Fostering a 'Gateway and Convergence' Culture: Local Arts Programming on Chicago's Navy Pier
Navy Pier is one of the most popular and historic landmarks in the city of Chicago. The 100-year old attraction has positioned itself to serve as a model for urban community gathering spaces with a massive entertainment, conference, and recreational complex that draws in nearly nine million people per year. In 2016, the Pier’s leadership created an Arts & Discovery pilot program suite composed of several new artistic, cultural, educational, and entertainment offerings designed to attract both long-time locals and out-of-towners searching for an authentic Chicago experience. Hired to conduct an evaluation of program effectiveness, the Network for Culture & Arts Policy reports on its findings.

Experiments in Arts Engagement: Case Studies
The case studies featured here reflect the experience of the pool of The James Irvine Foundation's Exploring Engagement Fund grantees and involve a range of grantees by size, discipline, and geography. Their projects specifically focus on engaging participants from communities of color and low-income groups.

How Museums Can Leverage Live Streaming Technology
White paper that provides practical insights for arts managers by presenting different approaches to video streaming through case study analysis.

Taking Out the Guesswork: A Guide to Using Research to Build Arts Audiences
This practical guide from The Wallace Foundation show arts organizations how to use research to cultivate audiences.

Why Cultural Organizations are Not Reaching Low-Income Visitors (DATA)
Data suggest that some types of cultural organizations are perceived as more welcoming than others. This post shares thoughts on how to do better.

Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever)
This article argues the case for community engagement and outlines a detailed guide for maximizing the community interaction of your organization.

Community Engagement Governance: Systems-Wide Governance in Action
This article introduces the Community Engagement Governance framework, in which more of the organization’s stakeholders are involved in its guidance in order to better serve the community’s needs and adapt to a changing environment.

Nonprofits Integrating Community Engagement Guide
The Alliance for Nonprofit Management and the Building Movement project created a joint report which offers information, tools, case studies and other resources to help nonprofit groups develop core competencies on constituent and community engagement.

Selecting A Consultant

The consultants on this list were recommended and vetted by NCAR Advisory Board members.  Each was contacted and agreed to be listed.  All have participated in a webinar on the NCAR KIPI Dashboard.

Engaging a Consultant: Advantages & Challenges to Finding the Right Match, Arts Insights

Choosing a Consultant, The Community Toolbox, Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas

How to Choose and Work with a Consultant, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Working with a Consultant or Technical Assistance Provider: A Resource List, Foundation Center


Leah D. Barto
New York, New York

Peter Linett
Slover Linett Audience
4147 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

Greg Kandel
Management Consultants for the Arts
65 High Ridge Rd, #128
Stanford, CA
203-353-0722 |

Julia Perkins
MBMD Strategic Consultants
Chicago, IL

Anne Bergeron
Anne Bergeron & Co Consulting
75 Blackstone Boulevard, Ste 2B
Providence, RI 

Paul Harder
Harder+Company Community Research
202 W First St, Suite 4-0430
Los Angeles, CA 20016

Network for Culture & Arts Policy
410 Eastern Parkway
Suite 1J
Brooklyn, NY 11225