11 Alaskan Organizations Will Tackle Complex Challenges Together

Announcing the first cohort of New Pathways | Alaska, a new program developed by EmcArts, the Foraker Group, Rasmuson Foundation, and Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Representatives from the ten participating organizations in New Pathways | Alaska joined together in Anchorage at the end of June for their first participant-led forum. Image: Louise Brooks.
Representatives from the ten participating organizations in New Pathways | Alaska joined together in Anchorage at the end of June for their first participant-led forum. Image: Louise Brooks.

Back in May, we announced the launch of New Pathways | Alaska, a new program from EmcArts in partnership with the Foraker Group, Rasmuson Foundation, and Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Now, we’re excited to share the ten arts and cultural organizations from across the state that have joined together as a cohort throughout late 2014 and early 2015 to focus on accelerating innovation and advancing their capacity for adaptive change.

The 10 organizations in New Pathways | Alaska’s first cohort:

  • Alaska Humanities Forum (Anchorage) provides education-based programs to enhance cross-cultural understanding and increase knowledge and awareness of humanities, cultural, arts, civic, historical and intellectual pursuits throughout our state.
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center (Anchorage) is a living cultural center that promotes active creation of art, featuring permanent collections and educational programs. It provides after-school programs for middle and high school students, and year-round exhibits and activities to residents and visitors of all ages.
  • Alutiiq Museum (Kodiak) unites community, visitors and researchers in original research—archaeology, history, language, culture and art. They seek to preserve indigenous knowledge and objects to tell the Alutiiq story, past and present, via exhibits, publications and education programs.
  • Anchorage Concert Association (Anchorage) is a multi-disciplinary performing arts presenter of big shows, small shows and intimate community engagement events. Their diverse season and outreach work are designed to have the greatest impact possible and expose Alaskans to the performing arts.
  • Anchorage Symphony Orchestra (Anchorage) produces concerts and programs to inspire, educate and engage the community. In addition to a popular season of concerts offered annually, the Symphony serves the people of Southcentral Alaska through school time concerts for students, free concerts and free ticket programs.
  • Island Institute (Sitka) explores the links between the literary arts and community engagement through programs such as the Sitka Symposium, a weeklong gathering bringing the literary arts and creative thinking to the service of community, Writers In Residence and Sitka Fellows Programs, publication of the biannual literary journal Connotations and a community conversations series.
  • Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council (Ketchikan) serves the entire community of Ketchikan with a fine art gallery, exhibits featuring area artists, two annual arts festivals, a performing arts series, two annual citywide art walks, the annual Wearable Art Show and a fiscal sponsorship program for small arts related groups.
  • Kodiak Arts Council (Kodiak) is a local arts agency with a performing arts series, summer arts institute for youth, community theater program producing works of music, dance and theater, and a membership program.
  • Perseverance Theatre’s (Juneau/Anchorage) mission is to create professional theatre by and for Alaskans. The theatre serves a statewide audience with performances, outreach events and education programs in Juneau and Anchorage.
  • Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center (Haines) provides exhibits of history, art and local culture. Along with the exhibits, it provides evening lectures, family workshops and children’s camps.
  • Alaska State Council on the Arts is a state agency that fosters the development of the arts for all Alaskans through education, partnerships, grants and services.

What will these organizations be doing?

Diverging from the format of previous New Pathways programs, those in New Pathways | Alaska will participate in nine workshops with EmcArts staff via virtual learning technology. In addition to these workshops, the ten organizations will gather together three times for participant-led forums that include opportunities for shared learning, peer-to-peer exchange, and collaborative initiatives. At the end of June, the cohort convened for their first forum in Anchorage, coming together to identify some of the core themes and issues they will look forward to tackling in the coming months.

In partnership with facilitators from the Foraker Group, participants from each organization will also explore ideas, approaches, and topics from the workshops in on-site coaching sessions, working towards the development of a major innovation project.

New Pathways | Alaska is generously supported by Rasmuson Foundation.

To learn more about the design of New Pathways | Alaska, visit EmcArts’ website.

About
Richard Evans is the President of EmcArts, where he directs program design, research, and strategic partnerships that place a particular emphasis on innovation, adaptive organization change, and effective ways that the arts and culture field can respond to the demands of a new era.