Working Open: Small Experiments at Staten Island Arts

Working Open Fellow, Monica Valenzuela from Staten Island Arts (SIA) created an abstract film featuring archival footage layered on top of video documentation from current programs. Her short film speaks to the complicated dynamics of history and place in the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, SIA’s new home. Her post elaborates on their experiments with arts programming and flexible, sliding-scale ticketing mechanisms. Watch the video and read her post here.

Production of Seafoam Sleepwalk on the beach at La Jolla Playhouse

Site-specific Storytelling: La Jolla Playhouse’s Theatre Without Walls

La Jolla Playhouse offers an annual subscription series of six new plays, re-imagined classics, and musicals to over 100,000 patrons in San Diego County and Southern California. In their Arts Innovation Fund project, they created Theatre Without Walls (WoW), a site-specific initiative designed to remove the physical limits of typical performance venues by immersing audiences in theatrical work in a variety of community settings.

Latino New South - Community Listening Sessions

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.


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.


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:

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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