Now Accepting Proposals for the Innovation Lab

Are you a performing arts or arts service organization seeking a new, strategic response to a complex challenge? Apply to the Innovation Lab by May 30.

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The Innovation Labs give arts and arts service organizations the time and space they need from the regular workplace to question, rethink, plan and learn how to innovate effectively.

EmcArts is pleased to accept proposals for two final rounds of the Innovation Lab, our 16-month-long immersion programs for United States-based arts and arts service organizations seeking to uncover adaptive strategies and responses to their most complex challenges. These programs are designed and managed by EmcArts, and made possible with the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF).

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Four organizations from across the country will be selected for each of these two rounds (eight participating organizations in total).

Eligible organizations for Round 9 of the Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts are United States-based nonprofit producing and presenting organizations in theater, modern or contemporary dance, and jazz (including multidisciplinary college-based presenters). (Read more about the Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts.)

Download the Round 9 RFP (Performing Arts)

Eligible organizations for Round 2 of the Innovation Lab for Arts Development Agencies include those that provide services in support of the ongoing development of an arts discipline, a particular area of arts activities, and/or its organizations and practitioners, and that are based in the United States. These agencies must serve individuals or organizations in the disciplines of theater, modern and contemporary dance, jazz, or multidisciplinary arts. (Read more about the Innovation Lab for Arts Development Agencies, which we piloted last year.)

Download the Round 2 RFP (Arts Development Agencies)

The deadline for proposals to both Round 9 and Round 2 of the Innovation Labs is Friday, May 30, 2014.

About the Innovation Labs for the Performing Arts and Arts Development Agencies

The Innovation Lab was created in 2008 to help teams from selected organizations design and prototype new ideas and launch real-life projects that address complex challenges.

Participants take part in a 16-month immersion program featuring an extended framework of individual coaching and group facilitation, guided by field research and lead by EmcArts’ expert facilitators. The Labs give arts and arts service organizations the time and space they need from the regular workplace to question, rethink, plan and learn how to innovate effectively. Participating organizations also receive much-needed change capital ($30,000, plus $9,000 in unrestricted funds) to underwrite experimentation and support the evaluation of their strategies before fully launching them.

To learn more about the Innovation Labsvisit EmcArts.org.

About

Liz Dreyer is the National Programs Manager at EmcArts, managing the Innovation Labs, which help performing arts organizations, arts development agencies, and museums incubate and test innovative strategies to address major adaptive challenges.  

  • Jess Helmke

    I REALLY want to apply to this. But I’m not sure where to start. I’m a South Texas Creative, Freelance. With a DBA business account of Jess Co., a teaching artist company. I need help, but isn’t that what this lab is about??

    • http://www.artsfwd.org/ ArtsFwd

      Thanks for your interest in the Lab! You can check to see if you and your organization is eligible for either round in the RFPs, which you can download above.