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The Socioemotional Benefits of the Arts: A New Mandate for Arts Education

New research, commissioned by the William Penn Foundation and conducted by WolfBrown and Johns Hopkins University, examines the impact and potential benefits of the arts on students and suggests that participation in the arts supports the development of specific traits that can help students achieve future success. The study also explores students' engagement in school in relation to their access to arts education. more>>

Announcing a new Research Fellow at WolfBrown/Opportunity Lab

Dennie Wolf and Steven Holochwost welcome Kerry O'Grady, a visual artist, museum specialist, teacher, and researcher, as a 2017 Research Fellow. more>>

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>>

Now Available: A Collaboration Workbook, Commissioned by Heart of Brooklyn - A Cultural Partnership

Over a two-year period, six Heart of Brooklyn cultural institutions designed, pilot tested, and evaluated a process for conceiving and implementing collaborative programs that address community needs. A Collaboration Workbook distills what was learned. more>>
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Community MusicWorks: Community-Centric Concert Series Evaluation
Can classical music concerts strengthen neighborhoods? In this report, made possible by funding from ArtPlace America, Chloë Kline and Dennie Wolf examine the power of music to create and support more cohesive urban communities -- a vital role in cities that host widening gaps in wealth and opportunity. The full report is available for download here. more >>
Headline Findings from the U.S. National El Sistema Study
Longy School of Music of Bard College and WolfBrown present headline findings from the first-ever cross-site investigation of the ways in which orchestral learning affects young children's lives. In this report, we highlight key early findings, report on data collection, and discuss next steps in the collaboration. more >>
Assessing the Audience Impact of Choral Music Concerts
Chorus America, the nation's advocacy, research, and leadership development organization for the choral field, engaged with WolfBrown to design a 2-year study investigating the intrinsic impacts of choral music. With participation from 23 choirs across North America, we surveyed over 14,000 audience members at 136 concert programs. To our knowledge, this is the first national study of audiences for live choral music concerts, and the first attempt to systematically assess the impact of choral concerts on audiences. The full report is available for download. more >>
Community MusicWorks Fellows Program Evaluation
Dennie Wolf and colleagues at Community MusicWorks in Providence, RI, share innovative approaches to tracking the impact of fellowships and networks that support young classical musicians in developing careers at the intersection of: 1) musical excellence, 2) community engagement, and 3) social justice. The full report, We Are Each Other's Magnitude and Bond: An Evaluation of Community MusicWorks' Extending Our Reach Initiative (April 2016), is available for download. 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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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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