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.
This is Part 1 of a series of three posts I’ll be writing about The Network of Ensemble Theater’s organizational experimentation as a part of EmcArts’ Innovation Lab for Arts Development Agencies.
At Staten Island Arts we’re experimenting with using a sliding-scale and suggested donations. Do you have stories to share about when these strategies have been useful for you?
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.
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.
With the goal of redefining roles and division of labor in arts organizations, ICE created a new organizational structure in which ensemble members act as “Artist Partners” who lead and manage the organization. This new structure eliminates traditional silos between artistic and management functions, strengthens curatorial capacity, gives ensemble members more decision-making power, and supports creativity.
In this podcast, Jeffrey Lependorf and Monica Valenzuela explore the unique challenges facing arts development organizations, especially as they navigate the responsibility of serving other organizations and constituents while making their own work visible.
An in-depth case study documenting the successes of COCABiz, a program of the Center for Creative Arts that supports the business community in St. Louis, Missouri with integration of artistic practices.
Beck Center for the Arts, located in the western Cleveland, OH suburb of Lakewood, presents a variety of plays and musicals on two stages and offers more than 200 classes, lessons and programs in the arts. They entered the Innovation Lab process with the goal of finding inventive ways to broaden and deepen their community connections.
EmcArts seeks a Communications Manager who will be charged with implementing a communications strategy about the practice of innovation and adaptive change in the arts field and beyond, with a special emphasis on EmcArts program participants and other partners.
EmcArts is looking for candidates who have experience leading diverse groups of stakeholders in extended team processes, as well as larger groups in training workshops and small-group coaching sessions.
Community Innovation Labs offer the opportunity for the cultural sector to play a vital role in community change, using artistic practices to build a shared vision, explore new possibilities, and advance adaptive solutions.
Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators is a national leadership development program designed to support adaptive change in the national arts sector. We are recruiting candidates for our first cohort in three pilot cities.
Our newest animated video explains how Alternate ROOTS went about re-assessing some of their long-held beliefs about membership.