Caring During the Pandemic: Community Museums & Cultural Centres

The experience of cultural organizations such as museums and cultural centres is particularly noteworthy as culture and community are at the core of their work and identity. Their experience shows that as community organizations they had to revisit, expand, and diversify their roles, try new approaches to engagement with their communities. They adopted different strategies, put regular work timelines on hold and responded to needs of the community. In this crisis of care, how did cultural centres and community museums care about their communities and their needs? Can we talk of a new or accentuated approach in museum work?

We will reflect on these questions with Juanita Johnson, Executive Director of U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay, Karah Goshinmon Foster, Executive Director of Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in Burnaby and Nicole Stanbridge, Curator of Engagement at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Moderated by Deniz Ünsal, School of Communication and Culture, Royal Roads University.

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