What do our clients have to say?
Blue Water works with more than two dozen museums, architecture firms and destinations. We select our clients just as they select us. The relationship has to fit; the cultures have to mesh. Our commitment starts with the first meeting and grows as our journey together continues.
Toledo Museum of Art
"The team brings passion and expertise to each engagement. Their deep professional knowledge of the museum space ensures that the Toledo Museum of Art’s stories are highly crafted and pitch perfect for the needs and desires of art world readers (and writers). But the true value they bring is their skin-in-the-game mentality: they care, deeply. They go the extra mile, so you come away grateful that you have a genuine partnership you can rely on."
Gary Gonya, Director of Brand Strategy
The Dalí Museum
"Blue Water Communication’s expertise garnering PR for cultural institutions has been extremely beneficial for The Dalí. With their finger on the pulse of the arts world, they continually provide sound guidance based on industry best practices, especially during tumultuous times. Their expertise is also reflective through phenomenally written releases and communications grounded in an understanding of the deeper context of art history. Additionally, since representing the Museum, Blue Water has been successful in securing Museum coverage in top sought-after publications including NPR and The Wall Street Journal. Plus, they couldn’t be more pleasant to work with – direct and responsive, while also genuine and kind."
Beth Bell, Marketing Director
Honolulu Museum of Art
"The Honolulu Museum of Art’s ability to reach its local and global audiences with compelling stories and achieve its mission-driven objectives has been greatly amplified by the efficient and professional work of the Blue Water team. They have been wonderful thought partners and collaborators in helping us to diagnose key opportunities and challenges, co-authoring communications strategies that make our programs and collection come to life, and delivering on our mission to create inspiring art experiences for the people and communities we serve. They have not only measurably increased our voice, but have also become an integral part of our team."
Kevin Imanaka, Former Chief Communications Officer
Chazen Museum of Art
"Blue Water helps us fine-tune our messages and deliver them to the right targets. They know our market and our field like no other agency, so there is huge return on investment. The team is quick to help when needed and great at planning into the future as well. They expand my reach far beyond what I could do alone, with great results. Their media training gives staff the confidence to interact successfully with media—some even enjoy it now! And Media Tour has been a big win for us, even during COVID."
Kirstin Pires, Editor
Columbus Museum of Art
"Blue Water Communications was invaluable to the Columbus Museum of Art in garnering regional, national and international press for our building expansion and Margaret M. Walter Wing. Blue Water helped us develop key messages and an 18-month strategy that kept CMA on message and on track and resulted in media coverage that exceeded our expectations. In addition to being consummate professionals, the Blue Water team was a delight to work with and incredibly responsive. I would work with Blue Water again without hesitation."
Melissa Ferguson, Former Director of Marketing and Communications
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
"In November 2010 when Crystal Bridges selected 11-11-11 as the much-anticipated date for the public opening, it was time to secure outside counsel to help direct our communications efforts. Blue Water Communications quickly floated to the top of the several agencies considered as a firm that had a strong grasp on the importance of opening a significant cultural institution in the heart of America. Blue Water, under Lynnette Werning’s thoughtful leadership, proved agile in working on a compressed time schedule and with an organization still in the process of “becoming.” Most importantly, Blue Water took the time to learn the essence of our culture and helped design a campaign with messaging that introduced the world to Crystal Bridges. We could not have been more pleased with their expertise and cooperative spirit."
Sandy Edwards, Deputy Director (Retired)
Images: (From top) Courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art; Courtesy of Toledo Museum of Art; Photograph © Brad Feinknopf, courtesy of Columbus Museum of Art; Entrance to Crystal Bridges with Yield, stainless steel sculpture by Roxy Paine, courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; Courtesy of Chazen Museum of Art; Courtesy of The Dalí Museum; Courtesy of the Honolulu Museum of Art