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.
Based in our Chicago office, Butler will work with vice president Chloe Chittick Patton, research assistant Catherine Jett, and the rest of the arts & culture team on qualitative and quantitative research projects for a wide range of cultural and informal learning organizations, from science centers and zoos to opera companies and film festivals. One of her first projects with Slover Linett will be a program evaluation for Cool Culture, a museum access organization for underserved New York families.
As a senior research associate at the Institute for Learning Innovation, Butler led a range of studies, including research measuring the impact of educational programs and materials in museums, schools, and online settings.
Before becoming a research consultant, she spent eight years at the Dallas Museum of Art in a variety of roles, including as the museum’s first manager of visitor studies and evaluation. This position allowed her to work with education, curatorial, marketing, and IT colleagues to create program and exhibition goals and develop integrated assessment methods, and to play a central role in strengthening the museum’s culture of evaluation.
While in Dallas, Butler conducted a number of evaluations for the museum’s Center for Creative Connections, an experimental and participatory learning environment that provides interactive encounters with works of art and artists.
“Sharisse is a talented researcher with unique insight into what makes cultural experiences work,” says Chittick Patton. “We’re so happy to have her on our team, and I’m excited about working with her to create new knowledge for our clients and the field.”
Butler earned a bachelor of music degree in ethnomusicology from Wheaton College; an MA in aesthetic studies from the University of Texas at Dallas; and a MTS in theological aesthetics from the Virginia Theological Seminary. She also holds a certificate in evaluation practice from George Washington University’s Evaluators Institute.
Please join us in welcoming Sharisse Butler to Slover Linett and to the Windy City. She can be reached at (773) 348-9200 x108 or by email.