Mississippi River, October 2016                                                                                                                                                         (For images from prior weeks, visit Pinterest.)

Mississippi River, October 2016                                                                                                                                                         (For images from prior weeks, visit Pinterest.)

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 consulting


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're about to launch a free on-line course to help resource-constrained organizations and small business enterprises get started with digital engagement. Watch for the announcement in fall 2016 just as soon as our beta testers help us improve the course.

+ Evaluation and program development: We're working with the Detroit Program of the Kresge Foundation to conduct a formative evaluation of its extensive support for individual artists in Detroit

+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.


And more! 

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


What's Up?

A Series of Live Events About Ideas and Trends

We produce What’s Up Pop Up events that bring you interesting people and ideas from our work in informal settings. We are building community capacity for dialogue, debate and discovery, and creating forums where people can connect in person.

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Latest Writing

Originally published in the October 2016 issue of Twin Cities Business Magazine.

Our state’s racial disparity data shows a reprehensible gap in academic achievement, employment and housing—to name just three indicators—between Minnesota’s white population and our state’s residents of color.

The recent shooting of Philando Castile during a routine traffic stop in Falcon Heights galvanized Minnesotans and is spurring some serious soul-searching in the white community about the ways majority-Minnesotans have not acted fast enough, compassionately enough and effectively enough to combat racial inequities and foster civil society in our state.

This is not a technical problem with a solution that can be applied. There’s no instruction manual, no quick fix. This is a cultural division that requires cultural change. We’ve reached a painful but important tipping point: The state’s white population is realizing, at last, that change begins in our own hearts, homes and heads. We have to imagine a different future for our community, one where race does not divide us and where cultures act together, not collide.

Many of Minnesota’s nonprofits are actively working to combat racial inequities. Here are some resources that Twin Cities Business magazine readers can explore to learn more about confronting racism and cultural bias personally, and in our businesses and communities. There has never been a better time to reflect on what you can do, personally, to join those working toward cultural change.

Read the entire column here.