Announcing the Innovation Lab for Arts Development Agencies

Welcoming three grantees to EmcArts’s new pilot Lab: Alternate ROOTS, Dance/USA, and Theatre Communications Group.

EmcArts is pleased to announce the launch of the pilot Innovation Lab for Arts Development Agencies.
EmcArts is pleased to announce the launch of the pilot Innovation Lab for Arts Development Agencies.

We’re very excited to announce the launch of a pilot round of a new Innovation Lab for Arts Development Agencies. This new program is a continuation of EmcArts’s work with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation on the Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts programs, which focused primarily on producing and presenting organizations in the arts and culture field.

This new pilot Lab will engage with the adaptive challenges of organizations that do not produce or present the performing arts, but rather provide services in support of the ongoing development of an arts discipline, its organizations and practitioners, or of a particular area of arts activities (defined, for instance, geographically, or by theme – such as arts and disability). Given the wide and diffuse range of organizations of these types, we call them collectively “arts development agencies.”

The first phase of this Lab involved seven organizations in a four-month process of organizational self-examination and assessment focused on adaptive change possibilities. Three organizations have now been chosen to continue work in Phases 2 – 4, where they will design and prototype innovative strategies and launch real-life projects that address major adaptive challenges that they have identified.

We are pleased to announce the three selected arts development agencies: Alternate ROOTS, Dance/USA, and Theatre Communications Group.

For more information on the three arts development agencies and their projects, you can view and download the press release and their Project Summaries below.

Download Press Release Download Project Summaries

Stay tuned to ArtsFwd for updates as these projects unfold and join us as we pursue this work!

About
Liz Dreyer is the National Programs Manager at EmcArts, managing the Innovation Labs, which help performing arts organizations, arts development agencies, and museums incubate and test innovative strategies to address major adaptive challenges.  

  • Francesca McKenzie

    Hooray Alternate Roots. I attended my first Annual Meeting this year and it was truly inspirational. It is a truly wonderful collective of southern artists and organizers that comes from a tradition of grass roots organizing, I’m excited to see what happens with their projects.