The following information is excerpted from a release issued by the BC Museums Association.
The BC Museums Association (BCMA) has named May 14-21, 2017, as BC Museums Week. BC Museums Week celebrates the contributions of museums, galleries, historic sites, and other related heritage organizations to BC’s communities and economy. BC Museums Week includes International Museum Day, celebrated by the international museum community on May 18.
Many museums across the province are running special events or programs for BC Museums Week. Examples include the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (Vancouver) remaining open late and by donation on May 18, Two Rivers Gallery (Prince George) offering a Sunday Open Studio program and the Roedde House Museum’s (Vancouver) exhibit, Vancouver’s Pioneers of Print, in celebration of Asian Heritage Month. The BCMA is also leading social media discussions throughout the week using the hashtag #BCMuseums.
“BC Museums Week is an excellent opportunity for BC museums, heritage centre, galleries and cultural centres to celebrate and raise awareness about their crucial role in preserving and making accessible the province’s rich history,” says BCMA Council President David Alexander.
Many museums across the province are undertaking legacy projects to honour the province’s unique and diverse histories, culture and heritage as part of the British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada program, which is administered by the BCMA with support from Heritage BC.
Show your support and appreciation for museums in whatever way you like: visit your local museum, send a shout-out over social media using #BCMuseums, volunteer or make a donation to support the important work museums do in building a culturally aware and inclusive province.