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.
Lee, a New Hampshire native, Harvard alumna, and a nine-year member of the Slover Linett team, felt the pull of Boston for both personal and professional reasons. She will be based in Boston starting in October, 2012 and begin hiring researchers for the new office in early 2013. Lee will continue to direct the firm’s museum and arts practice, including staff and projects based in Chicago. (Chloe Chittick Patton, also a vice president, will continue to be based in Chicago and lead many culture projects.)
Although the firm’s founders, Cheryl Slover-Linett and Peter Linett, moved their primary residence to Santa Fe a year ago, the firm remains based in Chicago and has never operated an ‘official’ office outside the Windy City.
“This is an important first for us,” says chairman & chief idea officer Linett, “and we were delighted when Sarah suggested Boston. There’s so much innovation and excellence there, from world-renowned universities to startup science engagement programs, and of course a visual and performing arts scene that’s incredibly well-supported.”
Lee is eager to make the move and looks forward to getting to know new colleagues in New England while maintaining active relationships with Chicago clients and colleagues. “It’s truly the best of both worlds: I’ll be flying back to Chicago often, to continue working face to face with the outstanding cultural community here,” she notes. “And I also get to reacquaint myself with the great arts and culture institutions that I grew up with. I couldn’t be more excited.”
Our search for new research staff in Boston (and similar positions in Chicago) is already in progress. Scouting for office space will begin soon, and the smart money is on Cambridge.
If you work in museums or the arts in the Boston area, be sure to introduce yourself; we’ll put you on the list for our not-quite-grand opening reception this winter.
For more information, please contact Sarah Lee by email or by calling (773) 348-9200 x104.