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!
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. Watch for conference sessions at the American Alliance of Museums' annual meeting, and other events.
Please be in touch! We’re happy to provide work samples and references.
What's Up Pop Ups is excited to collaborate with Northern Lights MN to present artist James Coupe in conversation. Coupe is an artist and associate professor at the University of Washington's renowned DX Arts program. Using examples from his recent work he will speak about art, surveillance, and computational narrative.
The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) collaboration is producing results
People describe Sondra Samuels as a force of nature. She’s the visionary president and CEO of NAZ—the Northside Achievement Zone. NAZ has a straightforward but challenging mission: to end multi- generational poverty in North Minneapolis using education as the lever. NAZ is working to create a culture of achievement among families on the North Side, with the goal that all students in the zone will graduate from high school, college-ready.
By working within a designated 255-block neighborhood that has one of the state’s largest concentrations of poverty and lowest measures of success for youth achievement and opportunity, NAZ aims to lift the entire area economically.
Here’s the good news: It was named nonprofit of the year for 2015 by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber, in no small measure because NAZ’s 2014 annual report shows the organization’s efforts are working for the children and families involved. That’s because Samuels, whose husband is Minneapolis school board member Don Samuels, has enrolled an entire community of collaborators in the work.