Work with Us

How can we work with you? We can…

  • Build your skills and those of your staff…in creativity, leadership, fundraising, collections management and boards
  • Conduct assessments: organizational, exhibitions, development, conservation and collections care
  • Conserve objects, paper and textiles
  • Create donor communications & fundraising materials
  • Develop exhibitions & plan for historic site interpretation
  • Encourage community engagement: facilitated listening sessions, surveys, and program planning
  • Facilitate strategic planning & visioning
  • Foster partnerships and collaborations
  • Manage collections and plan for their care
  • Write newsletters, blogs, think pieces, and grants

Who We Are

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We are five colleagues–Anne Ackerson, Marianne Bez, Carolyn Macauga, Linda Norris and Gwen Spicer–whose professional lives intersect in rewarding and productive ways. We collaborate to help each other achieve our individual career goals and to better meet the needs of clients. We have diverse interests and we offer broad experience in the field of nonprofit cultural and educational organizations. Individually or in combination with one another, we advance the work of museums, cultural organizations, and nonprofits.

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What’s New

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Linda and Creativity in Museum Practice co-author Rainey Tisdale are working with Mystic Seaport to enhance their creative thinking about their new exhibition space. She’ll be spending two chilly February weeks in Riga, Latvia, conducting professional development seminars supported by the Baltic American Friendship Foundation.

Marianne resumed her volunteer work at the Phoenix Zoo helping with educational interactives for children and trail hosting for zoo visitors. In 2016, she will continue working with clients to develop fundraising materials and grant applications.

Anne starts her second year as instructor for AASLH’s Leadership and Administration in History Organizations course this week. She’ll be working with 26 from around the US and Canada for the next eight weeks on topics of nonprofit organizational structure, public benefit, working with boards and staffs, and the role of the leader.

Gwen just received a FAIC Samuel H. Kress Conservation Publication Fellowship grant for writing a book on Using Magnets in Conservation. She is preparing for a workshop to be held at the AIC Annual meeting in Montreal, Canada in May,  “Ferrous Attractions, The Science Behind the Magic,” where participants will learn the parts to a magnetic system. Banners, flags and large embroideries are also being currently conserved by Gwen. One flag has 18 Stars from the 39th Infantry Regiment and dates from the War of 1812.

Carolyn is starting off 2016 reinvigorating established and forging new strategic partnerships at Context Travel, and talking social media strategy with the folks at the Rosenbach Museum & Library.

Who We Work With

P1060728We work nationally and internationally with museums, historic sites, cultural organizations, and communities.

A selected list of our clients:

  • Albany Institute of History & Art, NY
  • Asian Art Museum, CA
  • Context Foundation for Sustainable Travel, PA
  • Context Travel, PA
  • Fenimore Art Museum/New York State Historical Assoc., NY
  • The Farmers’ Museum, NY
  • George Patton Museum, KY
  • Historic Albany Foundation, NY
  • Lake Placid Olympic Museum, NY
  • The Mob Museum, NV
  • Mystic Seaport, CT
  • New York State Museum, NY
  • National Museum of the African American History and Culture, Smithsonian, DC
  • Partners for Albany Stories, NY
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
  • Rosenbach Museum & Library, PA
  • Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks, NY
  • Sir William Coaker Foundation, Port Union, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
  • Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, PA
  • Troy Architectural Program, NY
  • Truman House, MO
  • Trustees of the Reservation, MA

What We’re Talking About


All five of us share our work at conferences, workshops, with students and in other settings.  Here’s a bit of what we did in 2015 and what we’ll be up to in 2016.  If you’re headed to any of these places, please be in touch.  We’d love to chat over a cup of coffee. Continue reading “What We’re Talking About”

Strategize Me!


Where are you going?

Stop and examine where you’ve been, where you are, where you are going and how to get there. Explore ways to energize your career path in our engaging half-day workshop called Strategize Me! or in a one-on-one session. Gain new tools, ideas, and a fresh sense of focus.

Strategize Me! offers workshop participants the opportunity to:

  • Energize their career paths
  • Begin the process of creating a personal strategic plan
  • Use tools and develop ideas for career planning
  • Gain a new sense of focus about their career.

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