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.”
Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre created a core leadership team of artists to direct the nEW Festival after Melanie Stewart stepped down as sole executive director.
In the third and final segment of our three-part conversation with Center Visiting Artist Ain Gordon, he gives us a glimpse of how he has entered into conversations at the Center and proposed alternative possibilities for our approach to our work.
For the sixth program of the “Schmart World” series, AUX Curatorial Fellow Whitney Kimball presents ESP TV: Live Broadcast of Experimental Performance from AUX.
Hong, director of academic affairs and program development at the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University, looks at the opportunities presented by co-authorship through the lens of entrepreneurship.
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.
Yancey considers whether arts organizations be expected to approach their businesses with the same degree of courage and creativity that they expect of presenting artists.
Astrid Bowlby is a visual artist and a 2005 Pew Fellow.
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.
Justin Cronin is a writer and a 2001 Pew Fellow.
Development of a preservation plan considered Fleisher Art Memorial’s historic buildings on Catharine Street in South Philadelphia.
Cliveden of the National Trust is an 18th-century historic house and the site of the 1777 Battle of Germantown. A National Historic Landmark, Cliveden was the summer home of prominent colonial attorney Benjamin Chew.
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education commissions art that more directly fulfills its missions of land preservation, restoration, and education.