September 01, 2013

Slover Linett Chicago Team Adds Researcher Nnenna Okeke

We’re excited to welcome a new research professional to Slover Linett’s Chicago office. Nnenna Okeke, an experienced researcher in the midst of her doctorate in public health, joins the firm as a research analyst. She is already firmly entrenched in some ongoing qualitative and quantitative studies in arts and culture. More »
August 01, 2013

Studying Creative Placemaking Outcomes with Levitt Pavilions

Levitt Pavilions, a national nonprofit organization that partners with cities to transform neglected public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music, has selected Slover Linett to help assess the social impact of its work. The firm, in partnership with Indiana University arts management professor Joanna Workonkowicz, will be conducting a multi-year, mixed-methods study of the effects of the Levitt program in local communities. More »
July 01, 2013

Announcing Two Promotions: Sharisse Butler and Karlene Hanko Assume New Roles

We’re pleased to announce that two terrific teammates in our Chicago office have recently been promoted. Sharisse Butler, who joined the firm a year ago, has been appointed Senior Associate, a position in which she will have additional leadership responsibility and oversight of all stages of the project lifecycle. Karlene Hanko, PhD, who has been with Slover Linett for two years, has been named to the newly-created position of Senior Researcher, in which she will lead project teams in a wide variety of studies. More »
June 19, 2013

Slover Linett Boston Team Grows

We’re excited to welcome two new research professionals to Slover Linett, both of whom will be based in our Boston office. Dreolin Fleischer, an experienced evaluator now completing her doctorate in applied research methods, joins the firm as an associate. Eric LaPlant, who recently earned a master’s in museum studies, comes on board as research manager. Dreolin and Eric will work together on qualitative and quantitative studies in the arts, sciences, creative placemaking, cultural philanthropy, and other areas. More »
January 31, 2013

Special Announcement: Slover Linett’s Higher Education Practice has Joined Huron Consulting Group

We’re proud to announce that our higher education team is now part of Huron Consulting Group’s Education & Life Sciences practice. Our constituent research for colleges and universities will continue and expand under the Huron Education umbrella. Meanwhile, our audience research and evaluation practice will continue helping museums, arts organizations, and other cultural and informal learning institutions explore the future of public engagement. More »
December 07, 2012

Irvine Foundation Releases Study on Arts Innovation Fund

Slover Linett announces the publication yesterday of our report on the James Irvine Foundation’s Arts Innovation Fund, which has supported new programming, community, and artistic initiatives at some of California’s largest cultural organizations since 2006. Our report, co-authored with our frequent collaborator Nick Rabkin, explores how change and risk-taking work at today’s major arts organizations and how the 19 grantees in the program attempted to bridge ‘relevance gaps’ with audiences, communities, and artists. More »
November 12, 2012

Nicole Baltazar, PhD Joins Slover Linett’s Arts & Culture Practice

This summer, we said farewell to colleague Catherine Jett, who had been a researcher in our arts & culture team since 2009. Although we were sad to see Catherine go (and happy that she has continued to work with us part-time from afar), we are very fortunate to welcome social psychologist Nicole Baltazar, PhD as a research analyst in our Chicago office. More »
September 04, 2012

Slover Linett Setting up Shop in Boston

We’re practicing ‘pahking the cah in Hahvahd Yahd’ these days, as we make plans to open a Boston office this winter. Sarah Lee, our vice president for arts & culture, will lead the satellite location, which will expand the firm’s work with arts organizations, museums, and informal learning organizations. In the future, the office will also serve our college and university clients — because no city is more synonymous with higher education than Boston.  More »
July 12, 2012

Museum Researcher Sharisse Butler Joins Slover Linett

We are delighted to welcome Sharisse Butler to the firm as an associate in our arts & culture practice. Butler, who has worked in audience research and evaluation at the Institute for Learning Innovation and in visitor studies and education at the Dallas Museum of Art, was appointed after a national search. She will design and direct research studies to help our museum, performing arts, and other cultural clients understand their audiences and strengthen their programs. More »
July 11, 2012

LaPlaca Cohen Turns to Slover Linett for Branding Research in Theater and Architecture

We’re pleased to be supporting the work of our friends at LaPlaca Cohen, the leading strategic marketing firm for the cultural sector, with audience research for two celebrated organizations: Roundabout Theatre Company and the American Institute of Architects. Our studies are informing branding and positioning initiatives designed to broaden and deepen public engagement with these institutions' offerings.   More »
April 09, 2012

Job Opening for Higher Education Researcher

As the general election gears up, we’re all hearing that small businesses are the real job creators. We at Slover Linett are trying to do our part, this time by creating a new, mid-to-senior position on the higher education side of our practice. Know any great research professionals who live and breathe the college and university worlds? More »
March 01, 2012

Melissa Reeves to Manage Slover Linett Chicago Office

We’re pleased to welcome Melissa Reeves to the firm as our office manager. A multi-talented individual, Melissa has degrees in acting and creative writing and experience in higher education management. So she’s a natural fit at Slover Linett, and we’re delighted to have her on the team. More »
February 07, 2012

Meet Jennifer Mack, Our (Not So) New Colleague

We’ve been so busy we’re just now catching up on our own news, some of which is no longer very new. Among the most important skipped stories was the arrival of Jennifer Mack as the firm’s newest research assistant. Jennifer started back in August, bringing four years of experience in higher education administration and outstanding data skills to our Chicago-based team. More »
July 05, 2011

Presentations This Month at Dance and Museum Conferences

It’s a busy July for arts & culture presentations, with Slover Linett staff speaking at no fewer than five sessions at three different conferences: Dance/USA, the Visitor Studies Association, and the Association of Midwest Museums. Luckily for us, all three are in Chicago this year. Please let us know if you’ll be attending. More »
June 30, 2011

Karlene Hanko, PhD, Joins Slover Linett as Research Analyst

Please join us in welcoming Karlene Hanko to the Slover Linett team. Hanko, who earned her doctorate in social psychology at Cornell University, specializes in understanding everyday judgment and decision-making processes and the interplay between the individual and the social world. Hanko replaces outgoing research analyst Eileen Bevis, who is leaving to pursue her interests in comparative international research. More »
May 19, 2011

Special Announcement: New Roles, New Structure at Slover Linett

We’re excited to announce the promotion of several key members of the Slover Linett team and a new structure designed to enhance our ability to serve both higher education and arts & culture institutions. More »
May 10, 2011

Art and Science Intersect Next Week in Chicago

We’re excited about a unique conference being held on May 16 and 17 that brings together our dual interests in arts participation and informal science education. The Art of Science Learning, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, will look at how the arts can be used to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math learning and spark creativity in the 21st century American workforce. We hope to see our arts and science museum colleagues there. More »
April 28, 2011

Two New Seattle Arts Clients

We’re proud to welcome the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and On the Boards to the Slover Linett client family. Our research for both of these Seattle-based organizations is supported by grants from the Wallace Foundation. Using quantitative research methods, we'll evaluate technology initiatives that each organization is using to engage its audiences more deeply. More »
March 30, 2011

Join Us at the CultureLab Emerging Practice Seminar on April 29

CultureLab, a partnership between the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago and a consortium of leading arts consultants from the U.S., U.K., and Australia, is coming to Chicago for a public exploration of new practices in the cultural sector. Slover Linett partners Cheryl Slover-Linett and Peter Linett are proud to be members of CultureLab, and we invite you to join us for a stimulating, participatory day of ideas.
February 23, 2011

Facilitator Liz Monroe-Cook Joins the Slover Linett Team

We’re proud to announce that Liz Monroe-Cook, PhD, a consulting psychologist who specializes in group facilitation and qualitative research, is joining Slover Linett as affiliated consultant. We’ve enjoyed collaborating with Liz on recent projects in higher education and the cultural sector, and this affiliation makes the partnership “official.” More »
February 17, 2011

We’re Hiring: Help Spread the Word

With so many exciting new projects underway, we’re happy to announce that Team Slover Linett is growing again. We’re currently interviewing for two new research and assessment professionals: one research analyst and one research assistant. We’ve already received some great referrals and resumes, but if someone you know fits the bill, please point them in our direction. Here’s the low-down on each of the open positions. More »
February 16, 2011

Welcome, Caleb! (No, he’s not a new hire)

We are very happy to announce the birth of Caleb Patton, son of our colleague Chloe Chittick Patton. Caleb, who was born on January 8, paid his first visit to the office this week, a festive occasion for everyone (except Caleb, who slept). We are all thrilled for Chloe and her husband, Andy, as they welcome their first child into their family. More »
January 27, 2011

Participation: It’s In the Air These Days

Participatory engagement in the arts and culture was a front-burner topic this month at Slover Linett. Here in Chicago, we co-sponsored a talk by Nina Simon, author of The Participatory Museum, to an audience of 130 museum professionals, funders, and consultants. Online, Cheryl Slover-Linett helped Alan Brown present a webinar on participatory cultural practice. More »
January 19, 2011

Slover Linett to Conduct Chicago Public Schools Arts Education Survey

The Chicago Community Trust, an organization that leads and inspires philanthropic efforts to improve the quality of life and prosperity of the Chicago region, has helped rally the arts sector around arts education in the Chicago Public Schools. Slover Linett recently began working with The Trust and several of its grantees to assess the breadth and depth of education programming provided by arts organizations to Chicago Public Schools students and teachers. More »
December 21, 2010

Harris Theater for Music and Dance Turns to Slover Linett for Patron Research

We’re proud to welcome one of the leading presenters and champions of the arts in Chicago, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, to the Slover Linett client family. We will be working with the theater to help it more deeply understand and engage its multiple audiences. More »
December 20, 2010

Greg Sandow Named Culture Kettle’s First “Innovator in Residence”

Culture Kettle L3C, the new experimental research and programming organization, is proud to announce that New York-based composer, author, and consultant Greg Sandow will be the organization’s inaugural Innovator in Residence. Sandow will work with Culture Kettle to create new knowledge about classical music audiences and explore new ways of connecting them to the art form. More »
November 22, 2010

Northwestern University’s Rachelle L. Brooks Named a Research Fellow at Slover Linett

We’re proud to announce that Rachelle L. Brooks, a nationally recognized leader in outcomes assessment in higher education, is joining our team as an affiliated researcher. Dr. Brooks will collaborate with the firm on student, prospect, and alumni studies and extend our ability to serve colleges and universities through outcomes assessment. More »
November 11, 2010

Chloe Chittick Patton and Sarah Lee to Present at National Arts Marketing Project Conference

Two of our senior associates head to San Jose, California this weekend to present at the National Arts Marketing Project Conference, an annual gathering sponsored by Americans for the Arts. Chloe Chittick Patton and Sarah Lee will share tools we’ve used to help arts organizations and museums better understand and engage their audiences. More »
October 28, 2010

New Center for Research and Innovation in the Culture Sector — Introducing Culture Kettle

Slover Linett is co-founding a not-for-profit enterprise to conduct exploratory research and foster programmatic innovation in the arts and the public sciences and humanities. The new organization, Culture Kettle, will be an “R&D” center working to broaden our understanding of how people do — and could — engage with cultural content, from symphonies to science exhibits. More »
October 14, 2010

Meet Chloe Chittick Patton in Los Angeles at the Arts Reach Conference

Slover Linett’s senior associate for the performing arts, Chloe Chittick Patton, will be in Los Angeles for the fifth annual Arts Reach National Arts Marketing and Development Conference on October 22nd and 23rd. She looks forward to talking about audiences, donors, and research with colleagues from around the country. More »
October 13, 2010

Peter Linett on Panel at Grantmakers in the Arts Conference

Next Wednesday, October 20, Slover Linett partner Peter Linett will co-present at the 2010 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference in Chicago. He will be part of a panel discussion entitled “Are the Arts Gaining or Losing Ground in America Today?” More »
August 24, 2010

We Welcome Aaron Trent to the Firm as Research Assistant

Aaron Trent, who recently earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago, joined the team earlier this month. He will help analyze data and develop reports for our full spectrum of cultural and higher ed clients. More »
July 22, 2010

Arts Engagement Exchange Grants Lead to New Projects

Thanks to a generous new round of grantmaking by the Arts Engagement Exchange here in Chicago, we’ll be conducting additional research for a favorite client, TimeLine Theatre, and beginning to work with two other terrific organizations: The Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago and the statewide service and advocacy group Arts Alliance Illinois. More »
June 25, 2010

Farewell Flinner: A Colleague Heads to NYC

Join us in saying au revoir to Kate Flinner, Slover Linett’s manager of field research. Kate is moving to New York to pursue a career in museum exhibits, starting with an internship at Thinc Design, a leading exhibition design firm with clients around the world. More »
June 14, 2010

Research Fellow Michael Di Giovine Presents Heritage Management Framework at UNESCO Conference

Di Giovine, an anthropologist completing his doctorate at the University of Chicago and currently conducting research in Italy, spoke at an international conference on heritage and tourism in Quebec City, Canada earlier this month. His influential book on the “heritage-scape” had just been praised by the conference’s keynote speaker, so Di Giovine’s sessions were packed. More »
May 19, 2010

We Welcome Amy Barr to the Firm as Office Manager

Amy Barr, who recently earned a Master’s degree from George Washington University’s well-regarded museum studies program, joined the team part-time earlier this month. And not a moment too soon! More »
April 07, 2010

Greg Sandow Chicago Lecture Co-presented by Slover Linett

The firm, in partnership with the University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, will host a conversation with Sandow on April 20. Sandow is an influential commentator on the future of classical music and serves on the faculty at Julliard. More »
March 26, 2010

“Come on Eileen” — We Welcome Eileen Bevis to the Firm as a Research Analyst

After a three-month national search for an additional Research Analyst, we concluded that the ideal candidate was already near at hand. Eileen Bevis, a PhD student in sociology at the University of Chicago and a freelance analyst for Slover Linett since mid-2009, joins the team full time next week. More »
March 12, 2010

Article on Planning for Audience Research Published by National Arts Marketing Project

The two-part article by Peter Linett aims to help arts leaders ask the right questions before embarking on a research project. It was recently published on the website of the National Arts Marketing Project, a unit of Americans for the Arts. More »
March 08, 2010

Slover Linett to Lead Arts & Business Council Workshop on Using Audience Data

The March 30 session in Chicago will help arts professionals learn how to take a data-driven approach to developing marketing strategies. Registration is now open. More »
March 05, 2010

New Cultural Clients in Chicago, St. Louis

We’re proud to welcome two highly respected arts institutions to the Slover Linett family this week: the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. More »
March 04, 2010

Leading Community Music School Turns to Slover Linett

The Merit School of Music in Chicago has selected us to help with a Wallace Foundation-funded research project examining arts education decisions. More »
January 05, 2010

New Year, New Website

We're ringing in 2010 with a fresh face online. Our full-featured site and blog went live this week at More »
January 02, 2010

Peter Linett Begins Visiting Role at Cultural Policy Center

Slover Linett partner Peter Linett was recently named a Visiting Associate at the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago. More »
December 12, 2009

Capital Campaign Study Findings Presented

Managing partner Cheryl Slover-Linett presented findings from a new national study on how cultural and educational institutions plan for and fund their captial campaigns. More »
October 16, 2009

Slover-Linett Shares Insights about Delaware Arts

This weekend, Delaware's "State of the Arts" podcast and radio show will rebroadcast its August 2009 interview with Cheryl Slover-Linett about Delaware arts audiences. More »
September 12, 2009

It’s a book!

Slover Linett research fellow Michael Di Giovine recently published The Heritage-scape: UNESCO, World Heritage and Tourism. More »
September 08, 2009

Tufts Graduate Jett Joins Firm

Catherine Jett joins Slover Linett Strategies from the Rotary Foundation, becoming the firm's first Research Assistant. More »
September 07, 2009

Curtain! Online Ticketing Study Completed

Slover Linett Strategies reported findings to Chicago's nonprofit theater community about audiences' online ticketing behaviors and needs. More »

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Multiculturalism is key for creating inclusive arts experiences


Last month, Coca-Cola aired its now-famous Super Bowl ad depicting people from various racial, ethnic, and cultural groups singing “America the Beautiful” together in different languages. Among the instant outpouring of polarized reactions to this ad rang much praise for its depiction of a multicultural America. Yet the ad provoked a slew of negative responses as well. Many of the ad’s detractors questioned whether this multicultural America could ever feel as cohesive as an America whose citizens speak a common language, and therefore have taken great strides toward assimilating into a common culture.

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