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Emily Berg – Intern Profile

October 28, 2016

emily-headshotAs part of her University of Toronto’s Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) program, Emily Berg completed her three month internship at Lord Cultural Resources’ Toronto Office as an Exhibition and Events Intern. On Emily’s first day, it was full steam ahead as she assisted her Lord colleagues with a special international think-tank day and evening that created opportunities for collective intelligence to help define new ideas, vision, and create meaning for an exciting upcoming Toronto project. Quite the start!

Having worked in the arts and cultural sector for the past 10 years, Emily very much appreciated the opportunity to apply her skills, knowledge, and expertise on a variety of different cultural projects simultaneously at Lord. She was eager to learn more about working in the cultural sector from a consultant’s perspective, rather than working specifically for one gallery, or museum.

Emily was exposed to cutting-edge strategies, programming, and trends across the museum sector. Some of her projects included researching and writing interpretive strategies, editing exhibition text, preparing new programming ideas, and researching exhibition themes and trends. Emily gained an increased understanding of the importance of cultural sensitivity especially in new emerging museum markets. Understanding one’s client and their audiences are key in order to create a vision and produce content, programming, and exhibitions that are unique and participant focused. One of her internship highlights involved researching and preparing an internal Exhibition Trends 2016 presentation, first for her team, and then, having incorporated their comments, having this presentation sent to the company worldwide. All of these experiences gave her insight into the unique world of museum consulting, and she is grateful for the mentoring roles of both Senior Consultant, Lisa Wright, and the Director of Exhibitions, Yvonne Tang.

Emily holds both a BA in Fine Arts and a MA in Art History, and she will be entering her second year of her MMSt program this fall. Emily is passionate about visual arts, museums, music, and the growing body of literature, case studies, and exhibitions exploring the relationship of health and well-being, and its partnership possibilities and trends within the museum sector. Within her own work and research, Emily is dedicated to creating accessible spaces for meaningful connections, to encouraging positive learning, and to improving mindfulness within contemporary museum practices. Over the summer, Emily led one of Lord’s monthly millennial meet-ups to discuss this relevant topic.

Emily very much enjoyed being an integral part of this passionate creative team and company, and she is looking forward to applying her new skills and experiences to future work in the cultural sector.

If you’d like to reach Emily, you can write her at emilykberg@gmail.com

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