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January 14, 2014

Cultural Data Project releases Slover Linett report on arts data

 » The Cultural Data Project (CDP) today released "New Data Directions for the Cultural Landscape: Toward a Better-Informed, Stronger Sector," a whitepaper by Sarah Lee and Peter Linett of Slover Linett. The paper offers an assessment of the state of data collection and use in the arts & culture sector and recommends a more strategic, coordinated approach to developing new information resources to improve the sector's performance, vitality, and public impact.  More »
October 01, 2013

Philadelphia Museum of Art Seeks Gallery Guidance from Slover Linett

 » One hundred years after the founding of our country, the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) opened its doors for the first time. Over a century later, the Museum still leads the way as the cultural centerpiece of our nation’s original capital. As the museum embarks on the creation and implementation of a new strategic plan to engage a 21st century audience, PMA turned to the expertise of Slover Linett to help them think through new ways of engaging visitors, starting first in its galleries. More »
September 01, 2013

Slover Linett Chicago Team Adds Researcher Nnenna Okeke

 » We’re excited to welcome a new research professional to Slover Linett’s Chicago office. Nnenna Okeke, an experienced researcher in the midst of her doctorate in public health, joins the firm as a research analyst. She is already firmly entrenched in some ongoing qualitative and quantitative studies in arts and culture. More »
August 01, 2013

Studying Creative Placemaking Outcomes with Levitt Pavilions

 » Levitt Pavilions, a national nonprofit organization that partners with cities to transform neglected public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music, has selected Slover Linett to help assess the social impact of its work. The firm, in partnership with Indiana University arts management professor Joanna Workonkowicz, will be conducting a multi-year, mixed-methods study of the effects of the Levitt program in local communities. More »
July 01, 2013

Announcing Two Promotions: Sharisse Butler and Karlene Hanko Assume New Roles

 » We’re pleased to announce that two terrific teammates in our Chicago office have recently been promoted. Sharisse Butler, who joined the firm a year ago, has been appointed Senior Associate, a position in which she will have additional leadership responsibility and oversight of all stages of the project lifecycle. Karlene Hanko, PhD, who has been with Slover Linett for two years, has been named to the newly-created position of Senior Researcher, in which she will lead project teams in a wide variety of studies. More »
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March 14, 2014 | Nicole Baltazar

Multiculturalism is key for creating inclusive arts experiences

 » Last month, Coca-Cola aired its now-famous Super Bowl ad depicting people from various racial, ethnic, and cultural groups singing “America the Beautiful” together in different languages. Among the instant outpouring of polarized reactions to this ad rang much praise for its depiction of a multicultural America. Yet the ad provoked a slew of negative responses as well. Many of the ad’s detractors questioned whether this multicultural America could ever feel as cohesive as an America whose citizens speak a common language, and therefore have taken great strides toward assimilating into a common culture. More »
February 25, 2014 | Dreolin Fleischer

Reflection: Crowdsourcing comes to a museum near you

 » Crowdsourcing didn’t become a part of my lexicon until recently, and I realize I’m a bit late to the game.  I’ve since learned that Jeff Howe is credited with coining the term in a 2006 article in Wired magazine and ultimately wrote a book entitled Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd is Driving the Future of Business. Peter Linett interviewed Howe about the book as part of a panel at the 2009 AAM annual meeting and has written about crowdsourcing previously here on this blog.  More »
January 31, 2014 | Eric LaPlant

Reflection: Social desirability bias is lurking ‘between the lines’ in your audience’s answers

 » In a recent lunch conversation here at Slover Linett, my colleagues and I discussed how social desirability bias affects our research work and what we can do to minimize its impact.  More »
January 16, 2014 | Cheryl Slover-Linett

Announcement: Upcoming conference talks & conversations

 » As we re-launch our blog this month, we’re divvying up the content into new categories, such as colloquies like Peter’s post last week and reflections like Sharisse’s this week. We’ll also be keeping you in the loop as our practice grows, via newsy announcements like this post. More »
January 14, 2014 | Sharisse Butler

Reflection: Can the value of art be both extrinsic and intrinsic?

 » Two distinct perspectives regularly surface within the public discourse of arts nonprofits, and they are sometimes pitted against one another.  More »
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