this interview, Lee Ann Norman and Eric Booth discuss the global El Sistema movement, which is the basis of his new book Playing for Their Lives: The Global El Sistema Movement for Social Change Through Music (W.W. Norton & Company, 2016).
In this Op-Ed, Jamie Gamble introduces the field of developmental evaluation, which combines creative and critical thinking in order to evaluate innovative programs and prototypes in uncertain and dynamic conditions.
As we head into Round 2 of Community Innovation Labs in two new cities, we’re pausing to reflect on takeaways from our pilot Labs and to share updates on our revised program design.
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra & Francis Winspear Centre for Music, Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival, and Theatre Alberta have been selected from New Pathways | Edmonton to continue into Incubating Innovation.
In this post, Claudio Dicochea describes NALAC’s prototypes in our Innovation Labs for Arts Development Agencies, which involved the activation of two regionally-allied “NALAC Pods.”
As she finishes up her Communications and Media Fellowship with us, Anushya Badrinath writes about her experiences and learning at EmcArts and ArtsFwd, and the work she will be now be doing in India.
EmcArts is pleased to announce an open call for letters of inquiry for Community Innovation Labs. We will be launching Labs in two new communities across the U.S in 2016-2017. Read this post to learn more, and submit an inquiry by April 11th, 2016.
This is the last of a series of three Working Open posts about Center Stage’s learning journey through EmcArts’ Innovation Lab for Performing Arts Organizations.
This is Part 3 of a series of three posts by Working Open Fellow, Sherrine Azab. This post reflects on learning and changes spurred by the three experiments NET conducted through the Innovation Lab for Arts Development Agencies.
This spring, EmcArts will be back on the road with workshops and talks about innovation and adaptive change, creative placemaking, community development, systems change, and more. Check out this post to see which communities we’ll be visiting across the U.S.
EmcArts has selected 12 fellows of color from New York City for Cohort 2 of Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators (ALACI).