Client Comments

Planning

Your work has been invaluable in completing a cohesive, broad, and manageable plan for Movement Research to engage in over the next three years... not only is the plan well laid out and thorough, but it sends us on our way to implementation.

—Barbara Bryan, Executive Director
Movement Research

 

Your report and plan were extraordinary. This was exceptional work. We never thought we would get so much from working with you.

—Kay Kendall, Chair, Eve Lilley and Aldie Chapin Board Members
The Washington Ballet
Regarding Strategic Planning Process for Their New Facility

 

The whole process of your consultancy with us has been compelling, frank, to the point, realistic, positive, and extremely helpful. The report you created will be an important resource for us for years to come. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

—Septime Webre, Artistic Director
The Washington Ballet

 

This is a knockout report... one of the best things we've read... It is an incredible resource and gives us a road map to act. We are blown away by it.

—Bonnie Brooks, Dance Center of Columbia College
—Laura Samson, Alphawood Foundation
Regarding Strategic Planning Process for the Chicago Dance Community

 

Thank you for all your support, energy, and expertise... I truly appreciate your patience, tenacity and guidance... and for not only being on the journey, but for guiding it so generously.

—Beth Davis, Artistic Director
In Good Company Rockville, MD
Regarding Feasibility Study and Planning Process

 

In working with you, we were able to get a really good assessment of our standing in the field. It got into the heart of what makes our organization tick. And, we sense your ongoing concern.

—Jawole Zollar, Artistic Director
Urban Bush Women

 

Our conversations... took the project to a different level.... I felt a real sense of connection with you. You cared.

—Gina Gibney, Artistic Director
Gina Gibney Dance

 

Thank you for all your guidance and leadership... I have learned so much, just in the brief time of working with you.

—Julia Kirt, Board Treasurer
NAAO

 

Thank you for the tremendous job you did facilitating our planning meetings... without the interest and support of people like yourself who contribute so much to the field, the work we do would be much harder.

—M.K. Wegmann, Chair
NPN Board of Directors

 

Philanthropic Counsel

 

I loved your report. It's wonderful to have our impact confirmed.

—Sarah Solotaroff, Vice President of Programs
Chicago Community Trust
Regarding Report on Impact of Past Funding

 

Callahan's brilliant approach and forethought resulted in a far more successful program than any of us imagined. The proof is in the pudding: NCCI was re-funded by the NEA...and may impact curriculum in higher dance education into the future.

—Andrea Snyder, Executive Director
Dance/USA
Regarding management of the National College Choreography Initiative

 

We were thrilled to work with you. You helped us discover and clarify our role in fulfilling artist needs, and in replicating the program for future years.

—Linda Shelton and Martin Wechsler
The Joyce Theater
Regarding launching the Joyce Soho Residency Program

 

Fundraising

 

Just wonderful...fabulous...we are thrilled...terrific work.

—Septime Webre, Artistic Director
The Washington Ballet

 

Working with you was seamless. My writing improved enormously in a short time.

—Paul Irving, former Executive Director
Joe Goode Performance Group

 

Your help was invaluable. I was living in my own world for too long.

—Andrew Chiang, Executive Director
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

 

Your firm is a great resource on funding and keeps us up to date on the thinking in the foundation world. You grasped the essence of what we wanted to do and communicated it effectively.

—Vicki Kimble, Former Director of Development
Washington Performing Arts Society

 

Thank you for being such an important part of our Smithsonian Foundations Day workshop... the buzz at the end of the day was totally positive and the development staff is energized, thanks to you...

—Mark Thoreson
Smithsonian Institution

 

Evaluation

 

Our special thanks go to Callahan Consulting, whose written text and generous advice and collaborative work have added important substance and clarity to the [Impact Arts] site as a whole. Callahan's extensive research for and annotation of the launching database of resources, tools, and frameworks forms the heart of the site.

—Pam Korza and Barbara Schaeffer Bacon, Animating Democracy
Regarding their Impact Arts website

[Since your training] People are beginning to see program in a new light - as truly centered on the student's experience rather than from a functional, administrator's or instructor's perspective. And we owe so much of our success in this work to you. Thanks again for lighting the fire!

—Scott Lundius, Director of Education
Marwen

 

Thanks for two days of superb workshops, with great information, energy and insight. We gained clarity about our Creative Campus Initiative and a deeper understanding of outcome measurement. We continue to consult the evaluation products you developed for us, which provide sanity to our vision. And, we've shared this new way of thinking with other departments.

—Hank Lazer, Associate Provost and Scott Bridges, Director, Creative Campus Initiative
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

 

I have never come across a better tool or reference than Singing Our Praises for giving organizations not only a powerful set of tools to conduct evaluation, but a sense of capability, reinforcing the message that measuring progress is within their capacity. I am thankful for Callahan's invaluable service to the arts field.

—Rory MacPherson, Senior Program Officer
The Wallace Foundation

 

I wonder if you know what an enormous service to the field you have provided through your work with evaluation. You have helped to shape our thinking about the process, teaching us that it should begin and end with us.

—John Killacky, Program Officer for Arts
The San Francisco Foundation

 

Through training in evaluation, Callahan gave our members new tools and strategies to improve their work. They are now empowered to define success for themselves and have deepened the impact of their programs.

—Jacob Yarrow, Former Education Director
Association of Performing Arts Presenters

 

Callahan's depth of understanding and commitment to the field provides us with an essential text that translates intimidating concepts into manageable practice.

—Kim Chan, Former Director of Programming
Washington Performing Arts Society

 

Your workshop was enthusiastically presented... your presentation and materials were well developed, detailed, and engaging. And your delivery as always was concise, gently humorous and personable. We look forward to future collaborations that offer our members access to your knowledge and thoughtful insight.

—Bob Fogelgren, Former Director of Programs
Dance/USA
Regarding the workshop The Art of Evaluation

 

Publishing



About Singing Our Praises

Congratulations on this fine book. It is a really important and useful publication that I'm very proud to be associated with.

—Rory MacPherson
The Wallace Foundation

 

A great addition to a woefully lacking canon of literature on this subject as it pertains to the unique joys and pitfalls of arts presenting.

—Amy Dupain Vashaw
Center for the Performing Arts, Pennsylvania State University

 

The subject matter was so comprehensively covered. The author took complex terms and made them relevant to us. And best of all - I can't say this enough - it was presented in a way that really works in our industry. This is a super great work!

—Laura Levy
Lied Center for the Performing Arts, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

The benefits of fashioning and executing an evaluation process in the arts, as clearly as Ms. Callahan has, cannot be underestimated... I have no doubt that Singing Our Praises will be a resource to be found on the shelf of every forward-thinking arts professional.

—Julia Ward, Consultant and Former Professor
George Mason University

 

About Our Guides and Other Publications

Your article, The Art of Evaluation, is really great work and much needed in the arts.

—Vickie Benson, Senior Program Officer
Jerome Foundation

 

Thank you for your publication. As a participant in the contemporary performing arts industry, it is essential that I know about the issues and needs of the NPN, which has an important part in the ecology of making work for large-scale venues.

—Joseph Melillo, Artistic Director
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Regarding the NPN's Reaffirming the Tradition of the New

 

 

Photos, at top: Urban Bush Women, "HairStories," photo by Jennifer Lester.
At left: A young student gets ready for the first Nutcracker by The Washington Ballet at THEARC; photo by Washington Ballet staff.