Planning

AAR believes that planning is the organizational expression and extension of the artistic process.

An arts organization’s skill, passion, creativity and quality in planning must reflect and equal its art producing abilities. AAR helps arts professionals bring the strength of their artistic process to all aspects of the strategic planning process, from articulating values, vision and mission, to goals, targets and actions, to three to five year rolling cycles that keeps the planning process timely and relevant.

 

Traditionally, planning has emphasized linear chronological thinking, which simultaneously encourages projecting the immediate past onto the future (hindsight), while idealizing or romanticizing future scenarios that are disconnected from the complex realities of the present and unknown exigencies of a rolling future. Such straight-line thinking and planning is one insidious way in which the status quo protects and perpetuates itself.

 

We’ve observed that it takes deliberate effort and actions to mitigate the natural tendencies and engage non-linear, multi-dimensional thinking and planning. This allows for an integration of appropriate elements of past, present and future into genuine insight that neither perpetuates the status quo nor fantasizes an improbable future.  Insight comes from connecting the dots – relationships, opportunities, patterns and possibilities and results in a more complex and textured view of one’s current and evolving realities.  Overall, it provides a more useful and resilient planning and problem-solving platform.

Clients | Planning

* indicates current and recent clients

clients
  • Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, NYC*
  • Ping Chong + Company, NYC
  • Vox Populi Collective Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh, NC*
  • The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA*
  • McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC*
  • Marginal Utility Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC*
  • Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Asheville, NC*
  • Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC*
  • Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC*
  • Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, Ontario
  • Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, Ontario
  • Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA*
  • Triad Stage, Greensboro, NC*
  • Theatre for a New Audience, NYC
  • The Musical Theater Project, Cleveland, OH*
  • The Flea Theater, NYC*
  • The Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Atlanta, GA*
  • Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville, TN
  • Sundog Theatre Company, Staten Island, NY*
  • Signature Theatre Company, NYC
  • Pig Iron Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA
  • Page 73, Brooklyn, NY*
  • Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY), NYC
  • North Carolina Stage Company, Asheville, NC
  • New York Theatre Workshop, NYC
  • Mabou Mines, NYC*
  • La Mama, NYC
  • HERE Arts Center, NYC
  • Hedgerow Theater, Media, PA
  • Harbor Lights Theater Company, Staten Island, NY*
  • Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Fayetteville, NC*
  • Atlantic Theater Company, NYC
  • Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1812 Productions, Philadelphia, PA
  • 13 P, NYC*
  • Elevator Repair Service, NYC *
  • Richmond Ballet, Richmond, VA*
  • Durham Symphony Orchestra, Durham, NC*
  • The Chocolate Factory Theater, Queens, NY*
  • Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, NC*
  • The North Carolina Arts Council, Raleigh, NC*
  • Helen Simoneau Danse, Winston-Salem, NC*
  • Al Bustan Seeds of Culture, Philadelphia, PA*
  • School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Toronto, Ontario*
  • New England Foundation for the Arts, Boston, MA
  • Southern Documentary Fund, Durham, NC*
  • Virginia Commission for the Arts, Richmond, VA*
  • National Ballet of Canada, Toronto, Ontario
  • North Carolina Opera, Raleigh, NC*
  • Stella Adler Studio of Acting, NYC
  • The Philadelphia Live Arts and The Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA
  • Full Frame Film Festival, Durham, NC*
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC*
  • North Carolina Dance Project & Festival, Greensboro, NC*
  • Fourth Arts Block, NYC*
  • The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), Philadelphia, PA
  • Mallarme Chamber Players, Durham, NC*
  • The Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta, GA
  • Music Makers Foundation, Hillsborough, NC
  • League of Professional Theater Women, NYC*
  • The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Wellington, NZ
  • Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas, Philadelphia, PA
  • Community Cultural Impresarios, Toronto, Ontario
  • NC State University Center Stage, Raleigh, NC
  • Pan Harmonia Chamber Music, Asheville, NC
  • Network of Ensemble Theaters, Portland, OR*
  • Pinecone, Raleigh, NC
  • Rennie Harris Puremovement, Philadelphia, PA*
  • Composers’ Forum, Philadelphia, PA
  • International House, Philadelphia, PA
  • Koresh Dance Company, Philadelphia, PA
  • Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Monroe, LA
  • The Dance Umbrella of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
  • Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Philadelphia, PA
  • Chamber Music Now, Philadelphia, PA
  • Austin New Works Theatre, Austin, TX
  • Group Motion Dance Company, Philadelphia, PA
  • Network for New Music, Philadelphia, PA
  • Kate Watson-Wallace/anonymous bodies, Philadelphia, PA
  • Side One Jazz, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Field, NYC
  • Terisicore, Asheville, NC
  • Mimi Stillman, Dolce Suono, Philadelphia, PA
  • Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, NYC
  • Stillpoint Dance, Austin, TX
  • Ars Nova Workshop, Philadelphia, PA
  • Tania Isaac Dance, Philadelphia, PA
  • Symphony in C, Collingswood, NJ
  • Jody Oberfelder Dance, NYC
  • Molly Shanahan/MadShak Dance Company, Chicago, IL
  • Luna Kids, Berkeley, CA