Transforming Cultural Impact through Social Innovation

The year 2020 was marked by a flurry of new and renewed commitments to social justice across organizations in the cultural sector. Institutions of all sizes took an interest in engaging new communities with a focus on people from Black communities, Indigenous communities, and other communities of color. Subsequently, those working across the sector have found themselves lacking the tools, systems, and understanding necessary to achieve the goals of engagement and impact. A new, more equitable and innovative approach to cultural impact is needed. A social innovation mindset and practice can support institutions looking to grow and sustain an authentic commitment to community. This session offers a tangible framework that sets the stage for active listening, systems interventions, intentionality, and impact measurement.


Dr. Karisa Antonio, Director of Social Innovation, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Claudie Mabry, Director of Social Innovation, Kaufman Music Center