EmcArts Inc. is a social enterprise for learning and innovation in the arts. We serve as a nonprofit intermediary for many arts funders, and as a service organization for the arts field around innovation. We exist to strengthen the capacities and effectiveness of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, serving their needs in the design and management of innovative change, and assisting them in building their adaptive capacity.
The organization was founded in 1999 as Emc.Arts LLC by Richard Evans and John McCann as a merger of their separate consulting interests in the arts and culture sector. Following rapid growth and the development of an increasing range of services to groups of arts organizations and whole fields of work in the arts, the company was re-incorporated in 2006 as EmcArts Inc., a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation with a broader mission of public service. We are governed by a Board of Directors.
Our core team is currently based in New York City, with offices in central Harlem. Additionally, we work with process facilitators from across the country.
The mission of EmcArts is threefold:
- To strengthen the capacities of cultural organizations across the country and advance the practices of innovation and adaptive change
- To achieve field-wide recognition for organizational innovation and adaptive leadership as essential organizational disciplines for the cultural sector in the 21st century
- To move the dialogue about these disciplines from the margins to the center of the field's attention