Notes

Partnering with Community

We never received a “how-to-guide” for collaborating with community members here at the MAH, but over time, we have acquired some basic tools that have shaped our approach. We realize collaboration differs greatly for each individual and organization. We offer these tools in the spirit of sharing and look forward to learning about the techniques you use in your own community.

Stacey Marie Garcia and Emily Hope Dobkin, Museum 2.0

Guest Post: Radical Collaboration – Tools for Partnering with Community Members

~ Lucille B.

Board

Social Bridging at Museums

“At museums, we mostly bond with the friends and family with whom we attend. Social bridging is harder to come by, especially as society becomes more striated. Bridging is essential to building strong, safe, diverse communities. There are few places where bridging happens naturally. If we can make our museum a place that intentionally encourages and inspires bridging, we will make a powerful impact on our whole community.”

Nina Simon on her blog. 

This social bridging that Nina talks about reflects what our theme of “different cultures…prairie neighbours” at our museum is trying to accomplish. We need to find the time in our volunteer life to expand it in our exhibits and programs. 

~ Lucille B.

Events

“Christmas in October”

Our Culture Day on Saturday, Oct 1st was a great success.

Christmas is one time of the year when there is a focus on family and culture. Whether one is Christian or not, or from an aboriginal or immigrant background, the season brings a feeling of good will.

Religious holidays, food, music, dress, and ceremonies create a rich link to other parts of the world. We wanted to celebrate Cut Knife’s founding cultures through the magic of Christmas.

Thanks to Roger and Colin Emberley for their wonderful ethnic music, the Ukrainian culture presenters (Mary Ramsay, Jean Carlton, Bill Rak, and Ethel Rak), the Italian presenter (Emily Hardy), the Norwegian presenter (Catherine Hewson), and the French presenters (Joan Veikle and Gisele Brackenbury).

The atmosphere in the Duvall House was truly full of the Christmas spirit. Visitors enjoyed sampling wonderful ethnic dishes, listening to soothing Christmas music, and seeing the displays of museum Christmas artifacts. And no one missed the snow.
Now what cultures should we highlight next year?

Our thanks to SaskCulture for their support of our Culture Day.

~ Lucille B.