EmcArts is pleased to announce an open call for letters of inquiry for Community Innovation Labs. We will be launching Labs in two new communities across the U.S in 2016-2017. Read this post to learn more, and submit an inquiry by April 11th, 2016.
This is the fifth post in a series that chronicles the journey of the Community Innovation Labs from conception to design through piloting. This post documents our process, strategies, and takeaways from rooting the Labs locally in Winston-Salem and Providence, and announces our six selected local artist and facilitation partners.
This third post in our Community Innovation Labs blog series lifts up learnings and recommendations from our pilot identification process, which generated 92 inquiries from 71 communities across the country. Read the post to learn about how we approached site visits and shortlisted two pilot cities.
EmcArts is seeking a Communications Fellow for a paid, part-time, 6-month fellowship (September 2015-March 2016) to join our New York-based team. Candidates should have excellent writing and editing skills, proficiency in blogging and social media, and a passion for innovation in the arts, social justice and social sectors.
Featuring Alternate ROOTS, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and The Theater Offensive, this rich and rigorous publication examines the contours, possibilities and limitations of adaptive change for three arts and social justice organizations in our Labs.
Here’s the second post chronicling EmcArts’ Community Innovation Labs program, from conception to design through piloting. This post documents our three Innovation Team meetings, which explored questions about artistic practice and community partnerships, surfaced assumptions and innovation strategies, and helped us develop a new Labs framework and design.
ALACI Cohort 1 gathered for their first national seminar in Providence, Rhode Island from June 1st-3rd, 2015. This three-day convening brought ALACI fellows, faculty, executive coaches and EmcArts’ staff together, and featured inspiring and educational presentations on adaptive leadership topics such as emotional intelligence, organizational systems, authentic leadership, and more.
Here’s the origin story and inspiration behind EmcArts’ new Community Innovation Labs program, which will pilot in two U.S communities in 2015. Community Innovation Labs is a new approach to solving tough social challenges by bringing together a diverse, cross-sector group of stakeholders, and deeply integrating artists and artistic experiences into rigorously designed and facilitated change processes.
Our newest animated video explains how Alternate ROOTS went about re-assessing some of their long-held beliefs about membership.
What happens when the usual tools of problem solving aren’t enough to address your organization’s issues? These two groups found that truly complex challenges require a different kind of approach.
EmcArts is committing to a “working open” approach and sharing learning about innovation projects in real-time. Last week, we held our first Community Call with a group of arts leaders interested in exploring these ideas together.
How can the arts and culture field learn from the values of the Open Web movement? We’re committing to a “working open” approach and sharing learning about innovation projects in real-time.
Watch this video about how systems thinking strategies helped SPACES Gallery think differently about cultivating individual donor relationships.
In this interview, Rebecca and I discuss the evolving definition of change capital, the capacities needed to leverage it, and how organizations can access it.
In this interview, Holly Sidford of Helicon Collaborative and I talk about how our field’s approach to change capital needs a system-oriented response, and what we need to do about it.