New Pathways

New Pathways is a training and immersion program for non-profit organizations in a local community who are seeking to advance their development of innovative strategies and strengthen adaptive leadership. 

Designed in partnership with a local host agency, the New Pathways program is designed to enable the growth of participating organizations' adaptive capacity. The program is structured around a combination of six different components:

  1. A preliminary analysis of the organizational capacity of all the selected participants
  2. A sequence of hands-on Workshops led by EmcArts facilitators, taking place either in-person or virtually
  3. Participant-led Community Convenings or Participant Forums designed by a guiding group of program participants
  4. On-site Coaching for a selection of the participating organizations, as follow-up to the Workshops
  5. Train-the-Trainer program in which local consultants are trained to deliver adaptive coaching work in the future
  6. The opportunity for an individually facilitated "deep dive" into Incubating Innovation around a particular project

To download a list of organizations that have participated in our New Pathways program, click here

To learn more about the New Pathways program, please contact Louise Brooks, Manager of Local Programs, at

Current Program Participants

New Pathways for the Arts | Calgary

New Pathways for the Arts | Calgary will develop a learning community of 15 not-for-profit organizations in Calgary and Southern Alberta that operate under an arts mandate or undertake arts programs in pursuit of their mission. This learning community will be aimed at strengthening and advancing organizational innovation and adaptive capacity. Over the next three years, participating organizations will explore the challenges and opportunities facing the sector, develop leadership and community engagement strategies, and learn about adaptive approaches to complex challenges through workshops, forums, an in-depth "train the trainer" program, and more.

Funding Partners: Calgary Arts Development, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Calgary Foundation, and Suncor Energy Foundation

Participating Organizations: 

Alberta Ballet
Alberta Printmakers
Alberta Theatre Projects
Bridges Social Development
Calgary Arts Development
Calgary Opera
Calgary Performing Arts Festival
Fairy Tales Presentation Society
New Works Calgary
Southern Alberta Art Gallery
Vertigo Theatre

New Pathways for the Arts | Edmonton

Funding Partners: Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Edmonton Community Foundation, and the City of Edmonton

This recently launched program will work with arts and culture organizations in Edmonton, Alberta, and the local area. Over the next three years, participating organizations will explore the challenges and opportunities facing the sector, develop leadership and community engagement strategies, and learn about adaptive approaches to complex challenges through workshops, forums, an in-depth train-the-trainer program, and more.

With New Pathways for the Arts | Edmonton, EmcArts is excited to embark on a new exploration of adaptive change work with Canadian communities.

Participating Organizations: 

Alberta Ballet
Alberta Craft Council
Arts and Heritage Foundation of St. Albert
Brian Webb Dance Company
CKUA Radio Network
Edmonton Heritage Council
Edmonton Opera
The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA)
Francis Winspear Centre for Music & Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Fringe Theatre Adventures
Metro Cinema Society
NeWest Press
Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival
Pro Coro Society
Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists (SNAP)
The Works International Visual Arts Society
Theatre Alberta
Ukrainian Shumka Dancers
Visual Arts Alberta - CARFAC
WECAN (Where Edmonton Community Artist Network/Harcourt House)

New Pathways | Alaska

Funding Partner: Rasmuson Foundation
Program Partners: The Foraker Group, Alaska State Council on the Arts

This recently launched program will work with arts and cultural organizations across the state of Alaska to accelerate innovation and advance capacity for adaptive change.

Diverging from the format of previous New Pathways programs, those in New Pathways | Alaska will participate in 9 Workshops with EmcArts staff via virtual learning technology. Additionally, organizations will gather in Anchorage for three face-to-face Participant Forums, which provide opportunities for shared learning, peer-to-peer exchange, and development of collaborative initiatives. 

In partnership with facilitators from the Foraker Group, New Pathways | Alaska organizations will explore ideas, approaches, and topics from the Workshops in on-site coaching sessions throughout late 2014 and early 2015.

To learn more about New Pathways | Alaska, click here or download the Press Release.

Participating Organizations: 

Alaska Humanities Forum
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Alutiiq Museum*
Anchorage Concert Association*
Anchorage Symphony Orchestra
Island Institute*
Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council
Kodiak Arts Council
Perseverance Theatre*
Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center

To read more about New Pathways | Alaska participants, click here, or read the press release about Incubating Alaska here.

New Pathways for Arts Development | New York City

Funding Partners: The New York Community Trust & Booth Ferris Foundation

This program was developed to engage with the adaptive challenges of organizations in New York City that do not primarily produce or present art, 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). Given the wide and diffuse range of organizations of these types, we call them collectively "arts development agencies."

New Pathways for Arts Development | New York City was created to support arts development agencies in identifying significant adaptive challenges, strengthening internal cultures that foster innovation, and generating shared learning and peer-to-peer exchange around the sector's current challenges and opportunities.

Participating Organizations:

Asian American Arts Alliance
American Indian Artists Inc. (AMERINDA)
Brooklyn Arts Council
Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) *
CUE Art Foundation
Fourth Arts Block (FAB) *
Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA)
Lower East Side Printshop
National Guild for Community Arts Education
Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA)
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
Queens Council on the Arts
Staten Island Arts *
Third World Newsreel (TWN)

* indicates organizations participating in the Incubating Innovation program