Our People

Surale Phillips

Surale started her company in 2002 after 13 years of working in arts research with a national firm. As a research specialist, her work has supported collaborative audience development projects, market studies, feasibility studies, community cultural needs assessments and plans, program evaluation, strategic plans, and national field studies. Surale works independently on projects as well as with other consultants on teams. A regular presenter on the national circuit, her engagements include Americans for the Arts, National Arts Marketing Project, Midwest Council on Philanthropy, SouthArts, Convening Culture Florida, South Carolina Arts Commission, Pennsylvania Governor’s Arts Awards, Southeastern Council on Foundations, National Mainstreet Center, Midwest Council on Philanthropy, San Diego Commission on Cultural Affairs, and the American Folklore Society.

In addition to client work she has served on grant panels for the Montana Arts Council and the Tennessee Arts Commission and as research technical advisor for DanceUSA’s Engaging Dance Audiences. Surale Phillips has been on the Montana State Arts Council Cultural and Aesthetic Projects Grants Committee for five cycles and served as an adjudicator for the Tennessee Arts Commission Major Institutional Grants program.


Strategic Partnerships:

Depending on the project we can work independently or bring in some of the best expertise in our industry to customize a team. Some of our regular partners include:


Sweet Boo Design
(mission-driven design)


Sharp Eleven
(mission-based communications)


Venn There Grants Consulting
(grant support services)


The Cultural Planning Group
(Cultural, Public Art, Creative Placemaking, and Business Plans)


CLUE Group
(Economic Impact and Mainstreet Planning)


The Mosaic Group
(Cultural Diversity Specialists)

Palmer Westport Group
(Facility Feasibility)

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