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


Most of the time, we use this newsletter to announce new clients, new team members, that sort of thing. But this month, we get to tell you about the launch of a new organization: Culture Kettle, a social enterprise dedicated to creating new knowledge and fostering new practices in the arts and museum fields.

Co-founded by Peter Linett, one of the firm’s partners, and Carroll Joynes of the University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center, Culture Kettle will work to create new knowledge about audiences and how they engage — and could engage — with the arts, sciences, and humanities (the “R” in R&D), then create and test new cultural experiences for the public (the “D”).

Working with existing arts organizations and museums as well as in parallel to them, we’re hoping to widen the bandwidth of strategies that can be used to connect Americans to culture, creativity, and learning.

Of course, we can’t do it alone. If you’re interested in collaborating on a Culture Kettle program, get in touch. Read more about Culture Kettle here, and stay tuned for news of our initial projects, forthcoming website, and the naming of our first Innovator in Residence.

There’s much else going on at Slover Linett. A few of our doings and musings are shown below, but for the full picture click over to our news page and blog (where we welcome your comments anytime).

-- The Slover Linett team

What's New?
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 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 26, 2010

Crowdsourcing the next great science museum exhibit — Yes! (But…)

My colleague Sarah noticed this little bombshell in a recent e-newsletter from the Museum of Science, Boston: the museum is holding an Innocentive contest to dream up a large-scale science or technology exhibit. Think fast, though, because the deadline is tomorrow. More »
October 25, 2010

“Help me destroy public radio” and other lessons in postmodern fundraising

National Public Radio has poked fun at its own earnestness and nerdiness plenty in recent years. But Alec Baldwin’s new fundraising segments take the irony to a new level, putting the whole culture of public broadcasting — including us listeners — on trial. And a funny thing happens along the way. More »
October 12, 2010

Innovation, insecurity, and the real reason we need new business models

A young friend of mine who works at a major American arts institution tells a chilling story about the departmental brainstorming meetings he and his colleagues are asked to attend every few months. 'We need new ideas,' they’re told — and they come up with them. They put their heads and hearts into it. They get excited. You can feel the energy in the room. And then… 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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