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June 5, 2019
Plan to convert African burial ground in Harlem into cultural center and memorial moves forward

The city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has said it will begin the search for a nonprofit organization to operate the long-in-the-works Harlem African Burial Ground in East Harlem this fall. A decade of research and planning has gone into the task of converting the city block–home to the unused MTA 126th Street bus depot–into a cultural center and outdoor memorial that will honor its past state as a burial ground for enslaved and free African people. City officials say the project will make use of new apartments rising on a newly-rezoned adjoining site as an ongoing source of funding, as first reported by THE CITY.

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May 30, 2019
Community leaders say $100K plan will grow Macon's arts and culture

MACON, Ga. -- Macon-Bibb leaders say a $100,000 plan will grow the community's arts and culture. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has provided the funding. Leaders say more than 50 art and community groups in Macon have created a committee and will develop a plan that they say will add to existing plans, consider obstacles and opportunities, and steer investments in the city's arts and culture.

"Macon knows Macon, and you are the only people who can tell us what is special and unique about your place," vice president of Lord Cultural Resources Joy Bailey-Bryant says.

Bailey-Bryant says LCR wants to help Macon grow and focus on the community's health and well-being by focusing on the arts.

"We are finding all kinds of information around the arts helping people to live longer lives. And that is really important, so those are the types of things that we are looking at and working to do in Macon and we also want to attract more people here," says Bailey-Bryant.

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May 23, 2019
Cultural Planning Process in Macon-Bibb County to Open Access and Engagement in the Arts with $100,000 from Knight Foundation

Recognizing the potential of arts and culture to drive community connection and economic growth, a community-wide Cultural Planning Process has been launched in Macon-Bibb County with the aim of increasing arts access and engagement across the area. A steering committee of more than 50 arts, cultural, and community organizations has been formed to develop an arts and culture strategic plan that will build on the work of existing city master plans, address regional challenges and opportunities, and guide future investments in the arts and culture sector.
The international cultural planning firm Lord Cultural Resources (LCR) has been engaged to facilitate the planning process. Founded in 1981 in response to a need for specialized planning services in the cultural and heritage sector, Lord Cultural Resources is the world’s largest cultural professional practice. Lord has helped create iconic cultural destinations in more than 460 cities, in 57 countries on six continents. LCR led the facilitation of the Chicago Cultural Plan in 2012, which has been downloaded over 200,000 times as well as for cities like Decatur, Georgia and Dallas, Texas. 

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May 20, 2019
Historic African Burial Ground Exhibit Opens In East Harlem

EAST HARLEM, NY — An exhibit detailing the history of an African burial site that dates back to the 17th century Dutch settlement "Nieuw Haarlem" is currently on display in an East Harlem public market.

The free exhibit "Reclaiming History, Reinvesting in East Harlem" launched last week at La Marqueta, located underneath the Park Avenue viaduct at East 115th Street, city officials said. The exhibit was curated by the city Economic Development Corporation in partnership with local City Council Member Diana Ayala and the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force.

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May 18, 2019
Not your 'grandmother's museum': How Canada's major art galleries are chasing youth

More institutions are offering free admission, late-night parties to get the next generation through the door.
Gail Lord, president of museum consultancy Lord Cultural Resources, says making admission free to museums and galleries like the AGO needs to be tried out for more than a year since 'you don't change human behaviour in one year.' (Nigel Hunt/CBC)

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May 17, 2019
Museums push to get more young people in the doors

Museums around the world face a growing challenge getting people through the doors. In a radical move, the Art Gallery of Ontario is offering free admission to those under 25. But can low prices today lead to prosperity in the future?

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May 13, 2019
Museum fundraiser lets NOTLers explore Bermuda connections

Niagara-on-the-Lake culture buffs can explore historical connections between Bermuda and NOTL on a fundraising trip organized by the Niagara Historical Society and Museum this November. The trip will cost $4,100 per person based on double occupancy and $5,200 per person for single occupancy. Applications for the historical society’s excursion are being accepted until May 30. Gail Lord, president and co-founder of Lord Cultural Resources, said it’s more than just a tour. “It’s really about people with similar or related histories getting together. I think that’s what people ultimately like about travel. It’s not just about going to see a place. It’s about creating relationships with people,” she said.

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May 9, 2019
The AGO is offering free entry to people 25 and under

Most Torontonians aren't going to museums. To attract new visitors, the Art Gallery of Ontario is making admission free all year for some and cheaper for others. 

“Toronto attendance at museums is average,” says Toronto-based museum planner and consultant Gail Lord. “I don’t think average is good enough for Canada’s largest and most diverse city with some of the country’s largest museums. Average is a problem.

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April 19, 2019
Le projet de musée d'art contemporain du Grand Moncton à l'étude

Le projet de musée d'art contemporain dans le Grand Moncton est loin d'être mort. Une étude de faisabilité menée par la firme internationale Lord Cultural Resources, assortie d'une série de consultations, est en cours.

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April 17, 2019
Nova Scotia set to unveil future plans for provincial art gallery

Last June, the province announced that Halifax's Architecture49 had been given a $250,000 contract to prepare a facility plan for a "cultural hub" on the waterfront that would include the art gallery as well as NSCAD University, the provincial art and design school. "It is an opportunity to transform a parking lot on the waterfront of Halifax into a dynamic destination for creative innovation and contribute to the profound transformational changes remaking the city," the study, by Lord Cultural Resources, said

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