KMAC executive director to attend prestigious museum leadership institute in California

_MG_6847Executive director and chief curator of KMAC Museum, Aldy Milliken, has been accepted to the Getty Leadership Institute in summer 2016

Aldy Milliken, Executive Director and Chief Curator of KMAC Museum will attend the prestigious Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University 2016 Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders this summer.

Milliken is one of 36 museum leaders from around the globe chosen to participate in this six-week intensive development program. The Community Foundation of Louisville through the Alden Fellowship will support Milliken’s tuition to the program.

“This dynamic program is the industry standard for museum leadership and will help me define specific goals that I will initiate in Louisville,” said Milliken. “My focused project at Getty will question the role of a 21st century museum. KMAC is the perfect size art institution to explore new models and ideas.”

The program aims at helping experienced art museum executives become better leaders and to strengthen their institutions’ capabilities. This intensive management program is for executives who influence policy, effect change, and are in the first two to seven years of their position.

In 2011, Milliken moved from Stockholm, Sweden where he was a gallery owner and director to become the executive director and chief curator of KMAC Museum. Now after Milliken’s nearly 5 years at the helm of KMAC, the museum has seen vast growth in programming and community engagement including a major renovation and capital campaign to increase programs and educational outreach.

In 2015, Milliken and the KMAC board formalized a new mission, “KMAC: Art is the Big Idea and Craft is the Process. The museum connects people to art and creative practice” – and successfully launched a capital campaign to support the complete renovation of KMAC’s historic 715 West Main Street location, as well as the museum’s endowment. A total of 3.3 million has been raised thus far. The renovated museum space will reopen on June 4, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am.

“We are at a pivotal moment,” said Milliken. “The renovated museum will bring fresh opportunities to engage and involve the community along with better exhibitions spaces and education areas, and the design of our building must be able to support the newly articulated mission.”

Program participants take six weeks of intensive courses that are designed to address current trends and challenges in the museum field. The program blends two weeks online and two weeks of residency at CGU, and includes practicum sessions at Los Angeles area institutions. Academically rigorous, the program emphasizes leadership, strategy, organizational culture, and change management.

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