Innovation Lab Participants Prepare for a Retreat

For the next several months, we’ll check in with the Innovation Lab grantees about their progress throughout the program.

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Northrop, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Redmoon, and The Theater Offensive are the 4 grantee organizations in EmcArts’s Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts Round 8.

EmcArts’s Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts Round 8 program is already underway, and teams from the four grantee organizations — Northrop at University of Minnesota, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Redmoon, and The Theater Offensive — will be heading to the Airlie Center in Virginia next week for an intense, five-day focused retreat to help them make crucial decisions, realize new strategies, and achieve consensus about next steps in tackling their adaptive challenges.

For the next several months, we’ll check in with members from the four grantee teams about each organization’s progress throughout the Innovation Lab. As they get ready to leave for the Lab retreat, we decided to ask each team:

What is the biggest question you and your team are wrestling with as you head into the intensive retreat?

Read the responses from the four Innovation Lab teams:

These four grantees will each travel away from their day-to-day organizational work in order to accelerate their innovation processes towards adaptive change. This retreat is an important time for each team in the Innovation Lab to push through tough issues and build momentum for their project — and emerge with a strategic approach for next steps.

The retreat is a key component of EmcArts’ Innovation Lab programs. The video below shares perspectives from recent participants in the Innovation Lab for Museums on the transformational experience they had during their intensive retreat. We’re looking forward to seeing how Northrop, PICA, Redmoon, and The Theater Offensive address their complex questions during their upcoming “island time.”

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As the ArtsFwd Editor & Engagement Coordinator at EmcArts, Kendra Danowski produces written material, manages social media engagement, develops content and strategy, and supports community and dialogue-building around ideas of innovation and adaptive change in the arts sector.