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Visionary tech and media entrepreneur Ian Charles Stewart consulting with Toledo Museum of Art on digital strategies

Ian Charles Stewart
Ian Charles Stewart

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) announces that Ian Charles Stewart has been contracted to advise on the development of digital strategies around emerging Web 3.0 technologies. In this role, Stewart will consult on TMA’s efforts to engage existing blockchain technologies communities – including through non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and the metaverse – which will advance the Museum’s vision of becoming the model art museum for its commitment to quality and its culture of belonging.

“As a technology marketplace innovator from the emergence of the internet and continuing to today, Ian Charles Stewart will help develop TMA’s approach to engaging the burgeoning international community of art-lovers and the art-curious, who expect digital-first experiences,” said Adam M. Levine, the Museum’s Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey director and CEO. “These initiatives will benefit and inspire TMA’s audiences worldwide, extending our commitment to blend quality and belonging into the digital sphere.”

Stewart co-founded Wired magazine and ArtWorldSalon and founded Aztec Internet, which built and launched FT.com and BBC News online. He is currently the chairman of the WheelsPlusWings Foundation, which works to develop opportunities for disabled children worldwide, and is an executive-in-residence at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland. He is also an active investor in several health and tech-related startups.

Stewart received his MBA from IMD. Stewart is a photographer and longstanding arts philanthropist, who served as trustee of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London for 15 years.

“The Toledo Museum of Art is in the vanguard of museums integrating digital experiences and opportunities for its diverse set of audiences and communities,” said Stewart. “Our collaboration encompasses the development of a range of dynamic tools that will benchmark and enhance the Museum’s metaverse strategies going forward.”