Today they announced that Venable has signed on for (up to) another 10 years as the Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the IMA.
He originally signed on for a five-year contract in 2012.
“Changing the trajectory of any institution takes commitment, hard work and time,” said Tom Hiatt, chair of the IMA’s Board of Governors in a press release. “The other members of the Board and I are confident that Charles and the leadership team he has recruited have set the IMA on the path to a brilliant—and sustainable—future."
According to the same release Venable increased membership by 200 percent, a skewed number considering the museum cut off free passes to the galleries and grounds.
Across town, the IRT announced their 2016-2017 season lineup. Here's the batting order:
The Three Musketeers
Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas by Catherine Bush
September 20 – October 15
Finding Home: Indiana at 200
Exploring our story: A collaboration from writers across the state
October 18 – November 13
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
November 19 – December 24
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
By Todd Kreidler, based on the screenplay by William Rose
January 10 – February 4
Theodore Taylor’s The Cay
Adapted by Gayle Cornelison
January 28 – February 26
E.B. White’s Stuart Little
Adapted by Joseph Robinette
February 25 – March 26
By Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverly Cross & Francis Evans
March 7 – April 1
A mystery by James Still
March 28 – April 23
Dial “M” for Murder
By Frederick Knott
April 25 – May 21
The IMA and their Board of Governors seem to be pleased with the direction that CEO Charles Venable is taking the museum.