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

Designed in partnership with a local host agency, the New Pathways program is designed to enable growth in the adaptive capacity of participating organizations through four different strategies: 

  1. A sequence of hands-on Workshops led by EmcArts
  2. Participant-led Community Convenings designed by a guiding group of program participants
  3. On-site Coaching for a selection of the participating organizations, as follow-up to the Workshops
  4. The opportunity for an individually facilitated "deep dive" into Incubating Innovation

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

Current Programs

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)

New Pathways for Community Service | Santa Clara County, California

Funding Partner: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

This newly launched program includes nonprofit organizations serving children, youth, and families in Santa Clara County. 

Participating Organizations:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley
Children's Musical Theater
Each One Reach One
Friends for Youth, Inc.
Girl Scouts of Northern California
Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
San Jose Jazz
San Jose Taiko Group Inc.
Stanford Jazz Workshop
YMCA of Silicon Valley
Youth Science Institute