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Thea Award honor for Louisiana’s Old State Capitol

BRC’s Re-Invention of Museum Visitor Experience Continues to Receive Rave Reviews

ORLANDO — Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, a political and social history museum in Baton Rouge, has been named to receive a Thea Award for Best Cultural Heritage Attraction on a Limited Budget. The award will be presented in March 2012 for the “Ghost of the Castle” full-immersion theater presentation that serves as a focal point of the Capitol’s visitor experience. It follows numerous accolades the museum has received in the last year, including the 2011 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and an Award of Excellence from the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC).

Working with BRC Imagination Arts, in July 2010 the Old State Capitol unveiled a new visitor experience with a number of dynamic galleries and revived public spaces, including the wildly popular “Ghost of the Castle”, a magical theater experience where visitors come face to face with the ghost of Sarah Morgan, an authentic Civil War-era figure who loved the castle from the day it was built, and “The Legacy of Huey Long,” a series of galleries that plunge guests into the controversial political legacy of this famed politician.

Awarded by the TEA, a non-profit association representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers, and producers of compelling places and experiences, the annual Thea Awards are considered the industry’s highest award, each recognizing achievement, talent, and personal excellence within the themed entertainment and experience design industry worldwide. This year’s award recipients will be honored at the annual Thea Awards Gala taking place in March 2012.

The announcement of the Thea Award is the latest recognition BRC has received for its success in helping museums and cultural institutions transform educational content into engaging and meaningful visitor experiences. In addition to recently celebrating the opening of BRC-designed Museum of Liverpool, the company has also been selected to spearhead the re-design of the San Diego Air and Space Museum as well as the re-invention of the Waukesha County Museum and its new Les Paul exhibit.

World renowned for the design and creation of innovative and world-class museums, immersive branded attractions, visitor centers and world expo pavilions, BRC’s Cultural Experiences portfolio includes a diverse range of organizations, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Empire State Building, Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, Arizona Science Center, NASA, and the Texas State History Museum, among many.

Since its founding in 1981, BRC has been honored with over 275 international awards for creative excellence including two Academy Award nominations and 18 Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement for its museum exhibits and visitor attractions. BRC has offices in California, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and China and is currently engaged in projects in the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.brcweb.com.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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