EmcArts Invites Applications for Innovation Lab for Arts Development Agencies

DEADLINE: MAY 30, 2014

EmcArts, in partnership with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, is accepting applications for Round 2 of the Innovation Lab for Arts Development Agencies, a sixteen-month program designed to help performing arts organizations and arts development agencies incubate and test strategies that address complex organizational challenges.

The Innovation Lab provides organizations selected on a competitive basis with space, time, and resources to explore and accelerate the design and testing of new organizational change strategies. Strategies selected for inclusion must offer substantial leverage for new, effective practices in the performing arts field, though they do not necessarily have to be large in scope or cost.

Examples of areas in which arts organizations are innovating include but are not limited to engaging audiences, and the wider community, in new ways; rethinking program formats, venues, and approaches; involving the public in co-creation activities; using technology to enhance the artistic experience; reconsidering the role of the creative artist in the organization; restructuring the organization for new demands and new ways of doing business; and partnering or merging with other organizations for greater reach and impact.

The program includes individual coaching, group facilitation, an intensive retreat with specialized faculty, and a variety of extended support systems tailored to the needs of each organization, including post-retreat support grants of $30,000 for project prototyping. An additional $9,000 in unrestricted operating support will be provided for the purpose of maintaining organizational momentum toward implementation and to assist with critical follow-up activities.

Round 2 of the is open to all American nonprofit organizations that do not produce or present the performing arts, but rather provide services in support of the ongoing development of an arts discipline, its organizations and practitioners, or of a particular area of arts activities (defined, for instance, geographically, or by theme – such as arts and disability). These organizations must serve individuals or organizations in the disciplines of theater, modern and contemporary dance, jazz, or multidisciplinary arts.

Visit the EmcArts Web site for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Link to Complete RFP

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