Lutman & Associates works with nonprofit clients and independent producers in cultural, media, and philanthropic sectors, and in the intersections among these. We are known for creative, future-facing projects that help organizations explore new initiatives and break new ground. As consultants we are hired to develop strategy; conduct program assessments; collaborate on planning and launching new initiatives; and support and lead planning and evaluation.
Our distinctive capability comes from having done the work: we’ve been there.
As entrepreneurs we are actively engaged in developing and testing our own ideas. For example, our highly-successful What’s Up Pop Up events are public projects we create to build community capacity for dialogue, debate, and discovery. Pop ups feature the ideas and people that are influencing us, and turn our work inside out to share with you. In 2014, we created Hothouse at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, a pop up coworking space involving 35 solo-preneurs, independent producers, small nonprofits, and businesses who worked at the MIA while drawing on the museum's collection for inspiration. (Read about it here.) Stay tuned to learn more about what we have up our sleeves.
Sarah Lutman is also a widely published author for local, regional, and national publishing platforms.
Current projects include:
+ Continuing evolution of our work with the Philadelphia-based Wyncote Foundation to amplify the ideas and findings in our Like, Link, Share report published in 2015. We just launched Wanderway: Navigating the DIgital Engagement Landscape, a free on-line course to help resource-constrained organizations and small business enterprises get started with digital engagement. Thanks to all who contributed, especially collaborators Beck Tench and Jessica Fiala.
+Grantmaking: We're supporting the development and launch of the American Orchestras' Futures Fund with the League of American Orchestras.
+Business development: We're helping Minnesota Public Radio with strategy development and business analysis for an emerging public service opportunity.
+Digital content and engagement: We're consulting with the Walker Art Center on the development and evolution of its digital strategy, including work on future editorial and content initiatives.
Please be in touch! We’re happy to provide work samples and references.
We produce What’s Up Pop Up events that bring you interesting people and ideas from our work in informal settings. We are building community capacity for dialogue, debate and discovery, and creating forums where people can connect in person.
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In 2014 the Wyncote Foundation commissioned Lutman & Associates to research digital adoption by legacy cultural institutions. The resulting study, Like, Link, Share: How cultural institutions are embracing digital technology, showcases the awesome creative work of 40 cultural organizations and shares common themes and lessons learned among these leading practitioners.
When I spoke about the report at conferences and meetings, arts leaders’ responses were frequently that they knew they “should be” engaging digitally, but they feel overwhelmed about beginning. Surprisingly, the most frequent response from arts leaders was not excitement, but instead fear. Fear of missing out. Fear of getting started. Fear of not knowing what to do after beginning. Fear of making mistakes. Fear of not having enough time or money. Fear of incompetence. Fear of adding more stuff to do on top of already busy jobs.
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