WOLF Consulting has been working with a team of architects and community members since 2006 at Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan Pueblo, NM) to plan and develop the First Capital Heritage Center/Ohkay Owingeh Museum. Art now serves as a volunteer member of the Start-Up Committee appointed by the Tribal Council.
In 2014, WOLF Consulting helped the Huhugam Heritage Center in the Gila River Indian Community near Phoenix with a planning effort to help activate the full potential of its ten year old building. Community needs assessments, numerous stakeholder meetings, and intensive staff work led to the approval of a Strategic Plan by the Gila River Indian Community Council in December.
Art has participated in the last two meetings of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM), presenting in sessions and leading workshops for the tribes who aspire to plan and build museums.
COMMUNITY PLANNING AND ENGAGEMENT
Art led a team of six consultants including Quintanilla Schmidt Consulting in a 2012 Planning Study for the Cultural District in San Angelo, TX. The study is envisioned as a road map to the future for the Texas Commission on the Arts-approved district. Dozens of group and individual meetings and interviews with stakeholders including city government, museums, artists, and funders led to its acclaim by the San Angelo City Council. The San Angelo Museum of Fine Art was the lead organization.
WOLF Consulting, in association with Quintanilla Schmidt Consulting, is currently preparing the submission to the Texas Commission on the Arts for the Zona Cultural district in downtown San Antonio, TX on behalf of Centro San Antonio, the downtown development agency. Art most recently was a co-facilitator for stakeholder engagement in the initial planning for the district.
PREPARATION FOR AAM ACCREDITATION
WOLF Consulting has provided guidance with assessments and planning for two small museums that were aspiring to achieve national recognition for their work.
At the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg, TX, WOLF Consulting, in association with frequent partner Quintanilla Schmidt Consulting of San Antonio, conducted an assessment of preparedness and guided a strategic planning process that included AAM Accreditation as a significant milestone. Their success was achieved in July of 2013.
WOLF Consulting worked with the Las Vegas Natural History Museum through several engagements from 2005 to 2013 to assess their readiness, create a strategic plan, and examine future potentials for growth and expansion. Their success, too, was achieved in July of 2013.
GOVERNANCE AND ORGANIZATIONAL PLANNING
In 2006 WOLF Consulting had a rare opportunity – to work on a large project with a Saudi-based consulting firm, AlHoshan Consulting, to develop the governing documents, code of ethics, and future staffing plan for the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) in Doha. The initial governing documents were approved at the first meeting of the QMA Board in November 2006 and the QMA continues to grow with the leadership of H.E. Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad al-Thani.
WOLF Consulting has been working recently with the Board and Co-Directors of the Nevada Children’s Center on the first strategic plan in their 25 year history. Plans are to expand their Board of Trustees, programs, and facilities to meet the increasing demand for their services.