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November 5, 2019

Museums Computer Network Annual Conference

Hosted every year since 1968, the Annual Conference is MCN's marquee event and draws over 600 cultural heritage professionals from museums, historic sites and visitor attractions in North America and beyond. Attendees come from all areas of practice, from IT to digital outreach and visitor engagement, to collections, conservation, archival, libraries, curatorial, education, marketing, and more. A must-attend for all professionals in the musetech sector! 

Sarah Hill, Senior Consultant, Lord Cultural Resources is presenting the session:

Culture, Cities and Digital Technologies –
Building Strength Through Cross-Discipline, Cross-Sector and Cross-Country Collaboration

Wednesday November 6th - 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

From 2018-2019, Lord Cultural Resources, Nordicity and OCAD University convened 18 nationally and provincially-mandated arts and culture organizations, 6 city economic development departments and a multitude of digital technology advisers to brainstorm and develop a series of strategic initiatives that would help these partners leverage big data and maximize digital solutions for the benefits of all involved. Using two pilot project case studies – the Toronto Arts of Tomorrow Initiative and the Canadian Arts Discoverability Initiative – this session will explore the successes and set backs of bringing multi-discipline (museums, visual arts, dance, festivals, etc.) and multi-sector partners together from across the country in collaboration.

Attendees will hear about the convening and collaboration process used, key questions and issues raised, new insights gathered, and lessons learned. In sharing this knowledge, we hope to encourage other cultural organizations, cities and digital leaders to seek out new partners for collaborations and to develop their own unified digital initiatives to solve a range of common problems; from audience analytics and discoverability, to content distribution and monetization.

Sarah Hill

Sarah Hill is a Senior Consultant within the Management Consulting team at Lord Cultural Resources. Sarah’s core competancies include strategic development, financial and market assessments, audience development and visitor forecasting, activity planning, options appraisals, feasibility studies, business planning and evaluation, and public consultation. Sarah’s recent project experience includes a ‘best use’ study for Spadina Museum, developing and implementing the consultation and engagement plan for the Edwards Gardens and Toronto Botanical Gardens Master Plan and Managmement Plan, an Arts and Culture Master Plan for Downtown Lake Worth, FL, and developing a programming framework for The Bentway.