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Lord Cultural Resources is a global professional practice dedicated to creating cultural capital worldwide.

Lord Cultural Resources offers a comprehensive range of integrated services including master planning, business planning, feasibility studies, cultural and heritage tourism planning, strategic planning, facility planning, functional programming, architect selection, interpretive planning, exhibition design, project management, training and recruitment.

Our cultural projects include museums, mixed-use developments, cultural centres, art galleries, science centres, world expositions, visitor centres, heritage sites, festivals, theatres, archives, libraries and gardens. Our clients are in all sectors including private and public corporations, foundations, governments and non-profit institutions.

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by Gail Dexer Lord and Ngaire Blankenberg

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Gail Lord Speaks at The New York Times "Art for Tomorrow" Conference

The New York Times' arts and culture correspondent Rachel Donadio engaged with Co-President Gail Lord and Stephanie Manasseh, Founder and Director, Accessible Art Fair, Brussels/New York, at The New York Times' Art for Tomorrow conference in March in Doha, Qatar. The panelists discussed how art and culture contributes to cities, making them better places to live and work.

Watch the video and let us know your thoughts on the ideas discussed and how your institution contributes to the life of your city. Email us at news@lord.ca or leave a comment on any of our social media platforms.

Lord Cultural Resources Appoints Kathleen Brown Chief Operating Officer

Kathleen Brown
Kathleen Brown
Gail and Barry Lord have appointed Kathleen Brown as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Lord Cultural Resources effective immediately.

The Co-Presidents made the announcement saying, "Kathleen is ideally suited to be our COO due to her depth of familiarity with the history and inner workings of the company, her 30-plus years of experience as a respected consultant and her proven management skills. We have every confidence that Kathleen will shepherd the company into a bright future—we welcome her enthusiasm and positive energy in this new role."
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The Manual of Museum Learning is Now Available

The Manual of Museum Learning   The Manual of Museum Learning
Edited by Brad King & Barry Lord

Transform your cultural institution into the 21st century learning museum in seven steps .

The second edition of The Manual of Museum Learning is now available! The book offers a comprehensive approach to learning in museums and related institutions. Bridging theory and practice through a collection of case studies and success stories, this new edition takes a holistic approach to learning in the museum, which emphasizes the importance of making learning and education institution-wide priorities.
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Museum Windsor's Chimczuk Museum Celebrates a Public Grand Opening

The River and the Land Sustain Us Gallery, Museum Windsor
The River and the Land Sustain Us Gallery, Museum Windsor's Chimczuk Museum, ON. Photo courtesy of citywindsor.ca.

As part of Heritage Week 2016, the Chimczuk Museum (the newest addition to Museum Windsor) is celebrating a Public Grand Opening with two special events for the community: Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on February 18 and Community Celebration on February 20, 2016. Special tours and programming are taking place at the Chimczuk Museum, Maison François Baby House, and the Art Gallery of Windsor. Both days are offered free to the public.

Lord Cultural Resources is proud to have been part of the development plan to expand the Windsor Museum. For details, visit www.museumwindsor.ca. Read more ...

Transforming Museum Learning - Seminar and Networking Event

Hosted by the AGO in the Weston Family Learning Centre, presented by Lord Cultural Resources with the participation of Myseum of Toronto, Transforming Museum Learning - Seminar and Networking Event presented ideas and case studies from the forefront of Museum Learning initiatives.

Moderated by Brad King, co-author of The Manual of Museum Learning, second edition, this symposium and networking event celebrated the inaugural presentation of this newly released book. Watch the video above and engage in a discussion on how to transform museum learning on any of our social media platforms.

How Urbanization is Changing Museums

On January 20, 2016, Gail Lord was the guest of the third UC Alumni Salon event at the University of Toronto, University College. She gave a great talk on Cities, Museums and Soft Power: How Urbanization is Changing Museums to a packed room. As the University College Alumna, she also provided some lovely reminiscences about her university days. Watch Gail's presentation above.

Chicago Architectural Biennial Attracts More than Double the Attendees of Venice Architectural Biennale

Chicago skyline
Chicago skyline, IL. Photo courtesy of Josh*m, flickr.com.

The organizers of the inaugural Chicago Architectural Biennial announced this week that the Biennial drew a total of 530,551 visitors to the main sites and dozens of offsite events throughout the city. The Chicago totals far exceed those of the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, which counted 228,000 visitors.

In 2013, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the city's first Cultural Plan in over 25 years and the impact of the Plan, facilitated by Lord Cultural Resources and led by DCASE has been unprecedented. The implementation of Chicago Architecture Biennial was one of Lord' key recommendations of the Chicago Cultural Plan and we are delighted to see its great success. Read more ...


AAM conference - Booth 6069
Washington, DC, May 26-29, 2016
Speaker: Joy Bailey Bryant

American Public Gardens Association conference - Booth 12
Miami, FL, June 6-10, 2016

ICOM Milano conference
Milan, Italy, July 3-9, 2016
Speaker: Javier Jimenez

Past Events:

Soft Power: Where to Find it and How to Use it
Grimshaw Architects Showcase Room
New York City, April 27, 2016
Speakers: Gail Lord, Joy Bailey Bryant

Museum Next conference:
The Future of Museums
Dublin, Ireland, April 18-20, 2016
Speakers: Ngaire Blankenberg

CMA onference
Halifax, NS, April 11-15, 2016
Speaker: Brad King

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Cultural Capital Spring 2015

Our Spring issue of Cultural Capital newsletter dedicated to Cities, Museums and Soft Power is online. Read it online or view and print the PDF.

Cultural Capital Spring 2015

Latest Books

Manual of Museum Exhibitions   Manual of Museum Exhibitions
Edited by Barry Lord & Maria Piacente
Winner of 2015 Ontario Museum Association (OMA) Award of Excellence in Publications
Art and Energy   Art & Energy:
How Culture Changes

by Barry Lord
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