Defining Innovation in the Arts
„There is much talk in the arts these days of „innovation,“ applied not to the artistic work that stands at the heart of our organizations, but to the organizations as a whole. In a rapidly changing environment that is flooded with technology, the argument goes, competition for audiences and funding is greater than ever before, and the operating environment has changed radically. So organizations need to innovate if they are to survive and thrive.
Innovation, however, is not clearly defined, even in the wider corporate sector, and so the call for more of it rests on shifting sands. This makes goals and expectations hard to set, and evaluation a daunting challenge.
Innovations are instances of change that provide new pathways to fulfilling the mission, are discontinuous from previous practice, and result from a shift in underlying organizational assumptions.“