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Of questions and canyons
Dennie Palmer Wolf's essay is one of 15 essays published in The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching. This collection of essays explores questions about education stimulated by the remarkable pre-schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. more>>
Four Keys to Cultivating a Donor
Featured in Guidestar's October 2015 newsletter, this article by Dr. Thomas Wolf discusses four key concepts for successful donor cultivation. more>>
The Board's Role in Donor Cultivation
Headlining a Guidestar newsletter in February 2015, this article by Dr. Thomas Wolf discusses the special role that board members play in donor cultivation. more>>
Executive Functions: Formative Versus Reflective Measurement
Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, Vol 12(3), Jul, 2014. pp.69-95.
The primary objective of this article was to critically evaluate the routine use of confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) for representing an individual’s performance across a battery of executive function tasks. more>>
Building Creative Capital
Frequently our clients — organizations, communities, or metropolitan regions — ask WolfBrown to help them measure the impact of what they do. Drawing on new understandings of creativity, as well as a number of WolfBrown projects, Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf and Dr. Steven Holochwost suggest that a focus on building creative capital is a powerful way to think about planning for, executing, and measuring the impact of the arts and culture. more>>
A Study of College Student Preferences towards Music and the Performing Arts
With funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College commissioned a multi-site research effort in 2012 aimed at gauging how to maximize college students' performing arts attendance and participation, with a focus on the particular challenges of classical music. more>>
Timely Opportunities: the Long and the Deep
by Dennie Palmer Wolf
This essay asks whether we are creating a world in which young people have access to the many kinds of time they need in order to thrive. In particular, I am interested in two kinds of time, different from what might be called daily or existence time: more>>
"To the Rescue: Can Ailing Arts Organizations Turn Around?"
Inside Arts magazine September/October 2001 more>>
September 11th and Beyond: A Compilation
Comments, reflections, and observations gathered by WolfBrown in preparation for a gathering of cultural organizations from throughout Massachusetts, brought together by the Massachusetts Cultural Council to discuss the impact of September 11th. more>>
"Will Venture Philanthropy Revolutionize the Arts?"
by Jane Culbert and Thomas Wolf
From the November 2001 MONOGRAPH, published by Americans for the Arts. A discussion of the trends affecting giving in the cultural sector and the associated lessons for local arts agencies. more>>
"How Americans Relate to Classical Music and Their Local Orchestras"
by Alan Brown
Arts Research Digest, Issue 29, Autumn 2003, Published by Arts Council England and other agencies more>>
The 21st Century Music Director: A Symposium
by Thomas Wolf and Gina Perille
From the April 2002 issue of Harmony, published by the Symphony Orchestra Institute more>>
"Local Arts Agencies: Creating Opportunity in Challenging Times"
by William Keens
From the November 2004 MONOGRAPH, published by Americans for the Arts. A report summarizing the principal findings of a survey conducted by WolfBrown in March 2004 of 26 Local Arts Agencies more>>
Classical Music Consumer Segmentation Study
by Alan Brown
published by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, 2002, reprinted 2003. Hard copies are available through the Audience Insight office, call 203-256-1616. more>>
"Initiators and Responders: Leveraging Social Context to Build Attendance"
by Alan Brown
Issues Brief Series #4 Summer 2004, Published by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation more>>
"An Architecture of Value"
by Alan Brown
From the Grantmakers in the Arts newsletter, Winter 2006. more>>
National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC
Arts Participation in Eight American Cities (2002)
A Practical Guide to Arts Participation Research (1996)
American Participation in Theatre (1995)
Summary Report: 12 Local Studies of Arts Participation (1993) more>>
"Email Marketing In Practice: Survey Results Show an Evolution of the Arts Marketing Mix"
by Alan Brown and Chris Lorway
ArtsReach, June/July 2002 more>>
"Arts Reach's Tenth Anniversary Looks Back at the Last Decade and Peeks into the Next" including comments
by Alan Brown
ArtsReach, Oct. 2002 more>>

"Orchestras and Classical Music Listeners"

John Bare and Alan Brown
Issues Brief #2, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, June 2003 more>>
"Symphonies Adrift"
Public Perspective, March/April 2003 more>>
Building Our Creative Capital Through the Arts
by Dennie Palmer Wolf
On April 8th, Dennie Wolf presented this summary of arts education research for a Congressional Briefing sponsored by the College Board. The briefing provided background for congressional staff who will be working on the upcoming renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. more>>
Evaluations at Mid-Life
In the latest issue of GuildNotes, Dennie Palmer Wolf continues her article series on program evaluations with an investigation of their mid-life. more>>