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SAMA 2022
Events / September 6, 2022

The South African Museums Association (SAMA) will take place from 6-8 September 2022 as a hybrid conference. The theme of the conference is ‘The Power of Museums’ borrowed from the International Council of Museums’ (ICOM) International Museum Day for 2022. Gail Lord is the keynote speaker this year.

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Featured Story Cultural News 2022
Newsletters / August 31, 2022
Gail Lord launches the concept of the “Aware-house” in Canada’s national newspaper

In her recent Globe and Mail ‘op ed’, Gail describes how removed statues of fallen figures can help us understand the complexity of the past, to heal the present and create a better future.

In “We should use Canada’s fallen statues to start a public conversation about our history”, Gail Lord launches the concept and calls for “Aware-houses” that display these monuments from the past as the foundation of a more healing conversation that starts with the framework that history and values are ever-changing.

Share your thoughts and ideas for "Aware-house" locations.

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Marcy Grossman
Tools / August 19, 2022
Culture break with Marcy Grossman - Part 1

In this special, two-part episode, learn about Marcy Grossman’s public service career spanning 27 years -- up to her appointment as Canadian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Yvonne speaks to Marcy about her experience as a Jewish woman working in a predominantly Arab country that’s just celebrated it’s 50th anniversary, the UAE’s achievements in economic growth, innovation, and the role of women in society. Marcy also speaks to the importance of Expo Dubai 2021 and Canada’s representation at the Expo among 191 participating countries. Finally, get insights on how the Canadian pavilion was used locally, on the ground, to showcase Canadian culture.

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Culture Break season 3
News / June 23, 2022
Culture Break is back!

Tune in to Season 3 of Lord Cultural Resources’ popular streaming video series to get the very latest commentary by thought leaders in the cultural sector around the world. Quick hits in under 10 minutes, “Culture Break” interviews bring you practical insights, emerging trends, and lived experiences.

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What's the Big IDEA - Becoming a more inclusive museum
Tools / June 9, 2022
What's the Big IDEA - Becoming a more inclusive museum

Museums, like all organizations, are grappling with the need to be more inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible. Because museums are caretakers of cultural history and among society’s most trusted institutions, the moral imperative to live IDEA values is even more urgent. Read this document to learn the key takeaways from a panel discussion on IDEA at the 2022 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo, moderated by Eve Moros Ortega, Director, Lord Cultural Resources.

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digital backbone
Tools / April 22, 2022
Building Your Digital Backbone

Technology allows arts organizations to tell stories better, share knowledge, understand audiences, and increase operational efficiency. To harness the possibilities of technology, organizations need to understand their own internal capabilities, incorporate digital assessment into their strategic vision, and plan for future digital opportunities. Now more than ever, it is critical that arts organizations adopt digital tools and technologies to improve their operations, engage audiences, and innovate new ways of artistic presentation.

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Museums and Galleries

We work with you through visioning, planning, and implementation phases to create new cultural landmarks, weaving presence into the surrounding community.

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Cities and Placemaking

We help cities build cultural spaces that draw on existing strengths and assets, allowing you to develop local geography, architecture, and artistic talent into a cultural tourist destination. 

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Gardens & Parks

Lord Cultural Resources has been a partner in planning and executing many parks and conservancies, botanical gardens, horticultural displays, living collection, and other nature-based cultural initiatives. 

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Heritage and Historic Sites

We approach each heritage and history project with fresh eyes, developing and executing plans that are uniquely tailored to the stories that each site has to tell.

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Science Centres

We help plan and create science museums with unique presence and style. We believe in drawing on local culture and context to provide visitors with meaningful, science-rich experiences that inspire and delight.

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Archives and Libraries

We have extensive experience developing and renewing archives and libraries, transforming them into dynamic, engaging spaces and broadening their potential audiences.

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Expos, Festivals and Events

We help design ground-breaking expositions and festivals that show off a locale’s individual identity and reputation to the world. We can assist with master planning, exhibitions, design, programming, and long-term tourism development.

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Architects, Developers and Designers

When projects involve multiple creative partners, we foster collaboration and synergy to take projects further. One shared success always leads to more.

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Some of our most interesting and exciting jobs don’t fit standard categories. If your vision involves ideas not described on this site, or concepts that nobody has attempted before, we are intrigued! And we want to hear from you. Our experience and discipline, far from limiting a blue-sky project, make it much more likely to succeed.

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Manual of Museum Exhibitions
Manual of Museum Exhibitions
Third Edition
Maria Piacente
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Museum Development in China
Museum Development in China
Edited by Gail Dexter Lord, Guan Qiang, An Laishun, Javier Jimenez
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The Manual of Strategic Planning for Cultural Organizations
The Manual of Strategic Planning for Cultural Organizations
By Gail Dexter Lord and Kate Markert
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