Innovative Museum Leaders Speaker Series


DeBoest Lecture Hall

Join the Indianapolis Museum of Art as museum leaders share their stories about how their successful business strategies and approach to engaging audiences and donors have transformed their organizations.

May 6: Bonnie Pitman, Distinguished Scholar in Residence UT Dallas and former director of the Dallas Museum of Art

How do visitors like to experience art? What makes for an enriching museum visit? Under the direction of Bonnie Pitman from 2000 to 2011, The Dallas Museum of Art undertook a groundbreaking research initiative to answer these questions, examining how people connect with art and identifying preferences and differing behaviors.

Ignite the Power of Art : Advancing Visitor Engagement, publishes these findings and provides a new understanding of museum visitors. It describes how these studies have been used to build attendance, enhance exhibits, and develop new programs such as the Center for Creative Connections, the online Arts Network, and the Late Nights event series, all at the Dallas Museum of Art. Pittman will share how this research, which goes far beyond traditional demographic data and analyses, transformed the Museum, unleashing a profound change in institutional thinking and paving the way for sustained innovation. Additionally, she will share her new work on Arts and Healing and the utilization of art museums' collections in new ways.

This project is generously supported by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN