If you visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, you can gaze at many treasures, works painted by the likes of Rembrandt, Monet and Dégas. Or you can try making your own masterpiece in a studio equipped with free art supplies where nobody is going to tell you that you aren’t the next Picasso.
Welcome to Nathalie Bondil’s museum. As public art galleries struggle to attract new visitors to institutions sometimes perceived as remote or elitist, Bondil is the dynamic French immigrant who has overseen a popular revolution at the MMFA. In the space of a decade as the museum’s director, she has thrown its doors open to the community, doubled its floor space and tripled its attendance.
“It’s remarkable,” museum consultant Gail Lord said. “Montreal is not the largest city in Canada and it’s not a particularly museum-going city; it’s a festival city. … She’s doing a brilliant job; she’s one of the leading art gallery directors in the world.”Read More
The Louvre Abu Dhabi, Washington’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Winnipeg’s Canadian Museum for Human Rights—it’s an impressive list. In addition to being humanist in perspective, these cultural institutions have in common that my Canadian cultural planning firm helped to develop each of them.
— Gail Lord, President and Co-founder, Lord Cultural ResourcesRead More
Established in 2004 in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the bank, the Central Bank Museum, formerly known as the Money Museum, has recently undergone an extensive and modern rebranding into a state-of-the-art facility. Its immersive design guides patrons on a tour through the history of money in the country and the significant role that the bank plays in the country’s economic development.Read More
Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Queen Quet, Princess Dana Firas of Jordan, Dame Fiona Reynolds and John Orna-Ornstein are among the speakers for an international conference taking place in Bermuda next month, which will also will feature Bermudians among its speakers and panelists.
Gail Lord, President and Co-founder of Lord Cultural Resources, will be one the plenary speakers at this conference to address a need for planning services in the museum, cultural and heritage sector.Read More
Gail Lord, President and Co-founder of Lord Cultural Resources has twice researched the issue of revitalizing Ontario Place, and keeps landing on the Ontario Science Centre as a natural fit.
Gail is quoted advocating for this change: “The big trend in the world is clustering of culture, education and entertainment — clustered on the water. This is where the world is going, and Toronto should be as advanced as the rest of the world.”Read More
Dallas — The Orchestra of New Spain’s overall mission of bringing immediacy and cultural relevance to artistic traditions of Hispanic heritage has probably never been more pertinent and more necessary.
“The City of Dallas, through the Office of Cultural Affairs, has acknowledged that historically different communities have been supported at different levels,” said Joy Bailey-Bryant, vice-president with Lord Cultural Resources, in a report from KERA’s Art & Seek last fall. “And that the city has been instrumental in supporting some organizations more heavily than others.”Read More
Risk in a professional setting is often perceived as something unwanted – something to avoid at all costs. We want to be calculated in our decisions, and to be sure of their successes. Rather than seeking risk out, many of us choose to cast doubt upon it.
On February 7th, the Museum Studies Students Association (MUSSA) took yet another step towards dispelling such myths. As part of the 50th Anniversary of the Museum Studies Program (MMSt50), MUSSA invited four incredible panelists – Jim Shedden (Manager of Publishing at the Art Gallery of Ontario), Shaniqua Liston (Operations Manager at Kingston Penitentiary Tours), Kathleen Brown (Chief Operating Officer of Lord Cultural Resources), and Karen Carter (Founding Executive Director of Myseum of Toronto) - to speak on their respective approaches to risk in professional settings.Read More
A retired bureaucrat who, by his own admission, knew little about art until a few years ago, has sculpted with passion a trailblazer art project in Bihar that has set the benchmark for other states to emulate. Anjani Kumar Singh is the president of the Bihar Museum, the latest landmark on the map of Patna and the fruition of an idea that he believes was ahead of its time.Read More
An event kicking off a visioning process for a proposed African American Cultural Center in Long Beach drew nearly 100 people that included community members who for decades have taken personal responsibility to spread knowledge on a diverse culture in a city without a formal institution for it.Read More
It’s been nearly a year since Long Beach City Councilman Al Austin called for the city to begin developing an African-American cultural center — and that process is finally taking shape.
Austin, along with other local leaders, spoke to a packed room at the Expo Arts Center in Bixby Knolls Tuesday evening, Jan. 29, about how residents can get involved with turning the idea into a reality.Read More