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Media Coverage

March 30, 2020
Coronavirus pandemic fails to slow progress on Complete Streets, comprehensive plan

FARMINGTON — While the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted most other activities, Farmington officials say the spread of the illness has not impacted progress on the Complete Streets downtown renovation project and that it remains on schedule.

The city also is updating the strategic plan for the Farmington Museum system, a process that began with a public meeting in December to solicit input. Allen said the first phase of that plan is almost complete, and a strategic planning workshop will follow to explore key findings.

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. The original schedule called for the firm to submit a report on the new strategic plan to the City Council in May, but the inability to hold the planned strategic planning workshop could delay that date.

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February 19, 2020
City of Abbotsford spends comparatively little on culture, new report finds

Abbotsford doesn’t fund its cultural programs and organizations as richly as other communities, a new city-commissioned report says. While the city has boosted its support of programs, similar cities still provide much more funding for cultural activities. That is one of the key findings included in a “State of Culture Report” as Abbotsford begins work on a new culture strategy. The city is also now calling for the public’s feedback on the strategy. The State of Culture Report says the city has many opportunities to “take a leadership role in culture delivery,” particularly by working with community organizations and partners. The report, which was created by Lord Cultural Resources in tandem with staff, gauged total per capita cultural spending in Abbotsford at about $6.24 per resident.

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February 10, 2020

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — Macon-Bibb residents came out to the Rosa Jackson Community Center to give their opinions on how the city’s art community should look. The first draft of the Macon-Bibb Cultural Master Plan was released Monday. The draft includes the following  five priorities: Tourism, Education, Creative industries, Neighborhood development, Audience cultivation.

Joy Bailey-Bryant, the vice president of Lord Cultural Resources, says there are different forms of art that assist with different scenarios — like helping those with mental health issues or those behind bars. Bailey-Bryant says the improvements will also boost tourism and city revenue.

“Helping neighborhoods to grow, helping businesses to grow, up in the film industry, helping in the music industry,” shared Bailey-Bryant.

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January 16, 2020
ACD gets first Duesenberg and establishes joint promotional effort with neighboring NATMUS

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum and its next-door neighbor, the National Auto & Truck Museum, are not merging, but they are cooperating in a visitor-oriented effort being termed “The Auburn Automobile Experience.”

Armed with a grant from The James Foundation of Auburn, the neighboring museums launched a 6-person committee and asked the highly recommended Lord Cultural Resources from Canada to do a study last year to determine how the museums could work together for their mutual benefit.

“We have this incredible story to tell, and we have to tell it together,” Brandon Anderson, ACD Museum executive director, told KPC Media Group and its local newspaper, The Star.

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January 12, 2020
The AGYU is opening a major new art gallery in North York

The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) wants to make North York a destination for art lovers. Thanks to a $5-million donation from patrons Joan and Martin Goldfarb, York University is planning to build a stand-alone new home for its contemporary art gallery.

“The gallery’s location on the subway [line] is huge,” says Toronto-based museum planner and consultant Gail Lord. “And the accessibility of North York to the rest of the province is very important.”

Lord sees the initiative as contributing to an ongoing democratization of the arts across the city. Recent developments include the city’s new public art strategy, which will get a big push in 2021, and annual art event Nuit Blanche’s forays into Scarborough, Etobicoke and North York. She notes the new gallery will join the Ontario Science Centre, the Aga Khan Museum and the Meridian Arts Centre as North York venues with an arts focus.

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January 9, 2020
Nelson Mandela exhibit to open next month in Kitchener

A major new exhibition, Mandela: Struggle for Freedom, opens at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum in Kitchener on February 7, 2020. A rich sensory experience of imagery, soundscape, digital media and objects is used to explore the earth shaking fight for justice and human dignity in South Africa - and its relevance to issues of today. Among its many dramatic visual features and original artifacts, the exhibition replicates Mandela’s eight by seven foot prison cell. When entered, the cell becomes a digital theatre whose walls tell a story of repression and resilience.

This exhibition was developed by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg, Canada) in partnership with the Apartheid Museum (Johannesburg, South Africa). Tour management services provided by Lord Cultural Resource.

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January 6, 2020
This is the design of the Canada Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

Construction is well underway on the Canada Pavilion for Expo 2020 in Dubai, which will mark the first time Canada has participated in the World’s Fair since Expo 2020 in Shanghai.

The federal government’s Global Affairs Canada (GAC) department contracted the project to a consortium led by EllisDon Construction, with Toronto-based Moriyama & Teshima Architects behind the design. Other partners in the design, build, and operation contract entail Lord Cultural Resources, along with Hatch, Kubik, Thornton Tomasetti, NGX, and Cisco.

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December 31, 2019
Future of Farmington Museum to be determined

An eventful year for the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park came to an end with the launch of a months-long process to develop a new strategic plan for the facility. A public meeting was held Dec. 11 to solicit public input for the plan, with the global consulting practice Lord Cultural Resources having been hired by the city to facilitate the process. The plan is intended to guide the decision-making of museum officials over the next several years. A final version is expected to be delivered to the City Council for its consideration by May.

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December 23, 2019
Portrait Gallery pitch reaches feasibility stage

The push to add a National Portrait Gallery to the capital’s “constellation” of cultural institutions has reached its next stage with a feasibility report prepared by a citizen-led advisory board. The report includes the proposed gallery’s preliminary concept, with a more detailed operational and business plan to come once the first major hurdle is cleared: finding a site to house the precious portrait collection.

In 2018, the board joined forces with the venerable Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and the renowned Toronto-based museum-planning firm Lord Cultural Resources, which drafted the recent feasibility study.

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December 22, 2019
Progress on Expo 2020 Dubai country pavilions in Dubai South

In less than a year, Expo 2020 Dubai will open its doors to more than 25 million visitors from across the globe on 20 October, 2020, with 70% of the visitors expected to come from outside the UAE. The first World Expo to take place in the region, Expo 2020 Dubai, will be located on an area covering 4.38km2 near Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South.

Other companies including Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Lord Cultural Resources, Hatch, Kubik, Thornton Tomasetti, NGX, and Cisco are also working on the pavilion that will be located within the Sustainability District.

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