Project team & advisors

Slover Linett is honored to serve as the research lead for the Culture + Community initiative, working closely with strategy and activation lead LaPlaca Cohen (whose Culture Track study has been a valued resource to the field since 2001) and with equity and transformation experts Yancey Consulting.

Other team members include equitable research & evaluation consultants Katrina Bledsoe, PhD and Ciara Knight, the survey sampling and statistical experts at NORC at the University of Chicago, and expert advisors who offered perspective and guidance in all three research phases.

Collaborating organizations

Slover Linett is a social research firm for the cultural sector, broadly defined... Visit site

Yancey Consulting is an organizational and leadership development consulting firm committed to equitable social impacts and transformation... Visit site

LaPlaca Cohen is a strategy and marketing firm for the cultural sector and producers of Culture Track... Visit site

  • Diane Jean-Mary
  • Arthur Cohen
  • Michael Crowley
  • Rob Hansen
  • Sunny Leerasanthanah
  • Aja Johnson
  • Jennifer Jin
  • Elizabeth Misitano

NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data to guide critical decisions... Visit site

Project Advisors


Qualitative study advisors/interviewees


Qualitative study partners


Wave 2 National Survey

Sector Experts:

  • Roberto Bedoya

    cultural affairs manager for the city of Oakland, CA

  • Asima Jansveld

    vice president, The High Line Network

  • Tobi Parks

    board member, National Independent Venues Association (NIVA) and owner of xBk, a music venue in Des Moines, IA

  • Lori Pourier

    president, First People’s Fund

  • Omari Rush

    executive director, CultureSource (Detroit)

  • Mimosa Shah

    former adult programs librarian, Skokie Public Library, currently graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign School of Information Sciences

  • Esther Washington

    director of education at the National Museum of African American History & Culture, Smithsonian Institution

Research Experts:

  • Zahava Doering, PhD

    senior social scientist, formerly Smithsonian Institution, currently Thinc Design

  • Zannie Voss

    director of SMU DataArts and professor of arts management and arts entrepreneurship, Southern Methodist University

  • Brady West, PhD

    professor in the point program in survey methodology, University of Michigan


Wave 1 national survey advisors

Sector Experts:

Research Experts:

  • Johanna Blakley, PhD

    managing director, Norman Lear Center at USC Annenberg

  • Zahava Doering, PhD

    sociologist and former senior social scientist, Smithsonian Institution

  • Colm O'Muircheartaigh, PhD

    senior fellow, NORC & the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago

  • Zannie Voss

    director, SMU Data Arts and professor of arts management and arts entrepreneurship, Southern Methodist University