Richard Evans – “The Challenge to Adapt: New Practices for a New Era in the Arts”

EmcArts_Richard2A conversation on the importance of addressing adaptive change in this new era for the arts through new strategies to advance the field and create public value.  The conversation will focus on adaptive challenges rather than technical ones, shifting our underlying assumptions, and developing new organizational capacities that emphasize innovation and adaptive change.

Richard Evans directs EmcArts’ programs and strategic partnerships.  Richard’s recent research, program design, and facilitation places particular emphasis on innovation, organizational change, and effective ways that the arts and culture field can respond to the demands of a new era for the sector.  His studies on innovation and capacity building led to his design for the Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts.  An expansion of EmcArts’ successful pilot Lab for American orchestras, the Lab launched in Fall 2008 with the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and is now in its eighth Round.  An Innovation Lab for Museums, supported by MetLife Foundation, launched in fall 2011.  Richard also leads the design and implementation of the New Pathways for the Arts Initiative, a series of community-based innovation programs that has been implemented in cities across the country.

A frequent speaker on the relationship between cultural policy and emerging practices in the arts, Richard’s recent engagements have included most of the annual conferences of arts service organizations in the U.S. and Canada.  His past research and analytical expertise has been published in numerous field studies in the arts.

Richard received his M.A. from Trinity College, Cambridge, England.  Prior to founding EmcArts, he held numerous senior positions in performing arts management and philanthropy, including co-director of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Advancement Program, first Coordinator of the National Alliance of Artists´ Communities, Chief Executive of the Bath International Festival of Music & the Arts, England, and Vice President of the National Arts Stabilization Fund.

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