New Pathways | Calgary Selects Three Arts Organizations to Participate in Incubating Innovation

Alberta Theatre Projects world premiere of The Circle by Geoffrey Simon Brown (October 2015). Pictured L to R: Brett Dahl, Elisa Benzer, Geoffrey Simon Brown, Leanne Govier and Daniel Fong. Photo by:  Michael Lohaus.
Alberta Theatre Projects world premiere of The Circle by Geoffrey Simon Brown (October 2015). Pictured L to R: Brett Dahl, Elisa Benzer, Geoffrey Simon Brown, Leanne Govier and Daniel Fong. Photo by:  Michael Lohaus.

EmcArts is delighted to announce that three Canadian organizations, participants in New Pathways for the Arts | Calgary, have been selected to move forward into Incubating Innovation, a program that supports organizations in designing and prototyping new strategies for increased public impact and value.

Alberta Theatre Projects, Downstage, and Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre will all receive prototyping grants and coaching support as they work to generate, research and test a specific new response to a complex challenge facing the organization.

For the last two years, New Pathways | Calgary has been providing, at no cost to the cohort of thirteen participating organizations, workshops, consultation and coaching, as well as a variety of learning tools and resources to capture practices and reinforce lessons about innovation. The New Pathways approach moves away from traditional strategies of technical assistance, which support the improvement of existing organizational strategies, to adaptive assistance that accelerates the adoption of “next practices” for the organizations and the field. New Pathways | Calgary aims to leave a lasting legacy by integrating a learning and action cohort model, where participating organizations connect and learn from each other, and by training a group of local consultants—New Pathways Fellows—to deliver adaptive coaching work in Calgary in the future.

We congratulate the following organizations that have been selected to take part in Incubating Innovation, and look forward to the progress they’ll make on their organizational complex challenges:

  • Alberta Theatre Projects is a midsize theatre company entering its 45th year that focuses on new work. ATP believes that in order to thrive, it needs to question its assumptions about how the organization works and investigate new ways of being. What adaptive structure or model will allow the artistic and community mission of Alberta Theatre Projects to thrive in the next 10 years?
  • Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre is a small company with a ten-year history in Calgary, and has a growing awareness of problems facing our society. Every day, current events show that some people are given voice, representation and power, while others are pushed to the margins. Swallow-a-Bicycle’s complex challenge is to learn how it can create more space for marginalized voices.
  • Downstage produces theatre that creates conversation around social issues, inspiring vibrant discussions between people who may not otherwise cross paths. Downstage is tackling the complex challenge of creating highly accessible models of delivering theatre so that it can impact the lives of a greater plurality of Calgarians. This challenge builds on their past efforts to remove barriers to access faced by a wide range of people, but recognizes that to truly transform access they’ll need to build new approaches to creating and producing theatre.

New Pathways | Calgary is jointly funded by Calgary Arts Development, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Calgary Foundation, and Suncor Energy Foundation.

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Read more about our New Pathways program here.

 

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Louise Brooks serves as Program Manager at EmcArts, working primarily with community initiatives.