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September 29, 2015

Dallas Museum Director Departing for New Cities Foundation

The Dallas Museum of Art said Monday that director Maxwell Anderson, who is credited with significantly boosting attendance and diversifying the institution's offerings during a nearly four-year tenure, has resigned to join the New Cities Foundation, The New York Times and The Dallas Morning News report.

Mr. Anderson introduced free admission at the Dallas museum, as he did in his previous post at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He dropped membership fees as well, instituting a loyalty plan that instead asked members to provide information about themselves and how they used the museum. Since his arrival in early 2012 the museum's annual attendance has grown from 500,000 to more than 700,000.

Mr. Anderson will serve as director of grant programs in the New York office of the Paris-based New Cities Foundation, of which he became a trustee last year. "My growing interest in how cultural districts can shape cities led me to this new, exciting opportunity," he said in a statement.