Introducing the Grantees: The Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts Round 8

Announcing the four grantees for the EmcArts Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts, Round 8.


We’re very excited to welcome our Round 8 cohort: Northrop Performing Arts Center, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Redmoon Theater and The Theater Offensive. The organizations will be examining four different adaptive challenges:

  • Northrop: How can we transform our revitalized facility into a hub of interdisciplinary creativity and innovation at the University of Minnesota that dynamically engages students, faculty, researchers, artists, and the greater community?
  • PICA: In considering our ongoing model of using temporary, pop-up spaces and alternative venues to site work in spaces appropriate to artists’ needs, how can we challenge our assumptions about the value of this model? How can we preserve our practice’s core values while reshaping it?
  • Redmoon: How can we cultivate a well-trained community of collaborators to build the next generation of artists, and invest in individuals in the long-term by scaffolding training from intern to apprentice, apprentice to collaborator, and from collaborator to peer artist?
  • TTO: What is the impact of our newly formed Pride Youth Theater Alliance (PYTA) — a strategic alliance supporting and encouraging Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) youth theater in North America? How will this new model affect TTO’s work locally as it takes on this new initiative on an international scale?

Download the press release here

We believe it’s helpful for the field to learn a bit about the range of projects which were proposed.  As part of the application process, we ask everyone to write a short summary of their project.  What follows is each applicant’s submission.

Download the Project Summaries here

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.