2011 In Review

3 Jan

As we move into 2012, we want to quickly take a look back at 2011. It’s been a big year for the museum as we’ve expanded and moved into new territory, such as this blog. Here is 2011 in review:

January

Artist Abraham Anghik Ruben visited MIA to install Memories: An Ancient Past (2010), a sculpture which will eventually travel to the Smithsonian in 2012.

February

We opened our Twitter account and this blog!

We published its Inuit Wallhangings colouring book, focusing on wall hangings from Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake). The museum donates 500 copies to Rachel Arngnammaktiq Elementary School in Qamani’tuaq.

March

We posted our introductory guide on our website.

May

MIA celebrated International Museum Day by conducting tours focused on museums and their relationship to memories.

MIA welcomed artist Noah Maniapik to conduct a printmaking workshop with visitors, courtesy of the M. and G. Thiel Educational Centre.

 

June

MIA celebrated National Aboriginal History Month by beginning Playing Favourites, a project encouraging visitors to have their pictures taken with their favourite piece in MIA’s collection and tell us why it is their favourite. The project is so successful it is extended indefinitely.

 

July

MIA began offering Quick Chat programming, aimed to entice visitors to look more closely at objects in the museum’s collection by giving short, focused introductions to particular objects.

August

In addition to the museum’s traditional audio guides, the museum now offers printed versions of the text for those who prefer to read rather than listen. The museum also began implementing bilingual signage throughout the museum’s interior to better serve its diverse audience and installed family-friendly labels throughout the museum in order to better serve the museum’s family audience.

September

MIA Director David Harris and Educational Coordinator Alysa Procida travelled to Kangirqliniq (Rankin Inlet), Nunavut from September 17 to September 24 to assist with project development, museum acquisitions and future exhibition planning.

October

We participated in Culture Days, a nation-wide weekend of free cultural activities aimed at engaging the community in arts and cultural programming. MIA offers free printmaking workshops and hands-on activities.

We welcomed the Inuit Art Society and artist Billy Gauthier to tour the museum as part of their annual conference. Representatives from the museum discuss the museum’s progress, mission and plans for the future at the conference in Hamilton.

MIA completely overhauls its audio guide system and implements Quick Response (QR) codes throughout the museum. When scanned by a smartphone or tablet device, they link visitors directly with relevant audio tracks, photos, videos, maps and additional information relevant to the object.

We opened its exhibition The Unique World of Jessie Kenalogak and incorporated physical and virtual ways to ask the artist questions and begin dialogue about the artwork with other visitors.

November

We published its Inuit Art in Canada in softcover, as well as its Introductory Guide and Gallery Selected Pieces Volume 1  as eBooks.

MIA launched its new membership categories with overhauled benefits, responding to visitors’ needs for a more customizable system.

December

MIA partnered with the National Film Board Mediatheque in Toronto to celebrate the launch of Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories. MIA visitors and members are entitled to a 10% discount on the DVD, while visitors to the NFB Mediatheque who also visit MIA receive a complimentary copy of Inuit Art in Canada.

2011 was a great year for the museum and we are looking forward to 2012: it’s the International Year of Co-Operatives and our partnership with the NFB Mediatheque continues this month. Stay tuned for more updates!

Posted by: Alysa Procida, MIA’s Educational Coordinator

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