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.
WORKSHOPS & POP-UPS
We are pleased to announce four free workshops exploring creative digital engagement and the development of digital strategy for individual artists, small arts organizations, and creative small businesses. Workshops are free and begin March 23rd.
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Nonprofit theater has grown up over the past two generations and the norms for its business model are now well established. This has resulted in a set of best-practice expectations for metrics like the optimal percentage of earned vs. contributed income, the expected capacity of seats sold per performance, and other indicators. If a theater company’s aspirations and activities stray from these norms, it will spend extra time explaining its rationale to grantmakers and contributors, if the organization is eligible to apply at all.
Data show that among the theaters in the U.S. that originate in and serve communities of color, these norms are difficult to achieve and sustain. A national study of museums, theaters and dance companies dedicated to reflecting and encouraging artmaking and cultural programming among communities of color identified serious funding challenges.