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.
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.
Judy Lawrence is an EmcArts’ facilitation fellow in Calgary, AB for 2015. In this op-ed, she writes about International Avenue Arts and Culture Centre’s (IAACC) small experiments with radical intent, which resulted in a vibrant community forum for local engagement.