Lynette Turner joined AMS in 1998 and has over 30 years of experience in the arts. She frequently calls on her past skills as Producing Director, performer, director and facilitator to understand the varied perspectives and points of view our clients and project participants represent.
At AMS, Lynette assists clients in the construction of strategic and business plans as they maneuver their organizations through the complexities of the 21st century. She is currently engaged with the Guthrie Theatre, as they embark on a long-range plan to maintain vitality within the Minneapolis community. Other strategic planning work has included Boston’s New England Foundation for the Arts and New York’s Theatre for a New Audience.
Lynette is particularly committed to incorporating the diverse voices and perspectives of our clients as an integral part of AMS’s study process. For six seasons, she managed the evaluation of the DanceMotion USA(sm) program for the Department of State, and Brooklyn Academy of Music. The program facilitates international cultural exchange while showcasing the best in contemporary American dance abroad.
Lynette also provided guidance to the Santa Clara Pueblo Tribe, in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico as they analyzed their market and determined the feasibility of implementing a cultural arts museum, and has been engaged in the work of The Yakama Nation, in Yakama, Washington, as they considered the vision and implications of re-imagining new spaces and renovating their existing Cultural Heritage Center. Her work with these important Nations helps to enable the preservation of indigenous North American culture.
Other projects include a current cultural plan being designed for the Village of Saranac Lake, NY, and previously a performing arts assessment and visioning study for Brown University in Providence, RI, a cultural plan for the County of Arlington, Virginia, Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, Cultural Affairs Division, and a research project related to New Audience Engagement for the 21st Century American Theatre for Audience (R)Evolution, for Theatre Communications Group.
Lynette is well-known for her facilitation of workshops and residencies focusing on African culture. She holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Utah. A recipient of the Governor’s Award for Arts Advocacy in Alaska, she has been recognized by Theatre Communications Group, Alaska State Council on the Arts, and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. Lynette is also a Positivoligist™ and author of The 10 Be’s of Positivity, 10 Steps to A More Positive Way of Living, as well as an ordained interfaith-interspiritual minister.