Kodiak Daily Mirror - Kodiak arts orgs join innovation program
Kodiak arts orgs join innovation program
by Julie Herrmann
Jun 18, 2014 | 81 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kodiak students perform in An Afternoon of Improv on Saturday, June 7. The Kodiak Arts Council provided the opportunity through their Sum'Arts program. (Julie Herrmann photo)
Kodiak students perform in An Afternoon of Improv on Saturday, June 7. The Kodiak Arts Council provided the opportunity through their Sum'Arts program. (Julie Herrmann photo)
A group of arts organizations selected Kodiak Arts Council and the Alutiiq Museum to participate in a program with the goals of innovation and change.

The Foraker Group, the Rasmuson Foundation, the Alaska State Council on the Arts and New York-based EmcArts started a free program, New Pathways Alaska, for ten organizations. It will include workshops, consultation and coaching.

The Kodiak Arts Council seeks ideas not for innovation and implementation as well.

“The Arts Council, as you know, is decades old, so we have these really strong-rooted programs and yet we’re also looking to innovate to really adapt our program to the future of arts programming in Kodiak,” said council Program Coordinator Marie Acemah.

The arts council’s goals will be based on what comes out of the program’s meetings and workshops.

“At this point, we’re literally at the beginning of the visioning process,” Acemah said. “We are historically a performing arts organization and that is something that is still very important to us and to the community, but there’s a growing need to enhance our engagement with visual artists and to reach out to low-income communities and community members to expand our reach.”

Community involvement and input is also really important to the Arts Council to help discover what projects they want to pursue.

“It’s not, ‘we have an idea and we’re going to do it,’” Acemah said, “We’re going through the process and getting community input.”

The Alutiiq Museum is hoping the program will help them with some facility projects, store renovation and marketing and facilities expansion.

“This is an opportunity for our staff team to plan together and come up with some really creative solutions for getting us to achieve those goals,” said Executive Director Alisha Drabek. “It’s an opportunity to think outside the box rather than doing things the same way the organization may have always done them.”

Drabek is looking forward to getting new ideas and coming up with new strategies for the museum during the program.

“We’re really excited to learn what their advice is and to brainstorm,” Drabek said. “Over the course of the year, we’ll be doing strategic planning and they’ll be giving us technical advice. How as arts, we can obtain our objectives and goals.”

After the first phase of workshops and consultation, participating organizations will have the opportunity to apply for a second phase where they will further refine the objectives and plans from the first phase. After that, funding will be available competitively to two or three organizations, according to the Foraker Group’s website.

Eight other arts organizations from around Alaska will also be going through the program, and up to ten additional organizations will be selected for a second program to begin in 2015.

Contact Julie Herrmann at jherrmann@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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