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.
Both a museum and an archaeological repository, the Alutiiq Museum designed and tested three experiments in interactive programming to reach a new audience that they believed was curious about Alutiiq culture, but not currently visiting the Museum.
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.
New Pathways, a training and immersion program for non-profit organizations that want to learn more about innovative strategies for problem solving, is expanding into Canada.