Dennie Palmer Wolf is Honored by the Association of Teaching Artists
Dennie Palmer Wolf has received the Association of Teaching Artists’ Teaching Artistry Ally Award.


WolfBrown and the Bernard van Leer Foundation Publish a New Literature and Landscape Review: Making Joyful Noise
Dennie Palmer Wolf shares, "The report is a call to action, urging organizations and governments to invest in the well-being of young families using what we know about the joyous, affiliative, and communicative powers of music.” 


Silver Linings: A Reimagined Revival by Victoria Plettner-Saunders
In her new essay, Victoria Plettner-Saunders reflects on opportunities to re-open better workplaces in the arts and culture sector in the wake of the pandemic. 


Covid-19 Audience Outlook Monitor - Update
More study partners on board; methodological updates; gearing up for results
It’s been nearly a month since we announced the Covid-19 Audience Outlook Monitor and there is much to report. What germinated in early March as a vague idea about the need to hear from audiences about their feelings about going out again to cultural events has blossomed into an international tracking study of a proportion I never could have imagined.


WolfBrown's Research is Featured in the NEA and TYA/USA's Newly Released Report on Theater for Young Audiences 
The report, Envisioning the Future of Theater for Young Audiences, features research on the impact of theater for young audiences and identifies obstacles for achieving greater organizational stability. 


Dennie Palmer Wolf’s article, "Teaching Artists as Essential Workers: Respect, Collaboration, and Heft"  has been published via Navigating the Crisis.

In this piece, Dennie Palmer Wolf imagines the possibilities for teaching artists in the context of COVID-19. She writes "This time, strange as it is, is not time out; it’s time to plunge deep in."


WolfBrown Announces the COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor
A worldwide tracking study of audience attitudes about attendance at arts and cultural programs during and after the COVID-19 Crisis, the COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor will bring timely and essential data to the sector’s decision-making about when and how to resume programming.


Dennie Palmer Wolf’s article, “Act for Young Artists,” has been published via WolfBrown’s new series, Navigating the Crisis.
In this piece, Dennie Palmer Wolf calls for a greater focus on protecting youth arts programs in the face of COVID-19. She lays out critical ways that foundations, donors, state governments, and arts institutions can work with youth to ensure our collective cultural future. 


WolfBrown and the Global Leaders Program Were Selected as Innovators for the International Teaching Artist Collaborative (ITAC)
WolfBrown and Global Leaders Program will be working alongside five other innovators from around the world to create tools, resources, and frameworks for the ITAC. WolfBrown and Global Leaders Program will pilot a project that shares concepts and practices of growth mindset with a group of musicians currently working as teaching artists in international programs.


Alan Brown’s article, “A Sector in Peril,” kicks off WolfBrown’s new series, Navigating the Crisis.
This series is a collection of research papers, blogs and announcements that critically examine the arts sector’s response to COVID-19.


March Issue of On Our Minds Features Dennie Palmer Wolf, Thomas Wolf, and Victoria Plettner-Saunders
This issue features a discussion on the arts as frugal innovations, a call for nominations for the fifth edition of Managing Nonprofit Organizations, and a reflection on HR topics at the California Association of Museums' conference.  


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. 


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.


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. 


A message from Sanuja Goonetilleke in the Cambridge Office of WolfBrown
As of June 14, I will be leaving the US, and therefore, my role here at WolfBrown. In order to be closer to my family, I will be moving to South or South East Asia. I am very grateful to have known, worked with, and learned from you all. Thank you, and I look forward to reading about the inspiring and imperative work WolfBrown and clients will continue to engage in.


Thomas Wolf Releases His Newest Book, The Nightingale's Sonata
Spanning generations, from the shores of the Black Sea to the glittering concert halls of New York, The Nightingale's Sonata is a richly woven tapestry centered around violin virtuoso Lea Luboshutz. 


TYA Today Publishes a New Article on WolfBrown's Research with The New Victory Theater
The article, "Giving Voice to Young Audiences", discusses the takeaways from 5-year research endeavor for The New Victory Theater's Schools with the Performing Arts Reach Kids (SPARK) program.


Taking Note: Parsing Rigor in Arts Education Studies
Steven Holochwost offers his thoughts on rigor in arts education research in a new blog post for the National Endowment for the Arts. 


Tom Wolf Develops New On-Line Courses For Philanthropy University

“I learned as much as my students did the first time around,” said Tom Wolf, who teaches three of the seven new courses Philanthropy University will offer: Introduction to Fundraising; Fundraising: Connecting with Donors; and Fundraising Strategies. Read more in "How far can online learning take local capacity building?"

Americans for the Arts Releases New Publication Featuring Dennie Palmer Wolf

On March 11, at its Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium, Americans for the Arts released a new publication, Cyclical Mentorship in Arts Education Leadership: Insights from Emerging and Veteran Leaders.


New Publication in Arts Evaluation and Assessment: Measuring Impact in Schools and Communities

Steven Holochwost, Dennie Palmer Wolf, Kelly Fisher, Kerry O'Grady, and Kristen Gagnier's work has just been published as "The Arts and Socioemotional Development: Evaluating a New Mandate for Arts Education" in the edited volume Arts Evaluation and Assessment: Measuring Impact in Schools and Communities. 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>>

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>>

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>>

Upcoming Publication in Journal of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts

Steven Holochwost and Dennie Wolf's research on the impact of choral music in juvenile justice settings will be published as "Music and Juvenile Justice" in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. 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>>

A National Collaborative Evaluation of El Sistema-inspired Music Education

The Longy School of Music of Bard College and WolfBrown have formed a strategic partnership to carry out a two-year study of the benefits of El Sistema-inspired programs for children in grades K-8. more>>

Sean Fenton joins WolfBrown as Manager of Intrinsic Impact program

Sean Fenton joined WolfBrown’s San Francisco office in September 2013 as Manager of WolfBrown’s Intrinsic Impact programs. In his role, Sean will oversee both marketing and client services. Sean comes to WolfBrown with over 11 years of experience as a theatre professional and educator. more>>

Tessitura Network and WolfBrown Announce New Partnership on Intrinsic Impact Dashboard for Tessitura Users

Over the past six years, WolfBrown has pioneered new approaches to assessing the intrinsic impacts of arts experiences, including survey protocols and dashboard software that eliminates the lag time between data collection and reporting. As of July 2013, users of the Tessitura Software will have preferred access to the Intrinsic Impact Dashboard software, under a new partnership between WolfBrown and the Tessitura Network, Inc. The software streamlines the connection between arts organizations with their audiences, placing high quality, highly customized audience feedback at the fingertips of artistic, marketing and executive leadership at a fraction of the cost of conventional market research. For information, contact Sean Fenton at WolfBrown's San Francisco office at (415) 796-3060 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Dennie Palmer Wolf honored by National Guild for Community Arts Education

On November 2, 2013, the National Guild for Community Arts Education awarded WolfBrown’s Dennie Palmer Wolf with its 2013 National Guild Service Award. Elizabeth Whitford, Executive Director of Arts Corps, made the following remarks in presenting Dennie with the award. more>>

NEA Releases new WolfBrown monograph -

Yesterday, the National Endowment for the Arts released three new research monographs, including WolfBrown's Beyond Attendance: A Multi-Modal Understanding of Arts Participation, by Jennifer L. Novak-Leonard and Alan S. Brown. We are excited to share this just-released study with clients and friends. more>>

Befriending Your Donors: Interview with Thomas Wolf -

GuideStar has published an interview with Dr. Thomas Wolf on developing relationships with donors. The complete transcript, as well as excerpts from Dr. Wolf's How to Connect With Donors and Double the Money You Raise, is available on their website. more>>

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