Peter Linett helps cultural organizations ask smart questions about participation, relevance, and innovation, then answer those questions in partnership with their communities and audiences. His passion for understanding the “new rules” of public engagement with the arts, museums, science, and media in the 21st century has helped make Slover Linett’s research a trusted tool for exploration and growth in areas such as the reinvention of classical music, the embrace of social change by art museums, the new wave of creative science communication experiences, and other cultural domains where assumptions are evolving rapidly. As co-leader of the firm since 1999, Peter supports our Chicago-based team with guidance and vision and our clients with context and insights from across the cultural sector.
Peter is the author or co-author of research reports on a wide range of topics, including creative placemaking impacts (for the Levitt Foundation), arts innovation (for the Irvine Foundation), community engagement with controversial subjects (for the Smithsonian Human Origins Program at the National Museum of Natural History), and the role of the arts in higher education (for Cornell University and the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago). He co-organized the Evolving Culture of Science Engagement initiative at MIT in 2013 and serves on the board of the US/UK art-science organization Guerilla Science. Peter is a member of the editorial board of Curator, the museum field’s leading peer-reviewed journal, and was previously the journal’s associate editor for theory and practice; his articles and reviews have appeared regularly in its pages. He was also a founding advisory board member of the Center for the Future of Museums at the American Alliance of Museums and an affiliate of the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago, where he helped develop a national study of the building boom in arts facilities and gave several talks. Peter has been an invited speaker at conferences and symposia of the National Endowment for the Arts, Grantmakers in the Arts, Alliance for the Arts at Research Universities, League of American Orchestras, Science Festival Alliance, Association of Science & Technology Centers, Visitor Studies Association, Arts Marketing Association (UK), and the Santa Fe, NM launch of LaPlaca Cohen’s CultureTrack 2017 study.
Prior to Slover Linett, Peter worked on the for-profit side of culture, learning about storytelling, marketing, and audience engagement in positions at Warner Bros. in Burbank, CA and HBO in New York City. A humanities nerd by background, he earned his undergraduate degree in music at Yale University and pursued graduate coursework in philosophy of art at the University of Chicago. Peter loves hiking, camping, and playing guitar with friends who have better singing voices. He splits his time between Santa Fe and Chicago.