Indy Community Innovation Lab seeks independent researchers, artist facilitators

An independent researcher is needed to support a Community Innovation Lab, a collaborative effort between EmcArts and local conveners: Kheprw Institute, GroundWork Indy, and Spirit & Place (a project of The Polis Center, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI). The Cultural Asset Landscape Researcher will identify local organizations and individuals working in and around Indianapolis at the intersection of the arts/culture and economic inclusion issues, as well as identify and summarize national and international case studies of exceptional arts practices addressing economic inclusion.

A national initiative managed by EmcArts, the Community Innovation Labs facilitate an unconventional approach that supports a group of local change agents in making progress on a complex challenge. Community stakeholders from different sectors work together in innovative ways in response to a specific local challenge. Arts-infused practices are central to the CIL approach to build trust, explore new possibilities, and advance strategies for complex adaptive systemic change. The Indy Star recently published an article about the Indianapolis lab.

The upcoming lab will take place from August 2017-April 2018. Applicants need not be available for the entirety of the lab. For more information or instructions on how to apply, visit the Indy Community Innovation Lab website. Applications are due July 14, 2017.

Kate Harris