Client Success Stories

Portland Japanese Garden Successfully Completes Multimillion Dollar Expansion

20:20 15 June in Client Success Stories

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" type="grid" text_align="left"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Arts Consulting Group (ACG) congratulates past client Portland Japanese Garden on completing its $33.5 million expansion. ACG previously conducted a national executive search process for Portland Japanese Garden, placing Tom Cirillo as Chief Development Officer in 2015. Designed by world renowned architect Kengo Kuma, who is also spearheading the National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Portland Japanese Garden’s new Cultural Village not only provides additional space to accommodate its rapid visitor growth but also enhances its ability to immerse visitors in traditional Japanese arts and culture. The $33.5 million expansion, which opened on April 1, 2017, represents Mr. Kuma’s first public commission in the United States. He worked together with the Portland Japanese Garden’s Curator, third generation master garden craftsman Sadafumi Uchiyama, to design the new Cultural Village in honor of the singular experience of each visitor and to ensure the serenity is protected for future...

Interim Management Leads to Success at Marathon Center for the Performing Arts

15:47 05 April in Client Success Stories

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" type="grid" text_align="left"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Arts Consulting Group (ACG) congratulates Marathon Center for the Performing Arts (MCPA) in Findlay, Ohio on the opening of its new facility and the launch of its inaugural season. The opening night of this premier performing arts center was a tremendous success thanks to the dedicated organizational, planning, and fundraising efforts of the board of directors as well as the generosity of many individuals and corporations, spearheaded by lead donor Marathon Petroleum Corporation. Only weeks before its grand opening, MCPA was managing the unexpected departure of its Executive Director, a building still under construction, and a season yet to be finalized. With an opening gala and first performance on the horizon, MCPA enlisted ACG’s interim management services, appointing ACG Vice President Jenna Deja as Interim Executive Director. With Ms. Deja at the helm, she moved MCPA from assessment to action, bringing the focus that the organization needed...

Folk Alliance International Boasts Record-Breaking Success

19:49 13 February in Client Success Stories

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" type="grid" text_align="left"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Arts Consulting Group (ACG) congratulates Folk Alliance International (FAI) on its record-breaking success in 2016. FAI first began working with ACG in 2011 when it engaged the firm to conduct a board planning retreat. Two years later, ACG guided an international executive search process, and FAI selected Aengus Finnan as Executive Director in 2014. Since taking the helm, Mr. Finnan has helped FAI strengthen its mission to nurture, engage, and empower the international folk music community – traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional – through education, advocacy, and performance. In 2016 FAI published its first ever Annual Report, noting staff expansion, data-informed decisions, improved services due to community input, and broadened engagement as a result of increased outreach. The organization produced its most successful conference, launched a public festival to tremendous response, hosted its second Artist in Residence program, and forged new partnerships with Kansas City Ballet...

Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum Announces Capital Campaign to Build New Facility

16:03 29 November in Client Success Stories

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" type="grid" text_align="left"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Arts Consulting Group (ACG) congratulates current client Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum (the Museum) as it launches Building a Foundation of Hope, its capital campaign to construct a new state-of-the-art home in downtown Dallas. More than quadrupling its exhibition space, the Museum’s new facility will accommodate 200,000 visitors per year in a 50,000-square-foot space. The Museum will include immersive and interactive exhibits, a 250-seat theater, classrooms, an expanded library, and a reflection and memorial area. The new Museum expands the organization’s mission to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference at a time when Texas leads the nation in the number of active hate groups. In addition to a clear focus on the Holocaust, the Museum will feature new exhibit galleries on human rights and American ideals using immersive and interactive content and technology. The Museum first engaged...

Kalamazoo Symphony Completes Strategic Plan

20:36 21 June in Client Success Stories

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" type="grid" text_align="left"][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="13762" img_size="full" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] ACG congratulates Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (KSO) on the completion of a new strategic plan. Under the direction of president and chief executive officer, Peter H. Gistelinck, and led by Arts Consulting Group, KSO engaged in a year-long strategic planning process to lead the organization into the next century. The process included an extensive series of interviews with key stakeholders, an in-depth community survey, and individual and small group meetings with donors, subscribers, musicians, and volunteers. The board of directors will create a new strategic planning committee in order to implement, evaluate, and amend the plan as it proceeds. Additionally, KSO reviewed and revised its vision, mission, and values statements. Through this process, KSO has identified four key findings which led to the creation of five strategic initiatives which were approved by the board of directors in September 2015. During the next three...

ACG celebrates the successes of its arts and culture industry clients.

20:12 06 April in Client Success Stories

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Arts Consulting Group (ACG) celebrates the successes of its arts and culture industry clients across North America. Congratulations to these organizations that are making a significant impact in the communities they serve. The Presser Foundation Awards $45,000 to The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Congratulations to The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on receiving a prestigious $15,000 Special Project grant from The Presser Foundation to support "A Fused Muse: Technology Meets Composition," an ambitious new project that includes a new concerto from pianist and composer Conrad Tao. In addition, The Presser Foundation has awarded $30,000 in general operating funds in support of the Chamber Orchestra's administrative capacity. As part of "A Fused Muse," Mr. Tao will create a concerto for chamber orchestra, piano, technology and experimental media, to be performed in September 2015 in the Kimmel Center's intimate Perelman Theater under the baton of Maestro Dirk Brossé,...

Stockton Symphony positioned for growing community impact: Arts Consulting Group interim management readies Stockton Symphony for the future

14:49 01 March in Client Success Stories

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Arts Consulting Group interim management readies Stockton Symphony for the future LOS ANGELES — March 18, 2015: Arts Consulting Group, Inc. (ACG), the leading provider of hands-on management consulting services to the arts and culture industry, celebrates the growth and revitalization of the Stockton Symphony under the leadership of ACG Interim Executive Director David Hyslop. The Stockton Symphony, which has a long history of musical distinction and community programming, recently celebrated several milestones: two sold-out concerts in the current season and the successful negotiation of a three-year collective bargaining agreement with members of the American Federation of Musicians (Local 189). The new contract runs through June 30, 2017. The Stockton Symphony Board of Directors is strategically positioning the organization for continued success, having recently partnered with ACG to launch a national executive search for its future executive director. During this period of leadership transition,...

Weston (VT) Playhouse Theatre – Operating Model Revitalization

16:04 21 May in Client Success Stories

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="13255" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Arts Consulting Group, Inc. (ACG) congratulates Weston Playhouse Theatre Company (Weston) on its appointment of ACG Senior Consultant Lesley Koenig as its new Managing Director, effective June 2. Through ACG's interim management services, Ms. Koenig has filled the Interim Managing Director role to Weston since November 2013 where she instituted a new departmental budgeting model, increased the company's use of social media, and laid the groundwork for new systems in accounting, marketing and development. Located in Weston, Vermont, the Playhouse is an award-winning nonprofit theatre, nationally known for its multi-stage summer season, new works and education programs. With a $10 million capital campaign currently underway, it plans to build a year-round cultural center and theatre arts incubator for Southern Vermont, including a theatre new studio theatre at Weston's Walker Farm. Since coming to the Playhouse, Koenig has instituted a...

Historical Society of Washington, D.C. – Organizational Transformation

16:15 15 April in Client Success Stories

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="13261" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (HSW) has appointed John Suau as its Executive Director. With assistance from ACG interim management team members Lee Kappelman and Nikki Sertsu, over the past two years HSW has also stabilized its finances, reopened its Kiplinger Research Library, and restarted regular programming. "We are incredibly lucky to have John on our team," said Julie Koczela, Chair of HSW's Board of Trustees. "He joins the Society at a very exciting moment in our 120-year history and he brings with him all the professional tools, expertise, and contacts needed to expand the Society's mission into the 21st century. John will also help us navigate our potential partnership with Events D.C. and the International Spy Museum to redevelop the Society's home in the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square." Suau is a widely recognized global expert in...

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