Thursday, April 23, 2015 to Sunday, December 13, 2015

#makesmehappy inspires people to boost their happiness with simple acts.

The Museum of Vancouver invited ten Vancouverites to enter the vaults and each select an object that sparked memories of happiness and that will encourage positive feelings in everyone.

Participants include charitable online marketplace founder John Bromley, CBC news host Andrew Chang, writer Amber Dawn, happiness expert Elizabeth Dunn, songwriter Veda Hille, hip hop artist Prevail, artist Henry Tsang, Squamish educator Deborah Jacobs, curator Viviane Gosselin, and museum administrator Sarah Kamal.

Each briefly tells the story behind the object— for example, a teddy bear, a woven tray, a trophy—and urges people to try specific attitudes and behaviors, right then and there. These range from exercising one’s charitable muscle to just hanging out and playing.

Visitors to the exhibition can share what makes them happy through written sticky notes. People can also post images on Twitter and Instagram using the #makesmehappy hashtag, some of which will be on display in the exhibition.

Be brave and answer the call to heighten your happiness and not coincidentally, enhance the wellbeing of those around you. #makesmehappy is a surprise gift from the Museum of Vancouver for visitors to Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show.


#makesmehappy is sponsored by

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October 17, 2015 / 1:00 PM
Mouth and Foot Painting Demonstration

October is National Disabilities Employment Month in Canada. On this afternoon, MOV Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about how people with disabilities are able to continue to express themselves creatively by painting using their mouths/feet. Among the many virtues of art are its inclusiveness and its ability to touch and inspire people.

The two painters, Cody Tresierra of British Colombia and Mariam Paré of Chicago, will demonstrate their technique and discuss how art has helped them overcome their disabilities.

The artist will meet with visitors to demonstrate how disability does not have to be a barrier to creative fulfillment and achievement; that art comes from within and is not defined by how the painter holds the brush.

Mr. Tresierra and Ms. Paré are both members of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, an association of 800 disabled artists around the world who earn their livings selling their work through MFPA in the form of greeting cards, calendars and books.

An artefact that Mr. Tresierra chose from our collection, as part of our #makesmehappy exhibition, will also be on display.

Demonstrations will be taking space in the MOV galleries. Admission is required.

Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

June 02, 2016 / 6:00 PM
Transporting Expo 86: Bikes, Beers and Bali

Highway 86 Installation. Photo: SITE  

Have a beer, open your ears, sit back and enjoy the ride!

The Museum of Vancouver continues to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Expo 86 with an exciting evening of presentations and musical performances that recall Expo's central theme: transportation. Transportation and mobility were instrumental to both the design and engagement of Expo 86; the prototype launch of Vancouver's Skytrain, the fair's playful Highway 86 installation and the various pavilions featuring mobility and transit engineering all worked to create a future vision (some actualized, some imagined) for greater mobility.
Panelists will present thoughtful recollections and engaged analysis of Expo's preoccupation with transportation and consider ways in which it has helped define Vancouver's transportation development and urban design.
This event will additionally feature two sets of live music by local ensemble, Gamelan Bike Bike, a group of cycle enthusiasts who collect discarded bicycle parts, creatively reused as instruments to explore traditional Gamelan arrangements and composition. Expo 86 hosted the first International Gamelan Festival with performances by visiting musicians from Bali.
Hosted by CBC's Grant Lawrence.  
MOV will offer an on-site Bicycle Valet, free with admission. We encourage patrons to cycle to the event in support of Bike to Work Week.  
Date: Thursday, June 2
Time: Bar opens at 6:00pm. First performance at 6:30pm, presentation and discussion at 7:00pm. Second performance to follow discussion. 
Tickets: $15 adults; $11 Students & Seniors; Free for MOV Members

Jenni Pace is an architectural historian and PhD candidate in the field at UBC.  Her research tracks the evolution of community-based design strategies for high density, evolvable type housing from the immediate post-war era to the present day. At the local level she works to facilitate speculative (re)engagement with identity-making institutions and mega events. 
Henry Tsang is a visual and media artist and occasional curator whose work has been exhibited internationally. His projects incorporate digital media, video, photography, language and sculptural elements that follow the relationship between the public, community and identity through global flows of people, culture and capital. He received the VIVA Award in 1993 and teaches at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. 
Alana Green is an Intern Architect, Designer and Artist. Her body of work is interdisciplinary in scope and includes the design of buildings, urban installations, interior graphics, videos, illustrations, material explorations, and environmental branding. Alana currently works as an Intern Architect at Dialog. 
Gamelan Bike Bike found its musical inspiration from Bali, Indonesia and its raw materials from the scrap metal bins of Vancouver. Members of the ensemble collected over 100 discarded bicycle frames to build their instruments, tuned to the musical scale known as ‘pelog’. The result is a colorful array of metallophone instruments that are brought alive by the ensemble’s twelve musicians. Influenced by the dynamic and explosive energy of a gamelan gong kebyar, Gamelan Bike Bike is composing new and original works for gamelan music on the West Coast.
Michael Tenzer is a composer, performer, music educator and scholar who has been deeply involved with gamelan music of Bali, Indonesia. In 1979, Tenzer co-founded Gamelan Sekar Jaya in Berkeley, California, an organization dedicated to the performance of Balinese arts. He visited Vancouver with Sekar Jaya during Expo 86' to perform at the first ever International Gamelan Festival. Since 1996 Tenzer has directed Gamelan Gita Asmara in Vancouver.
Grant Lawrence has long been a leading voice in Canadian arts and entertainment. For a number of years, Lawrence has hosted the top-rated CBC Radio 3 Podcast with Grant Lawrence, a monthly showcase of Canadian independent music. Grant is also the host of CBC Radio 3′s popular web radio station. Grant can be heard throughout the week and weekend on various CBC Radio One programs such as DNTO, North by Northwest, All Points West, RadioWest and On The Coast. Grant has hosted many major music events, such as the Polaris Music Prize Gala, the Western Canadian Music Awards, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, and various festivals around North America, and conducts music industry seminars and keynote addresses on music and media related topics. Grant's insighful articles appear in Westender



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