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News, Announcements, and Current Projects

Alan Brown Speaks About Audience Feedback and Artistic Reflection on the New Podcast "Theory of Creativity"
We are thrilled to share the first podcast in Patternmakers' new series, "Theory of Creativity." In this episode, Alan Brown joins Tandi Williams, Managing Director at Patternmakers and Wendy Were, Executive Director, Strategic Development and Advocacy at the Australia Council for a discussion of audience engagement, impact assessment, the role of arts funders and much more.


The Canada Council for the Arts Releases a New Qualitative Impact Framework Designed by WolfBrown and James Doeser
Across many developed economies, there is a drive to measure the impact generated by the arts. Governments wish to measure the impacts of their investments, funders seek to spend finite resources in the most appropriate ways, and artists and cultural organizations want to understand and maximize the impact of their work on communities. In late 2017, the Canada Council for the Arts contracted WolfBrown to develop a framework for measuring the intrinsic impacts generated by the Council’s funding.


Happy Holidays from WolfBrown
Season's greetings from all of us at WolfBrown! Once again, we asked the WolfBrown team to reflect on a particularly memorable cultural experience from the last year to share with our readers. From experiencing the arts through the eyes of children to seeing productions that spark conversations months later, you'll find just a few of the experiences that stood out in this holiday issue.

Happy holidays, and best wishes for a wonderful 2020!


December Issue of On Our Minds Features Alan Brown, Steven Holochwost, and Megan Friel
This issue features learnings from focus groups on music with coders, thoughts on making the case for arts education for children, and a reflection on an exhibition on Charles and Ray Eames.


November Issue of On Our Minds Features John Carnwath, Dr. Thomas Wolf, and Jane Culbert
This issue features a reflection on the City Museum, a discussion of the National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network, and a consideration of the changes small regional organizations undergo as they grow. 


New Special Issue of On Our Minds Reflects on Leadership Retreats
This past summer, the Cambridge office of WolfBrown together with our colleague, Stanford Thompson, experimented with a three-day workshop designed as a deep dive into the skills needed by a next generation of arts and cultural leaders. 


Steven Holochwost Presents at the 2019 Arts Education Partnership Annual Convening
Steven Holochwost and Carina Del Rosario presented a session titled "Enhancing Outcomes Among Special Education Students: The Highline Creative Schools Initiative" at the 2019 Arts Education Partnership Annual Convening.

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California Assembly Bill 5 and Worker Misclassification: Their Effects on Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations
Victoria Plettner-Saunders worked with San Diego employment attorney Arlene Yang to write a white paper outlining California Assembly Bill 5 and its impact on arts organizations.  more >>
Qualitative Impact Framework
The Canada Council for the Arts commissioned Alan Brown, John Carnwath, and James Doeser to create a custom framework to suit the complexity of the Canadian arts ecology.
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Teaching Artist Companion to Aesthetic Perspectives
A new publication developed by Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts, in collaboration with WolfBrown more >>
Liberating Academic Mindsets Through Culturally Responsive Arts Integration
A new report on Arts Corps' Highline Creative Schools Initiative by WolfBrown and MEMconsultants
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Making Music, Promoting Development: The Power of Practice
A chapter by Dennie Palmer Wolf, Steven Holochwost, and Judith Hill Bose in the new volume, Music Learning As Youth Development.
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Of questions and canyons
Dennie Palmer Wolf's essay is one of 15 essays published in The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching. This collection of essays explores questions about education stimulated by the remarkable pre-schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. more >>
Four Keys to Cultivating a Donor
Featured in Guidestar's October 2015 newsletter, this article by Dr. Thomas Wolf discusses four key concepts for successful donor cultivation. more >>

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No. 32 | published 2017
Deserving of Trust: Helping A Nonprofit Board Toward Good Governance
Good governance starts with accurate self-diagnosis. How is this done? Who does it? Who has the credibility to convince the majority of board members that such actions are necessary? These questions and more are explored in the latest volume of Sounding Board.  more >>
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