E-newsletter: April 2016

Dear Friends,

Check out the stories below to see what’s going on at Friends and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Extended Summer Hours at the Museum

The Museum is gearing up for Manitoba’s busiest tourism season with extended summer hours. From Monday, May 23rd up to and including Labour Day, the Museum will be open seven days a week. Doors will open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. every day except Wednesdays, when the Museum is open until 9 p.m.

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Upcoming Exhibitions at the Museum

2-ewtravel_india01_610x407_1Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities
Opening date: July 23, 2016

All over the world, women artisans are forming cooperatives to improve their quality of life by producing, managing and marketing their creations.

This July the Museum’s newest exhibition opens in the Level 6 “Expressions” gallery. Empowering Women explores how grassroots collaboration can advance human rights. Take a colourful and vibrant look into collectives currently empowering women all over the world to support their families, transform their communities and preserve their traditional arts.

The exhibition incorporates beautiful examples of the cooperatives’ handmade arts and features a brand new immersive virtual reality experience developed by the Museum. Visitors will be transported for a 3D look at the transformative work of two different women’s-run weaving cooperatives in Guatemala.

For more information about the exhibit visit the Museum’s website.

Photo: Kakuben Jivan Ranmal working with other textile artisans at the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) Trade Facilitation Center, India, 2010. Photograph courtesy of SEWA.

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Is it Tee Time Yet?

Get out and golf for a cause this summer, with a day of fun in the sun and the chance to win great prizes!

IMG_1413Drive FORE the Stars Charity Golf Classic

When: Thursday, August 25, 2016
Where: Larter’s at St. Andrews Golf and Country Club, Winnipeg, MB

With help from volunteers, this tournament has raised tens of thousands of dollars since 2008. Enjoy a day of fabulous golf, have fun with clients and colleagues in support of Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Take advantage of early bird pricing by registering before July 15, 2016.

EARLY BIRD PRICE (Register before July 15, 2016)
$225 / registrant or $900 per team

REGULAR PRICE (Register by August 9, 2016)
$250 per registrant or $1000 per team

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Markus Chambers at 204-791-1950 or driveforethestars@mymts.net or the Friends office at 204-289-2267 or info@friendsofcmhr.com.

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1C93E225-4DB9-44D5-878D-E037CC937843Calgary: Calgary Winnipeg Club Charity FUN-raiser Golf Tournament

When: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Where: Sirocco Golf Course, Calgary

The tournament is a sell out every year, so register yourself or your team NOW for a day of golf and prizes, including dinner and a special tailgate luncheon with Earl Barish & Salisbury House from Winnipeg cooking their famous NIPS!

$225 per registrant or $850 per team

Register at CalgaryWinnipegClub.com

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LAST CHANCE to see ‘Witness Blanket’ 

23007674464_7848deebeb_zNow is your last chance to see the Witness Blanket exhibition, which closes at the Museum June 25th to continue its country-wide tour.

Located in the Museum’s “Expressions” gallery on Level 6, the Witness Blanket is a large-scale art installation made out of hundreds of items reclaimed from residential schools. Inspired by a woven blanket, the installation stands as a national monument to recognize the atrocities of the Indian residential school era (1870-1996), honour the children and symbolize ongoing reconciliation.

This exhibition is included in the cost of general admission. An interactive experience tells the stories behind the hundreds of objects that make up this artwork, available through a free iOS mobile app – or borrow a loaded device in gallery.

View a video about the exhibition.

For more information about the exhibit visit the Museum’s website.

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Upcoming Events

bph_1_photo_by_c_voelker_610x300Guest Lecture: Shooting Blind

In conjunction with the acclaimed exhibition,Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists currently open in the Level 1 Gallery, the Museum has been hosting a variety of lectures by photographers with various degrees of vision loss, building on the exhibition’s exploration of the idea that blind people can see in ways that sighted people cannot.

The final lecture in this series will be presented by Bruce Hall, a photographer with vision loss from California. Bruce has twin sons with autism who are the subjects of a special photo project featured in Sight Unseen.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18th from 2:00-2:45pm or 7:00-7:45pm.
WHERE: Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation
COST: Free with Museum admission

For more information visit the Museum’s website.

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2015_cnova_nov2015_610x310Performance: Andrew Balfour with Camerata Nova

Winnipeg-based vocal group Camerata Nova will showcase a special performance of Take the Indian: A Vocal Reflection on Missing Children.

Composed and conducted by artistic director Andrew Balfour, Take the Indian was inspired by testimony shared during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and seeks to explore the legacy of the residential school experience and provide an opportunity to sing, talk and heal.

The evening will include a traditional ceremony and a panel discussion with Andrew Balfour and elders who are residential school survivors.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 25th 7:00-8:30 pm
WHERE: Bonnie & John Buhler Hall
COST: $18 for adults | $12 for students

For more information visit the Museum’s website.

Photo: Chris Black
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