Culture + Community in a Time of Crisis


With lead funding from The Wallace Foundation and Barr Foundation, and additional support from Art Bridges and The Terra Foundation for American ArtSlover Linett Audience Research and LaPlaca Cohen have collaborated on a national research and strategy initiative to support the cultural sector and help strengthen communities around the U.S. during and after this COVID-19 crisis. In association with NORC at the University of Chicago, Advisory Board for the Arts, Wilkening Consulting, FocusVision, Microsoft and a range of advisors, funders, and stakeholders, our aim was to quickly answer a range of urgent, complex questions about the place of the arts and culture in the hearts, minds, families, and social and emotional lives of Americans during these painful times — and, crucially, help make strategic sense of those answers via forward-looking, inclusive dialogue that leads to adaptation, resilience, and relevance.
By conducting survey research and qualitative research among both arts audiences and the wider U.S. public, this study is designed to deepen our understanding of how arts and culture organizations can help their communities during these times…and how communities can support their arts and cultural organizations. Organizations of all sizes and disciplines across the country sent survey invitations to their audiences, resulting in over 120,000 survey responses from all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and two Canadian Provinces.

Thank to you all of the participating organizations for helping field the survey to portions of their audiences, members, and visitors. Click here to see a discipline-specific snapshot of the full list of participating organizations.


As LaPlaca Cohen and Slover Linett continue analyzing and interpreting survey data from Wave 1, new partners and colleagues with relevant expertise in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion have joined the study to ensure that voices from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities are included and amplified and that future reports contribute to strategic transformation in and beyond the cultural sector. Our next phase of research will involve qualitative interviews and online group discussions with diverse audiences, including Spanish speakers, followed by an additional “tracking” wave of the study to be fielded in early 2021.