View of the South Fields, all works by Mark di Suvero. Photograph by Jerry L. Thompson.

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AK Cultural Planning collaborates with institutional leaders to ensure the building blocks of long-term sustainability are in sync. Research tailored to the unique circumstances of each client provides a solid foundation for decision-making.

The results are strategies and plans that align mission-based programming, market position, and audience development goals with governance, staffing, space use, and business strategy.

AK Cultural Planning is a consulting practice founded by Amy Kaufman in 2015, building on a 25 year career in arts and cultural management. We are known for producing comprehensive Institutional, Business, Strategic and Implementation Plans, often integrated with major capital projects. Every project is built on a solid foundation of market research, public engagement, organizational assessment, and client collaboration.



Clients include The Studio Museum in Harlem, Oklahoma Contemporary, and Storm King Arts Center.

Amy was formerly Managing Director, U.S. at Lord Cultural Resources. During her 12 year tenure, her clients included National Museum of African American History and Culture, Longwood Gardens, Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, National Museum of the American Latino (future), Central Park Conservancy, Planet Word (future), Nasher Sculpture Center, Vaclav Havel Library in Prague, and the Museum of Lebanese Art at American University of Beirut.

The Virginia Discovery Museum was fortunate to work with Amy Kaufman during a critical time in the museum’s evolution. Amy was an invaluable resource to museum staff and board members in preparing to execute a successful capital improvement campaign. Amy helped us to prioritize our initiatives and to distill our objectives into a language that would best resonate with supporters and donors.
— Janine Dozier, Executive Director, Virginia Discovery Museum

Photo credit: Susan Parmar Photography. Courtesy Virginia Discovery Museum.