Lutman & Associates is a program development and consulting firm that 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 capabilities come 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.
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. We're learning about ways cultural institutions are embracing digital media and seeking ways to learn more about this subject. We just presented a conference session at the League of American Orchestras' annual conference (Cleveland) with three organizations profiled in our study (the Cleveland Museum of Art, Philharmonia UK, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra), and then at the Media Impact Forum (San Francisco), presenting our research in conversation with the Exploratorium. Sessions at the Grantmakers in the Arts fall conference, and the National Arts Marketing Project Conference, are in the works.
+ Collaborating on development of new public programming with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
+ Working with the Board of Developing Radio Partners to facilitate their strategic planning retreat. DRP is a U.S.-based nonprofit that works with community radio stations in developing countries to bring fact-based information to those most in need.
Please be in touch! We’re happy to provide work samples and references.
Our most recent pop up featured radio pioneer Bill Siemering, founder of Developing Radio Partners. Thanks to our colleagues at On Being for hosting the event in their beautiful studios at On Being on Loring Park.
A founding member of the NPR Board and author of the network’s original mission and goals, Bill led the development of All Things Considered as NPR’s first Director of Programming. While serving as Vice President and Radio Station Manager of WHYY Inc. in Philadelphia, Bill helped develop Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
Bill began his international work in 1993 by assisting community radio stations in South Africa’s townships as a 1993 recipient of a five-year MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He returned to South Africa in 1995 as a Knight International Journalism Fellow. From 1996-97, he served as president of the Washington, D.C.-based International Center for Journalists, a leading print and broadcast journalism training program. Later he formed Developing Radio Partners, a nonprofit that works with community radio stations, mainly in Africa, to develop their capacity for fact-based information programming on the most important topics in development - population, health, agriculture, climate.