AMS supported the development of NEFA’s 2018-2021 strategic plan.
In 2017, AMS was engaged to support New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) in the development of their 2018-2021 strategic plan. NEFA’s objective was to affirm its value, and consider programmatic development and deployment of resources to ensure relevancy in a changing environment. In parallel, ArtEquity (www.artequity.org) partnered with NEFA to affirmatively include ED+I as a part of the plan.
AMS conducted in-depth interviews with NEFA leadership, staff, and select industry leaders with insight into the opportunities and challenges facing NEFA and the arts and culture sector at large. Together, this primary research, a comprehensive operational review, SWOT analysis, and extensive literature review formed the basis for planning. Through a series of “Active Thinking” workshops, NEFA developed a shared vision of success, explored future scenarios, and developed consensus on the plan’s framework and the organization’s path over the next three years.
Throughout the planning process, AMS coordinated efforts with artEquity, a firm specializing in dialogue-based organizational planning to support equity, diversity, and inclusion.
The project culminated in a detailed strategic plan with full NEFA ownership, framed in a report containing a white paper on industry evolution, milestones of the planning process, and recommendations for execution of the plan itself, which can be found here.