Lutman & Associates is a program development and consulting enterprise that works 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.  This fall we announced a new project, Hothouse, at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where Sarah Lutman is currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Read about it here!


Clients

 

We work with non-profit clients nationally on a diverse set of projects by leading planning and program development, and collaborating to explore and test new ideas and projects. We assemble teams as needed to do the work, and enjoy working with partners to get things done.

Our collaboration with designers and visual artists means that the work can be delivered in useful and contemporary visual formats.

Please be in touch! We’re happy to provide work samples and references.

What's Up?

Events
Talk about Like, Link, Share

On January 8th at 8:00 AM I'll be presenting research findings from Like, Learn, Share: How cultural institutions are embracing digital technology. The event was not advertised publicly but there are a few seats available. Email me if you would like to participate. Sarah@LutmanAssociates.com

Latest Writing

Ideas & Writings
Like, Link, Share: How cultural institutions are embracing digital technology

Like, Link, Share: How cultural institutions are embracing digital technology, is a report and web gallery that highlights examples and lessons learned from legacy cultural institutions that are successfully embracing digital media in their work, whether in artistic creation and artistic programs, audience engagement activities, fund development, operations, or in all of these. The report and its companion website describe the distinctive leadership and organizational capacities required for pioneering work, and will help trustees, grantmakers, and colleague institutions understand the conditions needed and actions taken for success in our increasingly digital culture.

Like, Link, Share was commissioned by the Philadelphia-based Wyncote Foundation. It follows the important 2013 Foundation Center report, Growth in Foundation Support for Media in the United States and its companion, Molto + Media, both created in partnership with Media Impact Funders. Like, Link, Share extends this work by presenting descriptions and work samples from 40 leading organizations including art museums, symphony orchestras, theaters, dance companies, historical societies, libraries, and science centers in the U.S. and abroad. Based on site visits, interviews, and other research, Like, Link, Share’s summary report offers insights about how digital media work is getting done and what results and benefits have accrued.