Discovery Ep. 4: Arts, Culture, COVID-19


How is the COVID-19 crisis shaping arts and culture across America? On Episode 4 of DISCOVERY, we’ll talk with Arthur Cohen, CEO and cofounder of LaPlaca Cohen. He’ll share insights from Culture Track, an ongoing study of US cultural consumers, and together we’ll talk through culture and creativity in our ever-changing world.

Arthur Cohen is CEO and co-founder of LaPlaca Cohen, a strategic communications firm serving the cultural and creative community. He consults to a wide range of organizations, working with leadership, board members, foundations, sponsors, collectors, designers, architects, urban planners and universities on audience development, communications and strategic planning initiatives. Cohen oversees LaPlaca Cohen’s landmark research study, Culture Track, the nation’s largest ongoing study tracking the shifting attitudes and behaviors of cultural audiences. The most recent version of the study incorporates data gathered during the pandemic and is being carried out in waves throughout 2020.

Cohen is a lecturer at Stanford University and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard Business School and the London School of Economics. He is currently on the executive committee of NYC & Co, the Center for Architecture, and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Previously, he has served as 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.


DISCOVERY is a weekly show exploring how the arts and artists build informed and engaged communities. Hosted by the Knight Arts team.