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April 02, 2015 / 7:00 PM
Curator Talk & Tour: c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city | Apr 2
the city before the city
Curator Talk & Tour: c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city
Join us for an informal talk and tour of the Museum of Vancouver’s landmark exhibition c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city. This Q&A evening will bring together Jason Woolman, exhibition team member and Senior Archivist for the Musqueam First Nation, Morgan Guerin, Musqueam Councillor and advisory committee member, and Viviane Gosselin, MOV’s curator of Contemporary Culture, in a conversation touching on several themes in the exhibition: From the importance of traditional teachings, to the revitalisation of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language and history of relationships between Indigenous and settler societies in Vancouver.
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: $14 General | $11 Seniors & Students | $8 Youth | FREE MOV Members
April 08, 2015 / 7:00 PM
Women and Self-Representation in Contemporary Photographic Art

Dina Goldstein photo
Photo: Dina Goldstein

Women and Self-Representation in Contemporary Photographic Art
Four Vancouver-based artists examine issues in contemporary photographic art, exploring topics ranging from the personal to the political to express a collective anxiety around femininity and art making. This discussion hopes to provide fresh perspectives on the local and current situation of women working in photography. Panelists: Holly Marie Armishaw, Susan Bozic, Dina Goldstein, Birthe Piontek
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: General $10 | MOV Members Free
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Presented by the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver in partnership with Capture Photography Festival and the Museum of Vancouver.

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April 21, 2015 / 3:00 PM
From Evidence to Action: Inspiring Ideas for Happier Communities

From Evidence to Action: Inspiring Ideas for Happier Communities

In partnership with the Museum of Vancouver and the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) brings together international researchers and community leaders for a symposium dedicated to exploring the evidence and developing ideas about how to build happier communities.

This afternoon discussion at the Museum of Vancouver will be moderated by Al Etmanski and takes place in conjunction with the exhibition Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show, which officially opens April 23, 2015.

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Time: 3:00pm-6:00pm
Admission: $28 Regular | $20 MOV Members & Students
Get Tickets: To attend, order tickets through the CIFAR website (registration deadline is April 16, 2015), or register for the webcast.


The Happy City – A Danish Case Study
Meik Wiking, CEO, The Happiness Research Institute, Denmark

How may local governments work with happiness and what can be done to improve the quality of life for citizens? At this session we will take a closer look at the Danish town of Dragør, where the Happiness Research Institute has conducted a large happiness survey among the citizens and together with the local government developed initiatives to increase happiness, well-being and quality of life for the people.

Meik Wiking is CEO of The Happiness Research Institute, Research Associate for Denmark at the World Database of Happiness and Founding member of The Latin American Network for Wellbeing and Quality of Life Policies. He holds degrees in business and political science and has previously worked for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vilstrup Research and as a director for the think tank Monday Morning. Meik Wiking has written several books and reports on happiness, subjective well-being and quality of life, and is often used as a public speaker around the world.

Life Satisfaction within and across Canadian communities
Grant Schellenberg, CIFAR Associate Fellow and Acting Director of the Social Analysis Division at Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada’s rich data sources will be used to examine the life satisfaction of Canadians within and across regions and communities. The correlations between life satisfaction and both personal and community level characteristics will be highlighted.

Grant Schellenberg is an Associate Fellow of CIFAR’s Social Interactions, Identity & Well-Being program and the Acting Director of the Social Analysis Division at Statistics Canada. In this capacity, he leads a group of twelve researchers from various academic disciplines in producing analytical programs in the areas of immigration, labour market adjustment, pensions and retirement, and well-being. Prior to joining Statistics Canada in 2003, Grant was the Director of the Work Network at the Canadian Policy Research Networks. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of British Columbia and his Master’s degree in Sociology at Carleton University.

How can happiness research be used to support happier communities?
John Helliwell, CIFAR Senior Fellow and Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia

This presentation will supplement the Danish examples and Canadian community happiness data with a range of specific examples showing how community design, neighbourhood initiatives, policy frameworks and workplace initiatives can, by leveraging human cooperative capacities, create the positive human connections and shared social identities that support happier lives.

John F. Helliwell, who is based at the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC, is CIFAR Senior Fellow and co-director of CIFAR’s Program on Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being. He has pioneered the incorporation of well-being into economic models and is one of the leading happiness researchers in the world. He is also co-editor of World Happiness Report 2015, to be released in New York City on April 23rd.

Symposium Moderator
Al Etmanski

Al Etmanski is a community organizer, social entrepreneur and author. His new book: Impact: 6 Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation has just been released. He is founding partner of BC Partners for Social Impact, Social Innovation Generation (SiG), and co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN). He is an Ashoka fellow and a faculty member of John McKnight’s Asset-Based Community Development Institute. He and his wife Vickie Cammack were recently awarded the Order of Canada for their work with people with disabilities and their families, as well as for their social innovation leadership. Al blogs at

The afternoon is designed to promote maximum conversation and debate. A panel discussion and audience Q&A follows formal presentations. A networking reception will conclude the symposium.

Social innovation happens when people from different backgrounds and experiences come together to share knowledge and ideas that address important issues facing society.

Through CIFAR’s national dialogue series, research and community leaders are invited to engage in conversation around new ways of thinking and acting to drive social change and community well-being.