Evening walk around Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis  

                   Evening walk around Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis


Lutman & Associates is a program development and consulting firm that 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 capabilities come 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. 



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 League of American Orchestras' annual conference (Cleveland) and at the Media Impact Forum (San Francisco).  While we're in Cleveland we'll also be meeting with area art grantmakers in a program hosted by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

+ Working with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on new public programming plans. 

+ Helping to produce the Arts Midwest Orchestras 20/20 program for regional orchestras in Minnesota, North, and South Dakota.

And more! 

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

What's Up?

What's Up with Bill Siemering

Join us on June 24 for a pop up with radio pioneer Bill Siemering, founder of Developing Radio Partners

Latest Writing

Ideas & Writings
Museums and Digital - the 2015 Museums and the Web Conference

In April 2015, I attended the Museums and the Web conference for the first time. I wrote about it for Media Impact Funders' blog. Read the entire post here.