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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

Mini-post: Can we stop calling small, community-centered cultural orgs “scrappy”?
Peter Linett
March 31, 2023

A few days ago I shared a point on LinkedIn that has gotten a fair amount of affirmation and attention (at least, by my humble standards). So I thought I’d share it here, along with a few of the comments…

Special staffing announcement: An evolution in our leadership
Research Team @ Slover Linett
March 29, 2023

We’re full of mixed emotions today as we share the news that Jen Benoit-Bryan, Slover Linett’s president, will be moving on to a wonderful new position…

Some project milestones around here, as we learn from, about & with communities
Research Team @ Slover Linett
March 27, 2023

As we shared in our March newsletter, some project milestones in our community research work around arts & culture sector, all in the hope of advancing equity.

Celebrating the promotion of Madeline Smith to vice president—and to our leadership team!
Jen Benoit-Bryan, PhD
March 24, 2023

Madeline Smith’s career at Slover Linett is unique in the range of roles she’s held and the depth of experience she’s gained across eight pivotal years with us. So I’m delighted to announce her well-earned promotion to vice president. As VP, Madeline will continue to direct projects and will join the firm’s management circle…

Community as full partner in the inquiry
Peter Linett
March 20, 2023

Riffing on a point made by Kyle Bowen of Museums as Progress, some thoughts about how cultural organizations can see their communities not just in terms of needs — the holes and gaps in the latticework — but in terms of assets: the connective tissue of place, relationships, creativity, culture, history, and vision that that holds the whole thing together…

Four takeaways from the IMLS museum leadership gathering
Peter Linett
March 14, 2023

A few weeks ago I was in DC for a gathering of a hundred or so leaders from around the museum field, organized by the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services. I’d been invited to join a keynote conversation with IMLS’s director, Crosby Kemper, and Zannie Voss, director of SMU DataArts. Here are a few thoughts and observations from those two days…


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