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.




Who We Are

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Karen DeTemple believes that successful fundraising is an art that connects people, builds collaborations and achieves a vision. She has over 25 years of experience 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 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 Polletta 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 inaugural Director of VIP Initiatives at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and as the inaugural Director of VIP and Sponsor Relations at FITZ & CO in New York City.





Change in action

Boston Center for the Arts

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.

Over the course of a year, we 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 & Disco Under the Dome was the signature event in our larger institutional marketing strategy for the BCA. Our creative ideas resulted in optimizing the BCA’s institutional messaging, communication channels and key moments and drew a notable increase in attention to the organization’s profile among its current and potential donors.

The BCA is a not-for-profit performing and visual arts campus that supports working artists to create, perform and exhibit new works; develops new audiences; and connects the arts to community.



In 2016, The Art of Change engaged a group of art patrons and professionals from the United States and Europe to attend CHART ART FAIR in Copenhagen. This included creating and realizing the first Collectors Exchange program with EXPO Chicago.

Over the course of eight months, we developed and implemented an audience-building strategy with key emphasis on augmenting VIP attendance. 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.

CHART ART FAIR is committed to strengthening the role of the Nordic region within the international cultural scene while challenging the boundaries and experience of a traditional art fair.



In 2017, The Art of Change led the way on 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. 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, and talk about art. These initiatives reinforced 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 and marketing. This strategic initiative works 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.

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Punto urban art museum

The Art of Change is creating and implementing a comprehensive fundraising, marketing and events strategy for The Punto Urban Art Museum.

In December, we will be leading the museum’s inaugural travel program to Art Basel Miami Beach.

The Punto Urban Art Museum is a mission-driven social justice art program led by the North Shore Community Development Coalition, a nonprofit founded in the "El Punto" neighborhood of Salem, Massachusetts. Featuring over 50 large scale murals by world-renowned and local artists, the art aims to create neighborhood pride and increase economic opportunity for local businesses.



In 2018, The Art of Change led the way on SITE Santa Fe’s Patron travel program to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, and St. Petersburg for its Board of Trustees. This special journey included VIP access to a leading art fair, as well as visits to galleries, art collections and private artists’ studios. Curator-led tours at renowned museums and art spaces added to the daily cultural richness and time for fine dining and shopping experiences unique to each country provided another trip highlight.

SITE Santa Fe is committed to supporting new developments in contemporary art, encouraging artistic exploration and expanding traditional museum experiences and this initiative reinforced their mission and enabled the museum to build meaningful relationships within this region of the art world.



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. This initiative worked to reinforce the importance of their mission and community programs among their supporters and those that they serve as well as 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; Super Dali by Sipros at Punto Urban Art Museum by Jared Charney; SITE Santa Fe by Brandon Soder Photography; The Learning Center for the Deaf by The Learning Center for the Deaf