Author Archives: Dennie Wolf

A recent morning in the succulents and cactus exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden turned up an unusual label (see image: right). This label left me thinking, not about the euphorbia plant, but about the humans behind these strange, … Continue reading

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An earlier version of this piece was published as part of Americans for the Arts’ “Broadening and Diversifying the Leadership Pipeline” blog salon for National Arts in Education Week 2018. Mentor Perspective: Dennie Palmer Wolf I have half a century of work … Continue reading

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When International Women’s Day rolled around this spring, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) did much more than move the Louise Bourgeois postcards front and center or open Nan Goldin’s photo books for display. Instead, the ICA rejuvenated the usual … Continue reading

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There was a sudden crash in the middle of a house concert by the Sixth Floor Trio as the pedals on the grand piano hit the ground. Gasps, silence, and then an audience member, a blacksmith by trade, dived under, … Continue reading

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  In this special issue of On Our Minds:   Introduction Series Editor: Dennie Palmer Wolf, WolfBrown The Impact of Raising the Stakes Courtney J. Boddie, The New Victory Theater The Impact of Investing in Human Capital Jamie Roach, Teaching … Continue reading

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At WolfBrown we work with clients to measure the impact of arts and cultural experiences. Frequently, that means we operate in the “near hereafter” — for example, surveying audience members immediately following a performance, or sampling audiences’ attitudes to other … Continue reading

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Working with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute of Music, WolfBrown has just published “Why Making Music Matters,” a short, illustrated report summarizing research on the ways in which making live music together can impact the lives of young children and their … Continue reading

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Deep among the formal beds and groves of Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a literal “tree house” built from salvaged tree parts, many of which gathered after the destruction of Hurricane Sandy: twigs, branches, trunks, every conceivable part of a tree. … Continue reading

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For years we have known that early childhood is at once the most rapid and most vulnerable period of human development outside the womb. That was the realization at the heart of Head Start programs as far back as the … Continue reading

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Earlier this year, the Wallace Foundation published a report, “Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs From Urban Youth and Other Experts“. In the report more than two hundred low-income “tweens” from urban communities across the U. S. … Continue reading

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