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October 5, 2020 – Edit- Applications now closed: Director of Business Development, Digital Services at EmcArts
EmcArts is offering a remarkable opportunity for a creative, motivated self-starter to join a team committed to advancing nonprofit leadership at this pivotal time. The pandemic has made our focus on supporting radical innovation and adaptive change more widely relevant than ever. Building on our 15-year track record of success, the new Director will work with us to co-develop, promote and fund new forms of leadership training and adaptive facilitation that are fully digital and accessible world-wide.

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August 13, 2020 – Historic PAFA adapts to the present, reimagines its future
When leaders of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia embarked on a journey with EmcArts last fall, they needed a safe space to step out of their comfort zone and take a risk. That’s exactly what they, along with peers from 15 other arts and culture organizations in the city, found when they gathered for Building the Capacity to Innovate and Adapt | Philadelphia, a program funded by the Knight Foundation and facilitated by EmcArts. The cohort wrapped up a series of six workshops in January.

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May 19, 2020 – Steeped in tradition, Houston Boychoir embraces its future
For nearly 60 years Houston Boychoir has helped young men master the skills they need to shine both on and off the stage. One of the premiere choirs of its kind in the country, it has nurtured three generations of boys since its founding in 1962. And yet, like so many nonprofits in the arts sector, Boychoir rarely found the time it needed to focus intently on the future.

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May 6, 2020 – Discovering New Futures: Radical Experiments, not more Planning!
When times are complex, the future is uncertain and unpredictable.  We can’t plan our way forward rationally or logically.  As individuals, we may enjoy these conditions (how many of us would really like it if every day turned out exactly as planned?).  Organizations, however, often get stuck in planning mindsets and technical routines – proxies for elusive certainties – that make it hard to clarify and seize the new opportunities out there.

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April 29, 2020 – Impossibly Both: Embracing Wickedness and Paradox to Succeed in Complexity
When times are really tough, our individual minds and souls may be freer to hear and feel new possibilities. But under stress organizations typically revert to seeing decisions as binary – we have to choose between this or that. By reducing our options and what we can test, this mindset makes it nearly impossible to successfully navigate all the complexity around us now.

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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.