Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts
The Innovation Lab for Performing Arts was created to advance and accelerate the development of new and innovative strategies by performing arts organizations in order to address well-defined adaptive challenges. It is designed to do this in a way that promotes internal culture change and builds the capacity of participating organizations to innovate more effectively in the future. Participating organizations form a “laboratory” for testing new approaches to achieving artistically vital and organizationally healthy arts institutions.
Announcing the grantees in Round 8!
Northrop Performing Arts Center, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Redmoon Theater and The Theater Offensive have been selected to participate in Round 8 of the Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts, an intensive training and immersion program that supports prototyping of innovations at nonprofit theater, dance, jazz and presenting organizations. The Lab is designed and managed by EmcArts and funded by a generous grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF).
- Northrop: How can we transform our revitalized facility into a hub of interdisciplinary creativity and innovation at the University of Minnesota that dynamically engages students, faculty, researchers, artists, and the greated community?
- PICA: In considering our ongoing model of using temporary, pop-up spaces and alternative venues to site work in spaces appropriate to artists' needs, how can we challenge our assumptions about the value of this model? How can we preserve our practice's core values while reshaping it?
- Redmoon: How can we cultivate a well-trained community of collaborators to build the next generation of artists, and invest in individuals in the long-term by scaffolding training from intern to apprentice, apprentice to collaborator, and from collaborator to peer artist?
- TTO: What is the impact of our newly formed Pride Youth Theater Alliance (PYTA) -- a strategic alliance supporting and encouraging Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) youth theater in North America? How will this new model affect TTO's work locally as it takes on this new initiative on an international scale?
We believe it’s helpful for the field to learn a bit about the range of projects which were proposed. As part of the application process, we ask everyone to write a short summary of their project. What follows is each applicant’s submission.
Follow their stories on ArtsFwd as they examine these adaptive challenges.
The organizations are examining three different adaptive challenges:
- Dancewave: How can we build an innovative, structured curriculum that values both high artistic development and supporting services capable of decreasing delinquent behaviors and increasing engagement in at-risk members?
- Geva: How can we forge a new bond between patrons and artists through engagement, relationship building and artist-patron centered programming that will create both deeper appreciation of and greater support of the artist’s voice?
- ICE: How can we put the artist at the center of not only artistic but operational, decisions?
We received 27 amazing applications examining a variety of themes — training of new professionals, blending artistic and administrative work and new models of audience and community engagement were among them. If you’d like to learn more about the applicant projects, we’ve put together the summaries for your reading pleasure.