Services for the arts and creative fields is our passion.

Dr. Mechele Manno, EdD founded Equity Arts to offer strategic planning for nonprofit and for-profit arts organizations and creative industries. Motivated by a lifelong commitment to the arts as a practitioner and arts administrator for over 20 years, consultancy services are customized to provide neutral, equity driven facilitation, unbiased environmental scanning, and full-scale multi-year strategic planning.

Quality Services

We elicit socially conscious and culturally intelligent confidential engagement practices measured by expertise data analysis designed to transform arts and cultural sectors into well-rounded inclusive environments for long-term sustainability.


In-person, virtual or hybrid facilitation services include general aspects of strategic planning for small groups of 5-10 key stakeholders. Larger groups can be accommodated over several meetings to create a culture of trust and effective communication. The client is responsible for data collection and drafting of the final planning document. Review, feedback and editing services are included to eliminate bias and to ensure confidentiality of participants.

Detailed Planning

Internal and external detailed planning services include conducting an extensive environmental scan interviewing key stakeholders and analysis to draft an initial report with recommendations and priorities. Dr. Manno serves as the principal consultant for planning sessions and retreats. The deliverable is a final plan with proposed budget allocation, timeline for implementation, and assessment strategies. Vetting with external constituencies and initial implementation of project are negotiable.

Collaborative Facilitation & Planning

Collaborative consultation includes multi-year engagement for long-term projects especially for large scale nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses. Services might include grants management, and any or all of the above variables of facilitation and detailed planning. Great care is taken to negotiate the client’s capacity for fulfilling desirable goals and the consultant’s responsibility. As a collaborative team, a holistic approach is paramount to achieving success.

Single Services

We offer small businesses, and individuals stand alone services as part of maintaining your goals and/or planning for upcoming projects. These include:

Staff Retreats


Data Assessment


External Scans