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There’s change is in the air at some of the metro area’s preeminent cultural institutions.

Cranbrook Art Museum announced Wednesday that Andrew Blauvelt, curator for design, research and publishing at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center, will take over as director in late September.

Current director Gregory Wittkopp will step away from the museum after 20 years to head the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research. The center had been part of his portfolio since its 2011 opening, but this will enable Wittkopp to concentrate exclusively on it.

For Blauvelt, the move represents a return. He got his master’s degree in design from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1988.

Accompanying Blauvelt to Cranbrook will be his partner Scott Winter, who becomes the new director of development for both art museum and art academy. Winter was previously development director at the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday that it has a new development director as well.

Danielle Manley, who actually started work Aug. 10, is officially director of advancement for institutional support. She will lead annual fund campaigns, as well work to secure sponsorships and support for DSO tours and special events like the New Year’s Eve concert.

Manley came to the DSO from the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she was associate dcirector of development and institutional partnerships.

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