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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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2020 Issues

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Cultural News / November 30, 2020
Winning design for $130M Art Gallery of Nova Scotia pays homage to Mi'kmaq

A symbol of Mi'kmaw culture will be front and centre when the new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia opens on Halifax's waterfront in the coming years. The winning design for the new $130-million gallery includes a peaked hat shape at the entrance of the building, reminiscent of the headdress worn by Mi'kmaw women.

The design team, led by KPMB Architects, was one of three groups that submitted competing proposals for the new gallery. The winning proposal was the unanimous choice of an international jury.

Lord Cultural Resources is part of the larger team in charge of Exhibition Development and Design.

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Mandela Exhibition
Cultural News / October 30, 2020
U.S. premiere of Mandela exhibition on view now at Holocaust Museum Houston

The premiere of “Mandela: Struggle for Freedom,” at Holocaust Museum Houston is finally here.

The rich sensory experience uses imagery, soundscape, digital media and objects to explore the earthshaking fight for justice and human dignity in South Africa, as well as its relevance to issues of today.

On view now through Jan. 3, at Holocaust Museum Houston’s Lester and Sue Smith Campus, at 5401 Caroline Street, visitors can experience the tiny cell where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, take a stand in front of a giant 22-foot-long, 9-foot-tall armored vehicle, make a virtual protest poster on a digital light table, or enter a secret apartment for freedom fighters forced underground.

Lord Cultural Resources provided the Canadian Museum for Human Rights with tour management services for this travelling exhibition, including developing an offer package, identifying and coordinating venues, and managing tour schedules and logistics.

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Lumpkin's Jail Site Community Meeting
Cultural News / September 30, 2020
Big IDEA — Lord offers strategic planning for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access

“More and more culture-sector leaders recognize that IDEA Planning is not just the ‘right’ thing to do, but that it also makes their institution more successful and resilient,” says Lord Vice President Joy Bailey-Bryant. “Often, they are ready to make change, but are not sure how. We have proven tools, processes, and measures to manage IDEA Planning strategically, to make substantial change possible that all stakeholders can support.”

Lord Cultural Resources offers planning to facilitate building Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access strategically into your cultural organizations. Lord consultants and thought leaders can guide institutions through “IDEA Planning” either as a standalone initiative, or as part of a strategic plan, master plan exhibition, or expansion plan.

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Newburgh Arts and Cultural Commission and the City of Newburgh
Cultural News / 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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Cultural News / July 31, 2020
Artists’ Rights Society partners with Plywood Project to protect George Floyd protest art

This issue of Cultural News features a story on Artists’ Rights Society partnership with the Plywood Project, a new public art initiative inspired by recently boarded storefronts.

The Plywood Project, whose founding partners include Lord Cultural Resources’ own Eve Moros Ortega, will commission new works by artists from historically marginalized groups for New York's storefronts, and also create a living database of protest and street art in the wake of George Floyd's death.

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Cultural News / June 30, 2020

This month, along with our usual roundup of culture-sector news, we are focusing on stories related to Black lives matter and to the movement to fight back against anti-Black racism. Our feature story highlights a new Fellowship created in partnership between Lord Cultural Resources and the Association of African American Museums.

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Cultural News / May 29, 2020
Art galleries and museums start to reopen, where permitted

This edition of Cultural News features analysis from Lord's COO and Senior Practice Leader Kathleen Brown on reopening strategies.

Canadian Art Magazine interviewed Kathleen as well as leaders at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Quebec City’s Galerie3 about strategies for reopening to the public. Lord currently offers strategic reopening planning as part of a new suite services to help museums and art galleries recover and thrive. These integrated services also include digital strategies, future proofing and resilience planning, strategic communications and shovel-readiness for government and other funders’ recovery projects.

“It’s one thing to reopen museums,” says Brown, “and it’s another to position yourself flexibly and responsibly so you can respond to different circumstances coming down the road.”

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Special edition – COVID-19 Recovery
Cultural News / April 30, 2020

This Special Edition of Cultural News features our new suite of services to help cultural institutions emerge from the pandemic shutdown stronger and more resilient than they began. The services address immediate concerns about engaging with audiences, supporters, and communities, as well as longer-term strategies for reopening, adapting, and thriving in the months and years to come.

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Cultural News / March 31, 2020

Museums and galleries face enormous challenges as they are forced to close their doors in the wake of COVID-19 - but this doesn’t mean they can’t connect with their public. The potential for online collections, concerts and virtual tours to provide a refuge of calm and fill the void created by social distancing is unprecedented.

This Special Edition of Cultural News, a curated collection of stories about how the global pandemic is affecting cultural institutions and how they are rising to the challenge by increasing their digital presence online, features Ayala Museum's Online Resources for Learning & Creativity Online. Join Ayala Museum's #ArtFromHome Challenge, binge some of their Youtube videos, explore their Google Art and Culture online exhibitions, and more.
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Soft Power Destinations Awards
Cultural News / February 28, 2020
Leading Culture Destinations of The Year

This month's Cultural News features the Leading Culture Destinations Awards, which will be announced at a major ceremony in Berlin on March 4. Known as “The Oscars for museums,” this year’s awards include an incredible shortlist of nominees for the Soft Power Destinations of the Year, which are run in partnership with Lord Cultural Resources.

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the International African American Museum
Cultural News / January 31, 2020
Construction of the International African American Museum is underway at Gadsden’s Wharf

As January draws to a close and we begin to mark Black History Month, this issue of Cultural News features the International African American Museum. Construction has begun on this prestigious project, which has been designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners to honour the site at which enslaved Africans were brought into the US. Initially proposed in 2000 and now scheduled for completion in late 2021, the 41,800sq ft (3,900sq m) facility is being constructed on Gadsden’s Wharf in Charleston, South Carolina. It is estimated that up to 80 per cent of African Americans in the US today can trace their ancestry to the wharf.

“For many Africans headed into the forced labor of slavery, Gadsden’s Wharf was the beginning, the landing place, after a treacherous Transatlantic journey. The International African American Museum at this site is an incredibly important opportunity to connect America — especially the nearly 80% of African Americans, that can potentially trace an ancestor to arrival in Charleston — with the stories of ancestors whose names we will never know,” said Joy Bailey Bryant, Vice President at Lord Cultural Resources.

Lord Cultural Resources is proud to be a trusted partner with IAAM, having completed the Business Plan in 2018 in preparation for groundbreaking.

See Our Work with International African American Museum.

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