Press Release Published October 16th, 2012 ACCESS PRESS KIT & LOGOS

Brooke Minto: NOMA Deputy Director for Development and External Affairs

New Orleans Museum of Art Appoints Brooke Minto as Deputy Director for Development and External Affairs

New Orleans, LA - Susan M. Taylor, the Montine McDaniel Freeman Director at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), announced today the appointment of Brooke A. Minto as Deputy Director for Development and External Affairs. Minto, who previously served as Director of Development at Miami Art Museum and has more than 10 years of experience in the museum field, will oversee the membership and development, communications and marketing, and publication departments. Minto will take her position at NOMA on October 22, 2012.

With the appointment of Minto, NOMA establishes its new Development and External Affairs division. The division's creation represents an expansion of leadership roles and responsibilities at the museum to ensure its continued growth and success into its second century of public service. As part of her position Minto will also serve on the senior management team, which is responsible for advancing NOMA's mission, vision, and goals and guiding the museum's staff.

"Brooke has distinguished herself by developing strong relationships with donors, cultivating young members and collectors groups, establishing an international committee, and working closely with the business community," NOMA Director Susan M. Taylor said. "Her experience in ensuring that development activities reinforce the museum’s mission while working closely with museum trustees and development committee members aligns closely with NOMA’s needs and priorities at this time."

Over the course of her career, Minto has served as arts administrator, fundraiser, art historian, and educator, working with institutions across the U.S. and abroad. Minto brings a wide-range of development skills to NOMA. She has spent five years in various program, audience and fund development roles at Miami Art Museum where she was responsible for developing strategies to increase annual support and realize the museum's multi-million dollar annual operating fund. Minto's responsibilities ranged from staff and event management to strategic planning, corporate and foundation donor relations, and major gift cultivation.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Minto studied Art History and earned a Master’s degree from Columbia University, New York, in Modern Art and Critical Studies. She began her career as Curatorial Assistant to the Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and as Manager of Education and Public Programs at Miami Art Central in Miami, Florida.

“I am thrilled to be joining the New Orleans Museum of Art at such an exciting moment in its history,” Minto said. “I look forward to working alongside NOMA Director, Susan Taylor, in planning for the Museum's next century."

NOMA Admission
Wednesdays are FREE for all museum visitors. Adults, $10; Seniors (65 and up) and Students, $8; Children 7-17, $6; Children 6 and under, free. Free Wednesdays are made possible through the generosity of The Helis Foundation.

About NOMA and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden
The New Orleans Museum of Art, founded in 1910 by Isaac Delgado, houses over 35,000 art objects encompassing 4,000 years of world art. Works from the permanent collection, along with continuously changing temporary exhibitions, are on view in the museum’s 46 galleries Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The adjacent Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden features work by 62 artists, including several of the 20th century’s master sculptors. The Sculpture Garden is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. except for Fridays when it's open until 8:45 p.m. The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden are fully accessible to handicapped visitors and wheelchairs are available from the front desk. For more information about NOMA, call (504) 658-4100 or visit www.noma.org.

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For further information, and images, please contact:

Grace Wilson Alina Sumajin
New Orleans Museum of Art Resnicow Schroeder Associates
Director of Communications 212-671-5155
504-658-4106 asumajin@resnicowschroeder.com
gwilson@noma.org

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