Conner Prairie senior leadership team member selected for international executive education residency


    Duane Brodt
    Director of Public Relations
    Conner Prairie
    (800) 966-1836

    FISHERS, Ind. (Tuesday, May 16, 2017/Conner Prairie) – A Conner Prairie senior leadership team member is one of 62 museum leaders selected for residency this summer in an international executive education program for museum leaders. 

    Indianapolis resident Brian Mancuso joined Conner Prairie as director of exhibits in 2012. In his role, he is charged with conceiving, developing and implementing state-of-the-art exhibits, leading the work of third-party vendors during the creation of new exhibits and managing a team of five exhibit staff members.

    Mancuso’s residency is through the Getty Leadership Institute at California’s Claremont Graduate University. He will be part of an international group hand-picked by the institute that includes participants from the U.S. and eight other countries. Participants this year include museum directors, CEOs, presidents, vice presidents, deputy directors and those who head curatorial, education, exhibitions, development, conservation, finance, operation and digital initiatives. Senior-level managers from cultural heritage and mixed discipline institutions fill out the class to ensure a diversity of perspectives and experiences for group discussions.

    Participants will take part in two museum executive education programs – one for seasoned museum executives and one for for mid-level managers tapped as the next generation of museum leaders.

    Since joining Conner Prairie, Mancuso has led his team in the creation of three exhibits, including Create.Connect, which shares Indiana’s long history of technological innovation; Discovery Station and Craft Corner, which allows young children to follow their curiosity in a free-play environment; and Treetop Outpost, a four-story outdoor treehouse surrounded by hands-on activity areas in which visitors can build, dig and explore nature. He also led the reimagination of William Conner House in 2016, which recently earned a national honor from the American Alliance of Museums.

    Previously, he was director of exhibits at the Health Museum in Houston, Texas. There, he led the production and fabrication of “YOU: The Exhibit,” the museum’s first permanent exhibition since it opened in 1996; helped develop and conceptualize more than 200 experiences across seven exhibits; and served as lead manager in the selection, installation and operation of 20 traveling exhibits.

    Originally from Tampa, Fla., Mancuso earned a bachelor’s degree in museum studies and history from Baylor University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Nebraska.

    Supported by the Getty Foundation, the Getty Leadership Institute focuses on fostering learning, thought leadership and networking for museum leaders. The institute has 1,600 alumni from 40 countries.

    Spanning nearly 1,000 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 400,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.


     # # #

    Conner Prairie’s mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiences. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its nearly 1,000 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Flickr and YouTube.