Arts & Culture

Griot Arts


Founded in 2011, Griot Arts is a creative youth development organization in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Griot empowers at-risk youth to create positive change in their lives and their community through the arts. With support from the Walton Family Foundation, Griot engaged The Whelan Group (TWG) to develop a five-year strategic plan and to map out a [...]

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

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For 50 years, Restoration has been Central Brooklyn’s anchor institution. Not only does Restoration hold the distinction of being the first community development corporation (CDC) in the country, it is the leading CDC to intentionally employ the arts to influence personal financial mobility and community vitality. Its Board of Directors recently embarked on a strategic [...]

Norton Museum of Art

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Over a period of 15 years, TWG served as a strategic advisor and campaign consultant to the renowned Norton Museum of Art located in West Palm Beach, Florida. TWG designed and supported three major campaigns for the museum, which engaged hundreds of board members, staff members, and volunteers. In addition to designing and executing an [...]

Opera Carolina


Opera Carolina is one of Charlotte, North Carolina’s major cultural assets and a leading regional opera company. Opera Carolina offers a creative schedule of programs and activities—ranging from main stage productions to innovative education and community programs that make opera more accessible to the public. TWG was retained to work with the board and its [...]

Friends of the High Line


The Friends of the High Line (FHL) is the nonprofit caretaker of the High Line, the extraordinary public park located 30 feet above ground on abandoned elevated train tracks on New York City’s West Side. Early in its existence, FHL retained TWG to assist the founders, board, and staff with the ambitious challenge of creating [...]

Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Located in Staten Island, New York, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is one of the largest, ongoing adaptive reuse projects in America. Today, across its 83-acre park-like campus, Snug Harbor consists of 26 historic buildings, nine botanical gardens, a two-acre urban farm, and 10 acres of wetlands. TWG was retained by the board [...]

The Newark Museum

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New Jersey’s preeminent and largest museum of art and science, the Newark Museum manages world class collections, conducts nationally-renowned education programs, and serves as a civic and cultural anchor in the City of Newark.  TWG was retained as an advisor to the director and board to help prepare for and conduct a $37.5 million campaign. [...]

Weeksville Heritage Center

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Weeksville Heritage Center is an historic site and multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African-American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn—one of America’s first free black communities.  As Weeksville considered the value in making the transition from a modest local project to a regionally important cultural institution, TWG was engaged to assist [...]

The School of American Ballet

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Established by legendary choreographer George Balanchine in 1934, the School of American Ballet (SAB) is today the premier ballet academy in the United States. At a time when the school anticipated needing significant new resources, the president asked TWG to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the school’s fundraising and communication functions and to explore the [...]