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May 10, 2023
Rockford Area Arts Council launches a cultural plan for the Forest City

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Area groups begin a major initiative that will, hopefully, put the Rockford region on the map of Arts and Cultural hotspots.

At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, the Rockford Area Arts Council (RAAC) will host the first public meeting for the Rockford Region Cultural Plan at the Riverfront Museum Park in downtown Rockford.

Lord Cultural Resources, a consulting group based in New York City, will work with the RAAC and Rockford residents, to create the directory.

It brings meaning to our lives arts and culture but it also has a tremendous amount of data around benefits in health, in education, in workforce development, in attracting employers,” said Eve Moros Ortega, director with Lord.

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March 15, 2023
Nungesser to propose museum merger with Secretary of State sites

Nine state museums are the responsibility of the Louisiana lieutenant governor, and nine other sites are operated by the Secretary of State. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser wants to place them under the same umbrella and create regional entities to handle their management.

He’s bringing forward the strategy as widespread issues within the Office of State Museums (OSM), which the lieutenant governor oversees, are aired in a Legislative Auditor’s report released this week. The review found museums have operated without a strategic plan or detailed budget for years. Low employee morale was also cited in the audit.  

The audit report also pulls extensively from a 2019 study the Office of State Museums commissioned from consultant Lord Cultural Resources to review its governance structure. 

The firm found “the current governance structure creates political interference and tension, makes fundraising a challenge, and could risk OSM losing accreditation.” The Lord report also noted a “long-standing tension” between the museum board and the Office of State Museums.

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February 28, 2023
CITY RELEASES REPORT ON CURRENT STATE OF CULTURE IN CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG AREA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 27, 2023) — The City of Charlotte on Monday released the State of Culture Report, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area's most up-to-date study of local arts and culture conditions. Residents and all local arts and culture participants are invited to provide additional input on the city's cultural planning efforts through a survey and during a virtual public meeting about the report.

The city will host a virtual public meeting on March 8, 6-8 p.m., to walk residents through the State of Culture Report and to solicit feedback. Residents should register on Eventbrite to receive a Zoom meeting invitation from the city's consultants, Lord Cultural Resources.

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February 28, 2023
Lord Cultural Resources celebrates opening of Abrahamic Family House

Lord Cultural Resources, the world’s largest cultural professional practice, recently provided its expertise to the Abrahamic Family House project, a multi-faith campus opening on 1 March 2023 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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February 22, 2023
These new findings will guide how Charlotte spends money to improve arts, culture

Charlotte aspires to be a leading arts city, and a plan to achieve that may be just a few months away. The city’s arts and culture steering committee Tuesday met to refine and finalize Charlotte’s State of Culture Report, the findings that will inform an arts and culture plan expected to be completed this summer. The full report is expected to be released in detail to the public in early March, but lead planner Joy Bailey-Bryant provided “emerging insights” from the report that will guide the city’s planning process.

“We were able to really speak to people about what is important for them regarding arts and culture, and not just individual artists and arts organizations, but residents as well as educators,” said Bailey-Bryant, president of consulting company Lord Cultural US.

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February 17, 2023
AAM to highlight sustainability and community engagement at Annual Meeting & Expo

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) is set to highlight sustainability and community engagement as two of its leading topics during this year’s Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo programme. The comprehensive schedule of talks and discussions will cover a breadth of industry topics when it takes place in Denver from 19-22 May 2023.

Lord Cultural Resources director Eve Moros Ortega will discuss ‘Cultural planning for museums: collaborating with culture to maximize impact’ with speakers from Mint Museum and the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

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February 15, 2023
Niagara Region announces 2022 Niagara Biennial Design award winners

The Niagara Region has announced Niagara Parks Power Station and the Neil Campbell Rowing Centre among the 11 Biennial Design Award winners. The projects received recognition in the Grand prize – Interior public space and Grand prize – Architecture categories, respectively.

Designed by +VG Architects, ELLIS Engineering Inc., FORREC, Lord Cultural Resources, Science North, Stantec, and Thinkwell Montreal, Currents: Niagara’s Power Transformed, is an interactive sound and light experience that radiates the historic facility. The former “Canadian Niagara Power Company generating station” harnessed the energy of the Horseshoe Falls and turned it into a source of electricity for over 100 years. Today, the landmark attraction  highlights the history and architectural features of this structure.

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February 14, 2023
Tuscaloosa officials request feedback for Saban Center development plans

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - The City of Tuscaloosa wants your input on a major development coming to downtown. City leaders have big plans for the Saban Center, but they won’t go forward without hearing from many of you first.

A consultant hired to assist in the planning of the Saban Center has created a community survey on the future of the science and discovery center.

Lord Cultural Resources, a museum consultant for the Saban Center, launched an online community survey for the science and discovery center that will be known as IGNITE. 

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January 25, 2023
Association of Children’s Museum releases new five-year strategic plan

The Association of Children’s Museum (ACM), is the world’s foremost professional society supporting and advocating on behalf of children’s museums. The association is pleased to announce its new five-year (2023-2028) strategic plan.

To plan for this future, ACM engaged Lord Cultural Resources, to work collaboratively with the board, executive director, and staff leadership to facilitate a strategic planning process to revisit their current mission and vision, set impactful goals, and develop measurable objectives around four main priorities for the organization.

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January 8, 2023
It started as a Blacks-only beach. A lot of Miami history has been made on Virginia Key

The park was popular for swimming, picnics, family gatherings, “Splashdown” parties, and had a concession stand famous for its corn dogs. It also had pavilions, an ornate carousel and mini-train rides for kids.

2016: Consulting firm Lord Cultural Resources released a business plan stating the museum would need operating support from the government and private sources, estimating estimating and operating budget of about $2 million per year for the first three years. Start of construction projected for 2021.

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