PRESS RELEASE: Dance/USA Selected to Participate in EmcArts Pilot Innovation Lab for Arts Development Agencies

November 27, 2013

Contact: Johanna Tschebull
Phone: 202.833.1717

Washington, DC – Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, is pleased to announce that it has been selected it to participate in the pilot round of the new EmcArts Innovation Lab for Arts Development Agencies. Dance/USA is one of three organizations selected to take part in this unique immersion program with EmcArts.  

The Innovation Lab for Arts Development Agencies will allow Dance/USA to develop an innovative project to address issues related to membership, equity and inclusion, and local-national service. Dance/USA believes that in order to establish a wholly allied dance environment in America, the organization must reach dancemakers in their studios and homes and connect with them in person. Dance/USA’s Innovation Lab project will be fully designed and prototyped in 2014 under the guidance and support of EmcArts.

“We are thrilled to be included in this pilot Lab and I am very excited to be working with Alternate ROOTS and Theatre Communications Group,” commented Dance/USA Executive Director Amy Fitterer. “The Innovation Lab for Arts Development Agencies gives us the opportunity to tackle issues central to our strategic plan such as increasing our accessibility for membership, further exploring our reach into local communities, and increasing our visibility.”

The Innovation Lab for Arts Development Agencies is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

About Dance/USA
Dance/USA is the national service organization for the professional dance field. Established in 1982, Dance/USA serves a diverse national membership of over 490 dance groups working in the genres of aerial, ballet, contemporary, culturally-specific, hip-hop, ice, international, jazz, liturgical, single-choreographer, and tap, dance presenters, dance service organizations, dance agents, dance educators, independent dancers, freelance choreographers, students of arts administration and/or dance and business in service to dance, and individuals related to the field. Learn more about Dance/USA by visiting our website,

About EmcArts
Recognized as a leading nonprofit provider of services in innovation and adaptive change to the arts sector nationwide, EmcArts serves as a nonprofit intermediary for arts funders, and as a re-granting agency and service organization for the arts field around innovation. Our innovation programs support the development and implementation of mission‑centered new strategies by arts organizations of all sizes. The programs range from directly incubating specific innovation projects to introductory programs that enable new thinking and build adaptive cultures across local arts communities. EmcArts is a 501(c)(3) organization.

About Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child maltreatment, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties

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