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Here are the latest goings-on at the firm. Click the headlines or images to read the full items.

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 »
June 19, 2013

Slover Linett Boston Team Grows

We’re excited to welcome two new research professionals to Slover Linett, both of whom will be based in our Boston office. Dreolin Fleischer, an experienced evaluator now completing her doctorate in applied research methods, joins the firm as an associate. Eric LaPlant, who recently earned a master’s in museum studies, comes on board as research manager. Dreolin and Eric will work together on qualitative and quantitative studies in the arts, sciences, creative placemaking, cultural philanthropy, and other areas. More »
January 31, 2013

Special Announcement: Slover Linett’s Higher Education Practice has Joined Huron Consulting Group

We’re proud to announce that our higher education team is now part of Huron Consulting Group’s Education & Life Sciences practice. Our constituent research for colleges and universities will continue and expand under the Huron Education umbrella. Meanwhile, our audience research and evaluation practice will continue helping museums, arts organizations, and other cultural and informal learning institutions explore the future of public engagement. More »
December 07, 2012

Irvine Foundation Releases Study on Arts Innovation Fund

Slover Linett announces the publication yesterday of our report on the James Irvine Foundation’s Arts Innovation Fund, which has supported new programming, community, and artistic initiatives at some of California’s largest cultural organizations since 2006. Our report, co-authored with our frequent collaborator Nick Rabkin, explores how change and risk-taking work at today’s major arts organizations and how the 19 grantees in the program attempted to bridge ‘relevance gaps’ with audiences, communities, and artists. More »
November 12, 2012

Nicole Baltazar, PhD Joins Slover Linett’s Arts & Culture Practice

This summer, we said farewell to colleague Catherine Jett, who had been a researcher in our arts & culture team since 2009. Although we were sad to see Catherine go (and happy that she has continued to work with us part-time from afar), we are very fortunate to welcome social psychologist Nicole Baltazar, PhD as a research analyst in our Chicago office. More »
September 17, 2012

New Findings Presented on Social Media Use in Higher Education

At the CASE Summit for Advancement Leaders in Washington D.C. this summer, Cheryl Slover-Linett co-presented findings from our third annual study of how colleges and universities use social media tools to foster productive relationships with prospective students, alumni, and other key constituents. The report is now available online. More »
September 04, 2012

Slover Linett Setting up Shop in Boston

We’re practicing ‘pahking the cah in Hahvahd Yahd’ these days, as we make plans to open a Boston office this winter. Sarah Lee, our vice president for arts & culture, will lead the satellite location, which will expand the firm’s work with arts organizations, museums, and informal learning organizations. In the future, the office will also serve our college and university clients — because no city is more synonymous with higher education than Boston.  More »
August 24, 2012

Slover Linett Leads Workshop on Qualitative Research at 2012 AIR Forum

Vice president Bill Hayward and associate Anne Lee Groves led a sold-out pre-conference workshop at this year’s Association for Institutional Research (AIR) annual gathering in New Orleans. This was the first time Slover Linett has offered a workshop for the higher education community, and we were excited to introduce many IR professionals to the world of qualitative research — a set of methods used comparatively rarely by colleges and universities.  More »
July 16, 2012

Slover Linett Welcomes Jenny Puchtel to its Higher Ed Practice

Slover Linett’s research and assessment work for colleges and universities has been growing rapidly this year, in terms of both clients and staff. We are very pleased to welcome Jenny Puchtel to the firm as an associate. She will design and direct studies of prospects, applicants, students, alumni, and donors, bringing diverse assessment experience and outstanding methodological skills to the firm. More »
July 12, 2012

Museum Researcher Sharisse Butler Joins Slover Linett

We are delighted to welcome Sharisse Butler to the firm as an associate in our arts & culture practice. Butler, who has worked in audience research and evaluation at the Institute for Learning Innovation and in visitor studies and education at the Dallas Museum of Art, was appointed after a national search. She will design and direct research studies to help our museum, performing arts, and other cultural clients understand their audiences and strengthen their programs. More »
July 11, 2012

LaPlaca Cohen Turns to Slover Linett for Branding Research in Theater and Architecture

We’re pleased to be supporting the work of our friends at LaPlaca Cohen, the leading strategic marketing firm for the cultural sector, with audience research for two celebrated organizations: Roundabout Theatre Company and the American Institute of Architects. Our studies are informing branding and positioning initiatives designed to broaden and deepen public engagement with these institutions' offerings.   More »
May 29, 2012

Third annual study of social media practices in higher education is released

The new report marks the third year of Slover Linett’s partnership with the communications firm mStoner and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) to conduct a national study examining how colleges and universities manage their social media activities. More »
April 27, 2012

Irvine Foundation Selects Slover Linett to Review Arts Innovation Fund

The James Irvine Foundation, a leading California philanthropy, has engaged Slover Linett to conduct a review of one of its key funding programs for cultural organizations, the Arts Innovation Fund. Our team, which includes consultants Nick Rabkin and Laura Samson, will be interviewing grantees about their experiences with the program and talking with other arts leaders in California and elsewhere about adaptive change in the nonprofit arts sector.  More »
April 09, 2012

Job Opening for Higher Education Researcher

As the general election gears up, we’re all hearing that small businesses are the real job creators. We at Slover Linett are trying to do our part, this time by creating a new, mid-to-senior position on the higher education side of our practice. Know any great research professionals who live and breathe the college and university worlds? More »
March 01, 2012

Melissa Reeves to Manage Slover Linett Chicago Office

We’re pleased to welcome Melissa Reeves to the firm as our office manager. A multi-talented individual, Melissa has degrees in acting and creative writing and experience in higher education management. So she’s a natural fit at Slover Linett, and we’re delighted to have her on the team. More »
February 29, 2012

Hayward and Lee to Offer Workshop at AIR Conference in June

To help higher ed professionals broaden their research skills, vice president Bill Hayward and associate Anne Lee will lead a pre-conference workshop at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) 2012 annual conference in New Orleans. Their half-day workshop will introduce IR professionals to qualitative research methods that can complement and extend the insights gained through traditional survey research. More »
February 28, 2012

Dr. Rachelle L. Brooks Joins Higher Education Team

We’re pleased to announce that Rachelle Brooks, who has been affiliated with Slover Linett as a research fellow since 2010, has joined the firm as senior associate for higher education. Dr. Brooks will direct research and assessment studies for our college and university clients, creating new knowledge about outcomes, experiences, and needs across the student life cycle — prospects, enrolled students, and alumni. More »
February 27, 2012

Alumni Engagement Research Yields New Insights

We've recently conducted several studies of alumni attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors for leading universities and professional schools. Although these studies are proprietary, the trends and patterns we’re discovering could be useful to the broader higher education community. Here’s a quick summary. More »
February 23, 2012

Chicago STEM Museum Projects On Our Front Burner

Slover Linett’s arts & culture practice may need a broader name, given how active we are in informal science education. We’ve been working lately with Chicago’s leading STEM museums, the Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, and Museum of Science & Industry on exhibition and media evaluations using some novel methods to explore visitors’ connections to science. More »
February 16, 2012

Enhancing Museum Accessibility and Relevance in New Projects

We’ve embarked on several research and evaluation studies with new museum clients, including the Milwaukee Art Museum, the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, and the museum access program for low-income families in New York, Cool Culture. Central to all three projects is the question of how to increase relevance and participation. More »
February 10, 2012

Stanford, UCLA Anderson, and Georgetown Enlist Slover Linett

These last few months have seen exciting developments in our higher education practice, as we’ve welcomed several renowned institutions to our client family. Our research and assessment work with these universities will help them understand, track, and enhance engagement among both students and alumni. More »
February 07, 2012

Meet Jennifer Mack, Our (Not So) New Colleague

We’ve been so busy we’re just now catching up on our own news, some of which is no longer very new. Among the most important skipped stories was the arrival of Jennifer Mack as the firm’s newest research assistant. Jennifer started back in August, bringing four years of experience in higher education administration and outstanding data skills to our Chicago-based team. More »
July 05, 2011

Presentations This Month at Dance and Museum Conferences

It’s a busy July for arts & culture presentations, with Slover Linett staff speaking at no fewer than five sessions at three different conferences: Dance/USA, the Visitor Studies Association, and the Association of Midwest Museums. Luckily for us, all three are in Chicago this year. Please let us know if you’ll be attending. More »
July 01, 2011

Third annual international study of MBA prospects presented in Boston

Cheryl Slover-Linett was in Boston recently to present new findings from our annual survey of prospective business school applicants around the world. The study, which we’ve conducted since 2009 for the Association of International Graduate Admissions Counselors (AIGAC), shows increasing concern about the cost of earning an MBA. More »
June 30, 2011

Karlene Hanko, PhD, Joins Slover Linett as Research Analyst

Please join us in welcoming Karlene Hanko to the Slover Linett team. Hanko, who earned her doctorate in social psychology at Cornell University, specializes in understanding everyday judgment and decision-making processes and the interplay between the individual and the social world. Hanko replaces outgoing research analyst Eileen Bevis, who is leaving to pursue her interests in comparative international research. More »
May 23, 2011

Johns Hopkins University Selects Slover Linett for Student-Life Research

After a national search, Johns Hopkins has turned to us to conduct a study of campus life among its undergraduates on the Homewood campus in Baltimore. We’ll be taking a fresh look at perceptions of the campus community and the social life of undergraduates in order to inform the university’s strategic planning on issues such as campus housing, dining facilities, and the student center. More »
May 19, 2011

Special Announcement: New Roles, New Structure at Slover Linett

We’re excited to announce the promotion of several key members of the Slover Linett team and a new structure designed to enhance our ability to serve both higher education and arts & culture institutions. More »
May 10, 2011

Art and Science Intersect Next Week in Chicago

We’re excited about a unique conference being held on May 16 and 17 that brings together our dual interests in arts participation and informal science education. The Art of Science Learning, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, will look at how the arts can be used to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math learning and spark creativity in the 21st century American workforce. We hope to see our arts and science museum colleagues there. More »
April 28, 2011

Two New Seattle Arts Clients

We’re proud to welcome the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and On the Boards to the Slover Linett client family. Our research for both of these Seattle-based organizations is supported by grants from the Wallace Foundation. Using quantitative research methods, we'll evaluate technology initiatives that each organization is using to engage its audiences more deeply. More »
April 27, 2011

Columbia University’s Division of Student Affairs Turns to Slover Linett for Student Research

The Division of Student Affairs at New York City’s Ivy League school has selected Slover Linett to conduct a study of the experience of undergraduate students enrolled in Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. The research, which is being commissioned for the Center for Student Advising, will look at how Columbia can provide students with the guidance and support to pursue their passions. More »
April 25, 2011

Meet us in Houston at the Museums Conference

Partner Peter Linett and senior associate for museums Sarah Lee will be in Houston next month for the American Association of Museums annual meeting. Linett will chair a session on engaging visitors behind the scenes at museums, and Lee will chair a session on integrating the different types of audience research that museums do. More »
April 22, 2011

Cheryl Slover-Linett Gives Co-Keynote Talk on Social Media in Higher Ed

Slover-Linett, the firm’s president, was in San Francisco last week for the annual CASE Social Media & Community conference. She and Michael Stoner co-presented findings from our second annual survey of how colleges and universities use social media tools to create and cultivate relationships with prospects, students, and alumni. More »
March 30, 2011

Join Us at the CultureLab Emerging Practice Seminar on April 29

CultureLab, a partnership between the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago and a consortium of leading arts consultants from the U.S., U.K., and Australia, is coming to Chicago for a public exploration of new practices in the cultural sector. Slover Linett partners Cheryl Slover-Linett and Peter Linett are proud to be members of CultureLab, and we invite you to join us for a stimulating, participatory day of ideas.
March 15, 2011

Year of Multi-Audience Research for Hofstra Law Wraps Up

Hofstra Law School, a top-100 institution located near New York City, engaged Slover Linett a year ago to conduct a brand-perceptions study of their various audiences. The school has already put our findings and recommendations to good use in a number of areas. More »
March 02, 2011

Research Fellow Rachelle L. Brooks Published

Our research fellow, Dr. Rachelle L. Brooks of Northwestern University, wrote a chapter in a new book about student learning assessment in higher ed. In the book, Literary Study, Measurement, and the Sublime: Disciplinary Assessment, just published by the Teagle Foundation, Rachelle argues we should assess student learning within specific academic disciplines rather than generically. More »
February 23, 2011

Another Corner of Higher Ed: Donor Motivation Findings to be Presented at Medical Schools Conference

Our research and assessment work for universities usually looks at three broad audiences: prospects, students, and alumni. Lately, we’ve been helping several institutions study another crucial audience: donors to their medical schools and teaching hospitals. Research analyst Anne Lee will share some of what we’re learning at an upcoming conference. More »
February 23, 2011

Facilitator Liz Monroe-Cook Joins the Slover Linett Team

We’re proud to announce that Liz Monroe-Cook, PhD, a consulting psychologist who specializes in group facilitation and qualitative research, is joining Slover Linett as affiliated consultant. We’ve enjoyed collaborating with Liz on recent projects in higher education and the cultural sector, and this affiliation makes the partnership “official.” More »
February 17, 2011

We’re Hiring: Help Spread the Word

With so many exciting new projects underway, we’re happy to announce that Team Slover Linett is growing again. We’re currently interviewing for two new research and assessment professionals: one research analyst and one research assistant. We’ve already received some great referrals and resumes, but if someone you know fits the bill, please point them in our direction. Here’s the low-down on each of the open positions. More »
February 16, 2011

Welcome, Caleb! (No, he’s not a new hire)

We are very happy to announce the birth of Caleb Patton, son of our colleague Chloe Chittick Patton. Caleb, who was born on January 8, paid his first visit to the office this week, a festive occasion for everyone (except Caleb, who slept). We are all thrilled for Chloe and her husband, Andy, as they welcome their first child into their family. More »
January 27, 2011

Participation: It’s In the Air These Days

Participatory engagement in the arts and culture was a front-burner topic this month at Slover Linett. Here in Chicago, we co-sponsored a talk by Nina Simon, author of The Participatory Museum, to an audience of 130 museum professionals, funders, and consultants. Online, Cheryl Slover-Linett helped Alan Brown present a webinar on participatory cultural practice. More »
January 26, 2011

Cabrini College Chooses Slover Linett for Strategic Market Assessment

After a national search, Cabrini College has engaged the firm to analyze new and existing markets for its fast-growing graduate programs, particularly degrees in education. The assessment will help ensure that the college remains responsive to the region it serves while continuing to expand its offerings to new populations. More »
January 19, 2011

Slover Linett to Conduct Chicago Public Schools Arts Education Survey

The Chicago Community Trust, an organization that leads and inspires philanthropic efforts to improve the quality of life and prosperity of the Chicago region, has helped rally the arts sector around arts education in the Chicago Public Schools. Slover Linett recently began working with The Trust and several of its grantees to assess the breadth and depth of education programming provided by arts organizations to Chicago Public Schools students and teachers. More »
December 21, 2010

Harris Theater for Music and Dance Turns to Slover Linett for Patron Research

We’re proud to welcome one of the leading presenters and champions of the arts in Chicago, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, to the Slover Linett client family. We will be working with the theater to help it more deeply understand and engage its multiple audiences. More »
December 20, 2010

Greg Sandow Named Culture Kettle’s First “Innovator in Residence”

Culture Kettle L3C, the new experimental research and programming organization, is proud to announce that New York-based composer, author, and consultant Greg Sandow will be the organization’s inaugural Innovator in Residence. Sandow will work with Culture Kettle to create new knowledge about classical music audiences and explore new ways of connecting them to the art form. More »
December 20, 2010

Upcoming Event in Chicago: Nina Simon on Participatory Culture

Chicago-area museum leaders are invited to join us on Tuesday, January 11 for a conversation with experience designer and museum consultant Nina Simon, who will share her vision for the future of cultural institutions as personal, dynamic, collaborative places for visitor engagement. The talk will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center. More »
December 16, 2010

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Selects Slover Linett For Multi-Year Audience Study

We’re proud to welcome MCASD to the Slover Linett client family. Next month, we’ll begin a three-year, multi-method research process to help the museum deepen its relationships with audiences through innovative programming at the institution’s two locations, downtown San Diego and nearby La Jolla. More »
November 29, 2010

Article on Social Media in Higher Ed Published by CASE

Cheryl Slover-Linett and Michael Stoner have co-authored an article of social media management by colleges and universities. The new article builds on the initial findings they presented to the field in July, providing additional analyses and case studies. It also appears in the November/December issue of Currents, a publication of CASE (the Council for Advancement and Support of Education). More »
November 22, 2010

Northwestern University’s Rachelle L. Brooks Named a Research Fellow at Slover Linett

We’re proud to announce that Rachelle L. Brooks, a nationally recognized leader in outcomes assessment in higher education, is joining our team as an affiliated researcher. Dr. Brooks will collaborate with the firm on student, prospect, and alumni studies and extend our ability to serve colleges and universities through outcomes assessment. More »
November 11, 2010

Chloe Chittick Patton and Sarah Lee to Present at National Arts Marketing Project Conference

Two of our senior associates head to San Jose, California this weekend to present at the National Arts Marketing Project Conference, an annual gathering sponsored by Americans for the Arts. Chloe Chittick Patton and Sarah Lee will share tools we’ve used to help arts organizations and museums better understand and engage their audiences. More »
October 29, 2010

Report from Smithsonian Natural History Museum Evaluation Now Available

How do people want to engage with science content in a museum? Are they eager to connect with real scientists and work with real collections? With special thanks to the education and outreach team at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, we’re pleased to share findings from our 2009 front-end evaluation for an innovative new learning center at the museum. More »
October 28, 2010

New Center for Research and Innovation in the Culture Sector — Introducing Culture Kettle

Slover Linett is co-founding a not-for-profit enterprise to conduct exploratory research and foster programmatic innovation in the arts and the public sciences and humanities. The new organization, Culture Kettle, will be an “R&D” center working to broaden our understanding of how people do — and could — engage with cultural content, from symphonies to science exhibits. More »
October 26, 2010

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Selects Slover Linett for Survey of Area Artists

We’re proud to announce that we’ll be helping the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs conduct a follow-up study on the needs of artists living and working in the Windy City. The 2010 survey, which builds on an initial study conducted in 2000, will explore how the city can better support artists and other creative entrepreneurs. More »
October 26, 2010

Working Session at the University of Chicago for New Research Study on Campus Art Museums

On Tuesday, November 2, Slover Linett partner Peter Linett will co-lead a public lunch at the University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center to discuss a new study of the multiple audiences served by campus-based art museums. Linett and project colleagues Tom Shapiro, Betty Farrell, and Tony Hirschel, will solicit input on the design and priorities of the research from academic museum practitioners and others interested in the sector. More »
October 14, 2010

Meet Chloe Chittick Patton in Los Angeles at the Arts Reach Conference

Slover Linett’s senior associate for the performing arts, Chloe Chittick Patton, will be in Los Angeles for the fifth annual Arts Reach National Arts Marketing and Development Conference on October 22nd and 23rd. She looks forward to talking about audiences, donors, and research with colleagues from around the country. More »
October 13, 2010

Peter Linett on Panel at Grantmakers in the Arts Conference

Next Wednesday, October 20, Slover Linett partner Peter Linett will co-present at the 2010 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference in Chicago. He will be part of a panel discussion entitled “Are the Arts Gaining or Losing Ground in America Today?” More »
August 24, 2010

We Welcome Aaron Trent to the Firm as Research Assistant

Aaron Trent, who recently earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago, joined the team earlier this month. He will help analyze data and develop reports for our full spectrum of cultural and higher ed clients. More »
August 06, 2010

Chicago History Museum Selects Slover Linett for Exhibit Evaluation

We’re delighted to begin working with one of the leading urban history museums in the country, the Chicago History Museum. We will be conducting a formative evaluation for an upcoming exhibition about Chicago’s gay and lesbian past. More »
July 22, 2010

Arts Engagement Exchange Grants Lead to New Projects

Thanks to a generous new round of grantmaking by the Arts Engagement Exchange here in Chicago, we’ll be conducting additional research for a favorite client, TimeLine Theatre, and beginning to work with two other terrific organizations: The Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago and the statewide service and advocacy group Arts Alliance Illinois. More »
July 22, 2010

Meet Us in Phoenix at VSA

Slover Linett partner Peter Linett and senior associate Sarah Lee will be in Phoenix next week for the 23rd annual conference of the Visitor Studies Association (VSA). They look forward to meeting new colleagues in the museum field and picking up the conversation with old friends. More »
July 19, 2010

Cheryl Slover-Linett Presents Findings on Social Media in Higher Ed

The firm’s founding partner is in New York City this week for the annual CASE Summit For Advancement Leaders. Slover-Linett will give a talk with Michael Stoner, president of mStoner, and others about new data on how colleges and universities use social media tools to build and cultivate relationships. More »
July 06, 2010

Second Wave of Findings from MBA Prospects Survey Released

Findings from our second annual study of students planning to pursue an MBA degree are now available in the publications section of sloverlinett.com. Bill Hayward, the firm’s practice leader for higher ed, presented the findings last month at the annual conference of the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. More »
June 25, 2010

Farewell Flinner: A Colleague Heads to NYC

Join us in saying au revoir to Kate Flinner, Slover Linett’s manager of field research. Kate is moving to New York to pursue a career in museum exhibits, starting with an internship at Thinc Design, a leading exhibition design firm with clients around the world. More »
June 22, 2010

Coming Up for AIR: Bill Hayward Presents at Institutional Research Conference

Over 1,500 research and assessment professionals from colleges and universities converged on Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend for the annual meeting of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR). We presented findings from a study of the relationship between student engagement and later alumni connectedness. More »
June 14, 2010

Research Fellow Michael Di Giovine Presents Heritage Management Framework at UNESCO Conference

Di Giovine, an anthropologist completing his doctorate at the University of Chicago and currently conducting research in Italy, spoke at an international conference on heritage and tourism in Quebec City, Canada earlier this month. His influential book on the “heritage-scape” had just been praised by the conference’s keynote speaker, so Di Giovine’s sessions were packed. More »
June 12, 2010

Helping Create a New Center for Art Museum Studies

The art history department at Case Western Reserve University has asked Slover Linett to lead part of a planning study for a unique new research center. The project is a collaboration between Case Western, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and other educational and cultural organizations in northeast Ohio. More »
June 12, 2010

Cleveland Museum of Art Turns to Slover Linett for Integrated Exhibition Research

The museum, one of the largest art institutions in the country, has engaged us to help develop a new audience research approach that combines exhibition evaluation and market research. The integrated process will be developed in conjunction with an upcoming exhibition of pre-Incan art, which will serve as a “pilot project” for the new approach. More »
June 11, 2010

Inside the Beltway, A New Donor Study

We’re proud to begin a relationship with George Washington University in Washington, DC. We’ll be working with the development department at the university’s medical center to discover ways of strengthening the institution’s relationships with individual supporters. More »
May 19, 2010

We Welcome Amy Barr to the Firm as Office Manager

Amy Barr, who recently earned a Master’s degree from George Washington University’s well-regarded museum studies program, joined the team part-time earlier this month. And not a moment too soon! More »
May 05, 2010

Meet Us in Los Angeles at the Museum Conference

Partner Peter Linett and senior associate Sarah Lee will be in Los Angeles later this month for the American Association of Museums meeting. Linett will give a talk on museums in a postmodern world at the Museum Group’s annual side conference. More »
May 05, 2010

University of Chicago Partnership Extended

This month we were asked by the President’s Office to help the university with its 2010 COFHE survey of graduating seniors. The study is conducted every four years by the 31 highly selective colleges and universities that are members of the COFHE research consortium. More »
May 04, 2010

Exploring “Scientific Chicago” with WTTW

We’re excited to be working with WTTW, Chicago’s public television affiliate, to conduct an audience evaluation of the station’s new science series. The programs will run as part of Chicago Tonight, WTTW’s popular evening show that covers a wide range of civic, cultural, and other topics of interest to Chicagoans. More »
April 18, 2010

Benchmarking Social Media Practices

Slover Linett has partnered with its friends at mStoner, a leading communications firm for educational institutions, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), to conduct a national study examining how colleges and universities manage their social media activities. More »
April 07, 2010

Greg Sandow Chicago Lecture Co-presented by Slover Linett

The firm, in partnership with the University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, will host a conversation with Sandow on April 20. Sandow is an influential commentator on the future of classical music and serves on the faculty at Julliard. More »
March 26, 2010

“Come on Eileen” — We Welcome Eileen Bevis to the Firm as a Research Analyst

After a three-month national search for an additional Research Analyst, we concluded that the ideal candidate was already near at hand. Eileen Bevis, a PhD student in sociology at the University of Chicago and a freelance analyst for Slover Linett since mid-2009, joins the team full time next week. More »
March 26, 2010

Second Wave of International MBA Research Begins

Slover Linett is partnering with the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) to extend our joint study of MBA prospects, first conducted in early 2009. The new results will be presented at AIGAC’s annual conference in June at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. More »
March 12, 2010

Article on Planning for Audience Research Published by National Arts Marketing Project

The two-part article by Peter Linett aims to help arts leaders ask the right questions before embarking on a research project. It was recently published on the website of the National Arts Marketing Project, a unit of Americans for the Arts. More »
March 08, 2010

Slover Linett to Lead Arts & Business Council Workshop on Using Audience Data

The March 30 session in Chicago will help arts professionals learn how to take a data-driven approach to developing marketing strategies. Registration is now open. More »
March 05, 2010

New Cultural Clients in Chicago, St. Louis

We’re proud to welcome two highly respected arts institutions to the Slover Linett family this week: the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. More »
March 04, 2010

Leading Community Music School Turns to Slover Linett

The Merit School of Music in Chicago has selected us to help with a Wallace Foundation-funded research project examining arts education decisions. More »
February 22, 2010

Appraisal of Museum Literature Published in Curator

Peter Linett's article looking back at his six-year tenure as book review editor at Curator: The Museum Journal appears in this month's issue of the journal. More »
February 10, 2010

Writing the Book on Institutional Research

A chapter in the forthcoming Handbook for Institutional Research will be co-written by Slover Linett senior associate Bill Hayward and Northwestern University’s Rachelle Brooks. More »
February 02, 2010

New Collaboration with Cultural Economics Firm AECOM

We’re proud to be beginning a new study this month with our friends at AECOM, with whom we’ve collaborated on museum research and analysis projects in the past. More »
February 01, 2010

Alumni and Development Analysis Delivered to University of Chicago

Last week, Slover Linett presented the results of a custom analysis of alumni survey responses originally collected by COFHE, the Consortium on Financing Higher Education. More »
January 19, 2010

Passing the Bar for Hofstra

Along with our partners at the communications firm mStoner, Slover Linett was selected by Hofstra University’s School of Law for a major research and engagement initiative. More »
January 07, 2010

Comparison Wave of Alumni Study Launched

First conducted in 2007, the University of Chicago "Relationship Monitor" surveys alumni living around the globe to reveal ways of increasing engagement. More »
January 05, 2010

New Year, New Website

We're ringing in 2010 with a fresh face online. Our full-featured site and blog went live this week at sloverlinett.com. More »
January 02, 2010

Peter Linett Begins Visiting Role at Cultural Policy Center

Slover Linett partner Peter Linett was recently named a Visiting Associate at the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago. More »
December 21, 2009

It’s Only Natural… History

Slover Linett presented evaluation findings this week that will help the education department at the nation's busiest natural history museum plan for a new learning center. More »
December 12, 2009

Capital Campaign Study Findings Presented

Managing partner Cheryl Slover-Linett presented findings from a new national study on how cultural and educational institutions plan for and fund their captial campaigns. More »
November 15, 2009

An Elevated Client

Slover Linett will provide audience research services to Friends of the High Line, the nonprofit organization responsible for New York City's hottest cultural and recreational site More »
October 16, 2009

Slover-Linett Shares Insights about Delaware Arts

This weekend, Delaware's "State of the Arts" podcast and radio show will rebroadcast its August 2009 interview with Cheryl Slover-Linett about Delaware arts audiences. More »
September 12, 2009

It’s a book!

Slover Linett research fellow Michael Di Giovine recently published The Heritage-scape: UNESCO, World Heritage and Tourism. More »
September 08, 2009

Tufts Graduate Jett Joins Firm

Catherine Jett joins Slover Linett Strategies from the Rotary Foundation, becoming the firm's first Research Assistant. More »
September 07, 2009

Curtain! Online Ticketing Study Completed

Slover Linett Strategies reported findings to Chicago's nonprofit theater community about audiences' online ticketing behaviors and needs. More »


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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.

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