We identify, connect with and grow your markets.



We work with your team to build successful strategy. 



We synchronize messaging for maximum impact.


VIP Relations

We create unique experiences for discerning individuals.



We unite organizations and individuals for shared success.



We conceptualize and guide your most important moments.




About Us

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Karen believes that successful fundraising is an art that connects people, builds collaborations and achieves a vision. She has over 25 years of experience of working with arts organizations and other forward-thinking nonprofits around the country. Her expertise in fundraising and special event management successfully strengthens each client’s mission by securing funding, growing awareness and building community relationships.

Previously, Karen founded Karen DeTemple Consulting and worked at the The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

Nicole Polletta

Nicole has over 15 years of experience managing high profile audiences and strategic partnerships for national and international corporate and nonprofit institutions. She establishes the platform, messaging and outreach strategies to effectively engage key opinion leaders and tastemakers with a special focus on the contemporary visual arts.

Previously, Nicole served as the Director of VIP Initiatives at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA and the Director of VIP and Sponsor Relations at FITZ & CO in New York City.




Karen and Nicole have worked with the following leading organizations.



Change in action

Boston Center for the Arts

As seen in The Boston Globe

"The Art of Change's efforts moved our fundraising and marketing efforts forward in a powerful way in a short period of time. We owe the success of these efforts to their careful planning and the depth of their experience."
Michael Armstrong, Chair, Board of Directors

 In 2015, The Art of Change created and implemented a comprehensive fundraising and marketing strategy that ensured the success of the Boston Center for the Arts' largest fundraiser of the year, the Inaugural BCA Ball & Disco Under the Dome.

This historic event, on June 4, 2016, was attended by 500 leaders from the arts and philanthropy communities and raised more than $315,000 to support the BCA’s exhibitions, residency programs and professional development for innovative visual and performing arts. Over the course of a year, The Art of Change secured Ball & Disco Under the Dome co-chairs and committee members, created the artistic vision, messaging and branding, defined the market segments and how to effectively engage them, orchestrated the advertising and marketing campaigns, secured and managed media and in-kind event sponsors, and defined the post event cultivation plan.

The Ball was the signature event in the larger institutional marketing strategy developed by The Art of Change for the BCA. Our strategy defined a series of initiatives focused on optimizing institutional messaging, communication channels and key moments to highlight the profile of the organization among its current and potential donors. Together, these initiatives worked to reinforce the importance of the BCA’s mission, programs and events among art patrons and the community that they serve.



As seen in Artsy

In 2016, The Art of Change engaged a group of art patrons and professionals from the U.S. and Europe to attend CHART ART FAIR in Copenhagen that showcased the best Nordic contemporary art and design alongside an ambitious program of special talks, performances and events.

The 4th edition of the fair, from August 26th - 28th, was attended by 18,000 guests, 1,000 of whom were art patrons and professionals from around the world. Unique among fairs, CHART ART FAIR challenges the boundaries and experience of a traditional art fair while developing the role and impact of a Nordic art event on the international art and culture scene.

The fair itself was the signature event in the larger audience development strategy developed over the course of eight months by The Art of Change. Our strategy defined a series of initiatives focused on optimizing branding, communications, key moments, and partnerships to highlight the profile of the fair among its current and potential VIP guests.

Together, these initiatives worked to reinforce the importance of CHART ART FAIR's mission and programs among the art patrons and professional that they serve.



In 2017, The Art of Change led the way on the fundraising and marketing efforts for the New Art Center's largest fundraiser of the year Jam @ 40: A Jazz Brunch Celebrating the Past, Investing in the Future on October 14, 2017. We also developed the strategy for their annual fundraising and marketing programs.

The New Art Center is one of New England's most vital community art education spaces which offers everyone, at all levels of ability, exceptional opportunities to make, exhibit, view, think about and talk about art and this initiative will work to reinforce the importance of their mission, classes and events among art patrons and the community that they serve.



In collaboration with András Szántó, LLC., The Art of Change is leading the way on the creation of Pioneer Works' strategic plan with a focus on fundraising. This strategic initiative will work to reinforce and grow Pioneer Works' mission and vision.

Pioneer Works is a cultural center dedicated to experimentation, education and production across disciplines. Through a broad range of educational programs, performances, residences and exhibitions, Pioneer Works transcends disciplinary boundaries to foster a community where alternative modes of thought are activated and supported. They strive to make culture accessible to all.



The Art of Change is leading the travel program for SITE Santa Fe's Board of Trustees to the Nordic region and Russia.

SITE Santa Fe is committed to supporting new developments in contemporary art, encouraging artistic exploration, and expanding traditional museum experiences and this initiative will support their exploration of two of today's most vibrant art scenes.



In 2018, The Art of Change created the fundraising and marketing strategy for The Learning Center for the Deaf's annual gala.

TLC is a nationally recognized leader in educational, therapeutic and community services for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults and this initiative worked to reinforce the importance of their mission and community programs among their supporters and those that they serve and expand their audience.


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Photography: Basel Convention Center ceiling by Samuel Zeller, courtesy of Unsplash; Portrait of Karen and Nicole by © Kathy Tarantola Photography; Reject Dance Theatre at BCA by Melissa Blackall Photography; CHART ART FAIR; New Art Center photo of Curatorial Opportunity Program Exhibition The Newest Romantics by Jamilee Lacy; Pioneer Works courtesy of Pioneer Works; SITE Santa Fe by Brandon Soder Photography; The Learning Center for the Deaf by The Learning Center for the Deaf