Why I Design
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Explore and celebrate innovation in action at this year’s Why I Design event. 25 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.
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.
Interested in having your protest sign become a part of the City’s Historical Collection?

Museum of Vancouver is currently looking to acquire protest signs from the Global Climate Strike that took place in Vancouver on Friday September 27, 2019! In accordance with the organization’s mandate, the museum is dedicated to the collection of stories of Vancouverites, particularly those that relate to social history and activism. A total of 3 submissions will be chosen for acquisition into the City of Vancouver Collection, becoming a permanent and protected historical artefact!

To have your sign considered for the collection, please send a photo to our acquisitions team at wnichols@museumofvancouver.ca
What paintings by residential school survivors can teach us about trauma, resilience and the power of art

Gina Laing is an artist, member of the Uchucklesaht First Nation and a residential school survivor. From the ages of seven to 16, she was a student at the Alberni Indian Residential School in Port Alberni, B.C., where conditions were terrible, including reports of assault and malnourishment. Laing's only avenue to express herself amid the trauma and abuse that she endured was an extracurricular art class taught by a volunteer, Canadian artist Robert Aller.
George Littlechild - Sacred Honouring, Sacred Blessing
October 5-19, 2019

Titled Sacred Honouring, Sacred Blessing this forthcoming exhibition will be on display at Lattimer Gallery & Gifts at MOV and will feature over ten new works. From large-format oil paintings that measure 36” x 36” to smaller mixed media compositions, the pieces in this show are both visually striking and poignant.

George Littlechild has pieces in both public and private collections across Canada, and he has won some of the top Arts awards in the country, such as the Hnatyshyn Foundation Indigenous Art Award. While his skills are diverse – he has written five books and taught at several institutions in Western Canada – he is widely known for his colourful paintings and mixed media compositions that explore social issues and the Cree concept of Wahkomkanak, which means “our ancestors”.
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Kits Patch
Saturday, October 19, 2019

It's a Patch Party at #Kitswings ! The harvest bounty is coming to Kitsilano. Bring the family and your four legged friends to celebrate pumpkin season. Pick out a pumpkin for yourself from the patch for a donation to the Food Bank. Enjoy a complimentary Lucky's Doughnut & David's Tea. A professional photographer will be on hand to take festive photos of you and your friends, family and your pets!
UBC Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies presents...
What Do Pictures Want: The Photographs of Sheila Pree Bright
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The award-winning American photographer and activist  Sheila Pree Bright  is forging new visual narratives about African American communities and individuals. In the words of Naima J. Keith, “At a moment when social justice, inequality, and representation are national concerns at the highest levels of politics and media, Bright’s photography provides a potent mediation on the ongoing work toward racial progress in America.”
Vancouver Heritage Foundation presents...
New Expanded Heritage Conservation Grants Program
All applications are due on November 4, 2019

Since 1999, Vancouver Heritage Foundation has been offering grants to heritage building stewards and owners to assist with the costs of conserving Vancouver’s heritage sites and preserving them for current and future generations to enjoy. In 2019, we are stepping up that support with a total of $230,000 available through a new grants program. The expanded program greatly increases opportunities and funding available for the conservation of heritage buildings and sites in Vancouver. 
We acknowledge that the city of Vancouver is on the shared, unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.