National Arts Strategies (NAS) develops market-leading education services for individuals who play a variety of roles in the arts and culture ecosystem: artists, cultural entrepreneurs, board members, staff members and executives. MCE is part of the faculty (which includes professors from leading business and graduate schools) for three NAS programs that serve arts and culture leaders across the country. In this role, MCE designs and refines the program content and learning experiences, delivers program content and ensures the mastery of content delivered across all mediums. Program content is delivered online and through in-person convenings.
For over 20 years, the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF) has prioritized and invested in efforts that strengthen health outcomes for people in the Richmond, Virginia region. The Health Equity and Arts (HEArts) Program was RMHF’s first attempt to invest in the arts and explore the role that the arts could play in achieving health equity in the Richmond, VA region. Through HEArts, RMHF funded artists to create works that would amplify the voices and experiences of the residents of greater Richmond. MCE was hired by RMHF to conduct an assessment of the HEArts Program’s inaugural year. MCE launched a four phase assessment process-that incorporated a mixed methods research design-to document (1) if and how the HEArts program met RMHF’s goals, (2) what worked well with HEArts’ implementation, (3) opportunities for improvement for the next iteration of the HEArts program, and (4) ideal ways to build connections that integrate artists into RMHF’s overall efforts in the Richmond, VA region.
The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) preserves and promotes dance by people of African ancestry or origin, and assists and increases opportunities for artists in advocacy, audience development, education, funding, networking, performance, philosophical dialogue, and touring.
MCE provided data analysis, graphic visualization and writing support toward the development of The Black Report: The State of the Union for Blacks in Dance. This report is a call to action meant to highlight the experiences and challenges of a representative sample of black dance companies in the United States and advocate for increased funding and capacity support for black dance companies in the United States.
MCE has also advised IABD on the strategy and program design for their Next Generation Leadership Program (NGL), funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Organization. NGL is a leadership development program designed to 1) identify and cultivate the next generation of Black Dance leaders, and 2) support IABD’s desire to create a road map for building and operating a healthier, more sustainable organization.
Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles (EAL/LA) is a network of arts professionals whose purpose is to grow and support the next generation of creative leaders in the greater Los Angeles area. MCE ushered EAL/LA through its third strategic planning process with a focus on organizational capacity and strategy, leadership cultivation and refined communications. MCE produced a comprehensive organizational assessment and organizational recommendations.