Author Archives: Tom Wolf

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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In the past few months, I have been clipping articles about a so-called “new” trend towards more amateur participation in the arts.  First there was an article in Newsweek that pointed to the global recession as an explanation for the uptick … Continue reading

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I first met Bill Keens at an international arts conference in Scotland years ago when I was starting out in the consulting field. When I asked him what he was doing there, he said he was facilitating some small group … Continue reading

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Fred Starr is one of those rare Renaissance men who is a profound thinker on many topics, an active musician, and a man of the world.  Formerly President of Oberlin College and of the Aspen Institute, he gave one of … Continue reading

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Of all the foundation presidents active today, Paul Brest of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is one of the most respected. He has written extensively on evaluation and accountability, most recently in his book, Money Well Spent, co-authored with … Continue reading

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