Callahan Consulting for the Arts, LLC helps artists, arts organizations, and funders realize their vision through services that include strategic planning, resource development, program evaluation, and philanthropic counsel. Founded by Suzanne Callahan in 1996, the firm engages in strategic partnerships with senior consultants as well as freelance writer/administrators.
In the past two decades, the firm has enjoyed growing recognition. Founder Suzanne Callahan is a regular trainer, college educator, panelist, and guest speaker. Published by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Callahan's book entitled Singing Our Praises was awarded Outstanding Publication of the Year (2005) from the American Evaluation Association for its contribution to the theory and practice of evaluation. She has also been published in the areas of fundraising, planning, and philanthropy. The firm was approved to join the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, which provides services to funders, as well as the consultant roster for the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, which provides government funding for planning and capacity building to business enterprises in Harlem. Callahan was appointed as an Affiliate Researcher for the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Callahan Consulting for the Arts, LLC offers its clients a wealth of experience in national policy and philanthropy; professional certification and documented success in fundraising; graduate-level training and trend-setting expertise in evaluation; and a thorough and effective approach to assessment and strategic planning. Most importantly, the firm prides itself on its impressive track record of accomplishment and concrete results in its key service areas, and the strong and trusting relationships that it has developed with its clients.
The firm has attracted a wide and growing client base of small to mid-sized arts ensembles, large institutions, presenting organizations, foundations, and national associations. Philanthropic clients include The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, Kenan Institute for the Arts and The Pew Charitable Trusts. Its national client base (most of which serve as re-grantors) includes Dance/USA, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the International Tap Association and the National Performance Network. The budget size of 501(c)3 organizations served has varied from under $100,000 to over $6 million. (Philanthropic organizations are significantly larger.) Artistic disciplines have included dance of a wide variety of forms and styles, including ballet, modern, tap, African, Latin-influenced, Middle Eastern, and swing/lindy; contemporary, experimental and traditional theater; spoken word; and orchestral, choral, chamber, gospel and Latin music and hip-hop.
These principles guide both our work and relationships with clients.
We are committed to working with artists as freelance staff, which both allows our clients to benefit from their insight and experience, while also supporting their careers.
Through carefully developed partnerships, we work with a range of senior consultants to bring our clients the best range of skills for their needs.