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Cultural News

Cultural News is a monthly global round-up of what's happening in culture to help you be up to date with current topics and trends. Excerpts are directly quoted from the articles – here you can browse through the featured stories and access the full issues.

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2024 Issues

Two Award-Winning Projects
Cultural News / May 31, 2024
Congratulations to Two Award-Winning Projects

May was a big month for some well-deserved recognition for projects we’ve had the honour of working on. First up: The Leaf at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg was recognized with a National Award of Excellence from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Our team worked with Assiniboine Park from 2015-2023 to help plan The Leaf, a new horticultural attraction in Winnipeg. We developed the Visitor Experience Plan, a cohesive narrative that ties all elements of the gardens together and helped guide design and implementation. Learn more

We were also thrilled to learn that Misko-Aki: Confluence of Cultures was made a recipient of the nationally prestigious Canadian Museums Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions. In 2020, we were invited by Tim Johnson to join a team to develop the exhibit, with extensive consultation and collaboration with the seven Indigenous Nations connected to the Muskoka region. Learn more

Congratulations to everyone involved!

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Manual of Museum Management
Cultural News / April 30, 2024
We’re Delighted to Announce the Newest Addition to the Lord Library of Books

Manual of Museum Management for Museums in Dynamic Change, the third edition of the classic, is an exciting guide in a time of sweeping changes. Renowned museum planner and Lord President and Co-founder Gail Dexter Lord applies her international experience to create this comprehensive and detailed guide to the tools and strategies needed to successfully address today’s issues and opportunities.

“This is a book for museum leaders, managers, trustees and staff, and all those who care about museums and are curious about how they work. I touch on so many aspects of our work — like exhibitions, strategy, communications and technology. Museums are stable institutions, with enormous amounts of public trust, and museum staff are resilient. At Lord, we provide support and advice to museums and cultural organizations, and now they can now find it within these pages as well.” – Gail Dexter Lord

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Women's History Month
Cultural News / March 29, 2024
Lord Celebrates Women’s History Month

We hope your month has been full of stories that celebrate and honour the extraordinary women who uplift, inspire and transform the world around them.

Here at Lord, we asked our team to nominate some extraordinary women who are making the world a better place through culture, and we got back some amazing responses.

Read on to learn about a few fantastic women in the cultural sector who we think are truly shifting the landscape.

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19th century houses in formerly Weeksville town
Cultural News / February 29, 2024
‘The fullness of life’: preserving a historic Black neighborhood in Brooklyn

“Conservationists in New York are ramping up research and preservation efforts of a historic Black community that had all but disappeared, illuminating what some experts say is an ‘antidote’ to ongoing rightwing efforts to keep African American studies out of classrooms.

“’It’s important to tell the story over and over, especially to young people, to help them understand the history and what it meant to have a free Black community in the post-war era,’ Raymond Codrington, president and chief executive officer of the Weeksville Heritage Center, said.” 

Weeksville Heritage Center engaged Lord’s services to facilitate a transformational Strategic and Business Planning process. Our team identified critical issues and key strategic opportunities, assessed facility needs and future expansion opportunities, and created a business plan with realistic operating, revenue, and expense projections. 

Learn more about Weeksville here.

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Mary Ann Shadd stamp © Canada Post Corporation, 2024
Cultural News / January 31, 2024
Black History Month stamp celebrates the achievements and legacy of Mary Ann Shadd

 “As the founder of The Provincial Freeman newspaper, Mary Ann Shadd (1823-93) was the first Black woman to edit and publish a newspaper in North America. The American-born educator and abolitionist moved to Windsor, Canada West (now Ontario), where she established a racially integrated school in 1851, followed by The Provincial Freeman in 1853. We asked Adrienne Shadd, a historian, and her daughter, Marishana Mabusela, both the great-great-great and great-great-great-great-nieces, respectively, of Mary Ann Shadd, about their connection to their famous ancestor. Their answers emphasized how the growing impetus to tell the stories of Black Canadians, particularly Black women whose lives were doubly concealed, can make a difference in a single generation.

"‘Mary Ann Shadd was one among many accomplished ancestors and family members,’ says Mabusela. ‘Seeing her receive such public recognition given what she went through at a time when women – particularly Black women – were not respected, gives me confidence to accomplish my dreams despite the obstacles.’”

Marishana Mabusela is a Senior Consultant at Lord Cultural Resources.

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