$1M Tobias gift to help theater

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Randall and Marianne Tobias have donated $1 million to the Indianapolis Museum of Art to renovate the museum’s 604-seat namesake theater.

The newly polished venue will open this fall and IMA plans to screen films and bring in speakers on topics dear to the museum’s new focus on design and the interaction of art and nature. IMA will also host talks by contemporary artists.

“We’re definitely looking at high caliber speakers that will present some exciting ideas,” said Anne Laker, assistant director of education for public programs.

Tobias is a former CEO of Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co.

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