Pathways, a 2-year sequential program of training and technical assistance targeted to the needs of new and emerging community schools of the arts. Goal: To strengthen the capacity of these institutions to provide public access to, and informed participation in, quality arts and culture activities in underserved communities. The four steps are: 1. New Arts Schools and Centers (NASCENT) process to identify and select 10 new or emerging institutions in locations where need and the ability of the community to sustain the organization can be demonstrated. 2. Arts Management in Community Institutions (AMICI) - a 12-day residential summer institute which provides comprehensive training for the unique needs of new and inexperienced directors, most of whom are professional artists. 3. Needs Assessment - a consultative evaluation of each school to determine specific technical assistance needs. IV Mentoring and Partnerships (MAP), a modular program consisting of a) the Adopt-A-School mentoring partnership b) a 3-5 day Management Residency at an established member organization c) Institutional Advancement which provides professional consultants on-site to develop long-range plans, improve skills, or develop strategies to strengthen institutional capabilities. Modules may be used singly or in creative combination.
The design and implementation of Pathways reflects improvements resulting from lessons learned with similar programs over the last 5-6 years. The project is an integral part of the Guild's new strategic plan.