What if there were a team of social researchers—people with serious chops, from disciplines like anthropology, psychology, and public policy—who also understood the arts, museums, science engagement, and the rest of the cultural sector? What if they were passionate about helping that sector not just succeed, but change?

That’s us.

At Slover Linett, we’re all about using the tools of research, evaluation, community dialogue, and experience design to help cultural organizations become more inclusive, innovative, and relevant. For more than twenty years, we’ve been learning how to meld empirical rigor with generative techniques that tap the imagination of the community. How to cross-pollinate ideas from symphonies to science centers, podcasts to parks. How to help cultural leaders take a fresh look at the experiences they offer, the communities they serve, and the power of culture to spark personal and social change.

Applying rigorous methodological tools to immediate and urgent questions that cultural leaders are grappling with—that’s what I love about my work at Slover Linett. Coming from an academic background, it’s great to be able to inform and shape real-world actions.”

Jen Benoit-Bryan, PhD

Vice President & Co-Director of Research, Slover Linett

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Such contrast across the fold in today's (paper) @nytimesarts section: harpist & rapper pieces.

One technical, historical, jargony, individualist, serious.

One culturally embedded, vernacular, social/familial, funny, political.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/13/arts/music/tobe-nwigwe-breonna-taylor.html #ClassicalMusic #arts

To get to real equity, we need to move beyond "access" to "intentional welcome": the palpable, overt kind.

And safety, on multiple levels.

Great to hear @mslynnross on this panel.

Rich questions about identification and attachment with communities & places. Listening to #liveaturban's webinar about new @urbaninstitute research on "Community Ties" for @knightfdn.

Loose ties - also important to understand in #creativeplacemaking and in the #arts generally.

Hearing this too often from #communityengagement & #education staff at #arts & culture orgs. Including many who are, not coincidentally, no longer at those orgs.

"We had free rein & affirmation from leadership...until we tried to make this work central rather than marginal."

It’s here! My #MuseumsAreNotNeutral mug, proceeds supporting @MuseumWorkers
Get yours (or a shirt, maybe?) here: https://www.bonfire.com/museums-are-not-neutral/ cc: @SloverLinett

To get to real equity, we need to move beyond "access" to "intentional welcome": the palpable, overt kind.

And safety, on multiple levels.

Great to hear @mslynnross on this panel.

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