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Events / February 5, 2020
Brampton 2040 Speaker Series

Four nights | 10 Speakers | Hundreds of Ideas

At this free event you will hear from and engage with international leaders who have successfully implemented transformational change in other communities.

The series, part of a larger project that is aimed at developing the Brampton 2040 Plan to implementing the Brampton 2040 Vision, that followed extensive public engagement in the fall of 2017.

The Brampton 2040 Vision was endorsed by Council in May of 2018. Brampton 2040 depicts a more sustainable, urban, vibrant and economically successful direction for the City. Building upon the 2040 engagement process, the objective of these events is to share ideas with the community as to how we can move from vision to action.

Brad King, Vice President with Lord Cultural Resources, is taking part at the series on February 5, 2020


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Newsletters / December 31, 2019
2019 Highlights looking forward to 2020

For the concluding Cultural News of 2019, we share some of the highlights that made it a great year for our practice because so many clients and projects embraced diversity, creativity, youth empowerment, human rights and open minds. Looking ahead – the public trust in museums and the cultural sector depends on these values.

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News / December 20, 2019
America’s first museum hotel just opened in New Orleans - and it’s worth checking in

It’s fitting that America’s first true museum hotel is at one of America’s very best museums, and a longtime personal favorite of mine, the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. If you haven’t been, go, and if you have been, go back - this was my fourth visit, and every time there are new exhibits and in many cases, entire new wings or buildings. Last year TripAdvisor users named it the nation’s third best museum behind only New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at Number One, the 9/11 Museum (also an amazing can’t miss experience).

Congratulations to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Lord Cultural Resources is so proud to have worked with you to develop your campus and your leaning strategies.

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News / December 18, 2019
Museums and heritage: Building livable communities through soft power

Check out this article on building livable communities through soft power by Gail Lord on page 26 at the current issue of Heritage Matters: Rethink. Revitalize.

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Janera Solomon, Photo: Kelly Strayhorn Theater
News / December 16, 2019
Outgoing Kelly-Strayhorn Head Changed Pittsburgh Dance Scene, And More

In 11 years as executive director of the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, janera solomon changed more than just the prominence of that East Liberty performing-arts venue. She profoundly altered the Pittsburgh arts scene. “Supporting emerging artists, new ideas, no matter where they come from, is a critical part of keeping a city, and keeping an arts community viable,” she said.

Janera has worked with Lord Cultural Resources in several projects.

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News / December 16, 2019
Desire for more diverse, edgy programming expressed at museum meeting

Session kicks off development of new strategic plan. FARMINGTON — Members of the public who attended a Dec. 11 meeting at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park to help develop the facility's new strategic plan voiced a lot of appreciation for the museum. But they also expressed a desire to see the facility take a more diversified and daring approach to its programming. The meeting was one of the first steps in the creation of a new strategic plan designed to guide the museum for the next several years. The city has contracted with Lord Cultural Resources — a global consulting practice that offers specialized planning services in the museum, cultural and heritage sector — to facilitate the development of the plan. Two representatives of the firm's Toronto office — vice president Brad King and senior consultant Sarah Hill — were at the museum to lead the meeting, which was designed to solicit public input, and help King and Hill develop a better understanding of how residents view the facility.

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Canadian Museum for Human Rights on our $10 bil
News / December 5, 2019
Man's mission to photograph sites on currencies around the world brings him to Winnipeg

One man is making it his mission to photograph the buildings and landmarks seen on currency from around the world, which brought him to Winnipeg to see the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on our $10 bill. 

Emaad Paracha has been through four countries photographing sites on currency.

Lord Cultural Resources has been involved with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights since the early stages, developing the Concept Plan, Master Plan, Architectural Competition Management and completing a cross-country Public Engagement. Most recently, Lord Cultural Resources was engaged by the CMHR to provide tour management services for the Mandela: A Struggle for Freedom traveling exhibition.

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News / December 4, 2019
Museum Development in China: Book Launch explores the role of museums in city-building

What can Canada learn from the museum building boom in China? It’s a question examined in the book Museum Development in China: Understanding the Building Boom, edited by Gail Dexter Lord, Guan Qiang, An Laishun, and Javier Jimenez. The anthology aims to discover how much East and West can learn from each other about museum roles, our publics, how we preserve, what we conserve and our future sustainability—even as we marvel at the accomplishments of China's museum building boom.

On November 27, the University of Toronto’s School of Cities, in partnership with the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy,  the Faculty of Information, and Lord Cultural Resources, hosted a book launch event and panel discussion at the George Ignatieff Theatre. 

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Newsletters / November 29, 2019
New galleries open at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

This month’s issue features the completion of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History redevelopment. Three major new galleries and two investigative labs have been opened to the public.

“Lord Cultural Resources worked with the Museum for more than five years on this project, starting with concept development, and continuing right through this latest phase” says Maria Piacente, Lord Cultural Resources’ Vice President of Exhibitions and Events. “The results are breathtaking. You can see imagination and innovation at every turn. I’m proud of the team’s work, and I congratulate the Museum on their vision and dedication.”

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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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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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The Manual of Digital Museum Planning
Manual of Digital Museum Planning
Edited by Ali Hossaini and Ngaire Blankenberg with Gail Lord and Barry Lord
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