Select Clients & Case Studies

Historic Dunbar Theatre

• Feasibility analysis and architectural design planning
 
• Program partnerships and community integration
 
• Pro Forma financial modeling
 
• Economic impact for a new cultural district
 
Named for poet, novelist and playwright Paul Laurence Dunbar, the Dunbar Theatre was built in 1941 and served as the heart of Wichitas McAdams community's entertainment corridor. The theater operated as a movie house until its closure in 1963. Since closing, the building fell into disrepair as the neighborhood around it suffered from blight, underuse, and dwindling city services.
  
In 2016, CJAM was engaged to reassess the viability of a 2006 feasibility study, conduct a new comprehensive feasibility analysis including, code, zoning, and adaptable reuse options, and develop a comprehensive business plan to relaunch the theater as a cultural anchor and economic catalyst. CJAM's study resulted in new visibility and involvement by city officials, universities, local businesses and the community, and the securing of $900K in initial capital for the restoration effort.

City Of Mount Vernon

• Arts, Culture and Heritage Master Plan development and recommendations
 
• Community, commercial and funding stakeholder engagement
 
• Field research and analysis
 
• Zoning, traffic, and infrastructure analysis
 
• National benchmarking and examples
 
The City of Mount Vernon is a culturally diverse 4 square mile city on the fringe of NYC yearning to establish its own identity in the shadow of the Big Apple. And while it boasts a list of notable arts and cultural pioneers, the City did not have a definitive understanding of its current arts and cultural landscape.
 
The City of Mount Vernon Department of Planning and Community Development engaged CJAM to develop an Arts, Culture and Heritage Master Plan that took stock of existing assets and highlighted opportunities for growth and development, in concert with the Citys various existing plans and frameworks. Over six months CJAM worked closely with the Planning Department, funding partners, local businesses and community constituents to research the landscape and outline 23 key strategies for developing arts, culture and heritage in Mount Vernon.

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center

Vision planning for organizational development and expansion
 
• Community engagement and new stakeholder cultivation
 
• Outreach for more diverse and representative constituents
 
• Comprehensive strategic framework
 
Chattanooga, Tennessee is celebrating a renaissance of economic development and growth. Situated in what was once the center of Chattanoogas African American community, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center sought a new Vision Framework to guide strategic planning efforts to enable this landmark institution to adapt to the citys changing landscape and thrive as a key cultural asset well into the future.
 
The Bessie engaged CJAM Consulting to structure and manage the Vision Framework planning. CJAM structured a process that included informational site visits for board     members to aspirational cultural institutions located in nearby cities of Atlanta, Georgia and Birmingham, Alabama. The CJAM process also featured facilitated board discussions, community dialogues and in-depth engagement with artists, local stakeholders, funders and elected officials. The resulting framework plan offered the organization a sense of possibility and a set of action steps to set the stage for strategic planning efforts to follow.

Empire State Development Columbia University

Empire State Development Columbia University

Compliance Monitoring with Landair, Inc:
 
• Review, monitoring and reporting of equitable and accessible community-centered programs and services
 
• Review and analysis of Minority/Women/Local Workforce reporting 
 
Through its multi-billion-dollar Manhattanville Development Project, Columbia University is transforming a 13-acre site in Upper Manhattan over a 25-year period with the creation of a dynamic new academic and scientific research campus centered in west Harlem. Hand-in-hand with the development, the University has structured a complex set of commitments to the local community it impacts that include a wide range of economic, educational and cultural benefits for local residents, businesses and institutions. 
 
CJAM Consulting works with Landair, Inc. on behalf of Empire State Development to provide compliance monitoring and reporting services for two key initiatives:
1) Delivery of a set of 31 civic benefits designed to provide equitable and inclusive educational, employment, health, cultural and recreational amenities for community residents.
2) Assessment of Columbias performance stated goal to engage and deploy a diverse and representative workforce during the life of the project. CJAMs co-directs the review of Columbias and its contractors minority, women, and local contracting and workforce efforts.

Apollo Theater

Apollo Theater

• Design and facilitation of organization partnerships and integrations plan
 
• 30,000 square foot facility operations model and transition planning
 
• Pro-forma financial modeling
 
The Apollo Victoria Cultural Condominium will be a multidisciplinary cultural arts space within the Victoria Theater development, a mixed-use commercial and residential facility slated to create unparalleled economic and cultural advancements along the 125th Street corridor. A project driven by Empire State Development as a public/private partnership, it will include 99-seat and 199-seat theaters, an art gallery and the shared administrative and production space of three Harlem-based arts institutions. The Apollo Theater, as lead cultural partner, engaged CJAM Consulting to shepherd the partnerships integration, the operating model design and program implementation for the collective. Moving into our second year of the consulting engagement, we are now designing the transition planning and building an expansive and industry leading cultural organization incubation model to help bolster cultural and economic development ofthe 125th Street Corridor.

 

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