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Sarah Lee

Sarah Lee leads Slover Linett’s work with museums and informal learning environments, arts organizations, and other cultural nonprofits; she also directs the firm’s newly-opened Boston office. Overseeing a wide range of research and evaluation studies in areas such as programming, community engagement, education, exhibitions, technology, branding, membership, and donor engagement, Sarah guides Slover Linett’s evolving exploration of audience issues and creates new knowledge about cultural participation and impact.

Sarah has directed studies for the American Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Hall, The Field Museum, Roundabout Theater Company, Seattle Art Museum, Louisiana Children’s Museum, and Arts & Business Council of Chicago. She is the co-author of Connecting with Audiences: Insights from Seattle’s Wallace Excellence Awards Initiative (2012), for the Washington State Arts Commission; A Laboratory for Relevance: Findings from the Arts Innovation Fund, for the James Irvine Foundation (2012); and Charting New Paths Through Innovative Collaboration: Chicago Arts Organization Needs Study (2012), for the Illinois Arts Council. She speaks frequently at conferences and is an active member of the American Association of Museums and the Visitor Studies Association.

Prior to joining Slover Linett, Sarah completed doctoral coursework in program evaluation and econometric analysis at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, where she also earned her master’s degree. While at the University of Chicago, Sarah pursued research interests in urban development, community economic development, and the arts and culture workforce. During this time, she authored a Mellon Foundation-funded analysis of data from WolfBrown’s survey of arts audiences for the Major University Presenters consortium and co-authored the University of Chicago Cultural Policy Center study Chicago Music City: A Report on the Music Industry in Chicago (2007), and, for the Harris School Working Paper series, The Community Reinvestment Act: A Regression Discontinuity Analysis (2006).
Sarah was selected in 2003 as a research associate at the University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center, where she helped organize the first Emerging Scholars in Cultural Policy Conference. Sarah earned her BA in government cum laude from Harvard University, where she received the Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Award for academic achievement.

Posted October 25, 2013 in: by Peter A. Mello

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