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Karina Mangu-Ward, EmcArts Director of Activating InnovationKarina Mangu-Ward is the Director of Activating Innovation at EmcArts, where she leads the development of ArtsFwd and uses media to foster a field-wide movement around the importance of innovation and adaptive change.

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Designing EmcArts’ Community Innovation 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.

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Musings from Cohort 1’s First Seminar – Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators

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.

Project Row Houses, Houston, TX. Source: http://projectrowhouses.org/

The origins of EmcArts’ Community Innovation Labs

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.

We are starting to create a community where arts and culture leaders can "work open" and explore how the values of transparency and collaboration can influence their organizational processes. Image courtesy Erin Brown-John via Flickr.

Community Call 1: Beginning to Work Open

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.