The Cultural Planning Group was formed in 1998 in Los Angeles, combining the consulting practices of the founders. The firm now has five partners, based in California, Philadelphia and Hawai’i. Our focus has expanded to include the largest cultural planning practice in the US. Our partners include some of the country’s foremost practitioners in organizational capacity building and public art. We often collaborate with colleague consultants and firms, and we have close, ongoing relationships with strategic partners that expand our own capacities.

David Dial

Dial Associates

David Dial brings thirty years of experience in cultural facilities operations. Since 1995, he has maintained a consulting practice focused on supporting creative efforts through operational planning, program development, technology integration, and project management. During his career, Dial has been integrally involved in the opening and development of five major arts, entertainment and cultural projects in the San Francisco Bay Area – Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, the Computer History Museum, Zeum (Children’s Creativity Museum), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Mexican Heritage Plaza & Gardens in San José. His involvement included project management and owner’s representation during design and construction, pre-opening planning, and day-to-day operations. Past projects include a Public Spaces Program Plan and policy development related to public use of the City of San José’s New Civic Center; and evaluation of the potential for community use of a new performing arts complex for City College of San Francisco. He has also provided operations input for the Weeksville Cultural Center in Brooklyn, NY and the Louis Armstrong House Visitors Center in Queens, NY.

All of these projects involved a thorough understanding of each facility, its programs, staff and systems, coupled with the application of best practices. He is sensitive to the integration of design, patron experience, and sustainable operations.

In addition to his consulting experience, David has served as the Executive Director for the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Zeum and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. He has served as Director of Operations for Cal Performances at the University of California at Berkeley, the Computer History Museum, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Over the course of his career, David has had responsibility for the operations, maintenance and planning for a broad range of facilities from an 8,500-seat popular music amphitheater, a 2,100-seat performing arts theater, the largest dance center on the west coast, 120,000-square foot museum and 100,000 square foot arts complex.

David is a former Board Member of the California Association of Museums, and a past advisory committee member of the Non-profit Finance Fund.