Why I Design
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Explore and celebrate innovation in action at this year’s Why I Design event. 24 designers stationed throughout the museum’s galleries discuss approaches to their practice in this personable, lively single afternoon and evening event.

Why I Design spotlights the process of invention and immersion. This year’s Why I Design pays particular attention to the emerging forces behind a   Circular Economy , which include elements of wholeness, inclusion, knowledge, connection, and community in addition to reconciliation and decolonization as a regional factor. The curation of this year's exhibition reaches beyond traditional design to include people who are making design happen by bringing together people, systems, and materials which are striving to develop meaningful impact within their communities.
Neon in the Square – Lumiere Festival
November 1 - 3, 2019

Museum of Vancouver has recently partnered with QuadReal Properties to restore 3 iconic neon signs which will be on display from November 1 – 3 at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square, formerly the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery , during Lumière . The signs will move to The Post , one of the most ambitious heritage redevelopment projects in Canada’s history taking shape at the site of the former Canada Post building in downtown Vancouver, for final installation as the project nears completion in late 2022!
Now Is The Time - Screening and Discussion
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Join us for a special screening and discussion with local filmmaker Christopher Auchter , and from the Haida Nation, artist and author, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas in a program featuring Auchter's 2019 NFB film Now Is The Time , fresh off the international film festival circuit.

The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q & A with filmmaker Christopher Auchter and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas from the Haida Nation.
There is Truth Here: Creativity and Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential and Day Schools
On view until Sunday, January 5, 2020

There is Truth Here brings a new line to bear on the role of art as part of children’s knowledge, identity, and experiences of Indian Residential and Day Schools. Through paintings, drawings, sewing, beading, drumming, singing, and drama produced by children and youth who attended schools in British Columbia and Manitoba the exhibition seeks to contribute in vital and new ways to dialogues and initiative about truth telling, reconciliation, and redress in Canada.
Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives
Extended until Sunday, January 12, 2020

This exhibition delves into the life stories of local animals and plants—how they relate to each other and how they connect people to nature in the city. Scenic design, videos, taxidermy, crowdsourcing technologies , and the display of natural specimens breathe life into these tales of co-habitation. The immersive nature of the exhibition, including hands-on activities, encourages visitors to examine their relationship with nature, think about momentarily disconnecting from their devices, and find equilibrium with the natural world around them.

Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition
Gallery Tours at 11:30 and 1:30 from Friday to Monday

Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition  features an unparalleled collection of Haida art, boasting more than 450 works.  Local Haida Artists shared their insights and knowledge about the art pieces, providing visitors with the opportunity to experience a powerful way to engage with the worldview and sensibility of the Haida people while gaining greater appreciation for the role museums can play in the reconciliation movement.
Join the discussion! Tell us what reconciliation means to you and tag @museumofvan + #MOVRealConciliation on Instagram or Twitter. View posts.
Call for Artisan Submissions

Museum of Vancouver is excited to announce that we have recently partnered with Point Two Designs to create an online Vancouver-Centric e-commerce platform launching soon! We are working with them to use artefacts in the collection to create unique and memorable merchandise that focuses on the Vancouver story. We are also outreaching to local artists, artisans, and creators to allow them to use this new platform as a selling point for their pieces.

If you are interested in the platform or have any further questions please follow this link to submit an application:
Bike to work week

Last week was  #Bike2Work  week. Through all types of weather our team was committed and the results show! 253 KMs logged, over 7,500 calories burned, and most importantly over 55kg of GHGs saved! #Museums4Climate
Whale - Pacific Umbrella by Maynard Johnny Jr.

Stainless steel and fibreglass construction make for a quality art-brella sure to brighten your mood on rainy days! Whale is designed by Coast Salish/Kwakwaka'wakw artist Maynard Johnny Jr.

Check out the  Lattimer Gallery & Gifts online shop! You will find a variety of high quality Northwest Coast art and giftware, as well as Vancouver-themed gifts from popular brands and local companies.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden presents...
CHAJI Curator’s Tour with Tea Ceremony
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Artist-in-Residence Lam Wong will lead a curator’s tour of the CHAJI group exhibition (on display at the Garden until January 10, 2020), sharing the meanings behind the different artworks. The tour will be followed by a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, also led by Wong. The event is presented in collaboration with the Heart of the City Festival, with admission by donation. More Information.
H. R. MacMillan Space Centre presents...
The Wild Woman That Steals Children
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Join the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre as Indigenous storyteller Dallas Yellowfly brings the scary story of “ Qwalena: The Wild Woman That Steals Children ” to life in the planetarium star theatre. In this unique theatrical performance Yellowfly blends Oral Tradition, multimedia and a bit of humour to explore the intergenerational impact of Indian residential schools, and to create a better understanding of the Indian Act.
Dallas Yellowfly is a member of the Siksika First Nation, who was born and raised on Sto:lo territory practicing coastal cultures. After completing a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology/Anthropology, he pursued both stand up comedy and music professionally. Dallas blends his experience in stand up comedy, music, and film making to create engaging multimedia storytelling performances. More Information.
Vancouver Academy of Music presents...
From Graceful to Profane: Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich
Sunday, November 24, 2019

This dynamic Russian program features music from one of the most popular ballets of all time and one of the most famous love themes, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake suite and Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture. The provocation continues as Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 impresses with excitement and technical virtuosity, performed by VAM’s very own President and CEO, Mr. Joseph Elworthy. Don’t forget to listen out for the stunning instrumental solos in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol. More Information.
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