Cultural Institutions

Ancora’s clients include world-class iconic museums, regional and neighborhood entities, and start-up organizations. We know that cultural institutions have a different set of needs even within the non-profit space. Our teams engage with Boards of Directors and/or Executive Staff to tackle critical organizational issues including overarching strategic direction, development of current and future audiences, and prioritization of capital investments, along with many others. Ancora has helped our clients:

  • Refresh an existing mission and vision to energize and invigorate a mature institution and create a roadmap for the next 5-10 years of its history.
  • Create strategy for opening a new museum, including audience segmentation and  identification of philanthropic resources
  • Formulate and execute a major strategic and operational shift intended to launch organization into a new phase of its growth
  • Manage renovation of physical plant and installation of initial artwork and exhibits.

Clients include:

IPRAC: Institute for Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

IPRAC: Institute for Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

Ancora managed the start-up and launch of the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture in Chicago, which is now the only self-standing cultural institution in the nation devoted to showcasing Puerto Rican arts and historic exhibitions year-round.   Located in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (IPRAC) occupies…

Long-Range Strategic Plan for Major Natural History Museum

Long-Range Strategic Plan for Major Natural History Museum

Changing generations and expectations place shifting demands on iconic cultural institutions. In Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History was formed during the 1893 Columbian Exposition World’s Fair, and for more than a century has served as a world-class research center for biology, archeology and anthropology. With over 21 million specimens, many dating back to…

Shift in Organizational Mission/France

Shift in Organizational Mission/France

The Terra Foundation for American Art supports the worldwide study and presentation of historical art of the United States through grants, initiatives, partnerships, and arts education. Founded by Daniel Terra in 1978, the Foundation opened the Terra Museum of American Art in Chicago in 1980 and the Musée d’Art Américain Giverny in France in 1992.…