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Posted by: Marketing on January 9, 2018 at 12:38 pm
Museum of Vancouver announces Mauro Vescera as new CEO


 
VANCOUVER, BC – The Board of Directors of the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to announce
that Mauro Vescera will be joining the Museum as the Chief Executive Officer, effective February 13,
2018.
 
Vescera brings a wealth of leadership, non-profit and cultural experience to the Museum, having worked in and with the non-profit sector, both nationally and internationally, for more than 20 years.
 
Vescera joins the Museum from the Italian Cultural Centre where he was Executive Director. Prior to that, Vescera worked at Simon Fraser University as a major gifts fundraiser, and with the Vancouver Foundation, Canada’s largest community foundation, for 12 years where he managed several granting portfolios including, Arts and Culture, Environment, Education, Health, Social Enterprise and Animal Welfare. Vescera has extensive experience in the non-profit sector including six years as the Chair of the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation, a founding board member of the Small Change Fund, and he currently sits on the board of the Jim Green Foundation.
 
Vescera holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University, a post-graduate diploma in Renaissance History from the Universita Degli Studi di Firenze, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia.
 
“With Mauro’s deep breadth of experience, his relationships throughout the community and passion for arts and culture, the Museum of Vancouver will continue to develop and promote award winning exhibitions and public programming, attracting both local and international visitors,” said Joan Young, MOV Board Chair.
 
“MOV is one of Vancouver’s great cultural institutions and I am looking forward to working closely with the Board of Directors, the management team and staff to further develop MOV’s priorities, including reconciliation, immigration, natural history, social history and contemporary events and activities” says Vescera.
 
museumofvancouver.ca The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.
 
CONTACT: Joan Young, Chair, Board of Directors, Museum of Vancouver T: 778 918 6461 joan.young@mcmillan.ca
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Posted by: Marketing on December 22, 2017 at 10:27 am

MUSEUM OF VANCOUVER APPOINTS NEW BOARD CHAIR AND NEW MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 

Vancouver, B.C., Dec. 20, 2017 - The Board of Directors of the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to announce the appointment of current Board member, Joan Young as Chair of the Board and welcomes Linda Morris to its Board of Directors.

Outgoing Board Chair, Jill Tipping will remain on the Board in the role of Past Chair.

“Jill Tipping has been an outstanding leader during her tenure as Chair of the Board,” said Young, noting that Tipping led the Museum through a period of growth and renewal including significant increases in attendance and revenue.

“I am honoured to succeed Jill as Chair and I am grateful for the Board’s confidence as we continue to advance its mission to inspire a socially connected, civically engaged city,” says Young.

Joan Young previously served as MOV’s Vice-Chair and Chair of Governance. She is a partner at McMillan LLP where she practices commercial litigation and is Co-Chair of Litigation.  

New Board member Linda Morris is former Vice-President of Business Development and Community Engagement at Vancity. She was CEO of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (BC/Yukon), Director of Public Affairs for the Vancouver Port Authority and Vice-President Communications and Community Engagement for Vancouver Coastal Health. She has also held senior positions at the National Science Museum and the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation and was Board Chair of the Vancouver Maritime Museum. She currently sits on the Board of Reconciliation Canada.

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Contact: Joan Young, Board of Directors, Vancouver Museum Society

The Museum of Vancouver an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city. MOV connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The Museum’s programs, exhibitions and collections bring people together and inspire conversations about the future.

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Posted by: Marketing on August 1, 2017 at 10:45 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2017

Museum of Vancouver Seeks Stories to Trust in a Post-Truth World with Thought-Provoking Exhibition - Unbelievable - Rare and Amazing Artifacts Reveal Sensational Stories & Secrets of Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BC – The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) poses provocative questions about our perception of stories with Unbelievable – a new exhibition on display June 24 - September 24, 2017. Diving deep into the vaults of MOV, this quirky exhibition assembles iconic artifacts, storied replicas, and contested objects for a mind-bending exploration of the role stories play in defining lives and communities – and what happens when we question the tales we’ve long relied upon.

“Stories are how we create our community and nation. They are literally a matter of life and death, possessing the power to bring us together or tear us apart,” explained Gregory Dreicer, MOV’s Director of Curatorial and Engagement and the creative mind behind Unbelievable. “A shockingly diverse collection of objects will provoke laughter, nostalgia, and fear. What unifies them is not the physical objects themselves – but the contradictory and unbelievable stories that surround each of the treasures on display. We are taking people deep behind the scenes – in order to explore the creation of stories and how they define our past, present, and future.”

The first large Unbelievable object that visitors will encounter is the Thunderbird totem pole. It appeared in controversial filmmaker Edward Curtis’ 1914 work In the Land of the Head Hunters. The totem pole has since been replicated in fiberglass, as well as re-carved to stand in Stanley Park - but the original has been tucked away within MOV’s vaults. The pole’s complex histories lay the groundwork for an exploration of stories, symbols, and struggles that follow. Furthermore, the Thunderbird totem pole challenges our fundamental thinking about reconciliation and Canada in its 150th year.

Unbelievable will also include a search for other contemporary ‘totems’, each with contrasting stories about a point in time in Vancouver. These include the original ‘R’ from Arbutus Street’s ‘The Ridge’ sign (where a replica now adorns condos); a full-scale bronze-cast model of Stanley Park’s derivative Girl in a Wet Suit; and opposing and battling Quatchi costumes from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games - one an official costume, the other an anti-mascot built by protestors.

The artifacts will also illustrate the tangled threads of narrative around Vancouver’s relationship with First Nations communities. Pieces include a carving given to George Vancouver’s crew, a large mask of a bird depicting the European-brought disease of smallpox, and Pauline Johnson’s ‘Indigenous’ dress, a fantasy garment for a cultural celebrity with a vivid imagination.

Finally, more surprising items ask visitors to create their own stories about unique artifacts found within the MOV collection, such as a side table crafted from an elephant foot, a chair cobbled together from cattle horns, and favourite pieces of garbage salvaged by the City of Vancouver’s sanitation workers.  

This interactive component of the exhibition will encourage visitors to share their thoughts about how each object came to be, and then later present them with the opportunity to compare their narrative to MOV’s documentation of each artifact.

Inspiration for Unbelievable originated last fall in the wake of the American election, which highlighted an astonishing aspect of human nature: people reject facts that don’t fit their story, even if the information is true. MOV concluded an exhibition exploring the notion of truth – including the museum’s role as one of Canada’s most trusted institutions – could not be more timely or relevant.

Essentially, lack of trust, the reach of the web, the crisis in journalism and democracy have sparked Dreicer to embark on a quest for stories to believe in. “We live in an age of information where alternative facts and absolute falsehoods have run rampant.” continued Dreicer, “In an era where nothing can be taken at face value, MOV wanted to create an exhibition that raises questions. With Unbelievable, we ultimately hope visitors will walk away awed by the power of story – with a different understanding and possibly skepticism – about the tales they encounter and the stories they tell themselves.”

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca) 
The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city. 

LISTING INFORMATION MOV presents Unbelievable 

Date: June 24 – September 24, 2017 

Address: Museum of Vancouver 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC

Website: museumofvancouver.ca Publicity Materials: mpmgarts.com

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For further media information, contact Sarah Ghosh T: 604.558.2400 ext. 508 C: 604.346.3774 sghosh@mpmg

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Posted by: Marketing on August 1, 2017 at 9:31 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 5, 2017

Museum of Vancouver explores Austria’s enviable

social housing system with new exhibition: 

- The Vienna Model -

 

What Vancouver can learn about designing housing for the 21st century city.

VANCOUVER, BC – The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to present a fascinating exhibition that explores housing in Vienna, Austria, through its portrait of the city’s pathbreaking approach to architecture, urban life, neighborhood revitalization, and the creation of new communities.

The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century City – on view at MOV from May 17 through July 16, 2017 – features housing projects that illustrate an innovative approach to architecture while advancing social housing in the modern metropolis.

Vancouver consistently ranks alongside the Vienna as one of the world’s most livable cities, but our city has a lot to learn from its European counterpart in terms of alternative approaches to housing.

The Vienna Model goes beyond displaying compelling buildings, it describes the design and planning process in a stable housing market, where 60% of the population lives in municipally built, owned, or managed housing.

As Vancouver embarks upon a community engagement process revolving around housing, this project - curated by Wolfgang Förster and William Menkins - expands the discussion about urban planning options, and encourages dialogue around the future of the city.

The Vienna Model spotlights eight key principles through a series of photographs and interpretive displays: Social Mixing, Developing New Urban Areas, Diversity and Integration, Citizen Participation, Environment and Climate Protection, Developing Existing Housing Stock, Building on the Outskirts, Use and Design of Public Spaces, and the Role of Art in housing developments.

 

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)

The Museum of Vancouver’s mission is to inspire a deeper understanding of Vancouver through stories, objects and shared experiences. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

LISTING INFORMATION        The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century City

Guest Curators                      Wolfgang Förster and William Menkins
Date:                                      May 17 – July 16, 2017
Venue:                                   Museum of Vancouver: 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC
Website:                                museumofvancouver.ca

 

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Posted by: Marketing on July 31, 2017 at 4:49 pm

MUSEUM OF VANCOUVER LEADERSHIP CHANGE

VANCOUVER, BC.  The Board of Directors of the Museum of Vancouver announces the departure of CEO Mark Richards and his return to the UK.

During his assignment with the museum, Richards’ international expertise in museums and business transformation assisted in strengthening the museum’s vision for the future together with advancing its revitalization plan. The Board wishes Richards all the best in dealing with his family’s health issues in the UK and thanks him for sharing his international expertise with us.

The Board of Directors also announced that Director of Operations and Finance Mike Mallen has been appointed Acting CEO.

A search has been launched to find a replacement CEO to lead the Museum of Vancouver as it continues to implement its strategic plan and maintain its award-winning reputation for providing quality exhibits and programs.

MOV recently unveiled a new five-year strategic plan focusing on its position as a social connector, inspiring civic engagement and improving the institution’s sustainability.

ABOUT MOV

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

CONTACT

Jill Tipping
Chair, Board of Directors Vancouver Museum Society

 

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Posted by: Marketing on June 6, 2016 at 11:40 am

Interactive display shines spotlight on fascinating local collectors and treasures that help us understand our history and community

 

VANCOUVER, BC – The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to present an intriguing exhibition about the significance of collecting. All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds – on view at MOV from June 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017 – features wall-to-wall displays of rare, unconventional, and awe-inspiring objects from 20 diverse Vancouver collectors.

“The act of collecting is a fascinating way to engage with one’s identity, history, and community,” explained Viviane Gosselin, Curator of Contemporary Culture at MOV. “This exhibition enables visitors to enter into the rich, often-unknown worlds of collectors, and to think about how private collections can affect our understanding of the past. In this way, it reminds us of the importance of collectors as memory keepers.”

Taking inspiration from the eclectic cabinets of curiosities belonging to 17th century scientists, All Together Now features floor-to-ceiling displays, portraits of each collector, and numerous tactile experiences for visitors. These interactive components include playing pinball machines, trying on corsets, listening to long-forgotten bands, and handling historical artifacts.

This captivating sensory experience not only showcases intriguing items, but the stories of their remarkable collectors: Angus Bungay started collecting action figures when he worked in the animation industry; Imogene Lim, an anthropologist, gathers Chinese-Canadian menus because they connect to her family story and her interest in intercultural history; Kyle Seller’s numerous pinball machines are featured in pubs across the city; prosthetist David Moe’s assortment of vintage artificial limbs stems from his father’s profession and offers insight into the rapid development of medical technology; and Melanie Talkington observes the changes in fashion and bodies through the ages with her largest-in-the-world collection of 19th century corsets.

Vancouver-centric collections also feature prominently in All Together Now: Lyanne Smith and Angus McIntyre’s ephemera from public transit documents its history in Greater Vancouver; journalist Willow Yamauchi’s collection of her father’s drag queen costumes also includes materials from his beloved 80s Vancouver band, the Bovines; and Major James Matthews’ hunting compilation forms the core of the MOV and Archives collections, shaping how we understand Vancouver today.

As a way to further engage with the exhibition, the Museum invites people to post pictures of themselves with their collections on social media, using the hashtag #mycollectionatMOV. These images will animate the exhibition space through large projections. MOV will also ask visitors to consider collecting in their own lives through upcycling workshops, collector show and tells, and a symposium on the role of community engagement in museum collecting.

 

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

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For further media information, contact

Sarah Cruickshank I T. 604.558.2400 ext. 507 I C. 604.802.3712

scruickshank@lauramurraypr.com

 

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Posted by: Marketing on April 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm

VANCOUVER, BC –  On Monday, May 2, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) will be turning the clock back thirty years, to that monumental day that changed the city forever – the opening of 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication. To mark the occasion, admission to the Museum will reflect 1986 pricing: just $4.00 to learn about the city’s history, future, and check out the new Recollecting Expo 86 display. Cake will be served at 11:00am.

Expo 86 was a game changer. It remains one of the largest public events ever held in British Columbia, and it was a catalyst for major projects in real estate, infrastructure, and architecture. The fair attracted over 22 million visitors and gave Vancouver international stature. The provincial town became a bold city with boundless potential.  

“The creation of Expo 86 was less about planning and design and more about performance art, the orchestrations of beliefs, and the hopes and desires of a local and global community,” said Bruno Freschi, Expo 86 Chief Architect.

Expo 86 had an impact on everyone who took part in it. Vancouverites remember what they did there and who was with them. Many residents held onto their memories by collecting souvenirs.

To mark the 30th anniversary, MOV has put together a mini-exhibition using a fraction of Pete Visscher’s impressive collection of Expo 86 memorabilia, including Expo Ernie, hundreds of pins, signage, and recollections of this impactful event. This display spotlights the important role of collectors as memory keepers. The Museum invites you to share your memories and images of Expo 86 on Twitter and Instagram. Please use the hashtag #RecollectingExpo86.

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)
The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

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Posted by: Marketing on March 10, 2016 at 5:39 pm

ANNOUNCEMENT
 

VANCOUVER, BC –  For two days this week, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) ran test advertisements on Burke Billboards. The digital advertising company offered the opportunity to increase brand exposure in target locations around False Creek, especially in key areas where tourists could discover the Museum’s proximity in Vanier Park. The tests revealed just how visible the displays are, and that public would certainly take notice.

The Museum has received a few messages expressing displeasure in choosing this new advertising medium. The sentiment is understandable, and MOV appreciates where these perspectives are coming from. The Museum, whose vision includes inspiring civic engagement, is impressed by the passionate reaction of local residents.

As many people in Vancouver are new to the city and unacquainted with MOV, we have a significant challenge in raising awareness that we are located in the white building “with the hat on it” in Vanier Park. Moreover, with a modest marketing budget, MOV is forced to get creative and try new cost-effective methods to get the word out. For the Museum to remain sustainable, it must continue to grow its audience.

The Museum of Vancouver relies on a combination of financial support from donors, government funders, and admissions revenue from visitors to create programming that deepens our understanding of Vancouver.  Our current exhibition Your Future Home focuses, in part, on the use of public space, and encourages the people to suggest ideas for the betterment of the city.

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)
The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

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For further media information, contact
Myles Constable, Museum of Vancouver
mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca
604-730-5309
 

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Posted by: Marketing on March 2, 2016 at 3:45 pm

ANNOUNCEMENT
March 2, 2016

The Museum of Vancouver’s Board of Directors announces that CEO Nancy Noble will be leaving MOV at the end of July.

A rigorous and disciplined search for her successor will begin now to ensure a smooth transition.

“It has been an amazing ten years at MOV, and I am very proud of everything we’ve accomplished, creating a great city museum,” says Noble. “However, I am looking forward to new challenges and I hope to continue to push boundaries of what a museum can do.”

Board Chair, Jill Tipping, says, “Nancy’s leadership has had a significant impact on the Museum and the role it plays in the community. Over the past ten years, she led the organization to the creation of a new vision, values, direction and brand. The Museum’s reputation has grown in attendance and has won numerous awards. Noble transformed the Museum into a significant civic institution, reflecting the values and interests of Vancouverites, and making an impact in the city’s cultural realm.

Nancy Noble has taken the Museum of Vancouver on an exciting journey in the last decade and the MOV looks to the future and the opportunity to once again redefine the Museum and its role in Vancouver’s cultural life.  MOV recently unveiled a new five-year strategic plan focusing on its position as a social connector, inspiring civic engagement and improving the institution’s sustainability.

The Board of Directors is both proud and greatly appreciative of Nancy’s exceptional contribution to the Museum of Vancouver and for her leadership and its significant impact on the Museum and the role in plays in the community.

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)
The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

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Inquiries about this matter should be directed to
Jill Tipping, Museum of Vancouver Board Chair
jill.tipping@schneider-electric.com
604-671-0001

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For further media information, contact
Myles Constable, Museum of Vancouver
mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca
604-730-5309

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Posted by: Marketing on February 29, 2016 at 10:43 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 29, 2016

VANCOUVER, BC –  The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is pleased to announce that Amanda Burrows has joined its team of passionate advocates for the city. As the Director of Development, Burrows will head up the Museum’s fundraising efforts, fostering relationships with donors, sponsors, and the Museum’s membership.

She comes to MOV with more than eight years of experience raising funds for arts organizations. In addition to her experience at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Guggenheim NYC, Burrows recently served as the Associate Director of Annual Giving for the Vancouver Opera, where she created the Young Patrons Circle that engaged the next generation of arts patrons.

Burrows was the ideal candidate for this position after studying Fundraising Management at Ryerson University, and having earned a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies at the University of Toronto.

As a connector, Burrows has developed programs that stimulate philanthropic behaviour. She sits on the Boards for Contemporary Art Gallery, and Passion Foundation, that encourage using arts for community involvement, civic engagement and social change.

 “I am thrilled to join the MOV team as it moves forward,” Burrows announced. “Several years ago, the Museum’s provocative programming helped to put them on my radar, and I am extremely excited to apply my experience as a fundraiser, museum practitioner, and Vancouverite to such an innovative and inclusive institution.”

“Amanda has wholeheartedly embraced MOV’s new vision to inspire a social connected, civically engaged city,” explained MOV CEO Nancy Noble.

Burrows is excited to explore new linkages in the local community, and get more Vancouverites involved with their Museum.

You can reach Amanda Burrows at:

 
 

About Museum of Vancouver (museumofvancouver.ca)

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum’s programs, exhibitions, and collections bring people together and inspire conversation about the future. The museum, an enthusiastic civic advocate, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a socially connected, civically engaged city.

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For further media information, contact

Myles Constable, Museum of Vancouver

mconstable@museumofvancouver.ca

604-730-5309

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