Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery Awarded Again for Indigenous Exhibit – Red Deer Advocate

Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery receives another award for its original exhibition Powwow! Ohciwin the Origins.

On September 17, the museum will receive the 2022 Leadership Award for Engagement from the Alberta Association of Museums, in recognition of its community engagement work with local Indigenous communities and its collaborative work in the development of the exhibition.

Earlier this year, the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) received the 2022 Richard Martin Exhibit Award for Small Museums presented by the Costume Society of America.

“MAG is a leader in community engagement, going above and beyond expecting their community to approach them by asking how they can help members of their community,” said the Alberta Museums Association ( AMA) in a press release.

The AMA said the museum is an active and long-time supporter of the Remembering the Children Society and has been an active listener to community consultations that have taken place at hearings and truth and reconciliation ceremonies in Red Deer. When the final Truth and Reconciliation recommendations were presented, MAG continued its community engagement work at a steady and increasing pace.

In 2015, MAG was the host site for Walking With Our Sisters, a community-led ceremony to honor missing and murdered Indigenous women and children.

MAG staff also regularly attend meetings of their Indigenous partner organizations, such as Urban Aboriginal Voices, to ask where they can be of service to their partner organizations’ programming and community supports.

Pow-wow! OhcÎwin the Origins, presented at the museum from September 2020 to February 2021, presents a positive and assertive look at contemporary Indigenous traditions. Curated by First Nations powwow experts, the exhibit demonstrates that powwows, regalia and Indigenous culture are living and working cultures.

MAG collaborated with the exhibit’s Indigenous creators, Patrick and Marrisa Mitsuing, and worked with a diverse team of Indigenous artists to assemble the dance insignia on display.

The exhibition is still visible on the museum’s website at the address https://reddeermuseum.com/powwow-ohciwin-the-origins.

“Through their community engagement in serving their communities and their approach to developing Indigenous-led exhibits, MAG is actively demonstrating the importance of engaging in partnerships with Indigenous communities. The exhibit’s impact extends beyond Red Deer as it is now a traveling exhibit,” the association said.

Nominations for the Leadership Awards are judged by the Leadership Awards Committee, made up of individual WADA members. The awards will be presented at MacEwan University’s Betty Andrews Recital Hall during the 2022 AMA Inside Out: Reconsidering Museum Culture Annual Conference.



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