- More than 80 stakeholders engaged across sectors in the Winston-Salem and Providence pilot Labs
- Deep relationships cultivated among participants with people who they otherwise wouldn't have met
- Small experiments designed and tested with 500+ residents to explore change strategies
Community Innovation Labs
Using the arts to foster trust among stakeholders from different sectors and collaboratively develop responses to a complex social challenge.
- a focus on building dense, cross-sector networks
- a willingness to slow down in order to see systems as a whole
- an ability to harvest the unique contributions of artists and cultural workers
- a willingness to let go of linear planning in favor of experimental learning
- EmcArts works with local Conveners to customize the Lab design to the local context, clarify the focus, engage local artists, recruit local Champions, and enroll larger groups of Lab Members. Research is conducted to gather perspectives from local stakeholders.
- EmcArts facilitates a series of carefully crafted Intensive Workshops for a core group of 30-40 Lab participants, as well as a series of additional community gatherings to engage a larger cross-section of local stakeholders and influencers. Workshops are richly interwoven with artistic facilitation techniques and move participants towards transformative, arts-based strategies for change.
- Up to three cross-sector working groups that emerge from can opt in to further facilitation support from an EmcArts team member to foster an emerging arts-based strategies, maintaining momentum and pivoting towards testing strategies in action.
At its core, the Winston-Salem Community Innovation Lab is a social-capital building initiative that has created safe spaces for brave, healthy, and challenging dialogue and meaningful connections between diverse members of our community.Jonathan Halsey, Director of Community Engagement, The Winston-Salem Foundation
- Winston-Salem, NC: How can we create a more equitable and abundant Winston-Salem? How can we move systems of race, class and power to do so? How can we, as a community, build enough trust to enable transformative change to happen?
- Providence, RI: How can we develop and test creative approaches to improving community safety, cultural life and well-being in Trinity Square?
- Buffalo, NY: How can we use artistic practices to encourage community participation in a just transition to a new economy that uplifts and supports people, place, and planet?
- Dallas, TX: How can we work collectively to ensure equitable access to healthy food and nourishment for and with all the citizens of Dallas, using arts, creativity, and food itself as catalysts?