NEXT GENERATION PLANNING FOR A
NEW NON-PROFIT ECOLOGY

 
 
 

Rendering of the north face of Folding Light. Courtesy Elliott and Associates.

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The arts, culture and education landscape has evolved and so has our consulting practice.

APPROACH

We embrace progressive approaches, including: 

  • Working in a post-average American context to build audiences segment by segment;

  • Programming in the context of regional and global issues; 

  • Scenario planning and iterative analyses to “right-size” operations;

  • Integrating findings from multidisciplinary teams;

  • Collaborating with staff to transfer knowledge;

  • Seeking broader community benefits and mutually beneficial partnerships;

  • Devising tools to track quantitative and qualitative impacts; and

  • Supporting successful execution.

 

EXPERTISE

Our services are tailored to the particular needs and opportunities of each institution. We work on both short and long-term assignments, offering proven experience in the following areas:

  • Guiding the strategic evolution of:
    • Art museums    
    • History and civil rights institutions
    • Public gardens and parks
    • Children’s museums
    • Cultural and educational programming;     
  • Providing market analysis and research to facilitate decisions;
  • Engaging board and staff to set strategic priorities;
  • Developing compelling concepts and visitor experiences;
  • Planning for visitors, staffing and operations;
  • Supporting the development of master plans and capital projects;
  • Delivering credible feasibility studies and business plans; and
  • Planning and overseeing project implementation.
 

 

Meet the Team

 
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AMY KAUFMAN

Principal

Amy has demonstrated success in market research, organizational strategy, business and facilities planning, branding, and operational implementation. She has worked with institutions of all types and sizes, including museums, universities, parks, botanic gardens, visitor centers and heritage sites. She collaborates with government agencies, architects, developers, foundations, and institutional leaders to integrate a variety of goals and perspectives.

Amy launched AK Cultural Planning in 2015, building on a 25 year career that has included museum budgeting and operations, market research, project management, and consulting. She also teaches Museum and Non-Profit Management at Sotheby’s Institute of Art; and serves on the Board of No Longer Empty, an organization that revives the history of buildings and community narratives through exhibitions and education programs. Read more

 
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AMANDA PAULSEN

Business Planner

Amanda brings over a decade of knowledge in nonprofit arts management and cultural planning to clients. Since 2012, she has worked as a consultant for museum-planning projects throughout the U.S. to develop innovative business, strategic, and master plans. In both consultant and project management roles, she contributed market research, public engagement, and analysis key to devising creative operating strategies. Read more

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JOHN ZINONOS

Project Manager & Research Consultant

John Zinonos provides integrated support to AK Cultural Planning, from research on the cultural sector, expertise in project management and accounting, to experience in capital projects and expansions. He has consulted and worked alongside senior staff members in the nonprofit arts sector, as well as in the construction and general contracting fields in creative, finance, and administrative roles. Read more

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EMILIA SHAFFER-DEL VALLE

Research Associate

Emilia Shaffer-Del Valle supports market research and special projects. At AK Cultural Planning, she has executed large-scale surveys, as well as community workshops and in-depth interviews for Oklahoma Contemporary, Marfa Contemporary, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Read more

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Affiliates

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LEITH TER MEULEN

Real Estate

Leith ter Meulen is a leading development management consultant to institutional, government and commercial owners involved with public private initiatives, aligning clients’ business objectives with their real estate needs. As a consultant and trustee she has been advising not-for-profit organizations in the arts, education and preservation toward strategic, value added business goals for more than 35 years.  Her experience reflects a deep emphasis and broad portfolio of projects with a focus on ‘quality of life’ public private partnerships that bring the arts, education, public space and preservation to communities. Read more

 

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DIANA DUKE DUNCAN

Fundraising

Diana Duke Duncan, Principal of Diana Duke Duncan LLC, held leadership positions in development and external affairs in museums from 1985 until 2015. After serving the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia as a leader of its transformational change, she established DDD LLC in 2015 to provide advancement, capital campaign, change management and governance counsel to museums. Clients have included Smithsonian Institution, Glenstone, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, and American Alliance of Museums. Read more

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DUNCAN WEBB

Performing Arts

Duncan M. Webb founded Webb Management Services, Inc. to provide management consulting services to the arts and cultural industries. The firm has now successfully completed nearly 400 consulting assignments for the development of facilities and districts, and for the advancement of cultural organizations. Past clients include the New York Philharmonic; the Museum of Math; the Museum of Chinese in Americas; Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling; the Bronx Music Heritage Center; Walton Arts Center; Durham Performing Arts Center; the National Dance Institute; the Hylton Performing Arts Center at George Mason University; the Raices Latin Music Museum & Collection; the BRIC Center for Arts & Media; Canada’s National Arts Centre; hundreds of municipalities across North America; and many others. Read more

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CHARLES KIM

Editorial / Publishing

Charles Kim is Principal of Charlotte & Company, a consultancy helping nonprofit institutions devise and execute effective publishing strategies. Charles believes that every organization has the potential to use the content it already creates to further its mission and promote its brand, generate revenue, and increase engagement among leadership and staff. He has previously served as Associate Publisher at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (2012–17), where he established a highly successful line of children’s books on iconic artists such as Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, and René Magritte but also women artists and artists of color such as Yayoi Kusama, Sonia Delaunay, and Jacob Lawrence. Read more

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TRACEY BATES

Retail

T&B Consulting, a UK based retail consultancy with an international client base, was founded by Tracey Bates to provide strategic, operational & creative solutions to brands across the globe. Harnessing over 15 years’ experience in the high street, luxury and cultural sectors, Tracey has held almost every position across the retail spectrum. This has allowed her to direct on product development, supply chain management, operational restructuring and long term business planning for some of the most significant brands in the private and public domain. Past clients have included The National Gallery, Tate Modern, Southbank Centre, British Library, Nationale Opera and Ballet, Macy’s, Royal Albert Hall (UK), Natural History Museum (UK), DFS (New York, Hong Kong, Hawaii) and Bloomingdales.

To learn more about T&B Consulting, visit https://www.tandbconsulting.com

 

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PATRA JONGJITIRAT

Graphic Design

Patra Jongjitirat is the Founder and Designer of As the Crow Walks, LLC, a New York City-based graphic design studio that specializes in cartography and visual display of spatial data. She also engages in a variety of graphic projects across print and digital realms—event branding, exhibition collateral, identity consultancy, website design—for nonprofits and organizations in the arts and culture. Working with AKCP, Patra designed presentations and projects materials for World Music Institute, Audubon Society, and Storm King Art Center. Read more