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

A new report from @LaPlacaCohen and @SloverLinett sheds light on the major racial disparities of cultural audiences and the urgent need to be more responsive to its various communities, particularly during this time of crisis. http://ow.ly/aU7150Av3zi

“There’s a difference between proscenium performance and community action.”

I'm very grateful to have listened in on a conversation with @bamuthi, @KenCenPrez, and myriad artists and partners about this system of Social Impact just announced at @kencen. Details below: https://twitter.com/kencen/status/1281277745134256128

Twitter feed video.“There’s a difference between proscenium performance and community action.” 
 
I'm very grateful to have listened in on a conversation with @bamuthi, @KenCenPrez, and myriad artists and partners about this system of Social Impact just announced at @kencen. Details below: https://t.co/rONzLxYgyG
The Kennedy Center@kencen

"If racism is structural, then anti-racism also must be structural."—@bamuthi

Today, we announce a system of Social Impact that we commit to growing as your nation's cultural center.

Learn more about our eight areas of work ➡ http://bit.ly/KCSocialImpact

"Culture & Community in a Time of Crisis: A Special Edition of Culture Track" is a new study that aims to shed light on how arts and culture organizations can address the hopes, fears, and needs of Americans during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

@steamworkgroup @LaPlacaCohen Happy to report that *now* the email requirement has been removed; thank you for your feedback and patience!

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