Our Stories

For over a decade, we've provided processes and resources for the non-profit sector and helped individuals, organizations and communities innovate and adapt.

Since 2005, EmcArts has been seeding the arts and culture field with the tools and resources it needs to stay relevant and vital. As a result, dialogue about innovation and adaptive change has moved from the margins of our field to the center. Innovation and adaptive change capacities are now beginning to play a critical role in community-based change efforts in the social sector.

In the publications and reports below, we’ve captured some of the tremendous accomplishments of the individuals, organizations, and communities that we’ve had the honor of working alongside. Our aim is to capture the productive messiness of change in organizations large and small, and across many different disciplines. We hope you find them as inspiring as we do.

For more about our progress, visit our online resource for arts leaders ArtsFwd.org.  


  • Reached over 500,000 practitioners in the field with tools, reports, stories and research
  • 250 organizations and 2,500 leaders supported in U.S and Canada
  • Invested $2,800,000 in our partners through innovation grants that support change
Featured Innovation Story
This case study on Latino New South documents the partnership between three cultural institutions – the Levine Museum of the New South (Charlotte, NC), the Atlanta History Center (Atlanta, GA), and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, AL). These three organizations entered the Innovation Lab for Museums with the intention of making their institutions more resonant with, and responsive to, the fast-growing Latino communities in their respective cities. Watch the video below.
Latino New South