E-newsletter: February 2016

Dear Friends,

We have lots of news to share with you this month. Check out the stories below to see what’s going on at Friends and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Level 1 Gallery

To enhance the visitor experience even further, the Museum unveiled a dynamic new exhibit space in August 2015 – the Level 1 gallery – and has already hosted two unique exhibits: Magna Carta – Law, Liberty and Legacy and XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness. Currently, Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists is housed in the gallery until September 11, 2016.

The gallery has the capacity to present a variety of temporary exhibition types from rich media-based exhibitions, to precious and rare artifact-based visiting exhibitions. The many variations for transforming this gallery allows the Museum to bring in international exhibits that highlight human rights stories and defenders from around the world. With this space, the Museum is able to continually offer new and engaging content that connects with a variety of audiences, ensuring that the conversation about human rights continues to reach as many people as possible.

Although the Level One Gallery is open and running, we continue to seek capital donations to support this key Museum element. By directing your capital contribution this year towards support of the Level 1 Gallery you will continue to help the Museum enrich and expand its powerful and often life-changing experiences. To donate, please contact the Friends office at 204-289-2002.

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Donor profile: Markus Chambers

Markus Chambers is a human rights champion and a strong ambassador for the Museum. His passion for the Museum manifested itself as the Drive FORE the Stars Charity Golf Classic, an event he created and has run for nine years in support of the Museum.

IMG_3323-copy-310x207Chambers first became involved with Friends of CMHR in 2007 when Gail Asper asked him to be a volunteer.

“Gail was looking for people with a variety of backgrounds who could bring their connections and ideas to help make the Museum possible. Human rights has always been my passion, so it was a perfect fit,” said Chambers. “Friends was looking to create grassroots ways that people could get involved with the Museum, so I thought what would be better than combining two of my passions into one fun event.”

Chambers started Drive FORE the Stars with the hope of raising awareness for the Museum project, while also raising money for it. He’s accomplished just that. Now in its ninth year, the tournament attracts players and sponsors who are happy to know the funds they contribute through the tournament support the Museum and its programs.

Chambers is humble as he talks about his contribution to the Museum. “It is a lot of work and in that sense I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished with the tournament, but in the other sense it’s very small in the overall scheme of what went into creating the Museum.”

“I think this Museum is important for Winnipeg, helping draw attention to what we have to offer here. The Museum is starting a lot of conversations and to me that’s what it was meant to do.”

For more information about Drive FORE the Stars Charity Golf Classic you can contact Markus Chambers at 204-791-1950 or driveforethestars@mymts.net or contact the Friends office at 204-289-2267 or info@friendsofcmhr.com.

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100th anniversary of women first winning the right to vote in Canada 

2016 is the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Canada, with January 28, 2016 marking the centennial of women first winning the right to vote and hold elected office in Canada.

To recognize the importance of the year, on January 27th the Museum hosted a free public keynote address by The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, Canada’s 19th prime minister, on the topic of women’s rights at the Museum. This speech is now available on the Museum’s Youtube page.

The following day, in partnership with the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba and The Manitoba Museum, CMHR hosted a special day of programming with students. Students had the opportunity to interact with prominent women, tour exhibits about women’s rights and participate in programs at both museums. The Honourable Janice C. Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba addressed the students which was live streamed on CMHR’s website.

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New exhibits at CMHR

Let Them Howl: 100 Years in the Women’s Rights Struggle

let-them-howl-310x2072016 marks the 100th anniversary of women first winning the right to vote in Canada. To mark this important milestone, the Museum presented its first outdoor exhibition, created in partnership with Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Let Them Howl: 100 Years in the Women’s Rights Struggle features reproductions of 12 portraits of courageous Canadian women who have broken gender barriers.

The exhibition was first open from February 12 to 21at Festival du Voyageur, reopening March 8 for public viewing at the Fort Gibraltar site.

The exhibition is also available on the Museum’s mobile app, which includes accessibility features for people with vision disabilities. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play.

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

The Witness Blanket

Located in the Museum’s Expressions gallery on Level 6, the Witness Blanket exhibit was installed in December and runs through June 2016.

WitnessBlanket-Mosaic_newsletter_2-310x154Inspired by a woven blanket, this large-scale art installation honours the children who were forced into Indian residential schools in Canada between 1870 and 1996, and symbolizes ongoing reconciliation.

This exhibition is included in the cost of general admission. An interactive experience tells the stories behind hundreds of objects that make up this artwork, available through a free iOS mobile app. Visitors without a mobile device are able to borrow a loaded device in gallery.

View a video about the exhibition.

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

Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists

Now open in the Museum’s Level 1 gallery, Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists is the first major exhibition of work by acclaimed international blind photographers, uniquely enhanced by the Museum. It explores the idea that blind people can see in ways that sighted people cannot. The core exhibition features photographs by artists with various degrees of vision loss who use different technologies and creative methods to express what they see.

Sight Unseen is also the first museum exhibition in the world to use cutting-edge technology by 3D Photoworks that creates three-dimensional, tactile versions of the photographs for people with vision loss. Touch-activated sensors provide audio information about the images. Description also flows through the Museum’s mobile app.

Participatory experiences and unique programming will spark thought and conversation about the rights of people with disabilities – and the attitudes or stereotypes that continue to pose barriers.

For more information on programming for Sight Unseen visit the Museum’s website.

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New benefits for Museum members

Membership to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights offers many benefits and the list just keeps growing. Recently, the Museum has added some exciting new perks to the list – there’s something for everyone.

Become a member now or renew your membership to take advantage of these exciting new perks, including:

  • Special member pricing on Level 1 gallery temporary exhibits, general public programs and tours*
  • Pre-purchase and early registration for Museum activities and special events*
  • Members only fast track line at Coat Check
  • Member’s Shopping Days – Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 – where members receive a 20% discount
  • Special member days, starting with Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 11, 2016, including discounted admission for member’s guests
  • Reciprocal membership agreement – 10% discount on membership purchases at the Children’s Museum, The Manitoba Museum and the Winnipeg Art Gallery*

*Some restrictions may apply.

Visit the Museum’s website to view the full list of all member benefits for each membership category. 

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9th annual Drive FORE the Stars Charity Golf Classic

When: Thursday, August 25, 2016

Where: Larter’s at St. Andrews Golf and Country Club, Winnipeg, MB

Enjoy a fabulous day of golf in support of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Take advantage of early bird pricing by registering before July 15, 2016.

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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Friendsofcmhr.com or 204.289.2003 or 1.866.828.9209