We work with cultural producers and providers. But we never forget that, in the long run, we work for cultural consumers, participants, and communities.

We bring a healthy skepticism about the assumptions that have long shaped practice in the arts, museums, science communication, public media, and other corners of culture. What got you here won’t get you where you need to go next. That’s why we’ve earned a reputation for helping forward-looking practitioners challenge and update those assumptions through clear-eyed research and evaluation.

Our Mission

To help the cultural sector, broadly defined, understand its participants and communities, experiment with new strategies for engagement, and connect more deeply to more—and more diverse—people.

Our Vision

A world where culture belongs to everyone, inclusively and equitably. Where relevance is built in partnership with communities and audiences. And where social research & evaluation open a conversation between institutions and audiences about new possibilities.

Our Values

Curiosity.

This is what fuels our research—a hunger to learn more and a humility about what we think we’ve already learned. Inquiry is a journey, not a spot on the map.

Collaboration.

We’re all about thought-partnership, both with each other at the firm and with our clients and colleagues around the field. We’re all in this together.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Because culture is stronger and more creative in itself and a more powerful tool for social change when it welcomes difference and diversity. And we’re a stronger firm when we do the same.

Rigor and integrity.

As researchers, our job is to provide an independent, empirical view: methodologically rigorous, critical when necessary, and candidly conveyed. (If that’s not your cup of tea, we’re not the right firm.)

Co-creation with communities.

We see research and evaluation as paving stones on the two-way street of engagement. We use co-creative techniques to not just understand audiences and communities but also empower them and tap their creativity and vision.

Field-building and sharing.

Whenever possible, we share—and encourage our clients to share—research findings and strategic lessons with the wider field. And we do mean “wider”: our broad definition of culture means that learning cross-pollinates from one community-of-practice to another.

These are not just data-points in a graph, they’re real people living in real, complicated communities. I love that the museums and arts organizations we work with–really all our clients–want us to channel those people’s voices in our research. It’s a practice in empathy that’s built into the process…”

Cory Garfin

Project Director, Slover Linett

Latest Tweets

"It’s not hard to observe an increasingly toxic divide between theatre artists & critics; can a new publication called @3viewstheater change all that?" @RobKendt chats w/ Sarah Ruhl & Julia Jordan about their journal aimed at diversifying theatre criticism:

Can 3Views Change Theatre Criticism?

Coming this fall: a new artist-driven online journal from the Lillys that aims to widen and diversify the discourse.

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Love what our friends at https://t.co/C9Z7NixFEd are doing w @RISDMuseum: install a browser add-in and you can see how their invited, outsider "critics" have layered their perspectives onto the conventions & assumptions of the #museum website https://t.co/E4Rz5iVBXX @OFBYFOR_ALL

"SISTRRRRS?" Regarding identity & labeling, we can all stand to learn from what @quiarahudes & Gabriela Sanchez have to say about society's "insatiable need for cultural clarity". "We're sisters. Period." #TCG19 cc: @PowerStreet12 @SloverLinett @AmericanTheatre

"What if their #creativity, sense of mission, & understanding of #art were part of the conversation? Wouldn’t they make visitors’ experiences more meaningful & relevant?" Madeline Smith shares her take on @Slate's "Working" podcast with @MuseumModernArt:

Slate’s “Working” Podcast: Behind the scenes at MoMA with the people who do the work | Slover Linett

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