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Media Coverage

September 27, 2017
The Art Newspaper

Canada’s first national Holocaust memorial opens in Ottawa

Canada today (27 September) inaugurated its first national Holocaust Monument, in Ottawa, an endeavour ten years in the making. A grassroots campaign to build the monument was launched in 2007 by a student at the University of Ottawa, Laura Grossman, and construction on the C$9m ($7.25m) project began last year. It was supported by the National Holocaust Monument Development Council, with matching funds from the Canadian Government. The concept of monument, landscape of loss, memory and survival, came from Toronto-based Lord Cultural Resources, and was chosen in 2014 from a shortlist that included proposals from the architects David Adjaye and Ron Arad.

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September 27, 2017
The Ottawa Citizen

National Holocaust Monument unveiled in downtown Ottawa

The long wait for a national Holocaust memorial ended Wednesday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau inaugurating the city’s newest monument in downtown Ottawa.

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September 27, 2017
Radio Canada

Le Monument national de l'Holocauste inauguré mercredi

La cérémonie d'inauguration du Monument national de l'Holocauste aura lieu mercredi après-midi à Ottawa en présence du premier ministre Justin Trudeau et de la ministre du Patrimoine, Mélanie Joly.

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September 27, 2017
Prime Minister's Office

Prime Minister inaugurates National Holocaust Monument

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today inaugurated the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa. The monument serves to honour the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, and the important lessons it so painfully taught us.

The Holocaust was the mass extermination of over six million Jews and millions of other victims, and one of the darkest chapters in human history. The National Holocaust Monument commemorates the millions of people who suffered such atrocities at the hands of the Nazi regime, and pays tribute to those whose stories must never be forgotten.

The monument also stands as a testament to the resilience and courage of Holocaust survivors. Many found a home in Canada, and profoundly shaped our country and society.

In honouring the victims of the Holocaust, we recognize their humanity, which no human act can erase. The National Holocaust Monument reminds us that it is our collective and vital responsibility to stand against anti-Semitism, racism, and hatred, and to bring meaning to the solemn vow, “never again.”

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September 23, 2017
Dallas News

Dallas wants to shake up its arts scene to be more diverse- and it needs you

It last happened 15 years ago, at the dawn of the 21st century.

And that, says Jennifer Scripps, who runs the city's Office of Cultural Affairs, was too long ago.

Dallas has changed dramatically since 2002, when the city last drafted a Cultural Plan, its road map for the arts in the nation's  ninth largest city, whose population now exceeds 1.3 million.

"Think about the way the world has changed," Scripps says. "The audience has changed. The demographics of Dallas have changed. Uptown. West Dallas. Whole neighborhoods have been transformed."

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September 18, 2017

Commission weights $40,000 multi-phased approach to contextualize Confederate monument

The Decatur City Commission will consider an agreement that would add context to a controversial Confederate monument on the Decatur Square.

The agreement, with Lord Cultural Resources, would cost at least $40,000 and work would begin immediately after it is approved by the Decatur City Commission. The proposal is on the agenda for tonight’s City Commission meeting, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.

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September 11, 2017
The Telegraph

National Treasure- Why the Bihar Museum is in a class of its own

On Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary this year, chief minister Nitish Kumar will gift the country its most modern museum - with Japanese aesthetics, 21st century environment-friendliness and the spotlight firmly on Bihar as the protagonist in the story of India.

Such as when army of Alexander the Great cowered before the forces of Dhana Nanda, the last ruler of the Nanda dynasty of Bihar. Such as when the Mauryan Empire, with its seat at Patliputra or present-day Patna, under Asoka the Great spanned from Afghanistan to Bangladesh. Such as when the Buddha discovered the meaning of life, when Lord Mahavira underlined the importance of non-violence, when universities such as Nalanda and Vikramshila shone the light of knowledge.

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September 7, 2017
The Times of India


'Museums must be made sustainable'

At a time when vested interest groups are attempting to appropriate historical facts to support their narratives, cultural spaces consultant Batul Raaj Mehta felt that museums would play a key role in representing the numerous sides of history.

Mehta, a consultant for the ambitious Bihar Museum project spanning 14 acres, was in Kochi to rework the management Madhavan Nayar Foundation's museum of Kerala history in Edappally that houses the works of popular artist like B B Mukherjee, Somnath Hore, F N Souza and M F Husain.

She said that a few museums in the US that fared well were representing the multiple sides of history over the past 20 years.

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August 25, 2017
Art and Seek

The City of Dallas is drafting a new cultural plan

Leading the project is Joy Bailey Bryant. She says the citizens will create this plan and that she and her group just need to know what they want.

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June 26, 2017
Zocalo Public Square

Can Engaging with Art Turn a Bunch of Selfie-Takers into Citizens?

Changing Audiences Are Making Creators and Institutions Rethink Art Itself

If the essence of art is necessarily elusive and hard to define, so too is the essence of arts engagement. As audiences grow more diverse and demanding, and new digital technologies allow anyone to become a content creator with the click of a button, arts engagement now embraces a wide array of strategies, methods and goals.

On June 25 in downtown Los Angeles, more than 200 artists, producers, presenters, grant-makers, museum directors, curators, librarians, cultural administrators, government officials, members of philanthropic entities and journalists came together to consider “What Can the World Teach California About Arts Engagement?” The Zócalo Public Square conference attracted panelists and attendees from across California, the United States and other corners of the planet.

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