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Welcome to Partners In Performance!

What we do

Partners in Performance helps people advance their leadership work in ways that contribute to increased effectiveness, healthier organizations, and greater impact. We sit side by side with leaders helping them identify their most complex challenges, facilitate honest, focused engagement across the organization and coach leaders in moving the organization forward with purpose and foresight. Read more about our Strategic Planning work plus the inspiring leaders and wondrous organizations with whom we work.

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Sharing at CAELI: Fiona Chatwin, Founder, Villa Musica talks with José Ochoa (left) from The Chicago High School for the Arts and Andrew Smith from the Suzuki Music Schools of Westport and Orange (NJ).

As with CAELI, we bring leaders together from different organizations and across sectors to
create intensive and rewarding learning environments where leaders reflect on their own practice, gain insight into their strengths and preferences, and understand how to increase their effectiveness. Read more our Leadership Development programs and our range of leadership learning experiences.

design and facilitate fruitful engagements where field-wide leaders engage in dialogue around policy development, recent trends,  big dilemmas and even bigger opportunities, all structured in ways that generate useful responses to some of the most critical, and often most vexing challenges presented by the "new normal." Read more about some of our recent Facilitation engagements.


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In this video, Elizabeth Streb, one of the world’s most fascinating artists and thinkers addresses Where Art and Audience Collide: Smashing Assumptions about Arts Venue.

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New Projects

Museum/Market Alliance Project 

As part of the Innovation Lab for Museums, a program of EmcArts Inc., Partners in Performance is exciting to be working with The Museum of International Folk Art and the International Folk Art Market. As both organizations are located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, The Museum/Market Alliance Project is about exploring the idea of how to harness the social entrepreneurial power of the market with the educational authority of the Museum to address more effectively the needs of the audience and artists alike. We will be helping the partner organizations identify some new experiments, and then developing a strategy in support of prototyping one of those experiments.


El Sistema type programs are popping up around the country. None of these is more exciting than Kidznotes in Durham, NC. And we are delighted to be working again with Founder and Executive Director Katie Wyatt, the staff, board, and community partners of Kidznotes in developing their strategy for the next five years.  We launched the work on September 7th with a visioning and priority setting retreat at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham and are now working with the Leadership Planning Team to devise ways to manage and sustain the astonishing growth of this exciting social enterprise!

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