Karleen Gardner, Director of Learning Innovation at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), leads initiatives and experiments in learning and interpretation in the museum and community. Gardner serves on Mia’s leadership team and collaborates to develop and implement institutional strategies and impactful community-focused initiatives. She oversees programs in Multi-Generational Learning, Interpretation and Participatory Experiences, and School and Teacher Programs that foster critical and creative thinking skills and global competence. With a visitor-centered emphasis, she works with cross-functional teams to create accessible and relevant programs, in-gallery content, and engaging experiences both onsite and offsite for people of all ages and abilities.
Gardner is a frequent presenter at conferences, is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Museum Education, and is currently participating in the National Arts Strategies Senior Management Institute.