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July 19, 2018

wHY Salon: Big Ideas in Museum Practice

Musée des beaux-arts de Montreal (MBAM) is a world leader in advocating that “art does us good” – on both the societal and the individual level. MBAM’s vision is to redefine the role of the fine arts museum in a society as a catalyst for a healthy community and individual well-being. The Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy occupies more than 30,000sf and welcomes 300,000 participants per year, an increase of more than 207% over 3 years. How did this happen? What thinking inspired this radical change of focus – and how is it playing out? We met with the founder/donor and staff leadership to learn the back story, its present success, and future intentions. What lessons can be taken into the practice of Los Angeles’ museums? Bring your questions, ideas, and experiences for a lively show-and-tell!

WHERE: wHY - 9520 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA
WHEN: Thursday, July 19th; 6:30pm

Space is limited, RSVP to Aiden Bowman at aiden@why-site.com to reserve your spot on the Guest List.


Big Ideas in Museum Practice is a salon series with Kulapat Yantrasast &
Kathleen Brown, Senior Practice Leader

Kathleen Brown, COO

Kathleen Brown

Kathleen’s work over three decades with public and private institutions and organizations around the country includes both staff and consulting positions with cultural attractions, community organizations, government and academia. In 1992 she founded the U.S. offices of Lord Cultural Resources; in 2015, Kathleen returned to the company, first as Director of Business Development and most then appointed as COO. Her 30-plus years of experience as a first-rate consultant keep her in-demand as an advisor on key projects such as this.

Kulapat Yantrasast

Kulapat Yantrasast

Kulapat Yantrasast is the founding principal and creative director of wHY. Born in Bangkok, Kulapat worked as Tadao Ando’s close associate for more than seven years in Japan, leading several important US and European museum and culture projects. Regarded as a new generation architect, Kulapat’s interdisciplinary approach to architecture and design is largely shaped and inspired by his passion for food and society, viewing each project as a mix of ingredients that yields its own unique recipe. His approach and philosophy provides a purity of structure and clarity of thought with an openness and desire for creating dynamic environments, earning him numerous honors and awards over the years.