It’s not a word we use loosely. Unlike some consultancies, we’re not a virtual collection of freelancers; we’re a team in every sense. We collaborate intensively on all our projects, weaving multiple perspectives, disciplines, and backgrounds together for a richer research fabric. In our Chicago office, the hum you hear is curiosity — our shared quest to understand how cultural engagement works and what it does for people, places, and communities.


Jen Benoit-Bryan, PhD

Vice President & Co-Director of Research

Nancy Plaskett

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Tanya Treptow, PhD

Vice President & Co-Director of Research

Ashley Ann Wolfe

Communications & Operations Manager

Consultants & Advisors

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Thank you to Sarah & Miranda of the @NightMinistry for a great lunch & learn last week! Check out the work they do to assist those who struggle with #homelessness in Chicago & how you can support their mission:

“It’s never art for art’s sake," it's for activism, community, #resilience: @YoYo_Ma @HarvardHBS last week. Great to hear him & @nyphil praise our friend @guptaviolin & @Street_Symphony for their deeply human use of #classicalmusic in #LA. #socialchange

Yo-Yo Ma Pairs Music and Social Justice in Harvard Business School Panel

World-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma ’76 and President of the New York Philharmonic Deborah Borda discussed strategies for broadening public access to ...

"But what about the grandparents?" @michell86113013 muses about the potential for cultural orgs to deepen social & event engagement with this cohort: #audienceresearch #culture #babyboomers

Researcher, Madeline Smith recently enjoyed the @SimmonsLaurie "Big Camera/Little Camera" exhibit at @mcachicago, noting its exploration of gender roles, #feminism, & the post-war documentation of women. Have you visited yet?

One of the perks of working @SloverLinett is having meetings with our partners @NatureMuseum in their #butterflyhaven exhibition. Grateful for our ongoing #developmentalevaluation collaboration.

Look out, Boston, @NAEA is in town! Thanks to all who attended @tanyatreptow & Anne Manning's session on the work being done at the @nelson_atkins to better serve current & potential visitors. #audienceresearch #ArtsEd

A glimpse of #classicalmusic's ambivalent moment: revolution or ritual? @esapekkasalonen (rightly!) questions the "climb up to make yourself worthy" at the "shrine," but also rhapsodizes the "power of the ritual" in the hall. #arts @sandow @OrchLeague

Esa-Pekka Salonen will become music director of the San Francisco Symphony in 2020.

Esa-Pekka Salonen Says Tweak the Orchestra, Don‘t Blow it Up

The incoming music director of the San Francisco Symphony is an innovator but also, in the best sense, a traditionalist.

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