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Maxwell L. Anderson

Senior Associate, New York

Max is an experienced art historian, author, administrator and executive who has devoted his career to advancing the mission of non-profit cultural institutions, while creating best practices to insure their development and sustainability. Having served as a museum director for almost thirty years in Atlanta, Toronto, New York City, Indianapolis, and Dallas, published several books and lectured widely, he has long sought to address challenges facing the cultural sector, from community engagement to programmatic relevance, transparent business practices, cultural property ownership disputes, operational efficiency, and the impact of digital platforms on communications.

He serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN) Advisory Board; Consulting Scholar, Mediterranean Section, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; a Trustee on the boards of the NewCities Foundation and the National Centre for Arts Research; and past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors. He is currently the President of Souls Grown Deep Foundation & Community Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting the work of leading contemporary African American artists from the Southeastern United States.