By: Team Slover Linett

February 01, 2022

Americans value arts & culture organizations more. But many want them to change.


The whole team at Slover Linett, along with our wonderful collaborators and funders, are delighted to share a new report, “Rethinking Relevance, Rebuilding Engagement.” It’s a culminating analysis from our pandemic-era, equity-focused research study of arts and culture participants and the broader American public, represented by more than 75,000 survey respondents across the U.S. — many of them reached via the 500+ cultural organizations of all types and sizes that participated in Wave 2.

Co-authored by Jen Benoit-Bryan, PhDMadeline Smith, MA, and Peter Linett of Slover Linett, this report is part of our broader Culture + Community in a Time of Transformation: A Special Edition of Culture Track collaboration with LaPlaca Cohen and Yancey Consulting. The 2021 phases of the research have been funded by the Wallace FoundationBarr FoundationWilliam Penn FoundationAroha Philanthropies, and the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, with crucial in-kind support from Forsta. We couldn’t be more grateful to all of those partners and funders!

Click here or the image below to view and download the free report.

The report includes rich analysis and strategic reflections to inform the work of changemakers across the field — arts and museum leaders, artists and activists, funders and policymakers, and other practitioners working in, with, and for their communities. It explores the dynamics of race and identity in cultural engagement, the roles Americans want arts and culture organizations to play in social change, perceptions of systemic racism in our field, and how digital engagement with arts and culture has been changing as the pandemic persisted.

And don’t miss the visionary foreword by poet and social-impact leader Marc Bamuthi Joseph. (Thank you, Bamuthi!)

The kinds of change that Americans want to see at arts & culture organizations are explored on page 34 of the report.

We look forward to hearing from you about how this research helps activate and advance arts, culture, and community enterprises working toward well-being, connection, justice, and transformation. Please email the research team at

Join the conversation online using #CCTTstudy and #CultureTrack, and visit both project sites for more information and previous reports.

Stay tuned for Culture Track’s summary of strategic implications from the recent qualitative phase of Culture + Community, coming next month!

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