On November 29, 2018, we dropped in on the penultimate workshop of Staging Change, the Foundation’s latest strategic multi-year investment program in the Performing Arts. A tiered program delivered in four stages, Staging Change allows participants to uncover innovative solutions to challenges and opportunities that their organizations face. Fourteen Toronto-based performing arts organizations took part in the six workshops offered in Stage 1, which ended on December 11. Teams from each organization, comprised of representatives from the artistic, administrative, and board leadership, worked with lead EmcArts facilitators Richard Evans and Melissa Dibble to identify a complex challenge within their organization, i.e. one without a known solution.
In addition, Metcalf welcomed nine participants into the Staging Change Associate Facilitator Training Initiative (SCAFTI). This year-long train-the-trainer program develops the capacity of local consultants in EmcArts signature adaptive change practice. It focuses on enhancing the skills of two groups: consultants who have a practice based in the performing arts, especially those with experience in facilitating organizational change, and organizational leaders from all arts disciplines.
Staging Change is designed and delivered in partnership with EmcArts, a nonprofit enterprise that has worked with over 300 institutions and 2,500 leaders across the U.S. and Canada to find innovative new strategies to create public value and impact in the arts.