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Introducing Our New Programming and Outreach Assistant!

22 Feb
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MIA’s newest staff member Caitlin H. with her favourite piece at the museum “Fire Spirits Rising” (2008) by David Ruben Piqtoukun (1951 – ) Paulatuk, stone, charcoal


My name is Caitlin Hudson, and I am the new Programming and Outreach Assistant at the MIA! I’m a graduate of the Applied Museum Studies program at Algonquin College, and over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to work in museums, art galleries, and archives all across Ontario. I have worked in many different areas of museums (including collections, exhibitions, and programming), and I’m always looking for an opportunity to learn something new. I have little experience working with Inuit Art, so working at the MIA is the perfect opportunity for me to diversify my knowledge of art and art history.

I’m going to be working on a lot of different projects here, including developing new and exciting programming for visitors of all ages, and working on different outreach initiatives. I’m so excited to join the MIA team, and I look forward to meeting you at an upcoming programming event! Be sure to check out the museum’s events page to see what I’ll have in store you for this month for March Break and other special dates and programming.

– Posted by Caitlin H., MIA’s Programming and Outreach Assistant


Planet IndigenUS: Celebration of Nations . . . We Are All From Somewhere

29 Jul

The Harbourfront is a pretty busy place during the summer, and this August another major event will be taking place: Planet IndigenUS!

For the past month, visitors to the Harbourfront will have seen a lot of these posters advertising for the third installment of Planet IndigenUS – the largest multidisciplinary, contemporary, international Indigenous arts festival in the world. The title of this years festival, “Celebration of Nations . . . we are all from somewhere . . .” was chosen in the hopes that everyone who attends the events would find their “Indigenous” place within themselves and relate to the idea that we are all “from somewhere”.

Taking place between August 11-19th, this festival is a 10-day celebration featuring countless contemporary cultural leaders in visual arts, crafts, film, dance, theatre, music, storytelling, and much more in order to share a vision for a future filled with power and renewal. The idea is to challenge perceptions about what it means to be Indigenous in the modern world, show the important roles contemporary Indigenous artists play in our society, and create a dialogue via the sights and sounds of the featured artists and performers.

To get things started, the opening evening will be hosted by hip hop artist and CBC radio producer/host Wab Kinew and actress Sarah Podemski with featured performances by Plex, Pacific Curls, George Leach and Hanggai.

And there is plenty more where that came from!
The MIA has partnered up with the festival and is offering complimentary guided tours throughout the 10-day celebration.
You can also view the full festival schedule by clicking here where all the free events are listed. And don’t forget that you can follow Planet IndigenUS on their Twitter, Facebook Page, or blog.

Should be some great times! Everyone where is certainly looking forward to checking it out – after work of course 😉

– posted by Brittany Holliss, MIA Visitor Services Officer

Coming Soon to MIA

28 Mar

Our April newsletter went out last week (if you want to subscribe but haven’t, click here!). The museum has some very exciting programming coming up next month and you, our blog readers, will get some sneak peeks behind the scenes about it.

If you read our newsletter, you’ll know that we have two very exciting additions to MIA coming soon: a visible storage area and a new special exhibition about stone cut prints from Ulukhaktok (Holman). Our visible storage area is currently under construction, and we’re very excited about how this will turn out.

Part of MIA's team works on creating our new visible storage area

We also made some changes to our display areas this weekend. New informational panels went up in many areas of of our permanent collection, thanks to our Head Museum Technician. Take a look at the process:

Rearranging some objects in our Nunavik case.

Placing our new panel focusing on Joe Talirunili.

Adding information about Karoo Ashevak into the Kitikmeot case.

We’re very excited about all the new changes coming to MIA, and hope you are too.

Also – don’t forget that Friday, April 1 is the twelfth anniversary of the creation of Nunavut. MIA will be offering special family programming  that day, focused on learning about the diversity of Nunavut. Be sure to check back later this week to learn more about Canada’s newest and largest territory.

Posted by: Alysa Procida, MIA’s Education Coordinator