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Amy Sadao, Director of ICA Philadelphia, steps down from her role

We reported yesterday regarding Magali Arriola’s appointment as Director of Museo Tamayo in Mexico. Now, we are here to tell you about a new development at the ICA Philadelphia. It has been revealed to us that the current director of ICA Philadelphia, Amy Sadao, has decided to step down from her role. Now, it also looks like this decision has been implemented with immediate effect. Because ICA Philadelphia has already appointed their interim director as John McInerney. John is the executive director of Penn’s Sachs Program for Arts Innovation.

Sadao increased attendance and grew the museum’s digital reach during her time at the Museum as director for seven years. 51 exhibitions of underrepresented artists under her leadership were also presented by the ICA. Also, she developed the museum’s department of public engagement. It is also known that she raised $32 million dollars for the institution and tripled its endowment.

Sadao, in an earlier interview given to ARTnews, said that she wants to give “a compelling invitation to our neighbours in West Philadelphia,” and also wants to make ICA accessible to a broad range of audiences. Amy Sadao also gave a statement about her decision to step down from her directorial role.

She said “I fulfilled and surpassed all of my goals, so this is the perfect time to think about my next step,” she said. “This is the right time for me to be able to write, research, and conduct interviews with people I admire, and it’s the right time for the ICA. I’m excited to see where ICA goes from here.”

While no reason has been revealed from either Amy Sadao or ICA Philadelphia regarding her decision to step down, it is known that she will be looking to “pursue new opportunities and personal projects, including a book that will focus on the ways art, politics, and community intersect.”