creative planning and research for equitable communities
Assembly Arts brings together arts institutions, cities, universities and the community to identify shared values and build community resources that enable artistic expression, municipal growth, social equity and human belonging.
Assembly Arts is led by Teresa Koberstein, a forward-thinking analyst based in Portland, Oregon who can ensure your creative development work is backed by solid research. Teresa weaves ten years' experience as a finance director in the design sector with a deep background in research, work as a theater artist and administrator, and service in the nonprofit sector. Drawing inspiration from her background in a collaborative and improvisational theatre practice, Teresa is enthusiastic about working with clients to create an engagement and planning process that is unique to the needs of your community. Read More about Teresa
Whether conducting a feasibility study for a new arts facility, developing a business plan, operating pro-forma, creating new programming, or analyzing the impact of grantmaking in a community, Teresa’s process involves a thorough assessment imperative for planning and decision making.
It sets the project on a strong course forward.
FACILITY FEASIBILITY STUDIES
Feasibility Studies can help communities and organizations determine the need for creative spaces.
BUSINESS & OPERATIONAL PLANNING
For organizations interested in examining their current budget, staffing and operational practices, as well as plan for new arts facilities.
Arts facility development, creative placemaking strategies, and developing innovative revenue streams all benefit from program development planning.
Assessments play a crucial role in measuring impact of solutions or investments and the extent to which strategic goals have been met.
Director of Community Education,
Institute of Art and Design at New England College
"Teresa understands the needs of businesses, artists, policy makers, and community. She grasps the nuances of creative placemaking and centers collaboration and equity in her work. She knows the power of cross-sectoral connections and the vital role arts and artists play in them, strengthening the social ecosystem. She is the perfect blend of creativity, business savvy, vision, and practicality. If you're looking for someone to bring your vision to life and effectively address challenges, Teresa is the person for you."
Teresa has completed planning and research on behalf of these nonprofit and government organizations:
Teresa also received funding in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council for research and planning on arts space development in Portland, Oregon.
Assembly Arts Clients
Wareham Hall Manhattan, Kansas
Oregon Film Portland, Oregon
The Circus Project Portland, Oregon
Crave Theatre Portland, Oregon
Dance Wire Portland, Oregon
A-WOL Dance Collective Portland Oregon
Business for Culture & the Arts Portland, Oregon
Assembly Arts in collaboration with AD Hamingson & Associates
Lake Placid Center for the Arts Lake Placid, NY
Classical Theatre of Harlem New York, NY
Assembly Arts in collaboration with Victor Gotesman Performing Arts Planning
City of Hoover Hoover, Alabama
The Colburn School Los Angeles, California
The Music Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California
Montgomery County Wheaton, Maryland
Denver Arts & Venues City of Denver, Colorado
May Bonfils Stanton Theatre Denver, Colorado
Jewish Community Center Denver, Colorado
Creative Waco City of Waco, Texas
Push Dance Company San Francisco, California
Other Freelance Projects
Knowledge Empower, Various Projects New York, NY
New York State Council on the Arts New York, NY | Through Lord Cultural Resources in collaboration with Knowledge Empower
Fractured Atlas New York, NY
Webb Management Services, Various Projects New York, NY
Krupp Group New York, NY
National Coalition Against Censorship New York, NY
Theatre Communications Group New York, NY
Sheridan Opera House Telluride, Colorado