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Healing Power of Parks
Events / October 1, 2020
State of the Park: The Healing Power of Parks

Join Joy Bailey-Bryant on October 1 at 12pm (CST) for Memorial Park Conservancy’s State of the Park, a virtual event celebrating the past year’s advancements and the community of support that enables the Conservancy to care for Houston’s largest urban wilderness and recreation park. Shellye Arnold, President & CEO of Memorial Park Conservancy, will provide an update on the Memorial Park Master Plan and associated Ten-Year Plan projects, including the newly opened Eastern Glades and the Land Bridge and Prairie, opening in 2022.

Panelists include Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President and Director of National Programs at the Trust for Public Land and Catherine Nagel, Executive Director at City Parks Alliance. The panelists will discuss the power of parks to bring communities together, offer refuge and respite, and provide healing and peace during times of trouble.

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The Creative Bureaucracy Festival 2020
Events / September 28, 2020
"Soft Power": The Fuel Of Thriving Communities. Gail Lord will be speaking at the Creative Bureaucracy Festival 2020

September 28, 2020, 16:30

The Creative Bureaucracy Festival 2020 is just around the bend — a weeklong festival full of bureaucratic imagination. The programme is jam-packed with new ideas, fresh insights, and pride in what the public sector can accomplish. The goal is to create spaces for exchange, to show examples of bureaucracy at its best, and not least to help people have fun — not in spite of being bureaucrats but because of it.

Soft power is the ability to impact behaviour through influence, persuasion and agenda-setting. Countries tend to build walls while cities build bridges, especially in our current period of mass migration. Gail Lord, founder of Lord Cultural Resources and leader of the soft power movement, interviews two pioneering public servants who understand how soft power works and bring it to life.

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Fostering Leadership
Tools / September 16, 2020
“Fostering Leadership”: online talk with Gail Lord

During the Fostering Leadership online talk, Gail Lord discusses the impact the current crisis situation had on the global trends in culture, what lessons we learned and what we should take with us to the future.

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AAMC video
Tools / September 16, 2020
Responding: Process, Legalities and Engagement

In this video, we discuss the steps and process that organizations move through in responding to inquiries and feedback. In pulling back the curtain, we will look at PR, Human Resources, and Social Media roles in responding to crisis and controversy. Conversation will also seek ways forward in transparency towards answering to public and staff questions.

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Fellowship 2020
News / September 8, 2020
FELLOWSHIP 2020 - Deadline extended to September 18th, 2020

The partnership of Lord Cultural Resources and the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) is accepting letters of interest (LOI) through September 18th, 2020, at 11:59 pm ET for Fellowship 2020, a new initiative for Black Americans in Museums, Arts, and Cultural Spaces.

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Newburgh Arts and Cultural Commission and the City of Newburgh
Newsletters / August 31, 2020
Cultural Planning in the time of upheaval

This month’s Cultural News features the Newburgh Arts and Cultural Commission and the City of Newburgh, which are undertaking the city’s first comprehensive inventory and assessment of its diverse arts and culture ecology. An hour’s drive north through New York’s Hudson Valley, the Kingston Arts Commission has also launched a Master Arts and Cultural Plan to serve their city of 23,000.

In these, and many other cities around the world, cultural planning has been completely upended in the past year, with new willingness — and need — to reckon with systemic racism, pandemic effects, economic upheaval, and other potent disruptors. Who creates cultural experiences? Who participates in them? How do they promote inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility? Lord Cultural Resources is facilitating the Newburgh Cultural Plan and the Kingston Arts and Culture Master Plan, helping them navigate these uncharted waters.

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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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