WolfBrown publishes On Our Minds, our signature newsletter, about six times a year, and three specialty newsletters corresponding to specific communities of practice that we aim to support sector-wide. On Our Minds is a great way of keeping up with our consultants and the ideas and issues defining their work. Those of you interested in lifelong arts learning will want to subscribe to Amplifying Creative Opportunities. If research on audiences and audience development is an input to your work, sign up for Audience Outlook Monitor to get information about our free calendar of professional development activities. And if you’d like to keep abreast of new developments in immersive entertainment experiences, sign up for Immersed in the Future. We look forward to staying in touch.

On Our Minds

On Our Minds is our signature newsletter for sharing what’s new at WolfBrown. Published about six times a year, it provides a lively platform for our consultants’ updates and findings.

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Prioritizing Young Board Members

ISSUE 23 • April 2024

written by Dr. Thomas Wolf and Kathleen Hill, along with interviews with Sebastian Ruth of Community MusicWorks and representatives of New Haven Symphony Orchestra How important is it >>

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Recruiting Young Board Members: Why Should it Matter?

ISSUE 23 • April 2024

By Dr. Thomas Wolf This post is part of a series examining more youth leadership in the arts. Some years ago, the same year I turned sixty, I >>

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How Can Young Professionals “Break In” to Board Participation?

ISSUE 23 • April 2024

By Kathleen Hill This post is part of a series examining more youth leadership in the arts. I feel like I have been “leading” for as long as >>

Audience Outlook Monitor

Join our Audience Outlook Monitor community. Be the first to learn about new and important research on audiences and audience development. You can find out more about all of our surveys on the Audience Outlook Monitor website.

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Free Public Dashboard Now Available

ISSUE 25 • March 2024

Announcing a Free Public DashboardNewly released aggregated data set on audience attitudes about inclusion, diversity, and equity Every year, we’ll add new data sets as they become available, >>

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Announcing the 2024 Friction Audit and Engagement Survey

ISSUE 22 • February 2024

Attention: Artistic, Marketing, Front of House, and Education teams Focus on the Customer Experience One of the four Basic Surveys offered each year, the Friction Audit and Engagement Survey >>

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Register for a FREE Community Event

ISSUE 18 • August 2023

Reexamining Customer Relationships: Exploring Educational Relationships Part 2 in our continuing our series on customer relationships Can arts groups offer customer relationships centered on learning as a means of accomplishing >>

Immersed in the Future

WolfBrown’s new community of practice is designed to support nonprofit arts organizations as they navigate the complex programmatic space of augmented, immersive, and virtual experiences. We hope you find Immersed in the Future rewarding and invite you to join in!

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New Spaces, Promising Partnerships, and a Bankruptcy

ISSUE 6 • October 2023

This summer gave me a much-anticipated break – a time to reflect and assess the rapidly evolving landscape of immersive experiences. Rather than overwhelming you with updates on >>

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Bridging Realities and the Future of Digital Arts Content

ISSUE 5 • June 2023

Coming out of the pandemic, nonprofit arts organizations are struggling to make sense of digital programming opportunities moving forward. Some have altogether abandoned digital initiatives undertaken during the >>

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Elevating Storytelling and Emotional Connection in Immersive Design

ISSUE 4 • May 2023

As my research into the immersive paradigm goes deeper and deeper, I’m continually reminded that we are three-dimensional human beings. We do not inhabit a flat, two-dimensional world; >>

Amplifying Creative Opportunities

WolfBrown’s Amplifying Creative Opportunities team will be reporting on, linking to, discussing, and debating what it really takes to throw open the doors of arts and culture. Our specialty newsletter will explore inclusive practices—from lullabies with young families to end-of-life art-making, conducted in collaborative and expansive ways. Join us!

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Ghetto Film School Re-invents Admissions

ISSUE 3 • April 2024

Re-tooling the Trade Gaining entry into an award-winning, highly-competitive arts program is often a marathon of submitting transcripts, writing a personal statement, submitting a portfolio, or taking an >>

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Uplifting and Centering Youth Perspective and Leadership: Lessons from Partners for Rural Impact and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

ISSUE 3 • August 2023

Breaking Barriers Typically, we define arts learning as learning to draw, dance, act, or play an instrument, but those technical skills are often the setting for learning other >>

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Reframing Our Thinking: The Arts Inventing Opportunity Structures

ISSUE 2 • May 2023

By Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf and Colleagues This second issue of Amplifying Creative Opportunities focuses on the concept of opportunity structures: the deliberate choices we can make that limit >>