Innovating the Future: Impact of Nimble Mid-Sized Museums

Track
Museum Directors
Start Day and Time
Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
131 America's Center
Description
The museums on this pane are uniquely accessible spaces serving broadly diverse audiences using entrepreneurial and innovative strategies for public service. These organizations, located within complex and often contentious social and political environments, demonstrate an effective nimbleness in applying culture-driven thinking towards opportunities and issues central to their local audiences. Their "elastic" thinking can provide a model for the field as museums continue to respond to changing demands from multiple audiences and the real economic pressures of a shifting philanthropic landscape.
Learner Outcome
  1. Participants will learn to develop diverse strategies for how mid-sized museums can bridge the gap between innovation and financial stability.
  2. Participants will learn to integrate innovative ideas regarding vision-driven audience collaboration practices that can be customized / adapted by other nimble museums.
  3. Panelists will learn to consider future forecasting on the evolution of mid-size museums' impact in the field.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Aldy Milliken
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Executive Director
Organization: 
KMAC Museum
Bio
Aldy Milliken, Executive Director / Chief Curator, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville: Milliken became Director of KMAC in 2012, and has addressed a series of challenges that bring clarity to mission, recruited a new board of directors and reached out to audiences. Milliken, a former artist, elementary school teacher and international gallerist transitioned to KMAC Museum in 2012 to re-imagine the museum as an educational institution that acknowledges the continuum of artistic definitions according to how artists see their practice, not according to the material segregation often found in larger encyclopedic institutions. Milliken is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute
Presenter: 
Linda Harrison
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Executive Director
Organization: 
Museum of the African Diaspora
Bio
Linda Harrison was appointed as the Executive Director of MoAD in November 2013. She has over 20 years of leadership experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Ms. Harrison's professional experience in corporate management and high value real estate provided her with an outstanding background in executive leadership for MoAD; she is especially skilled in sales, marketing/outreach, and strategic planning. Prior to joining MoAD, Linda founded two San Francisco businesses, worked as a Vice President for Eastman Kodak, a Fortune 500 company, and served on multiple Bay Area nonprofit Boards of Directors. Among her board roles, she served as President of Frameline, presenters of the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, one of the country's largest film festivals. Linda also served on the Board of EARN, a San Francisco nonprofit that helps low-income American families achieve financial stability. She is President of the Emeritus Board of Frameline and serves on the Advisory Board of Horizons Foundation, a San Francisco nonprofit that actively secures the LGBT community's future by promoting planned giving and building the LGBT Community Endowment Fund.
Presenter: 
Marilu Knode
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Former Executive Director, Laumeier Sculpture Park
Bio
Marilu Knode, Executive Director Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis/Aronson Endowed Prof. Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis: Knode has worked at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Institute of Visual Arts (inova) at UW-Milwaukee and F.A.R. (Future Arts Research) @ ASU (Arizona State Uni.), and joined Laumeier, one of the country's oldest and largest curated public spaces, in 2009. Laumeier serves a diverse population in St. Louis County, including underserved sister cities such as Ferguson-Florissant, and St. Louis City, whose decades-long population and resource decline reflects the urban patterns of the country. Laumeier helped pioneer site and community-specific commissions that create a dialogue concerning the reality of our local environments. Knode is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute (2016).
Presenter: 
Melody Kanschat
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Executive Director
Organization: 
Getty Leadership Institute
Bio
Melody Kanschat, a renowned expert in developing capacity in arts organizations, joined the Getty Leadership Institute in 2013. Between 2005 and 2011, she was president and chief operating officer of LACMA, responsible for its daily operations ($60 million annually), and the first two phases of LACMA's capital transformation campaign ($350 million). During her 22 years at LACMA she served in many capacities for the growth of the organization.