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Lessons from the Field: Case Study on Latino New South

An in-depth case study documenting the successes of Latino New South, a collaborative innovation between Levine Museum of New South, the Atlanta History Center, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. These three organizations entered EmcArts Innovation Lab for Museums with the intention of making their programs and institutions more resonant with, and responsive to, the fast-growing Latino communities in their respective cities.

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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.

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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.

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Artist-Partners: New Directions in Artist-Driven Institutional Models

With the goal of redefining roles and division of labor in arts organizations, ICE created a new organizational structure in which ensemble members act as “Artist Partners” who lead and manage the organization. This new structure eliminates traditional silos between artistic and management functions, strengthens curatorial capacity, gives ensemble members more decision-making power, and supports creativity.

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.

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