AEA Consulting is a global firm setting the standard in strategy and planning for the cultural and creative industries. We are known for our candid and impartial advice that draws on deep knowledge of the cultural sector as well as robust research and analytical insight.
Since 1991, we have successfully delivered more than 1,200 assignments in 42 countries, helping clients around the world plan and realize vital and sustainable cultural projects.
With offices in New York and London, AEA offers a talented, multidisciplinary team of professionals with proven practical experience who deliver personalized solutions to organizations in the arts, cultural, creative and public sectors. We thrive on new challenges and approach problem-solving with curiosity, creativity and integrity.
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AEA also runs the Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN), a federation of arts and cultural centers across the world and convenes its annual member gathering.
Though our staff is located worldwide, AEA Consulting’s headquarters sits on the unceded land of the Lenni Lenape in what is now known as Beacon, New York. These groups of the region include the Wappinger, Mohican, and Munsee peoples. AEA acknowledges and respects their – and the many other surrounding tribes – historic and ongoing contributions to the Hudson River Valley and the Greater New York City region through storytelling, community, and culture, which continue to inspire our pursuit of creating inclusive, culturally rich communities.
Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion
AEA envisions a work environment, arts and cultural sector, and society in which all are welcome without barriers and belong without hesitation. We desire to work in a fully just and equitable cultural ecology that celebrates the vibrancy of those we employ, serve, and collaborate with.
Our work flourishes when it is informed by diverse perspectives and lived experiences and when it is undertaken in an inclusive and empathetic work environment.
In effort to achieve this vision, AEA commits to action steps that:
- Engage a diversity of lived experiences and ideas that challenge our assumptions and highlight underrepresented and disempowered perspectives.
- Examine our relationships to power, with sensitivity to the ways in which we benefit from and can even help to maintain inequities, and how we need to change this going forward.
- Identify where our work can contribute to undoing injustices and structural inequity in our sector, and support a diverse cultural ecology.
- Provide AEA staff and associates with an equitable environment and culture of learning, growth, and belonging.
AEA's environmental sustainability policy sets measurable goals and action points in the following areas:
- Monitoring our environmental impact in-house and setting goals on emissions and waste reduction – e.g., AEA is participating in the UN Race to Zero Campaign and taking part in the SME Climate Commitment to half our emissions by 2030;
- Minimizing wasteful behavior and work patterns, including energy consumption and unnecessary air travel – e.g., AEA tracks yearly emissions and sets goals for reduction in coming years;
- Educating ourselves and colleagues about sustainable behaviors in the context of remote working from home, as well as in the office;
- Joining relevant sustainability networks and advocacy, individually and as a company; and
- Incorporating environmental sustainability planning and targets in AEA's planning and strategy work, including encouraging clients to make use of their opportunities to deepen public understanding and influence public opinion.
AEA's policy will continue to evolve as we aim to stay up to date with the latest environmental sustainability standards.