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March 5, 2020

The Leading Culture Destinations Awards – or “The Oscars for museums” – have been decided and three incredible organizations have won this year’s Soft Power Destinations of the Year, in partnership with Lord Cultural Resources.

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Image Courtesy: MOAD San Francisco (https://www.moadsf.org/)
February 27, 2020

Black History Week started in the US over a century ago with Dr. Carter G. Woodson's vision to remember people and events of the African diaspora. In the 21st century, Black History Month is recognized across the globe. Today, our incredibly diverse US office  six languages spoken, five ethnicities, and ALL WOMEN  urges us to celebrate Black excellence year round. Find out what Lord clients are doing for Black History, beyond the month of February.

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February 24, 2020

The Leading Culture Destinations Awards – or “The Oscars for museums” are back March 4th, and the incredible shortlist of nominees for the Soft Power Destinations of the Year, in partnership with Lord Cultural Resources have been announced.

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February 5, 2020
Children in Museums Award 2020 now accepting nominations!

Lord Cultural Resources conducted our first strategy for a children's museum in 1983. Since then we have completed more than 90 projects for children's museums in 12 countries. 

The Children’s Museum Award presented by Hands On! And EMA prize is an exciting international prize – celebrating exceptional and excellent children’s exhibition programmes.  Apply before February 15 to have your museum recognized. The winner of the Miffy Trophy will receive a 5000€ cash prize.

Apply today

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January 16, 2020
Displays and displacement

Museums improve urban spaces - we must ensure that their soft power isn’t used as a force for gentrification. Today there are somewhere between 50,000 and 80,000 museums in the world, depending on how you count them and what you count. There have been two main museum-building booms: the first, in the global north and west, occurred between 1780 and 1900, stim-ulated by nation-building and colonialism as royal col-lections were transformed into national museums. The second, which started in 1980 and is still going, is fuelled by urbanisation and rising urban real-estate values world-wide; in 2008 we became majority urban dwellers for the first time in history as the number of people living in cities surpassed 50 per cent.

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December 23, 2019
2019 Highlights looking forward to 2020

For the concluding Cultural News of 2019, we share some of the highlights that made it a great year for our practice because so many clients and projects embraced diversity, creativity, youth empowerment, human rights and open minds. Looking ahead – the public trust in museums and the cultural sector depends on these values.

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December 20, 2019
America’s first museum hotel just opened in New Orleans - and it’s worth checking in

It’s fitting that America’s first true museum hotel is at one of America’s very best museums, and a longtime personal favorite of mine, the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. If you haven’t been, go, and if you have been, go back - this was my fourth visit, and every time there are new exhibits and in many cases, entire new wings or buildings. Last year TripAdvisor users named it the nation’s third best museum behind only New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at Number One, the 9/11 Museum (also an amazing can’t miss experience).

Congratulations to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Lord Cultural Resources is so proud to have worked with you to develop your campus and your leaning strategies.

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December 18, 2019
Museums and heritage: Building livable communities through soft power

Check out this article on building livable communities through soft power by Gail Lord on page 26 at the current issue of Heritage Matters: Rethink. Revitalize.

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Janera Solomon, Photo: Kelly Strayhorn Theater
December 16, 2019
Outgoing Kelly-Strayhorn Head Changed Pittsburgh Dance Scene, And More

In 11 years as executive director of the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, janera solomon changed more than just the prominence of that East Liberty performing-arts venue. She profoundly altered the Pittsburgh arts scene. “Supporting emerging artists, new ideas, no matter where they come from, is a critical part of keeping a city, and keeping an arts community viable,” she said.

Janera has worked with Lord Cultural Resources in several projects.

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December 16, 2019
Desire for more diverse, edgy programming expressed at museum meeting

Session kicks off development of new strategic plan. FARMINGTON — Members of the public who attended a Dec. 11 meeting at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park to help develop the facility's new strategic plan voiced a lot of appreciation for the museum. But they also expressed a desire to see the facility take a more diversified and daring approach to its programming. The meeting was one of the first steps in the creation of a new strategic plan designed to guide the museum for the next several years. 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. Two representatives of the firm's Toronto office — vice president Brad King and senior consultant Sarah Hill — were at the museum to lead the meeting, which was designed to solicit public input, and help King and Hill develop a better understanding of how residents view the facility.

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