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March 14, 2016

CIA hires Monago to lead institutional advancement

For Immediate Release
Contact: Karen Sandstrom

CLEVELAND (Ohio) – The Cleveland Institute of Art announces that Malou Monago will be the new Vice President of Institutional Advancement beginning March 23.

Monago most recently served as Vice President of Advancement at Cleveland Botanical Garden in Cleveland and the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland. She developed strategies to increase donations to both institutions and managed relationships with corporations and foundations.

“Malou joins us at a wonderful time in CIA history, as we build on the promise exemplified by our new unified campus,” said Grafton J. Nunes, CIA President and CEO. “We look forward to reaping the benefits of Malou’s passion and leadership in the field of advancement. She has an infectious enthusiasm for CIA artists, educators, alumni and community partners.”

More than 1,200 individuals and organizations generously contributed to CIA last year. The college awarded students more than $9.3 million in scholarships, awards and financial aid for the current academic year.

“It’s a privilege to help a donor see the impact that their gift, regardless of amount, has on others,” Monago said. “A few years ago, a businessman donated a very generous gift to one of the seasonal celebrations at Cleveland Botanical Garden. I invited him to visit the show so he could see with his own eyes how his gift made a difference. We saw children playing, putting on a performance, and parents laughing. It was worthwhile for all of us when we saw how the idea we’d brought to him months before came to life.”

Monago was previously a gift-planning officer at the Cleveland Foundation. In the mid-1980s, she served as a judicial apprentice and an associate judge in Sweden. She has served on a number of boards in Northeast Ohio, including Estate Planning Council of Cleveland, Near West Theatre, Cleveland Opera and opera Cleveland, and Cleveland’s Women City Club Foundation.

Monago and her husband live in the Edgewater neighborhood of Cleveland with their two dogs.


Founded in 1882, the Cleveland Institute of Art is an accredited, independent college of art and design committed to nurturing the intellectual, artistic and professional development of students and community members through rigorous visual arts and design education. The Institute offers 15 undergraduate majors, from the visual arts and craft to design and digital arts. It extends its programs to the public through gallery exhibitions, lectures, a continuing education program, and the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, a nationally acclaimed art and independent film program.

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