If you’ve been to the museum or visited our website recently, you will probably have noticed that we’ve been making a lot of changes. First, we upgraded our website with the help of our wonderful volunteer Kyle; then, we initiated an upgrade of our permanent exhibitions. This is a long process that was, quite honestly, long overdue: in the six years that we’ve been open, our permanent exhibitions have stayed largely static: we’ve added and removed works, we’ve added and removed interpretive information, but the bulk of the layout, objects and information remained the same.
At the same time, we have learned quite a lot about our visitors thanks to visitor evaluation, six years of programming and lots of exhibitions. So, using that information we’ve undertaken a total overhaul of our permanent exhibition spaces. We’ve re-opened our newly renovated exhibitions and I’ll be explaining elements of our decision-making process over the next few weeks. But if you do visit, you may notice that one element of our exhibitions is conspicuously absent: our interpretive information panels.
That’s not an accident and it’s not permanent. We’ve decided to keep the interpretive panels off the wall for a short period of time to get your input before we finalize what will be on the wall. I have a lot of things I can say about our collection, but I want the chance to know what exactly you want to know. Do you want to know information about the subject matter? About the materials? About the process of art making? About the Arctic environments? The possibilities are endless.
So now is your chance to have your voice heard and incorporated into our permanent collections! We have comment boxes for this input inside the museum, or you can send us an email/leave a comment/etc. So, if you’ve been wondering where all of the contextual information it, it’s coming – but only with your help!
– Posted by: Alysa Procida, Curator