A city’s leadership formally enters the feasibility phase of replication by signing an engagement letter with NCAT and making its first payment. Feasibility is a due diligence study that determines whether a city, town or community possesses the characteristics necessary to develop and open a Center for Arts and Technology based on the Manchester Bidwell Education Model.
During the feasibility phase, NCAT prepares an interim and final report and presents its findings to a local steering committee. The fee for conducting the feasibility study is $150,000.
Feasibility requires the NCAT team to:
- Assess a community’s organizational landscape;
- Make recommendations for youth and adult programming;
- Identify and cultivate leadership;
- Identify and evaluate potential locations for the center; and
- Identify potential funders and introduce them to the model.
During the feasibility phase, periodic reports detailing the work performed are provided to the city’s leadership. In addition, the signatory to the feasibility contract will receive an Interim Report and a Final Report from the NCAT team. The contract for feasibility is $150,000.