Incubating Innovation Locally

In this podcast, Richard Evans sits down with leaders from three organizations who participated in EmcArts’s New Pathways Program in New York City to explore the question: How do you incubate innovation in a local community?

New Pathways brought together a cohort of 30 NYC organizations to identify the persistent adaptive challenges that they face as individual organizations and as a local community.  In the podcast, Richard and his guests discuss their experience in the program, the trends that emerged among seemingly disparate organizations, and how their new thinking has been incorporated into daily practice.


Linda Shelton (Executive Director of the Joyce Theater) has served as The Joyce’s executive director since 1993.  Prior to her current position, she served as general manager of The Joffrey Ballet.  Before The Joffrey, she managed tours for the Bolshoi Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Moscow Virtuosi, 1000 Airplanes on the Roof and Sankai Juku.  From 1982 to 1988, she held management positions at The Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation.  A Dance/USA board member for over ten years, Linda served as their chair from 2000 to 2002 and was also chair of their 1996 National Roundtable. Linda currently teaches in the graduate program of arts administration at New York University.

LaRue Allen (Executive Director of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance) came to the Martha Graham Center as head of its development department in April 2005 from the North Carolina Dance Theatre where she was Executive Director since 2003.  Previously, she served for nine years as Executive Director of the Trisha Brown Company.  Ms. Allen has been the Senior Program Specialist for Dance Companies and Dance Presenters at the National Endowment for the Arts.  Ms. Allen founded and directed the Pennsylvania Dance Theatre and taught dance technique, composition, and history at Penn State University.

Mary Ceruti (Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Sculpture Center in Long Island City) oversees all aspects of program, planning, and organizational development. She has organized numerous solo and group exhibitions of contemporary art and curated specialprojects and commissions by over 50 emerging and established artists. Before joining Sculpture Center in 1999, Mary worked as an independent curator andwriter and was the Director of Programs at Capp Street Project, an acclaimed international residency program, commissioning installation projects in SanFrancisco from 1992-98.


Duration: 24 mins

Piama Habibullah is the former Online Producer + Communications Manager at EmcArts.