Staging Change | Toronto Stage 2 Update

EmcArts began work last month with the 8 organizations selected to move forward into On-site Organizational Coaching in the second stage of Staging Change.

Diverse in practice and size, the cohort for Stage 2 represents some of the brightest spots of Toronto’s thriving arts and culture sector. They are:


The National Ballet of Canada

ProArteDanza Performance Inc.

The School of Toronto Dance Theatre

Studio 180 Theatre

Tapestry Opera

The Theatre Centre

Theatre Direct

EmcArts’ Facilitators, Liz Dreyer, Melissa Dibble, and Kamilah Collins will each work alongside two organizations as they continue their adaptive change journey.  On-site Organizational Coaching creates the space for a wide variety of stakeholders (both inside and outside of the organization) to form a working group that will revisit the complex challenge they identified in the workshops. Ultimately this group will create small experiments meant to build their “adaptive muscles.”

Working alongside the EmcArts’ Facilitators will be the eight Associate Facilitators that were identified in first part of the Staging Change Associate Facilitator Training Initiative. They will hold pieces of the curriculum during each session as they continue to build their own practices as they relate to adaptive change. The Associate Facilitators will also continue training as they prepare to lead Stage 3 of Staging Change in 2020.

Staging Change is supported by the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation. The program includes facilitation work by EmcArts experts, training of Toronto-based Associate Facilitators, program-related micro-grants to support “small experiments with radical intent”, project grants to bolster prototyping efforts for substantial new strategies, and access to larger capital grants for qualifying applicants. The cohort model is designed to encourage group learning, with the goal of building adaptive capacity not just within organizations, but across the Toronto arts & culture sector.

Read more about the exciting progress in Toronto here in Melissa’s interview with the Metcalf Foundation.

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