EmcArts is on the road again! Fall Conferences & Public Events

Are you wondering what we’re up to this fall or where you can find us? Here’s a post that breaks it down for you.

EmcArts has a busy season of public speeches, presentations, and conferences coming up this fall. In addition to delivering rigorous coaching, workshops, and behind-the-scenes program delivery for New Pathways in Alaska, Edmonton and Calgary in Canada, as well as facilitating seminars and workshops for Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators (ALACI) and Community Innovation Labs in our two pilot sites of Providence, RI and Winston-Salem, NC, our team will be traveling to several public events and conferences in the U.S.

Our team will be sharing some of our key concepts and programmatic frameworks at: the National Guild for Community Arts Education Conference in Philadelphia, PA, the Grantmakers in the Arts conference in Los Angeles, CA, the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Collaboration Conference in Houston, TX, and we’ll be attending the Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP) in San Francisco, CA.

Will you be in any of these cities or at any of these events this fall? If yes, come find us! Dates and details about our sessions below.

You can also follow us on Twitter at @ArtsFwd and @EmcArts, and like us on Facebook to keep up with updates on our public appearances  schedule.


October 6th-9th in San Francisco, CA: SOCAP15 – Social Capital Markets Conference

The SOCAP15 conference will convene impact investigators, entrepreneurs, and innovative cross-sector practitioners in order to explore ways to increase the flow of capital towards social good. Karina Mangu-Ward, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Richard Evans, President of EmcArts will both be attending the entire SOCAP conference.

If you’re there, reach out to them to meet up and connect! They’ll be happy to chat with you about our ongoing work and new programs at EmcArts.

You can find them here:

Karina Mangu-Ward: kmangu-ward@emcarts.org and @KarinaMW
Richard Evans: revans@emcarts.org

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Monday, October 19th in Los Angeles, CA: Grantmakers in the Arts Conference
2:00pm – 3:15pm

At: Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA, 90071

Community Innovation Labs: A Radical New Approach to Addressing Complex Social Challenges with the Arts

Presented by Richard Evans, President, EmcArts Inc. and Jonathan Halsey, Director, Community Engagement, The Winston-Salem Foundation.

Based on its successful Innovation Labs in the Arts program, EmcArts is researching and prototyping a new initiative, Community Innovation Labs, exploring how artists, artistic practices, and cultural organizations might be integrated into processes of large-scale, multi-sector community problem-solving. The initiative melds aspects of creative placemaking with learning from social innovation labs. The aim is to strengthen local capacity to challenge the status quo, and work together across boundaries on transformative strategies in the face of uncertainty. In 2015, representatives from city agencies, cultural organizations, nonprofit service providers, artists and business leaders in two cities — Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Providence, Rhode Island — began piloting the Community Innovation Lab framework to help solve complex systemic challenges. The pilot Lab in Winston-Salem is convened by three organizations — the Thomas Kenan Institute for the Arts at UNCSA, the Winston-Salem Foundation and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Jonathan Halsey from the Winston-Salem Foundation will join Richard Evans in this interactive workshop, where participants will carry out  small-group discussions, exercises to probe complex challenges, and share local experiences about change at the systemic level.

More session and conference details here.


Friday, November 13th in Philadelphia, PA: National Guild for Community Arts Education Conference

2:00pm-3:30pm

At: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Real Work: New Practices for a New Era in the Arts

Behind the ongoing programmatic and financial stresses in the field of community arts education lies a vast territory of change in the arts and culture sector. A 50-year period of arts development tied primarily to growth in the professional arts infrastructure as the measure of success is giving way to a new phase, one that emphasizes active participation in the arts, co-mingling of amateur and professional pursuits, and the integration of creative work with wider community interests. This means that as practitioners, we have to unlearn a lot of things we have taken for granted so far. We have to cultivate the courage to listen to new voices, and experiment with doing things differently across the board.

In this workshop led by Richard Evans, President of EmcArts and leader of the national Innovation Labs for the Arts, participants will identify complex challenges that community arts education leaders must tackle in order to ensure the survival and success of the field in the future. Through interactive exercises, dialogue and reflection, participants will work together to question ingrained assumptions and develop new directions for their own organizations. They will leave the workshop with a powerful framework that stimulates adaptive responses and increases resilience in the face of complexity and uncertainty.


Tuesday, November 17th in Houston, TX: Grantmakers for Effective Organizations’ Collaboration Conference
10:00am-12:00pm

At: Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX 77002

Skills Building Workshop: Using Artistic Experiences to Facilitate Community Change

Presented by Richard Evans, President, EmcArts Inc. and Lynne McCormack, Director, Department of Art, Culture and Tourism of the City of Providence, RI.

Traditional approaches to civic problem solving have not increased the pace of social progress and often reinforce existing power dynamics. Communities need unconventional approaches that bring multiple viewpoints together to discover and develop new ways to make progress, and grantmakers need to know how to foster and support these approaches. In 2015, representatives from city agencies, cultural organizations, nonprofit service providers, artists and business leaders in two cities — Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Providence, Rhode Island — began piloting the Community Innovation Lab framework to help solve complex systemic challenges. The challenge in Winston-Salem is to reduce economic disparities along race, class, and social lines, while Providence focuses on issues of public safety and transience in the Trinity Square neighborhood. The Lab approach puts artists and artistic experiences at the heart of a co-designed and facilitated change process.

This session, facilitated by Richard Evans, President of EmcArts and Lynne McCormack, Director of the Department of Art, Culture and Tourism in Providence, RI, will introduce the five stages of the Lab framework and offers a deeper dive into the first stage – the processes to recruit and nurture local champions. Participants will complete a hands-on activity that demonstrates how to use network analysis, identify local champions, and practice specific facilitation techniques to unfreeze the status quo around a specific and urgent local challenge. Workshop attendees will have space to reflect on and share how a similar framework might be applied in their local communities.


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Nayantara Sen, Communications Manager, EmcArtsNayantara Sen is the Communications Manager at EmcArts. Read more about her at: http://artsfwd.org/nayantara-sen/