The bike path at Lake Nokomis, showing signs of our wet, stormy summer. Note the second bench, under water.

The bike path at Lake Nokomis, showing signs of our wet, stormy summer. Note the second bench, under water.

Lutman & Associates is a program development and consulting enterprise aligned with nonprofit clients and independent producers in cultural, media, and philanthropic sectors. We develop strategy; conduct program assessments; collaborate on ideation and feasibility for new initiatives; and support and lead planning and evaluation. 

Our distinctive capabilities come from having done the work: we’ve been there.

We work side-by-side with clients as colleagues and thought partners, bringing fresh energy and our outsiders’ objectivity and experience to clients' ideas. Our goal is our clients’ vitality and independence.

As entrepreneurs we are actively engaged in developing and testing 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. We'll have new projects to announce shortly.


We work with non-profit clients nationally on leadership-level projects, especially when organizations are looking for an experienced thought partner to engage in strategic and planning objectives. We assemble teams as needed and enjoy working with a variety of partners to get things done.

Our cohort of visual collaborators means the work can be delivered in beautiful and effective visual formats. Please be in touch! We’re happy to provide work samples and references.

What's Up?

We'll announce the next What's Up pop up soon!

This fall we're collaborating with OTA on three pop-ups in Minnesota: Duluth, Rochester, and Minneapolis. We're working on dates, locations, and programming now. If you have ideas send them along, or send us an email if you want to be on the What's Up mailing list. Pop Up news is always posted first on Twitter @lutman_sarah. 

Latest Writing

Ideas & Writings
Announcing Hothouse: A pilot co-working project with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Initially published on my Artsjournal blog, Speaker

Something new is launching in Minneapolis next week! I'm excited to announce Hothouse, a 12-week pilot co-working project I've created as MIA Entrepreneur in Residence. In collaboration with Hunter Palmer Wright, Venture Innovation Director of the Minneapolis Institute of ArtsHothouse will explore whether and how the museum can foster a creative co-working space that is inspired by the museum’s collections, capabilities, and setting but operates independently as a lively incubator and convener. The pilot will demonstrate new ways the museum can use its assets, including its facilities, collection, and staff, for imaginative new civic purposes, and will encourage civic connectors and animators to draw on the museum’s resources to power their individual and collective work and impact.

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