EmcArts is pleased to share our newest article, which has just been published in the GIA Reader, Vol 26. No 3. The article, “Introducing Community Innovation Labs: A New Approach for Harvesting the Power of the Arts to Unlock Complex Problems in Local Systems” is written by Richard Evans, our President, and Karina Mangu-Ward, our Director of Strategic Initiatives. It provides a comprehensive and thought-provoking overview of the origins, inspirations and context behind our new program — Community Innovation Labs.
Community Innovation Labs is a new approach to solving tough social challenges by deeply integrating artists and artists experiences into rigorously designed and facilitated change processes. We recently announced the two local pilot cities for the Labs, and the program is now active in Providence, RI, and Winston-Salem, NC. In Providence, local Lab members are tackling community safety and cultural life in the neighborhood of Trinity Square, and in Winston-Salem, local Lab members are exploring transformative strategies to addressing structural causes of unemployment and wealth disparities along race and class lines.