Insights

Working together with our many collaborators, WolfBrown generates a steady stream of influential reports and publications. We advocate for transparency and public disclosure of intellectual property whenever possible, and actively work to tear down the barriers that prevent research reports and other useful information from benefiting the larger field. Our website is intended as a resource for the field, with Insights content grouped in several categories:

  • Reports include research papers, planning documents, and other deliverables we’ve created for or clients.  
  • Publications are peer-reviewed papers written for academic journals and other published articles.
  • Presentations are video recordings of speaking engagements and slide presentations prepared for industry conferences, seminars, and other meetings.
  • On Our Minds is WolfBrown’s periodic newsletter. Here you’ll find an archive of recent blog posts and self-published essays on topics of relevance to the sector.

If you’re looking for something specific and can’t find it, please contact us at info@wolfbrown.com.

Reports

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Capitalization Needs of Arts & Cultural Organizations in Southeast Michigan, 2021 Update

Alan Brown, John Carnwath, with Rebecca Thomas, 2021

Research Commissioned by CultureSource Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, the arts sector has experienced an extraordinary level of uncertainty and financial tumult. Two  >>

Canada Council for the Arts: Qualitative Impact Framework

Alan Brown, John Carnwath, with James Doeser, November 2019

Across many developed economies, there is a drive to measure the impacts of the arts. Governments wish to measure the effects of their investments. Funders seek to spend  >>

An Investment Framework for Supporting the Artists Ecosystem

Alan Brown, John Carnwath, Megan Bander, with Shalini Agrawal, Lily Kharrazi, Beatrice Thomas, in association with John Shibley Consulting, November 2019

Research Commissioned by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation At the heart of this report is the artistic idea that there is value in looking at something familiar in a  >>

Publications

Context is Key

Laura Nelson Darling, Dr. Steven John Holochwost, Dr. Jennifer Coffman, Dr. Cathi Propper, Nicholas Wagner, February 20, 2022

Parasympathetic regulation in the classroom differentially predicts preschoolers’ socially competent behaviors. Research shows that children’s early social competence predicts their later academic and interpersonal success. Accordingly, early childhood  >>

Making Music, Promoting Development: The Power of Practice

Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf, Dr. Steven John Holochwost, Dr. Judith Hill Bose, May 30, 2019

Most arts education programs have focused on transmitting skills and proficiencies in their specific disciplines and graduating talented students doing high-quality work. Despite the growing momentum behind the  >>

Special edition of the Arts Education Policy Review

Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf, Jeff Poulin, February 2021

In this special edition of Arts Education Policy Review (AEPR), Dennie Palmer Wolf and co-editor, Jeff Poulin of Creative Generation, bring together a variety of perspectives from community-based  >>

Presentations

On Our Minds

Tomorrow is Another Day

During the COVID-19 pandemic, WolfBrown refined and focused our communications channels to help arts leaders navigate the crisis. With this issue of On Our Minds, we return to  >>

On Memorials: A Meditation on Memorialization, Grieving, and the Arts

Nineteen months ago, I learned my grandmother was dying from COVID-19. Before receiving the news, I was thinking about making dinner. After receiving the news, I sat on  >>

Milestones and Bridges We’ve Crossed

At this time of year it has been our tradition to reflect on the most meaningful arts experiences we’ve had during the year as a way of recognizing  >>

CultureLab

CultureLab is an international consortium of arts consultants who aim to build a bridge between academic research and everyday practice. Their goal is to speed the diffusion of promising practice into the cultural sector. As a contribution to the field, we have developed the CultureLab website, a knowledge hub and archiving platform for students, researchers, and practitioners working in the cultural sector.