Presentations This Month at Dance and Museum Conferences

July 05, 2011

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.

Peter Linett, the firm’s chairman, and Sarah Lee, vice president for arts & culture, look forward to seeing old colleagues and meeting new ones at all three gatherings. Here is a rundown of their upcoming talks:

  1. At the Dance/USA conference, Linett will moderate a panel titled “Cultivating Cultural Voyagers: Stimulating Cross-Ethnic Attendance for Dance” with our client Phil Reynolds, executive director of The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago and Julie Mushet, executive director of World Arts West. Linett will also present findings from our multi-phase research project on “cross-ethnic” attendance by minority dance audiences. (Saturday, July 16 at 2:00 pm.)

  2. At the Visitor Studies Association’s 14th annual April Award luncheon, Linett will interview two Chicago-based cultural leaders, Janet Carl Smith, who recently retired as deputy commissioner of the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, and Phyllis Rabineau, vice president of interpretation and education at the Chicago History Museum, about the changing role of cultural organizations in the 21st-century city. (Monday, July 25 at 11:45 am.)

  3. At the Visitor Studies Association conference [pdf], Linett will chair a panel titled “Non-Visitor Studies: Understanding the Needs and Experiences of New Audiences” with Chloe Chittick Patton, vice president of research services at Slover Linett, and noted museum researcher Cecilia Garibay. The panel will highlight both performing arts and museum case studies for a fuller picture of how cultural engagement works. (Tuesday, July 26 at 9:00 am.)

  4. At the Association of Midwest Museums conference [pdf], Lee will discuss our use of the “visitor panel” research process in a session titled “Making and Remaking Visitor Panels: Audience Evaluation that’s Useful, Adaptable, and Important” with our client Jill Austin, curator at the Chicago History Museum, and colleagues from the Detroit Institute of Arts and Musynergy. (Tuesday, July 26 at 10:30 am.)

  5. Also at the Visitor Studies Association, Linett will participate in an interactive, discussion-based session titled “Beyond Learning: A Discussion About How to Picture Success” with researchers Randi Korn of Randi Korn & Associates, Jennifer Novak-Leonard of WolfBrown, and Joe Heimlich of Ohio State University, the Institute for Learning Innovation, and COSI. (Tuesday, July 26 at 10:30 am.)

We encourage colleagues and friends to let us know if they’ll be attending any of these conferences. If you have questions or comments about the upcoming sessions, please email Linett or Lee or call (773) 348-9200.

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