Community Innovation through the Arts — Two New Capacity-Building Programs in 2018-2019!

Expanding on the system change work begun through our Community Innovation Labs, EmcArts is excited to announce two new workshop series devoted to creative placemaking and the role artists and artistic processes can play in bringing about real change in the face of complex community challenges:

Creative Placemaking in Complex Systems

Six half-day interactive workshops over 3 to 6 months, for teams from up to 15 community agencies and arts organizations who want to strengthen their ability to work adaptively and address complex community challenges through the arts.

Artists as System Change Agents

Four whole-day sessions over 2 to 4 months, with up to 10 locally-based artists who are interested in further developing their artistic practice as a central methodology for systemic change in their local community. The workshops orient artists to five capabilities needed for systems change, and explore the use they can make of them in a community context.

Major support from the Kresge Foundation covers up to 70% of the program costs, which means the cost to local hosts is only $20,000 to $30,000.  But hurry—availability is limited to four communities… 

Interested? Click here to learn more, and to secure your place as a host community!


Liz Dreyer is the Senior Program Manager at EmcArts, managing the Community Innovation Labs as well as the Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators (ALACI) program. She is also a Process Facilitator in the New Pathways programs.