At History Colorado in Denver, teams of 3 people from 63 organizations gathered alongside funders from their local communities for a non-traditional conference including Talks, Workshops, Arts, and Games, plus in-depth dialogue and networking. Participants in the on-site experience were nominated and selected based on their track record of innovation and having shown well-developed adaptive capacities.

The Virtual Summit was open to any interested member of the public. Learn more and stream the Summit Talks.

Organizations who participated in Denver:

The 63 organizations who participated in Denver are below, listed by community.
*spoke as a part of the Summit Talks series


Carolina Raptor Center
Levine Museum of the New South*
McColl Center of Visual Art*
North Carolina Dance Theater
Funder: Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg


Adventure Stage Chicago
Hyde Park Art Center
Lyric Opera of Chicago*
Old Town School of Folk Music
Redmoon Theater
The Field Museum
Funder: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra*
Contemporary Arts Center*
Kennedy Heights Arts Center
Funder: ArtsWave


Cleveland Play House
Cleveland Public Theatre
Beck Center for the Arts
Funder: The Cleveland Foundation


Central City Opera
Curious Theater Company
Denver Center Theatre Company*
Denver Art Museum
History Colorado
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Museo de las Americas
Funder: Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota

Lanesboro Arts Center*
Mixed Blood Theatre Company*
The Mighty Native American Community Development Institute/All My Relations Gallery*
Pangea World Theater
Pillsbury House + Theatre*
Springboard for the Arts*
Teatro del Pueblo
Washington Pavilion of Arts & Science
Funders: The McKnight Foundation, The Bush Foundation, and Minnesota Philanthropy Partners

New York

New Dramatists*
Performance Zone/OurGoods*
The Apollo Theater
The Civilians
Funder: The Rockefeller Foundation


Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Portland Institute of Contemporary Art
Portland Art Museum*
Funder: Oregon Arts Commission

St. Louis

Center of Creative Arts (COCA)*
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Opera Theater of St. Louis
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis*
Funder: St. Louis Regional Arts Commission

The Bay Area

American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.)
Berkeley Repertory Theatre*
De Young Museum
Oakland Museum of California*
San Francisco Symphony*
Funders: The James Irvine Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

San Jose

Children’s Discovery Museum
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
San Jose Jazz
Funder: Office of Cultural Affairs, City of San Jose

Washington DC

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company*
Funder: The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

Innovation Lab for Museums

Madison Children’s Museum
Mississippi Museum of Art
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art*
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts*
Funder: MetLife Foundation


Joining the Summit participants were five provocateurs: thought-leaders in the not-for-profit sector who were not attached to any of the organizations bringing teams to Denver. Their role was to participate fully in the activities, and bring their particular points-of-view to workshops, games and the discussions.

David Devan, General Director & President, Opera Philadelphia*
Amy Heibel, VP, Technology, Web and Digital Media, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Ruby Lerner, President & Founding Director, Creative Capital*
Mary Rowe, Vice President, Managing Director, Municipal Art Society*
Carlton Turner, Executive Director, Alternate ROOTS*