Vernon Museum launching program to learn & create from home

Isolate and create

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greater Vernon Museum & Archives has been forced to close to the public. The museum facility will be curated solely by Cuyler Page for the time being, and no other staff or volunteers will be entering the building.

This means the archives will not be available for research except for online requests for photos. The requests need to be made through email to [email protected].

"This closure effects everyone on our team, which includes temporary layoffs and reductions of working duties for the next 12 weeks," says Steve Fleck, executive director of the museum.

"We did our best to make sure everyone will be able to manage during the crisis – some staff will continue to work from home to develop programs and use online resources to do research for future exhibits and visitor opportunities."

But in better news, the museum was asked by the Regional District North Okanagan to take a leading position in a project called 'Isolate & Create'. This project is funded by the RDNO to create a web portal offering virtual arts and culture experiences to help people learn and be creative from home during this pandemic.

This project focuses on local artists, heritage sites, stories, performances and more. The website can be found here, and should be live by next week.

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