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Building Capacity for Audience Research

Alan Brown offers his reflections on the Audience Research Collaborative, an initiative of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Performing Arts Program. more>>

Sign up for Tom Wolf's Free Online Fundraising Course for Philanthropy University

Tom Wolf will continue to serve as part of the inaugural group of instructors for Philanthropy University this year. Additional sessions of his fundraising course are scheduled throughout 2016. Enroll now to participate. more>>

Evaluating the Detroit Symphony's webcasts into classrooms

An intensive focus on evaluation will surround the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s “DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition" webcast program on April 28. Sean Fenton, Alan Brown and affiliated researcher Brian Kisida will be on-site in Detroit leading a series of focus groups, classroom observations, and an expert panel. more>>

Chorus America to Release Major Study of Audiences for Choral Concerts

On June 17, 2016, Alan Brown will present results of a new study of audiences for choral music concerts at the annual conference of Chorus America in Cincinnati, Ohio. Twenty-three choirs from across North America participated in the project to systematically collect audience feedback and Intrinsic Impact survey data from their audiences over two years. more>>
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No. 31 | published 2013
Investing In the Long View 
How do we know the arts matter? Where is the added value? What is the evidence that investing in the arts has an impact? These are questions that arts presenters, administrators, and artists and performers working in the public sector are pressed to answer daily more >>

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Building Capacity for Audience Research
In 2012, the Performing Arts Program of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation extended an invitation to a group of its grantees to participate in a multi-year program to build capacity for audience research. Over a period of two and a half years, a WolfBrown team led by Rebecca Ratzkin provided customized technical assistance to 46 grantees. Building Capacity for Audience Research candidly distills lessons learned from the ARC initiative for other funders who'd contemplate investing in the capacity of their grantees to gather and interpret audience data. more >>

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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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