Slover Linett's e-newsletter about audiences and culture—from the arts to informal science learning.


May I have the envelope, please...
Another talented social scientist has joined our team of researchers, and we’re thrilled to have her on board. Eileen Bevis, a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Chicago, became our newest Research Analyst last week. She’s diving into Slover Linett full-time while (somehow!) continuing her studies.

Read more about Eileen here and here. And stay tuned for more information about our other new hire, Amy Barr...

Future of classical music
If you’re in Chicago on April 20, join us for a conversation with Greg Sandow, one of the most important voices on the future of classical music. We invited Greg to Chicago for two events, a breakfast talk for music and arts professionals, and a lunchtime workshop with students and faculty sponsored by the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago. Read more »

Digging into data
We’ve just posted the presentation we used at the Arts & Business Council workshop on data mining on March 30. Some 45 Chicago-area cultural managers attended. And for the rest of you, we’re happy to talk about how analyzing your database can help you understand your audiences and donors.

Innovation is and isn’t...
Thanks for your great responses to our March CultureQ question about innovation. Read our summary of your thoughtful input here. And take a moment to weigh in on transformative technology in this month’s edition.

New projects
We’re proud of the new additions to our client list in recent weeks, including the American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Merit School of Music. You'll see more about those projects in future issues of this newsletter.

Thanks for reading Re:search, and let us know how we can help your higher ed institution or arts & culture organization.

— Your friends at Slover Linett

What's New?
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 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 28, 2010

A tasty brew of experiences at “Science Storms,” with no eco-agenda on the side

My last post was about Edward Rothstein’s Times piece on the state of science museums, “The Thrill of Science, Tamed by Agendas.” Today, a few words (and pictures) about MSI Chicago’s new $34 million permanent exhibit, which I'll bet Rothstein is going to love. More »
March 12, 2010

The big picture on arts participation is now officially fuzzy

When you factor in personal art-making and participation in alternative, informal art forms, are the arts as a category occupying a smaller or larger share of America’s hearts and minds? The answer may depend on how we define “arts.” More »

Slover Linett is a research & assessment firm for the cultural sector, broadly defined. From art museums to dance companies to zoos, we help institutions become more successful by understanding their audiences. We do it through rigorous research and evaluation...More »

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