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Adaptive Changemaking Facilitation Course

Gain the tools you need to expand your facilitation or consulting practice through the CultureSource Facilitator’s Institute. This program will develop your understanding of organizational effectiveness and strengthen your ability to help organizations grapple with complexity. This program is open to leaders, consultants, executive coaches, and trainers across the country with affinities for the arts.

The Facilitator Institute was designed by the nonprofit arts consulting group EmcArts. CultureSource integrated EmcArts into our organization in 2022, making their unique and high-impact leadership development programs permanent offerings in our portfolio of services.

When I learned about the Facilitator training, I jumped at the opportunity—even though I’ve been a Facilitator for years. It was a breath of fresh air to be in a cohort with other facilitators, to think about our craft, and to learn new activities for engaging participants when leading events.”

Mary Gladstone-Highland
CEO, Spark Consulting Group

Program Curriculum

This program helps participants develop understanding of organizational dynamics and adaptive changemaking.

Outcomes? We hire institute participants to facilitate strategic planning processes, organizational development initiatives, and seminars on executive leadership. We also keep participants connected in a community of practice.

The Facilitator Institute has a blended structure, pairing asynchronous learning, synchronous online meetings, individual coaching sessions, and in-person gatherings. Due to the comprehensive nature of this program, the importance of creating a true cohort, and the fact that the work builds upon itself, it is imperative that all participants be available for the entire duration of the program.


  • September 4, 9:30am – 5:00pm, in-person
  • October 2, 9:30am – 12:00pm, virtual
  • October 23, 9:30am – 12:00pm, virtual
  • November 20, 9:30am – 5:00pm, in-person
  • December 11 9:30am – 12:00pm, virtual
  • January 15, 9:30am – 12:00pm, virtual
  • February 5, 9:30am – 5:00pm, in-person

Participant Profile

Interested in joining the Facilitator’s Institute? Ideal candidates are:

  • Multidisciplinary consultants, facilitators, trainers, speakers, and/or change-agents
  • Have a deep interest in adding an adaptive changemaking framework to their facilitation toolkit
  • Have a strong affinity for arts and culture
  • Have a track record for effectively guiding teams through challenges.

Information Session

Learn more about the Institute and ask questions about participating at our virtual info session. Our seasoned facilitators Melissa Dibble and Naimah Wade will provide information on the scope, sequence, and expectations of the course. Our facilitators will also share information about travel stipends for participants coming from outside of Southeast Michigan.


To apply, applications should download and complete the PDF application, and upload it to our online submission link.

Deadline to apply: Monday, July 15, at 5:00pm.

More Information

Questions? Contact Program Manager Goode Wyche III at [email protected]


Recognizing that this time commitment is significant, we will be offering travel stipends for individuals based outside of Southeast Michigan to offset the cost of attending in-person convenings.

Participant Expectations

While the primary purpose of the Facilitator Institute is to develop a stable of trained facilitators to aid CultureSource in the presentation and delivery of various adaptive changemaking programs in the future, those who complete the training are not guaranteed of any future work or compensation with CultureSource, nor are they obligated to perform as facilitators moving forward.

Applicants accepted into the program will be provided a letter of agreement detailing this information prior to participation.

In Memoriam

EmcArts co-founder and long-time president Richard Evans passed away in 2022 after battling an aggressive cancer. Before his passing, Richard spearheaded the integration of EmcArts into CultureSource—securing a permanent Southeast Michigan home for the practice of adaptive changemaking that he pioneered in the cultural sector.

EmcArts, a social enterprise for innovation and adaptive change in the arts, worked for over 20 years to strengthen the capacity of arts leaders and organizations. Richard designed and implemented a sustained series of groundbreaking initiatives designed to help arts organizations design and manage innovation and adapt to changing environments.

CultureSource is dedicated to honoring Richard’s legacy by continuing his work of ensuring the sustained vitality of our most cherished arts organizations.

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