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Julia Bland has been the CEO of the Louisiana Children’s Museum (New Orleans) for the past 24 years. She led the museum in its $47.5 million capital campaign, designed to reimagine the museum’s role as a leader in early learning and sustainability.
Julia has served as board president of the Association of Children’s Museum and as a presidential appointment to the National Museum and Library Board. Her museum was awarded the National Medal, the highest designation and honor for museums and libraries. LCM has been acknowledged with more than 20 awards for its sustainability commitments in architecture and landscape, as well as leadership in exhibits, graphics, construction and other categories.
Healthy Museums, Healthy Children
Louisiana Children’s Museum and Madison Children’s Museum (USA) both address climate change and its impacts on children’s health through their facilities, programs, operations, and exhibits with urgency and a shared responsibility to the young audiences they serve. This session will highlight both museum’s leadership, design approaches and the learning contexts most suitable for young children in light of increasing environmental threats. LCM and MCM will take visitors on tours of their buildings and grounds, highlighting design solutions and strategies for putting children first, while promoting a greater sense of urgency, and an adaptive mindset to create resilient, regenerative climate solutions.