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ISABELLA STEWARD GARDNER MUSEUM

INSTITUTIONAL CAMPAIGN

OPPORTUNITY

In the spring of 2015, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was entering a new chapter in its history: the museum had settled into its new Renzo Piano-designed renovation, and was preparing to welcome a new director. With these exciting developments, it was necessary to reaffirm a shared understanding of the Gardner Museum’s identity and vision for the future in order to more boldly share the story of Boston’s most unusual and beloved cultural destination.

PROCESS

LaPlaca Cohen developed a new positioning strategy for the Gardner Museum that would serve to unify the multi-faceted experiences on offer (ranging from visual arts to culinary events to concerts), and communicate Isabella Stewart Gardner’s profound passion, and generous spirit, to all who visit the museum.

The new positioning strategy was translated into an institutional advertising campaign—the first effort in recent years to capture the Gardner Museum experience in its totality rather than promote specific exhibitions and programs. The ad campaign placed the Gardner Museum logo and associated tagline, “What’s Your Pleasure?,” in the center of the layout, emphasizing Isabella Stewart Gardner as the heart of the museum experience.

The imagery of the campaign consists of wide shots of the museum environment and its many offerings paired with close-up details of the images. These pairings, mimic the wondrous experience of exploring the Gardner Museum, where visitors are drawn to explore the treasures that await around every corner.

IMPACT

The Gardner Museum launched its institutional campaign in January 2017, with the aim of reinvigorating its connection with audiences who know and love the institution, while piquing the interest of those who have yet to visit.

PROVIDED SERVICES

Communications and Research Audit
Discovery Work Session
Positioning Work Session
Positioning Toolkit
Advertising Campaign Concept
Graphic Identity Guidelines Update