What’s up with us? Here’s a mix of tweets and news posts from across our practice. If you want to get specific, use the “show only” button below.

We engineered exclusion. We can engineer its opposite. Peter Linett
August 05, 2020

In engineering circles, there’s a famous, possibly apocryphal story about a course at MIT that used to begin the same way every year. The professor shows a photo of an improbably long bridge and asks the students why the structure stands instead of falling into the waves below. Student after student offers…

What the arts can learn from social work: Part 2 of a conversation with Tom O’Connor Cory Garfin
August 04, 2020

In part one of our conversation, we talked about what the arts and cultural sector might learn from social work. In part two, we touch on some of the core values that arts and cultural organizations can deliver on to increase audience engagement and social relevance…

What the arts can learn from social work: A conversation with Tom O’Connor Cory Garfin
July 20, 2020

Cory Garfin recently had a wide-ranging conversation with Tom O’Connor, a marketing and audience development consultant for the arts and culture field, about a piece he had written called “Engaging Arts Audiences in a Time of Trauma.”

Read our new report — A national portrait of arts and museum audiences during the crisis Madeline Smith
July 07, 2020

We’re excited to announce the release this morning of key findings from our national research & strategy collaboration, Culture & Community in a Time of Crisis: A Special Edition of Culture Track…

Making racial justice even more central in our national audience study Peter Linett
June 15, 2020

When we began this national research and strategy collaboration, the “crisis” in our title was the coronavirus. Recent events have demonstrated that the actual crisis is deeper, more historical and unavoidably, irreducibly cultural…

Welcome, Melody Buyukozer Dawkins! Jen Benoit-Bryan, PhD
June 12, 2020

I’m delighted to announce that we’ve added Melody Buyukozer Dawkins, newly minted PhD, to our talented team of researchers. Melody has jumped in despite the remote-work situation and is already playing a crucial role on several projects, including our national audience & community study…

Black Lives Matter. Period. Ashley Ann Wolfe
June 01, 2020

Black Lives Matter. As social researchers for the arts, we seek to make culture more accessible, relevant, and equitable, yet recognize the privilege we carry as an organization. Today, tomorrow, and onward, we will strive to use said privilege to amplify the voices of and support those fighting on the frontlines of the war against white supremacy.

Looking forward & embracing change: Upcoming conferences & panels from Slover Linett Ashley Ann Wolfe
May 25, 2020

I am delighted to announce several upcoming virtual conferences and panels where our team will be sharing initial findings from the national study, Culture + Community in a Time of Crisis, which closed its survey last week with a staggering 120,000 + responses from folks across the country who were willing to give their time to share their needs, hopes, and expectations. Here is how to be among the first to learn the findings…

An update on the national audience & community study Madeline Smith
May 22, 2020

We are excited to share that we recently closed the first wave of our online survey for Culture & Community in a Time of Crisis: A Special COVID Edition of Culture Track. We received 120,000+ responses from museum goers and arts audiences around the U.S. who were willing to give 20 minutes of their time during these stressful days to share their situations, needs, and plans.

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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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