Capitalization ProgramNew Pathways for the Arts | Houston
Dramatic changes in today’s nonprofit arts and culture sector have placed new demands on our organizations. Presently, most nonprofits operate with overextended resources and consequently struggle to implement “next practices” – that is to say, innovative and adaptive ideas that are a distinct break from past practices and show promise in delivering new public value. The organizations that are continuing to flourish are those that are increasing their emphasis on innovation, making the most compelling case for their work through creative and adaptive thinking, and demonstrating true nimbleness in their response to change.
In response to these new needs, and to reinforce the adaptive work already underway in Houston’s arts and culture community, Houston Arts Alliance has contracted EmcArts to implement New Pathways for the Arts | Houston over a two-year period.
New Pathways is a carefully crafted response to the specific and urgent needs of our local arts and culture organizations. Based on EmcArts’ successful work throughout the United States and Canada, the program will develop a learning community of up to 20 organizations for the sharing of “next practices”; stimulation of both new thinking and action; and promotion of organizational innovation and adaptive capacity.
The two-year program includes:
- A series of six hands-on workshops exploring the real-life challenges of the cohort and building the capacity to adapt;
- Three participant-led Innovation Forums centered on topics of their choosing, providing a platform for peer-to-peer learning and exchange;
- On-site coaching to facilitate the adoption of new knowledge and practices, supported by micro-grants to encourage experimentation;
- Incubating Innovation, an opportunity to engage in a year-long, in-depth exploration of a significant complex challenge involving the design and testing of an innovative response—guided by an EmcArts Lead Facilitator—and including prototyping grants
- The opportunity to apply for Innovation Capital grants, providing further development and scaling of the innovation projects demonstrating potential long-term, transformative impacts.
This program is provided at no cost to participants.
For more information, contact Capacity Building Manager Amy Gibbs at 713.581.6122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Deadline: Thursday, November 17, 2016, 5 p.m.
Thursday, December 15, 2016, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. – Innovation Forum #1
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. – Workshop #1
Thursday, February 16, 2017 – Workshop #2
Thursday, March 16, 2017 – Workshop #3
Thursday, April 13, 2017 – Workshop #4
Thursday, May 11, 2017 – Workshop #5
Thursday, June 8, 2017 – Workshop #6
Thursday, June 29, 2017 – Innovation Forum #2
September 2017 – Onsite Coaching and Incubating Innovation begin
April 2018 – Innovation Forum #3
For more information, email EmcArts Manager of Local Programs Louise Brooks at LBrooks@EmcArts.org.
Launch + Informational Meeting
Houston Endowment is generously providing the funding for this program.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHERE ELSE HAS THE PROGRAM BEEN IMPLEMENTED?
New Pathways programs have been successfully implemented in many cities across the United States over the last five years, including Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New Haven, New York City, Saint Louis and San Jose. New Pathways programs are currently active in the continental United States, Alaska and Canada (both Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta).
Recent participants report:
“We learned to question assumptions, think differently, be much more open-minded, and change behavior. The workshops and content excited us and came at such a perfect time of change within our organization; they sling-shot us forward with enthusiasm and tremendous energy.”
“People always say, ‘innovate or die.’ But how do you do it? We actually learned how to do it through EmcArts.We now know how to break it down into something manageable and measurable.”
“It was completely engaging - informative, provocative, exciting. There was no opting out.”
WHAT TYPE OF ORGANIZATION IS LIKELY TO BENEFIT THE MOST FROM THIS PROGRAM?
Active participation in an adaptive change program requires a commitment of staff time, energy and focus. Consistent attendance by a small team of three or four staff and board members at all workshops is required.
Participating organizations should have sufficient stability as well as staff and board capacity to engage fully in all of the required program elements.