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Botanical Gardens in a time of crisis: Highlights from our recent webinar Jen Benoit-Bryan, PhD
October 05, 2020

Last week we co-hosted a webinar with the Morton Arboretum that focused on the unique thoughts, behaviors, attitudes, and needs of botanical garden attenders compared to the nationally representative sample of respondents to the Culture and Community in a Time of Crisis survey research…

What the arts can learn from social work: Part 3 of a conversation with Tom O’Connor Cory Garfin
September 01, 2020

This is the third and final installment of my conversation with Tom O’Connor.” In the previous excerpt, we left off talking about the benefits of having systems-thinking leadership during times of change and, as Tom put it, potential redemption for a field that is coming to terms with its own complicity in longstanding systemic inequities…

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.

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In Chicago, we are located on the homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, & Potawatomi Nations. Many other tribes such as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, & Fox also called this area home.

Today, & all days, we honor their history & contributions.

Shouting out every museum + cultural worker around the globe working hard to shape change, expand our narratives, and practice community care. We don't celebrate our work, our intellectual labor, our victories, or ourselves nearly as much as we should. #MuseumWorkersChangeAgents

Thanks for joining us last week for our conversation with @MortonArboretum about the needs of botanical gardens & their communities during pandemic times.

For those who were unable to attend or if you just can't get enough, the webinar is now available!

Our country is on fire. Can social research help?

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