2nd Columbia forum set

The Baltimore Sun

Next week, General Growth Properties Inc. will hold the second of its four community forums to introduce its design and planning team working on the master plan for Columbia Town Center.

Gail Dexter Lord, president and co-founder of Lord Cultural Resources, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the GGP building, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway.

With more than 30 years of experience in the museum and cultural sector, Lord has helped institutions, communities and their leaders worldwide to develop their cultural resources on such projects as the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, the World Trade Center Memorial Museum in New York, Peabody Museum, Harvard University and the National African American Museum of History and Culture.

"Gail Lord is a world-renowned expert in designing cultural facilities and attractions that enhance and increase community participation in the arts and cultural activities," Gregory F. Hamm, GGP's regional vice president and general manager of Columbia, said in a statement. "This event will give everyone an opportunity to learn more about Gail Lord's involvement in the community. We are seeking here to combine the best expert resources with the best insights of Columbia and Howard County residents to bring forth a vibrant cultural future."

Lord is co-author of The Manual of Museum Exhibitions, The Manual of Museum Management and The Manual of Museum Planning and has written numerous articles on a range of topics.

Arrangements may be made for transportation by calling GGP at 410-992-6500 by noon Monday. For information about public transportation, contact Howard Transit Customer Service at 800-270-9553, or www. howardtransit.com. County residents who are 60 or older may also arrange transportation with Neighbor Ride at 410-884-4733.

A video of the meeting will be available online afterward at www.columbiatowncenter. info. Information about this forum series and the April 28 release of the draft master plan, as well as other community events and updates, will be available on the Web site. That site also will allow people to subscribe to e-mail alerts that will provide notification of scheduled meeting dates, times and locations.

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