Culture Days at Vernon Museum 'Re:Imagine' cultural realtionships

Culture Days at museum

The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives has a “Re:Imagine” theme for BC Culture Days.

Culture Days at the museum begin Sept. 28 with the opening of The World is Our Stage, an exhibit featuring original, hand-crafted masks and other set pieces from Armstrong's iconic Caravan Farm Theatre.

The evening includes a special viewing of Niall McNeil’s documentary "The Originals." Filmed on location at the Caravan Farm and featuring interviews from theatre alumni, the film spans four decades of life at Caravan.

The museum will also host two events honouring the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation.

On Sept. 29, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Syilx and Secwepemc community member, social activist, and business leader Elaine Alec will lead an online workshop called Cultivating Safe Spaces.

“We at the museum took this workshop along with members of several not-for-profit organizations in the North Okanagan and found it tremendously inspiring and beneficial in thinking of how to re-imagine our own workplace culture – and ways to make our community feel safe and inclusive to all,” said curator Laisha Rosnau.

Register for the workshop by clicking here.

On National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, Sept. 30, the museum is hosting Toward Reconciliation, a day of exhibits and programming. There will be presentations, documentaries and discussion circles, as well as self-led activities available for children.

The full schedule of activities can be found here. As always, admission to the museum is by donation.

On Oct. 14, the museum will host Not Neutral: Reconciliation in Museums.

This is an evening of exploring where museum pieces come from, who decides what is ethical and what is history, whose stories are told, and whose are ignored.

“These are questions we are continually asking as we not only build on the legacy of the Vernon Museum, but reimagine what a museum can be in the 21st century, and how it can honour and respect all people,” said Rosnau.

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