About LaPlaca Cohen

LaPlaca Cohen has served as thought partners to leading cultural organizations across the country, navigating changes and shifts in the sector with strategic plans, compelling campaigns, and targeted advertising, as audiences evolve, age, and diversify. From performing arts organizations to museums, architecture firms to educational institutions, and botanical gardens to foundations, we have consistently worked to ensure their enduring relevance.

To advance our thought leadership and deepen our understanding of audiences at large, we field ongoing studies such as Culture Track, the largest tracking survey focused exclusively on the attitudes and behaviors of U.S. cultural consumers. This study provides an additional layer of contextual assessment to our work, giving us a deep understanding of the complexities of the current marketplace as they relate to a wide range of institutional opportunities and challenges.

Culture Track: Culture + Community is a multi-wave national research and strategy initiative intended to support the cultural sector and help strengthen communities around the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The research findings are meant to foster discussion and provide the field with actionable insights, aimed at creating an arts eco-system more infused with equity.

About Arthur Cohen

Arthur Cohen is CEO and co-founder of LaPlaca Cohen. In over three decades leading LaPlaca Cohen, Arthur has served as consultant and advisor to a wide range of cultural and creative organizations, working with leadership teams, board members, foundations, universities, sponsors, collectors, designers and architects. His current practice focuses on executive coaching for cultural leaders as well as strategic visioning for organizations planning their future.

Arthur created LaPlaca Cohen’s landmark research project, Culture Track, the nation’s largest ongoing study tracking the shifting attitudes and behaviors of cultural audiences. The most recent editions of the study, Culture Track: Culture + Community, were conducted through the course of the pandemic and surveyed over 125,000 individuals in all parts of the U.S.

Arthur is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania; Harvard Business School; and the London School of Economics. Currently, he serves as Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches a graduate seminar on the future of cultural audiences. He previously served as Adjunct Professor at Stanford University and Visiting Professor at New York University. He has lectured at numerous colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Arthur currently serves on the Executive Committee of NYC & Co., and on the boards of The Center for Architecture in New York and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.  Previously, he served as the Vice Chairman of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, and was a board member of The Architectural League, New York; the Modern and Contemporary Collections Committee of the Harvard University Art Museums; Americans for the Arts; the University of Pennsylvania/Institute of Contemporary Art; American Federation of Arts; and the Visiting Committee of the Center for Experimental Medicine at Harvard Medical School.