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.

Cultural Clusters

In this podcast, Karina Mangu-Ward, Michael Boberg, and Ellen Muse-Lindeman explore the sociological and civic impact of “cultural clusters” in cities, towns and neighborhoods.

A New World

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis gave the entire canon to its residents with only one rule: make the play happen any way you see fit.

Small Town, Big Vision

Lanesboro Arts Center is reimagining the future of rural America and the role that the arts can play in its sustainability by transforming an entire small town into an arts campus.

Artist-led Ecosystem Interventions

McColl Center for Visual Art’s community engagement model highlights the value of artist-led ecosystem interventions that foster inter-generational relationships, create stronger communities and elevate the value of artists as catalysts for change.

Reclaiming Our Community

The All My Relations Arts Gallery has created a destination and anchor in the south Minneapolis American Indian community that continues to generate innovative ideas and strategies for a more vibrant future.

Creative Practice + Social Service = Happy People

Pillsbury House + Theatre is exploring how artists and artistic practice can infiltrate social service in a way that makes radical organizational restructuring easier, collaboration and collective impact successful, and neighborhoods better places to live (without displacing the people who live there).

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