Dynamic Adaptability 2.0

Friday, November 02, 2012
Dynamic Adaptability 2.0
Friday, November 02, 2012 12:45 PM - 4:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Town Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, 98101
United States

Cultural Organizations
as Civic Leaders

Join us on November 2 at Town Hall from 12:45 to 4pm to hear from John Michael Schert (Trey McIntyre Project), James Kass (Youth Speaks), Lisa Sasaki (The Oakland Museum of California) and Chris Coleman (Portland Center Stage). These four cultural organizations are not only nationally recognized for their artistic excellence, they are also deeply committed civic leaders in their respective communities. They are at the forefront of a growing national movement of arts organizations who seek to more effectively engage communities and actively participate in civic life.

“Community,” “relevance,” and “engagement” are now buzzwords in the cultural sector, but what do we really mean when we use these terms? What does it look like when a cultural organization is authentically engaged with its community, moving beyond audience development strategies and outreach departments? Does deep community engagement require compromising other artistic or organizational goals, or can it actually make organizations more adventuresome and sustainable? These four leaders will talk about how their organizations have integrated a deep commitment to community throughout all aspects of their work, and how this has led to numerous benefits, including greater organizational stability and artistic creativity.

The day will include short talks, a panel discussion and small group discussions for you to have an opportunity to talk directly with the speakers and peers.

What is Dynamic Adaptability 2.0?

Dynamic Adaptability 2.0 complements and extends a series of four convenings that took place from February 2010 to January 2011 to support the cultural sector of the Puget Sound region. The original series was launched by a consortium of regional funders after a survey of cultural leaders in the region revealed a desire to gather with colleagues and discuss shared issues around navigating change. More information, including videos and materials from previous sessions, can be found here

E-mail us if you'd like to be kept informed about future Dynamic Adaptability offerings.


Contact Information

  • Lyn Hunter, Senior Program Manager, Philanthropy Northwest.
    Phone: 206-443-8461, Email: lhunter@philanthropynw.org

Payment Instructions

  • This series is free of charge to arts and culture nonprofit organizations in the Puget Sound region and is on a first-come-first-served basis. 
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