We’re a social research firm for the cultural sector.

We use rigorous research & evaluation methods to shine new light on how people connect to the arts, museums, media, science, stories, ideas, creativity, and community. And how they could connect.

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The research has the capacity to be transformational for the O’Keeffe Museum. Slover Linett took the time to listen, understand our needs, and integrate their work with another consultant team… As a result, the staff is eager to develop and implement experimental programs to attract and retain new audiences. Peter and his team are not only experts in audience research; they are experienced, thoughtful, and sophisticated partners who are willing to think with my team.”

Robert A. Kret

Former Director, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

News & Notes

Around our table: Podcast & blog recommendations from the Slover Linett team
Ashley Ann Wolfe
January 28, 2020

At Slover Linett, we gather inspiration from myriad, and sometimes surprising places—from online publications, blogs, and podcasts—some of which are rooted in cultural research and some just because. Our tastes and interests are varied, and it sure does make for interesting conversation and debate when we gather ‘round the table each week for our Staff meetings! And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Growing our team…and looking outside the box: Two great positions open
Ashley Ann Wolfe
January 22, 2020

We’re eager to hear from people who may not already be in the arts & culture world, and who can help that world see itself through fresh eyes. Researchers from a wide range of backgrounds and social-science disciplines. Bilingual Spanish speakers. People who are great at working with historically marginalized communities.

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Human-centered research, arts & culture style
Tanya Treptow, PhD
January 02, 2020

At Slover Linett, our team includes social scientists and strategists from a wide range of disciplines, such as psychology, anthropology, public policy, human-centered design, and arts administration. Because of our kaleidoscope of backgrounds, we get to push each other to think creatively about unusual combinations of research methods to meet our cultural clients’ goals.

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New folk music research + cool conference alerts: Slover Linett December news
Team Slover Linett
December 18, 2019

We’re delighted to announce the publication of new findings about an art-form we love but haven’t had the opportunity to research before: folk music. Too often, the informal, vernacular arts fly below the radar of researchers, funders, and policymakers. But they’re as vital to culture and community as any classical tradition or formal arts institution. So we were excited to work with the talented team at Folk Alliance International…

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Talking community engagement with future museum leaders
Nancy Plaskett
December 09, 2019

I was honored to recently participate as a guest speaker, on behalf of Slover Linett Audience Research, during Meena Selvakumar’s Community Engagement course—where students develop an understanding of the theory and practice of community engagement to help museums become agents of change in their communities—as part of the University of Washington’s Museology program.

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2. Laughter isn't the opposite of seriousness; it's the most profound way to get serious about something. And it opens the doors wider.

"...giggle your way in. It's not the normal way to do it, but if you can, you bring a much bigger group."

Two deep lessons about public engagement from @rkrulwich, looking back on 15 years co-hosting @Radiolab:

1. What really draws people in isn't mostly the "content"; it's the human warmth and joy of the hosts. ("When two people are having real fun, it's sort of like a warm fire.")

Like I’ve been saying... Love what you’re stirring in the #classicalmusic pot, Aubrey. And I would add: human-centered research is a crucial element of the experimentation process - how we learn with (not just about) #audiences.

Twitter feed video.Like I’ve been saying... Love what you’re stirring in the #classicalmusic pot, Aubrey. And I would add: human-centered research is a crucial element of the experimentation process - how we learn with (not just about) #audiences.
Aubrey Bergauer@AubreyBergauer

I get asked all the time about what we can change in orchestra administration culture, and my answer is always the same.

Embrace experimentation.

If we focus too much on short term goals, we don't try new things, leaving bold ideas on the table that could deliver huge results.

#ICYMI: Check out this stunning sketch animation by @ATJCagan from last week's #AAASmtg session on millennial science engagement, featuring @jenbenoitbryan & @TheGeoffHunt.

cc: @PLinett @MeetAScientist @labxNAS

Twitter feed video.#ICYMI: Check out this stunning sketch animation by @ATJCagan from last week's #AAASmtg session on millennial science engagement, featuring @jenbenoitbryan & @TheGeoffHunt. 

cc: @PLinett @MeetAScientist @labxNAS
Alex Cagan@ATJCagan

In the interest of open data and methods sharing - here’s the whole process! Impressions from a session on communicating science to millennials #AAASmtg

Both quotes from the recent episode in which @JadAbumrad movingly interviews Robert on his retirement from the show: (My transcription, meant as tribute to Jad's tribute.)

And both points wholly in line with our research with #culture & #arts audiences.

The Bobbys | Radiolab | WNYC Studios

An award show you’ve never heard of before.

www.wnycstudios.org

2. Laughter isn't the opposite of seriousness; it's the most profound way to get serious about something. And it opens the doors wider.

"...giggle your way in. It's not the normal way to do it, but if you can, you bring a much bigger group."

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