Facilities & Program Planning

Building community and financial support for a cultural legacy requires careful planning and preparation. Simply having an architect and a piece of property are not enough to guarantee a strong outcome for museums, performing arts centers, concert venues, or other cultural facilities. From concept to grand opening, ACG will make sure that your new construction, historic restoration, or renovation project is a success.

Our highly qualified team has a depth of expertise and hands-on experience in many facets of cultural facility planning. For ACG, it is not just about "a building" but about the programs, educational activities, artists, and audiences that will experience your revitalized cultural destination.

Prior to embarking on any cultural facility project with our clients, ACG takes great care to understand the organization that will oversee the project using a thorough community and program needs assessment. We start with leadership and stakeholder engagement, perform careful market demographic analysis, consider existing and intended programs, conduct regional and national benchmarking, develop a concept plan, and then partner with qualified architects, museum and theater planners, acousticians, capital and operating project cost consultants, and fundraising professionals to plan and develop complex and engaging facilities and the amenities needed to support those facilities.

We take a personalized approach to every aspect of your project, with the best planning, feasibility studies, and capital campaign activities to ensure success. We care about you and the community served by your programs and facilities. Your organization could be next!

Facilities & Program Planning Services

Program and Facility Needs Assessments
Program Assessment and Development
Market and Audience Demographic Analysis
Organizational Benchmarking and Competitive Analysis
Facility Concept Development
Operational and Institutional Financial Planning
Fundraising and Capital Campaign Planning

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ACG will guide your organization through:

  • Facility, Program, and Community Needs Assessment: We analyze and test the needs for proposed, new, renovated, or adaptive-reuse facilities and the program initiatives to meet those needs in and for the future of your specific market.

  • Community Engagement Process: We survey key stakeholders in your market to engage a broad group of cultural destination attendees, educators, and potential audiences for the facility. Public dialogue about your existing and intended programs will bring your project and its funding options to life.

  • Capital and Operating Cost Estimates: We will prepare estimates of new program costs, incremental operating expenses for new facilities, earned and contributed revenues, and endowment.

  • Funding and Fundraising Feasibility Plan: We will evaluate your organization's capacity for financing your project and the philanthropic fundraising to achieve its goals.

  • Capital Campaign Management: We take a hands-on approach to fundraising and offer a wide range of services to bring your project to life. Click here to learn more.

What to Expect from ACG

  • Experience. As North America's leading arts and culture consulting firm, our depth of knowledge in feasibility studies of arts, cultural, and educational facilities is unparalleled.

  • Arts and Culture Savvy. We are sensitive to your organization's needs, the communities and audience you serve, and the economic realities you face.

  • Due Diligence. Our team is skilled in developing financial operating estimates and recommending ownership, governance, management, and staffing models for arts and culture facilities and organizations.

  • Unified Approach. We keep the financial aspects of your project at the forefront of our thinking and yours.

  • Thoughtfulness. We will take the helm as we guide you through the many challenges and opportunities of your project.

  • Community Engagement. We keep the lines of communication open between team members, client organizations, and stakeholders.

  • ResultsOur broad range of experience in developing, renovating, and revitalizing arts and culture facilities, from concept to grand opening, will built a cultural legacy in your community.

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