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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

Scaling up: Behind the scenes of CCTC
Matthew Jenetopulos
November 18, 2020

Most of what we’ve shared about the national study that we’re co-leading with our colleagues at LaPlaca Cohen, Culture and Community in a Time of Crisis, has been focused on research findings; in this post we’d like to provide a different perspective on the work—a behind-the-scenes view of the research process itself.

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Capturing every signal: Why polls matter
Michelle Ernst, PhD
November 02, 2020

Like many people across the country I am finding myself refreshing the FiveThirtyEight website multiple times a day and squinting to extract as much meaning from the numbers as I can. I love the simple probabilistic topline—Biden wins the election in x out of every 100 scenarios—but I am even more intrigued by the snake chart with every state ordered by probability and a clearly demarcated tipping point…

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Botanical Gardens in a time of crisis: Highlights from our recent webinar
Jen Benoit-Bryan, PhD
October 05, 2020

Last week we co-hosted a webinar with the Morton Arboretum that focused on the unique thoughts, behaviors, attitudes, and needs of botanical garden attenders compared to the nationally representative sample of respondents to the Culture and Community in a Time of Crisis survey research…

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What the arts can learn from social work: Part 3 of a conversation with Tom O’Connor
Cory Garfin
September 01, 2020

This is the third and final installment of my conversation with Tom O’Connor.” In the previous excerpt, we left off talking about the benefits of having systems-thinking leadership during times of change and, as Tom put it, potential redemption for a field that is coming to terms with its own complicity in longstanding systemic inequities…

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We engineered exclusion. We can engineer its opposite.
Peter Linett
August 05, 2020

In engineering circles, there’s a famous, possibly apocryphal story about a course at MIT that used to begin the same way every year. The professor shows a photo of an improbably long bridge and asks the students why the structure stands instead of falling into the waves below. Student after student offers…

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What the arts can learn from social work: Part 2 of a conversation with Tom O’Connor
Cory Garfin
August 04, 2020

In part one of our conversation, we talked about what the arts and cultural sector might learn from social work. In part two, we touch on some of the core values that arts and cultural organizations can deliver on to increase audience engagement and social relevance…

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Thoughts on orchestras after the pandemic

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Wonderful to call for challenging racial injustice & rethinking the "canonic European...past." But we'll need to keep peeling, because "classical music" & "orchestra" are culturally specific categories that only pretend to universality. They come from a place (Europe) and time.

Our #artsactivism friends working with & through #arts toward community, healing & justice will find Simon Woods' @OrchLeague manifesto tepid & inward, even as the #classicalmusic world finds it naively, bewilderingly progressive. Sigh.

#forkintheroad

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Thoughts on orchestras after the pandemic

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@artfulmanager Yes, exactly! We're part of an NSF proposal for some Twitch research, but that's on the science side of our practice (#sciengage, #scicomm). So I echo your question about #arts orgs, #musicians and #museums. A search of Twitch channels doesn't yield much. Anyone?

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