Canadian Museums Awards Honour Members of the Museum Community

Canadian Museums Awards Honour Members of the Museum Community

by ahnationtalk on April 14, 2016309 Views

HALIFAX, N.S., April 13, 2016 — Excellence in the Canadian museum sector is being celebrated this evening at the 2016 Canadian Museums Association (CMA) National Conference in Halifax, N.S. This year, a total of 14 awards will be presented and two mentorship recipients acknowledged during a special Awards Ceremony to be held at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.
CMA Awards of Outstanding Achievement

Chaired by David Silcox, these awards recognize exceptional museum projects in various categories. This year, nine Awards of Outstanding Achievement were presented in the following categories:

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Education
The Spirit Panel Project
Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg, Man.)

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions — Cultural Heritage
Walking With Our Sisters Ottawa
Carleton University Art Gallery, Gallery 101, and the Walking With Our Sisters Ottawa and National Committees (Ottawa, Ont.)

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions — Science
Land of Thundering Snow
Revelstoke Museum & Archives (Revelstoke, B.C.)

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions — Art
1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montreal, Que.)

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions — Cultural Heritage
We Are All Treaty People / The Berens Family Collection
The Manitoba Museum (Winnipeg, Man.)

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions — Science
Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum
Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum (Wembley, Alta.)

Award of Outstanding Achievement in New Media
Speak Truth to Power Canada
Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg, Man.)

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Research — Art
From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia
Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Ont.)

Award of Outstanding Achievement in Research — Cultural Heritage
Heaven, Hell and Somewhere in Between: Portuguese Popular Art
Museum of Anthropology at UBC (Vancouver, B.C.)

An additional five awards will be presented in the following three categories:
Award of Distinguished Service

The CMA will salute the outstanding careers of two dedicated museum professionals: Mario Béland and Michael Lundholm.
Museum Volunteer Award

Presented in collaboration with the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums, the 2015 Museum Volunteer Award will recognize James St. Clair for his dedication to the Nova Scotia Highland Village Museum for over 38 years. An honourable mention will also be presented to Doreen Romanow, who has been volunteering at The Manitoba Museum for over 45 years.
ICOM Canada’s International Achievement Award

Raymond Montpetit , professor emeritus, museologist and art and culture historian at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), will receive the ICOM Canada International Achievement Award for his contributions to international museology throughout his career in both academic institutions and museums, in Canada and internationally.
RBC Foundation Museum Mentorship Program

The 2016 mentorship recipients of the RBC Foundation Museum Mentorship program will also be recognized at the Ceremony. This year, two mentees will be working at the Nova Scotia Museum, and the Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery. For the eighth consecutive year, the CMA is delivering the program with the generous financial support from the RBC Emerging Artists Project stream of the RBC Foundation. Emerging museum professionals benefit from an enhanced learning experience for a period of four to six months, and mentorships take place in museums or art galleries located in the city where the CMA National Conference is to be hosted each year.

The CMA wishes to congratulate this year’s award recipients and mentees for their professional achievements and contributions to the Canadian museum sector.

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