Dan Danzig is a consultant in private practice to nonprofit cultural organizations. Dan specializes in strategic planning, exhibit and program development, and project management. During thirty years of work in arts and cultural organizations, Dan has been involved with large public institutions, small associations, and private galleries in the visual and performing arts, history, and natural sciences. This diversity of settings and positions has enabled him to participate in all aspects of arts and cultural management, including strategic and master planning, project management and budgeting, fundraising, curating and writing, exhibit and program development and production, and visitor services. From this range of experiences, he is able to offer clients a breadth of understanding of the field in terms of both practical application and theoretical study.
Dan’s recent projects include operational planning for the Petra Visitor Center, strategic planning for the Carnegie Observatories and the Children’s Museum Jordan, and exhibit development for Warner Bros. Studios, the Royal Tank Museum, Amman, and the Ventanilla Mangrove Cooperative, Oaxaca.
He is the former Executive Director of the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts where he led the Center through strategic planning and reorganization. He also produced the innovative exhibit Fair Exchange, integrating contemporary artists and the county fair. As Manager of Special Exhibitions for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Dan oversaw all aspects of the temporary and traveling exhibitions programs, leading teams of curators, designers, educators, fabricators, and preparators through exhibit development and design, production, and installation. Before moving to exhibits at NHM, he managed prospect research for the museum’s fundraising program. He was founding co-director of Rabbet Gallery where he curated and produced scores of contemporary arts exhibitions, from one-person shows, to retrospective surveys, to themed group exhibits by emerging and established artists.
Dan has been a panel and field reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museum’s accreditation and assessment programs. He studied fine art at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and received his M.A. in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Dan is also a writer whose interests include the history and organizational structure of cultural institutions and the representation of culture. His most recent article, on the development of commercial art galleries, was published in the 3rd edition of the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science.
Daniel C. Danzig
418 S. Carmelo Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91107