Joy Bailey Bryant is Principal Consultant for Cultural Planning at Lord Cultural Resources. With a network of offices in Toronto, New York, Paris, Beijing, and Mumbai, Lord Cultural Resources has grown to become the largest cultural planning firm in the world having completed over 2,000 cultural planning and management projects in 51 countries and on 6 continents.
A cultural planning specialist, certified interpretive planner, and outreach facilitator, Joy works with city officials, institutional leaders, and developers, in global municipalities like Chicago; New York; Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Dharan, Saudi Arabia to creatively plan cities and bring people (life!) to public institutions. Joy led the teams for institutional and cultural planning on remarkable projects like the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.; the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, and planning and opening the expansion of the Albany Civil Rights Institute in Albany, Georgia—unearthing thousands of untold stories of the Southwest Georgia Civil Rights Movement.
Driven by the engagement philosophy of “meet people where they are,” Joy has authored several articles on community engagement including, Planning for Community Needs, in the third edition of the Manual of Museum Planning. The article is designed to empower staff at cultural institutions to reach beyond their “typical” audience. Following her mantra, Joy is willing to “follow the crowd,” holding meetings at festivals, conferences, on social media, churches, community centers, schools, and even bars.
Before joining Lord, Joy was on the transition team at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) evolving the General Operating Support (GOS) grant to the Museums for American grant, the agency’s leading award for museums. A native of Atlanta, Joy began her cultural career at the Braves Museum at Turner Field. Joy completed her M.A. in Arts Management from American University in Washington, D.C. and her B.Sc. in Public Relations from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida.