Innovative Orgs and Big Thinkers to Convene in NYC

This January 23-25, EmcArts will lead an event bringing together a cohort of arts organizations and guests to evaluate and reflect on their own innovation work.

The Norwood Club, where the Continuing Innovation convening will take place.

This three-day convening involves a cohort of organizations who received funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Continuing Innovation program. The event, which is being held at the Norwood Club in New York City, will gather representatives from the grantee organizations, seven provocative speakers, and EmcArts team members.

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Visit the live blog.  ArtsFwd will be posting updates featuring big concepts, breakthroughs, and photos from the convening.

Aim of the Convening

Convening attendees will engage around the following four questions through presentations and “speed-dating”-style group dialogues:

  1. What does it mean to be “engaged”?
  2. How do our projects reflect who we are internally?
  3. How can we be ‘servant leaders’ in the civic context?
  4. How do we evaluate the innovations we’re working on and communicate that value to our communities, constituents and supporters?

Participating Organizations

Guest Speakers

Ryan DavisRyan Davis works with Blue State Digital’s clients to create innovative social media strategies and creative content that generate interactions across all channels. Ryan regularly speaks on topics from social media engagement to the presidency and digital media at universities and conferences. He has served as digital director on city and statewide campaigns in New York. This last election cycle, he was the co-founder and digital director of The Four 2012, a social media campaign for marriage equality. Read more about Ryan here.

Merilee MostovMerilee Mostov is the Assistant Director of Education for Visitor Engagement at the Columbus Museum of Art, where she imagines new ways to activate visitors in museum galleries. In 2010, she led a two-year effort to create and implement a cross-departmental, interpretation plan that continues to guide all exhibition and visitor experience strategies. She was also Project Manager for the Museum’s new 18,000 sq. ft. Center for Creativity, where she initiated several unique galleries including the Wonder Room and Big Idea Gallery.

Dan MoulthropDan Moulthrop is co-founder of The Civic Commons, a social media environment designed explicitly for civic conversation and deliberative dialogue. Dan is also the co-author of the best selling book Teachers Have it Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers, an award winning journalist, a former high school teacher and a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Amy HeibelAmy Heibel is Associate VP of Technology, Web & Digital Media at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), overseeing design and production of,, and various mobile apps. She has been extending the museum’s reach through video, social media and online publications, including various artist-driven projects through a digital commission series.

David ZingerDavid Zinger is a leading independent expert on employee engagement. He founded and hosts the 5,500-member global Employee Engagement Network. His company website has over 1,500 blog posts relating to employee engagement and strength-based leadership. David taught Educational Psychology and Counselling Psychology at the University of Manitoba while also conducting the employee assistance program and the career development program for Seagram Limited. Read more about David here.

Jamie GambleJamie Gamble is the owner and principal of the New Brunswick-based consulting company, Imprint Consulting Inc. Jamie has an extensive background in designing and delivering consulting projects in a variety of areas including strategy, evaluation and organizational change. He is well respected as a researcher, facilitator and writer, and he has the rare ability to work with people to uncover the essence of their most pressing challenges and to surface productive ways to move forward. Read more about Jamie here.

Ronen Givony is the founder of Wordless Music, a concert series that pairs rock and electronic musicians with classical music performers, both in New York and select cities internationally. Ronen is also one of the two music directors of the music venue Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village, where he produces the club’s classical, electronic music, and indie rock programming. Read more about Ronen here.

Karina Mangu-Ward is the former Director of Strategic Initiatives at EmcArts.