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Keep up with the most recent news and announcements at EmcArts

Publication Release Somewhere Becoming Rain: Adaptive Change is the Future of the Arts

Read about learnings from the EmcArts' national Innovation Labs in the Arts program... and the future beyond it.

July 23, 2018 – New Pathways | Charlotte Enters Phase 2
Having completed a workshop series on the roots of innovation, the participating organizations in New Pathways | Charlotte are about to enter the exciting second phase of the program! For five organizations, this will consist of organizational coaching designed to further explore adaptive change and carry out "small experiments with radical intent." The other five organizations will be embarking on Incubating Innovation, a “deep dive” process to incubate a large-scale adaptive strategy.

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Jun 27, 2018 – Host Cities Announced for Community Change Workshops
EmcArts is delighted to announce the first three host communities for our two new workshop programs in pursuing community change through the arts. The Arts in Complex Community Change series, which provides capacity-building support for arts organizations and community-based agencies, will be taking place in Waterville, ME. The Artists as Change Agents within Complexity series, which focuses on how change efforts in conditions of social complexity can be re-imagined as artistic processes, will be taking place in Charlotte, NC and Chattanooga, TN.

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May 25, 2018 – New Pathways | Charlotte Hosts Innovation Forum
The Forum marked the end of the first phase of the New Pathways program, a six-workshop series on innovation in the arts and culture sector. Cross-organizational collaboration was a central topic of discussion, centered around the question: How might we radically rethink the ways different aspects of our organizations are structured, to operate on a collaborative – rather than independent or competitive – basis?

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Mar 5, 2018 – Two New Community Workshop Series to Launch in 2018
With generous underwriting support from the Kresge Foundation, EmcArts is offering two new community innovation workshop series: Creative Placemaking in Complex Systems and Artists as Complex Change Agents. Each series is to take place in four locations, with applications from interested host communities due on April 30th.

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Feb 8, 2018 – Announcing Staging Change | Toronto
The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation and EmcArts announce the launch of Staging Change, a multi-year strategic investment program geared to strengthen Toronto's performing arts organizations by promoting adaptive change efforts.

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Jan 12, 2018 – Community Innovation Lab | Dallas Concludes
On December 6th, the conveners and participants in the Dallas Community Innovation Lab gathered together to celebrate the conclusion of the Lab, and to share the exciting work that they’ve been engaged in through the Lab process. Follow the link below for a photo essay documenting the exciting work of the Lab, which is set to continue past the official conclusion of the program.

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ArtsFwd Toolkit On Adaptive Capacity and Resilience

EmcArts President Richard Evans explains the eight capacities that contribute to nonprofit cultural organizations attaining a condition of resilience.