Kit Matthew

Kit Matthew

Doctor of Design
Distinguished Fellow

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Cultural Stewardship and Management BA Mount Holyoke College
PhD University of Pennsylvania
MBA University of Minnesota

Dr. Matthew believes that cultural organizations can serve as anchors and catalysts for vibrant and resilient communities. These organizations’ attributes of public trust, accessible learning, inclusion of multiple voices and custodianship of collections continue to inspire her work.

Understanding the needs and aspirations of audiences and supporters drives her approaches for designing programs, spaces, exhibits, fundraising or evaluation. She oversaw the development of STEAM-based programs for Hispanic and Native American communities (at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science). She led project teams to conceptualize, design and prototype exhibits and educational programs for three museum expansion projects within historic landmark buildings (at Please Touch Children’s Museum, Science City at Union Station, Chemical Heritage Foundation).

In one of her corporate sector roles, she conceptualized and launched a new software product exclusively designed for arts and cultural organizations (at Blackbaud). She uses change management and lean six sigma to help facilitate organizational transformation towards greater effectiveness and efficiency. Through these varied for-profit experiences, she has honed her business planning, innovation management, product development, and market research skills and adapted them to the cultural sector.

Most recently, Dr. Matthew led an executive level federal agency that provided nationwide funding for museums, libraries, archives, academic institutions and tribes to advance cultural stewardship, information access, lifelong learning, digital inclusion and community wellbeing (the Institute of Museum and Library Services).

Research Interests:

Strategies and tools to help museums, libraries, archives and other cultural organizations to effectively operate and demonstrate their impact; Asset-based community development with cultural organizations and community leaders; Cultural organizations’ contributions to social, educational, health and economic wellbeing; Interpreting multiple narratives using collections, primary sources, the built environment and cultural landscapes; Community memory and identity expressed through the design of exhibits, digital archiving, and public programming; Revenue-generation strategies that shape cultural organizations’ innovation, community partnerships and sustainability; Capacity building for rural and small museums, archives and libraries.