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We are proud to introduce the cohort taking part in our Southeast Michigan Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators program. These fifteen executive and artistic directors will spend six months working with seasoned facilitators this year to learn the discipline of adaptive changemaking and strategies for driving organizational innovation.

Diana Abouali
Arab American National Museum

Karisa Antonio
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Sarah Clare Corporandy
Detroit Public Theatre

Miah Davis
Detroit Artists Market

Kathryn Dimond
The Scarab Club

Christian Greer
Michigan Science Center

Kris Johnson
MSU Community Music School-Detroit

Jennifer Jones
Title Track
Washtenaw County

Ali Lapetina
Women of Banglatown

Jova Lynne
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Mike Michelon
Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Ann Arbor

Toni Moceri
Allied Media Projects

Marie Patton
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Susan Westhoff
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Leslie Science & Nature Center
Ann Arbor

Hananiah Wiggins
Neutral Zone
Ann Arbor

We run this leadership development program in cities and regions around the country and are pleased to be offering it locally for the first time. Interested in bringing ALACI to your city? Get in touch.

Arts and cultural organizations are continuing to experience prolonged hardship from the aftereffects of the pandemic and turbulent economic conditions. This demands a departure from past practice—instead, embracing new innovations in program formats, equitable engagement with diverse publics, creative use of the technology, organizational structures, and new partnerships. ALACI equips seasoned and rising leaders with a set of practices that empowers them to act as collaborative hosts and imagine innovative solutions to emerging challenges.

This program helped me to develop an experimental mindset around problem-solving that has been advantageous during and after the pandemic. Through the ALACI fellowship and other EmcArts programs I've participated in, I've been able to build a set of tools that have been invaluable in guiding the Anton Art Center to learn our way through situations or contexts that have no clear path forward.

Phil GilchristExecutive Director, Advancing Macomb

The Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators program was designed and for years presented 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. The Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators program is the first of many that will expand the robustness of CultureSource’s professional development offering for arts leaders and member organizations.