New Pathways for the Arts | Alaska

An adaptive capacity building program for arts organizations in Alaska

New Pathways for the Arts | Alaska is an initiative developed by EmcArtsRasmuson Foundationthe Foraker Group, and Alaska State Council on the Arts to stimulate innovation and adaptive leadership capacity in Alaska’s arts and cultural organizations.

The program integrates a wide range of learning activities and financial investments. Its components focus on celebrating and advancing organizational innovations as responses to complex challenges during times of rapid change. It gives organizations from Alaska’s diverse cultural landscape the opportunity to learn about building adaptive capacity through group workshops, forums, coaching, and individual organizational facilitation.

EmcArts is particularly excited to work alongside the Foraker Group in delivering this program, which also creates the opportunity to share some of the facilitation tools and frameworks used by both organizations.

Alaska has significant talent in its arts community. This program provides additional funding to test new ideas and take risks that will ultimately position these arts organizations for long-term artistic and financial success.

Diane Kaplan, President, Rasmuson Foundation
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Program Components

  • A sequence of 9 virtual workshops and 3 face-to-face participant forums
  • On-site coaching for all participating organizations, as follow-up to the workshops
  • The opportunity for an individually facilitated “deep dive” to incubate a specific innovation project
  • Capital grants to support selected organizations in scaling up promising new directions
  • A variety of online learning tools (housed on to capture and reinforce lessons learned, and to contribute to the national dialogue about “next practices” for the field
New Pathways | Alaska Participating Organizations

Alaska Humanities Forum (Anchorage)
Alaska Native Heritage Center (Anchorage)
Alaska State Council on the Arts (Anchorage)
Alutiiq Museum* (Kodiak)
Anchorage Concert Association* (Anchorage)
Anchorage Museum (Anchorage)
Anchorage Symphony Orchestra (Anchorage)
Bunnell Street Arts Center (Homer)
Island Institute* (Sitka)
Juneau Symphony (Juneau)
Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council (Ketchikan)
Kodiak Arts Council (Kodiak)
Perseverance Theatre* (Juneau/Anchorage)
Sealaska Heritage Institute (Juneau)
Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center (Haines)
Valley Performing Arts (Wasilia)

(*) Denotes organizations taking part in the intensive Incubating Innovation Program
The Foraker Group is Alaska’s state association and nonprofit capacity building organization for nonprofits and tribes across Alaska. Foraker is dedicated to increasing the leadership and management skills of professionals and volunteers working in Alaska’s nonprofit and tribal organizations through an innovative approach focused on a model of sustainability.

Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband E.A. Rasmuson. The Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.

ASCA is a state agency that fosters the development of the arts for all Alaskans through education, partnerships, grants and services.