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 was recently engaged with The Maryland State Arts Council on the creation of a new strategic plan, assisted Boston’s New England Foundation for the Arts, and worked with Florida’s GableStage on institutional planning as they prepared to transition to a permanent home.
Lynette is particularly committed to incorporating diverse voices and perspectives 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 facilitated international cultural exchange while showcasing the best in contemporary American dance abroad. Lynette has provided guidance to the Santa Clara Pueblo Tribe, in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico analyzing their market and determining the feasibility of implementing a cultural arts museum. She has also 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. She also worked with the Pittsburgh Theological Society on a venue feasibility study to determine how to maximize the organization’s service to their community.
Keeping in mind the important role of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in an organization’s culture, she is committed to bringing these issues to the forefront with engaged conversation and guidance that may lead to decision making in this important area.
Lynette has also assisted clients, such as the Village of Saranac Lake, in important planning work to augment cultural vitality. She assisted Brown University of Providence, RI in a performing arts assessment and visioning study to strengthen and enhance opportunities for curricular, co-curricular and public programs, and she assisted Theatre Communications Group in a research project that focused on new audience engagement for the 21st century American theatre for the organization’s Audience (R)Evolution initiative.
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.