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.
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.