March 16, 2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Announcing New Pathways for the Arts | Houston
EmcArts, alongside the Houston Arts Alliance
, proudly announces the launch of New Pathways for the Arts | Houston
, a multi-year program geared to strengthen Houston’s distinct arts organizations by investing in adaptive change efforts.
New Pathways for the Arts
celebrates and advances organizational innovations as responses to complex challenges during times of rapid change in both the arts and nonprofit sectors. “HAA’s multi-year Capitalization Program aims to allow organizations the freedom, through funding and expertise, to examine more closely the ways they do business, to challenge long-held organizational assumptions, and potentially to shift away from what others are doing in the field in an effort to test new ideas,” states Richard Graber, Houston Arts Alliance’s Director of Grants and Capacity Building. “In this ever-changing sector and world, arts and cultural organizations must be adaptable to meet challenges.”
New Pathways for the Arts | Houston will integrate a wide range of learning activities and financial investments as activities escalate from micro to macro-level experimentation. The initial cohort of sixteen organizations will learn about building financial and adaptive leadership capacity through group workshops, forums, coaching, individual organizational facilitation, and tiered capital investment.
New Pathways for the Arts | Houston is supported by the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), with generous change capital funding from the Houston Endowment. The HAA will put $620,000 toward an original New Pathways design for the region’s diverse arts and culture sector. The program includes facilitation work by EmcArts experts, program-related micro-grants to support “small experiments with radical intent”, project grants to bolster prototyping efforts for substantial new strategies, and access to larger capital grants for qualifying applicants.