Author Archives: Tom Wolf

There is a hunger among our clients for more and better data not only about their individual organizations but about their arts disciplines and the cultural sector as a whole. With respect to the sector, the Cultural Data Project has, since 2001, … Continue reading

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This past summer, Peter Buffett’s piece in the New York Times about the so-called charitable-industrial complex was an unusual example of one of the class of super-rich taking his peers to task for their self-important, often ineffective approach to using a fraction … Continue reading

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In the Cambridge office of WolfBrown, we have been pursuing two complementary lines of work: the transformation of great 19th and 20th century institutions into 21st century organizations, and building the civic functions of those same organizations. Throughout the last … Continue reading

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Philadelphia’s Arts, Culture + Economic Prosperity report is an impressive document that, like so many other research efforts of its kind, attempts to make the case for the importance of the arts using economic indicators. Part of a national effort … Continue reading

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As someone who writes pages and pages every year about the arts, there is one topic I will not tackle: music. That may sound surprising coming from someone who grew up in a family of musicians, played flute professionally for … Continue reading

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In certain art forms, age is a sign of maturity and wisdom.  In the field I know best, classical music, I have had the pleasure of hearing memorable concerts by pianists in their 80s (Rudolf Serkin, Menahem Pressler) and their … Continue reading

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Given that much of WolfBrown’s work helps organizations demonstrate accountability through rigorous evaluation of their programs, I found a recent article in The Economist quite interesting. The article states that “70% of Americans trust non-profit outfits more than government or … Continue reading

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The statement “no one can read everything” is actually a colossal understatement.  Even when describing the literature from a narrow field of interest like arts policy and research, no simple informed search from a few selected sources will suffice.   That … Continue reading

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When a popular national magazine like Newsweek declares that there is a new ‘crisis,’ I do what many readers do.  I turn right to the article, and then automatically become skeptical.  When the article proclaims a ‘creativity crisis,’ my antennae … Continue reading

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It seems that many of WolfBrown’s clients are helping answer the question of what it means to be a productive and successful musician in the 21st century, and discovering that one of the more important components of being a complete … Continue reading

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