Site-specific Storytelling: La Jolla Playhouse’s Theatre Without Walls

La Jolla Playhouse offers an annual subscription series of six new plays, re-imagined classics, and musicals to over 100,000 patrons in San Diego County and Southern California. In their Arts Innovation Fund project, they created Theatre Without Walls (WoW), a site-specific initiative designed to remove the physical limits of typical performance venues by immersing audiences in theatrical work in a variety of community settings.

Lessons from the Field: Case Study on Latino New South

An in-depth case study documenting the successes of Latino New South, a collaborative innovation between Levine Museum of New South, the Atlanta History Center, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. These three organizations entered EmcArts Innovation Lab for Museums with the intention of making their programs and institutions more resonant with, and responsive to, the fast-growing Latino communities in their respective cities.

Designing EmcArts’ Community Innovation Labs

Here’s the second post chronicling EmcArts’ Community Innovation Labs program, from conception to design through piloting. This post documents our three Innovation Team meetings, which explored questions about artistic practice and community partnerships, surfaced assumptions and innovation strategies, and helped us develop a new Labs framework and design.

The origins of EmcArts’ Community Innovation Labs

Here’s the origin story and inspiration behind EmcArts’ new Community Innovation Labs program, which will pilot in two U.S communities in 2015. Community Innovation Labs is a new approach to solving tough social challenges by bringing together a diverse, cross-sector group of stakeholders, and deeply integrating artists and artistic experiences into rigorously designed and facilitated change processes.

Teatro Publico de Cleveland

Cleveland Public Theatre and members of the Latino community formed Teatro Publico de Cleveland, an amateur ensemble theater company that created space for meaningful dialogue and new, powerful performances.

Community of Music Makers

In order to invigorate their renewed vision of service and community partnerships, San Francisco Symphony developed Community of Music Makers, a platform of activities designed to support, encourage and sustain amateur music-making by adults in the Bay Area.

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