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Dr. Debra B. Kerr

Northwestern University School of Professional Studies

Adjunct Lecturer
President and CEO, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art


Areas of Focus

  • Museum management
  • The role of museums in social justice
  • Outsider and self-taught art


  • Teen engagement
  • The role of art-making and art museums in providing comfort, reducing stress and engaging people with special needs


Kerr is president and CEO of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, the premier museum dedicated solely to outsider art. She is also founder and director of YouthMuse, which advocates for youth engagement and jumpstarts youth-led, museum-based campaigns for change. Kerr provides consulting in the areas of teen engagement and strategic planning for cultural organizations and facilitates interactive teen career and personal exploration group sessions. She is a frequent guest speaker on issues related to museum relevance, teen empowerment and activating the public for social good.