Richard Evans

Richard Evans.

Richard Evans is co-founder and president of EmcArts, a New York City firm that describes itself as “a social enterprise for innovation and adaptive change in the arts.” It works to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, helping them design and manage innovation and adapt to a changing environment. Evans directs EmcArts’ programs and strategic partnerships, with a particular focus on helping the arts and culture field respond to the demands of a new era for the sector. His studies on innovation and capacity building led to his design for the Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts and the Innovation Lab for Museums, national programs that help these organizations thrive through change, and the New Pathways for the Arts Initiative, a series of community-based innovation programs active in cities across the country. Prior to founding EmcArts, Evans held several senior positions in performing arts management and philanthropy, including co-director of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Advancement Program; chief executive of the Bath International Festival of Music & the Arts, England; and vice president of the National Arts Stabilization Fund. Evans visited the Center in 2012 for a presentation and workshop titled “Innovation and Resilience in a New Era for the Arts.”


Andrew McIntyre visited the Center in summer 2012 for a day of workshops on visitor behavior and new approaches to engaging arts audiences in the 21st century.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Since 2006, Kinshasha Holman Conwill has served as deputy director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian Institution’s newest museum, scheduled to open in 2015.

Grants & Grantees

Musicopia hired technology and curriculum development consultants to assist in restructuring Rhythm & Rhymes, a residency program that annually reaches 300 students.

In the first segment of a three-part conversation between Center Visiting Artist Ain Gordon and Center Executive Director Paula Marincola, they discuss Gordon’s role as a conduit between the Center and its grantees.

AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James has organized an evening of performances by Colin Self and M. Lamar.

Collaborators & Colleagues

San Francisco-based Alan Brown is principal of WolfBrown, a leading researcher and management consultancy in the nonprofit arts industry.

Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi’s third AUX Curatorial Fellow, presents the work of video artist and activist Jenny Drumgoole, the fifth program in the “Schmart World” series.

Grants & Grantees

Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre creates performance with a focus on devised work that often includes forays into pop culture, political satire, and the human condition.

Grants & Grantees

Jackie Tileston is a visual artist and a 2004 Pew Fellow.

Moore College of Art & Design is the only visual arts college for women in the United States and the Galleries at Moore have showcased the work of women artists and curators to great effect.

Scribe Video Center will explore the history and impact of the Great Migration (1916–30) on Philadelphia, when blacks fled the South for economic opportunities in the Northern states, giving rise to new African-American neighborhoods.

AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James presents a screening of The Fantasies Given to Us May Never Be Fixed, followed by a performance from Philadelphia-based artists Kris Harzinski and Will Haughery.