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Media Coverage

August 5, 2020
First-Ever Cultural Study Launches in Newburgh

NEWBURGH – The Newburgh Arts and Cultural Commission and the City of Newburgh are proud to undertake the first comprehensive inventory and assessment of the diverse arts and culture ecology in the city: the Newburgh Arts + Cultural Study (NACS). As evidenced in cities large and small, arts and culture are known to be powerful engines for business sectors, and benefit residents and visitors alike. The project website, NewburghCulture.org, details how Newburgh’s community can participate in the first focus group on August 7th, take the survey, volunteer, follow NACS social media, and learn the survey’s results.

“The Newburgh Art and Cultural Study will be an invaluable tool for Newburgh to better understand its arts and cultural assets, in order to best ensure an optimal future for Newburgh’s creative community and the public at large,” said Joy Bailey-Bryant, Vice President and project lead from Lord Cultural Resources.

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August 1, 2020
Junction project beginning to take shape

Junction East would consist of library, art gallery and possibly the Sudbury Theatre Centre; Junction West would house a hotel, a conference and convention centre, and a community auditorium and performance theatre. To date, the city has spent more than $1.1 million on The Junction projects, including more than $650,000 on capital costs. Included in that is about $115,000 for Lord Cultural Resources, which devised a feasibility and business plan for the library and art gallery, as well as nearly $175,000 for Centreline Design for an integrated site design.

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July 21, 2020
Artists Rights Society Partners With The Plywood Project to Protect George Floyd Protest Art

Artists Rights Society has announced that it has become the artist rights partner of the Plywood Project -a new public art initiative, inspired by recently boarded storefronts, to transform and empower communities with art.

The Plywood Project models collaboration in its decentralized leadership, currently organized with founding partners Eve Moros Ortega of Lord Cultural Resources, Manon Slome of No Longer Empty, the Brooklyn Arts Council, New Yorkers for Culture and Arts, Groundswell, The Office Performing Arts + Film, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and Living Trust for the Arts. The Plywood Project is growing its consortium of partners to include the Human Impacts Institute, Global Action Project, Drim Films, Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art + Storytelling, and others.

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July 17, 2020
U.S. Premiere of "Mandela: Struggle for Freedom" Exhibition Opens September 11 at Holocaust Museum Houston

Houston, TX, July 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) announces the U.S. premiere of "Mandela: Struggle for Freedom," a rich sensory experience of imagery, soundscape, digital media and objects used to explore the earthshaking fight for justice and human dignity in South Africa – and its relevance to issues of today.

This exhibition shares an important piece of global human rights history, so its lessons can reverberate today with a new generation.” "Mandela: Struggle for Freedom" was developed by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) (Winnipeg, Canada) in partnership with the Apartheid Museum (Johannesburg, South Africa). Tour management services provided by Lord Cultural Resources. The CMHR is grateful to The Asper Foundation, Travel Manitoba, TD Bank Group and Air Canada for supporting this international tour. The exhibition in Houston is sponsored by Wells Fargo. United Airlines is the official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.

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June 25, 2020
Kingston launches Master Arts and Cultural Plan

For a city with a population of only 23,000, Kingston has considerable arts and cultural resources. It has a large performing arts center, which brings in top acts; several galleries and small museums, one of which is the only one in the world to specialize in the maritime history of the Hudson River; two industrial loft complexes that house and provide work space to dozens of artists; numerous businesses that hire people in the arts, including several nationally known arts-related manufacturers and fabricators; and the Midtown Arts District (MAD), which sponsors an annual expo of the arts, has hosted artist talks and performances as well as exhibitions, and includes two organizations, D.R.A.W. and P.U.G.G., which respectively offer visual arts workshops for adults and youth and a paid youth internship program in the arts.

Wanting to further leverage these assets for economic growth as well as more social equity, educational opportunities and better quality of life, the city obtained funding for a master arts plan from a private foundation and has commissioned a New York-based consultancy, Lord Cultural Resources, to develop what’s officially referred to as the Kingston Arts & Culture Master Plan.

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June 1, 2020
Kingston aims to develop Arts & Culture Master Plan

KINGSTON, N.Y. — The city is undertaking its first comprehensive cultural planning project by creating an Arts & Culture Master Plan. The goal of the effort is to identify gaps and new opportunities through analyses of existing facilities, economic data, strengths, weaknesses and possible threats, according to a press release from the city.

Work on the Arts & Culture Master Plan is to begin this month an continue until early 2021. The city will work with the firm Lord Cultural Resources to complete the plan. The firm will provide an economic impact study and a catalog of cultural resources, and it will facilitate public workshops and presentations.

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June 1, 2020
Kingston Embarks Upon Its First Arts And Culture Master Plan

The City of Kingston in Ulster County, New York is launching a cultural planning project. The city’s mayor says a master plan will help preserve cultural assets and help artists facing challenges in this economic landscape.

Work on the Arts & Culture master plan will begin in June and continue until early 2021. Lord Cultural Resources will provide an economic impact study, a catalogue of cultural resources and facilitate public workshops and presentations, virtually during COVID-19 restrictions.

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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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