About Neal Stimler
Arts Consultant. Humanities Entrepreneur. Scholar.
Neal takes an interdisciplinary approach to humanistic praxis in the cultural sector informed by art history, digital technology and museum studies.
As a creative strategist with experience in collaborative leadership, content management, project management, and trend forecasting, he has successfully contributed and led efforts that improved business operations, thoughtfully engaged audiences, and enhanced organizations’ management capabilities and inspired greater visionary capacity.
He has provided exceptional leadership and critical insights on trends in business management and digital technology, and guided project decisions at decisive junctures for the well-being of his clients.
Neal Stimler was the inaugural Head of Public Engagement at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. He had a career over a decade at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in successive positions. In addition, he was a Provost's Student Academic Achievement Award winner and graduated with honors from Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art and Architecture and an Arts Management Minor.
Neal Stimler is currently a Senior Advisor and Business Development Specialist with the Balboa Park Online Collaborative. In this role, he advises a range of clients to strategize programming, digital operations for exhibitions and media partnerships for nonprofit institutions and technology initiatives that connect audiences to art, culture and science. Stimler engages new consulting clients and support established client relationships with with Balboa Park Online Collaborative. His clients include leading national and internal organizations such as The Cleveland Museum of Art and Microsoft Libraries and Museums.
Neal Stimler is a 2019-2020 Fellow at The Engelberg Center of Innovation Law and Policy at the New York University School of Law.
Stimler is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Capital Experience Lab in Washington, D.C., an educational institution providing a new approach to experience-based learning by immersing students in DC's museums, cultural spaces, and research institutions. He is also an Advisory Board Member for the College of Creative Arts at Miami University, advocating for the arts at the university, providing expertise for faculty and serving as a career mentor for students.
What is Neal Stimler most known for?
Neal Stimler is known as a global expert in the Open Access movement. He led implementation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Open Access program in 2017 with the Creative Commons Zero designation. This transformed access to the Museum's Collection. Neal consulted in 2019 on The Cleveland Museum of Art's Open Access program. In both projects, Neal authored, designed and collaborated with internal staff and external partners to develop key content, communications and marketing plans, press campaigns, launch events and partnerships. Each campaign garnered significant international press and positive public responses for the organization.
Picture above: Neal Stimler - Image by Konrad Brattke Photography