New Pathways | Houston Selects Eight Arts Organizations to Participate in Coaching and Incubating Innovation

OCTOBER 12, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Pathways | Houston Selects Eight Arts Organizations to Participate in Coaching and Incubating Innovation
EmcArts is delighted to announce that eight arts organizations, participants in New Pathways for the Arts | Houston, have been selected to move forward into the second phase of the program within two tracks of engagement, On-Site Organizational Coaching and Incubating Innovation. All 8 organizations have shown considerable courage, vulnerability, and strength in choosing to move forward in this way amidst recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey.

From December of 2016, New Pathways | Houston has been providing, at no cost to the cohort of 16 organizations, workshops and forums, as well as a variety of learning tools and resources to capture practices and reinforce lessons about adaptive change. New Pathways for the Arts celebrates and advances organizational innovations as responses to complex challenges during times of rapid change in the arts sector.  New Pathways | Houston aims to leave a lasting legacy by integrating a cohort model of learning and action, where participating organizations connect and learn from each other, alongside access to strategic financial investment over time to support new ways of creating public value. 
The five organizations participating in On-Site Organizational Coaching – Dance Source Houston, Houston Chamber Choir, Inprint, Musiqa, and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) – will convene working groups of cross-constituent stakeholders over the next 6 months. With an EmcArts coach as their support and guide, each organization will investigate its complex challenges, explore organizational assumptions, and design and implement small experiments with radical intent, with the support of a $2,000 grant.  

We received a highly competitive set of applications for only three spots available for Incubating Innovation.  We are thrilled to announce that DiverseWorks, Fresh Arts, and Writers in the Schools have been selected to move forward into Incubating Innovation. Over the next year each organization will assemble a highly focused Innovation Team of big thinkers within and outside of traditional organizational boundaries to research and test a specific new response to a complex challenge facing the organization. $20,000 of prototyping support funds will be awarded to each organization. 

“The appetite and dedication for continued involvement in this work from these eight organizations is remarkable and I hope will be contagious. The desire for organizations to institute change and to become more adaptable is difficult work, but crucial."

Richard Graber, Director of Grants + Capacity Building at the Houston Arts Alliance
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Richard Graber, Director of Grants + Capacity Building at the Houston Arts Alliance said of the organizations, “I am delighted to see how well received this program has been from the very beginning through to this juncture.  The appetite and dedication for continued involvement in this work from these eight organizations is remarkable and I hope will be contagious.  The desire for organizations to institute change and to become more adaptable is difficult work, but crucial. I am hopeful New Pathways | Houston is only the beginning, a first step, for organizations within Houston’s arts and culture ecosystem to focus more closely on adaptive change.”

We congratulate all eight organizations and look forward to the progress they’ll make on their organizational complex challenges! 

New Pathways for the Arts | Houston is implemented in partnership with the Houston Arts Alliance and is funded by the Houston Endowment.