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Explore the Realities of Living in the Modern Arctic this March Break at MIA

3 Mar
Inuit community of Pangnirtung

Inuit community of Pangnirtung

This March Break the Museum of Inuit Art is exploring the realities of living in the modern Canadian Arctic through four interactive stations (one to represent each Inuit land claim area in Canada) located throughout the museum.

Every family will be issued a passport to explore the Museum of Inuit Art in new, multi-sensory ways while challenging perceptions of the Arctic.

Activities to enjoy:

  • Get hands on with our teaching collection at our feel-box station. Learn about properties of the materials being used by Inuit artists and how this impacts the art being produced in the Arctic today.
  • Can you dance like a polar bear or run like a muskox? Show us your moves while learning animal names in Inuktitut in the Museum of Inuit Art’s version of ‘Simon Says’.
  • Learn about the differences in food costs and diets in the Arctic and Southern Canada at the MIA land claim grocery store.
  • What makes your neighbourhood unique? Make comparisons between your community and those in the Arctic. Through exploration of prints and postcards, learn about population size, temperature, and infrastructure available in Inuit communities.

As you complete the activities, be sure to get your passport stamped! If you have your passport stamped at all four interactive stations, you are eligible for a $5 discount on a family membership. Your name will also be entered into a raffle to win a $50 gift certificate from Loblaws-Queens Quay!

DATES: March 9 to March 17
TIME: 12 PM to 4 PM
PRICE: Free with Museum Admission (Adults $5, Students/Seniors $3, Children 12 and under FREE)

We are still looking for volunteers for this event. If you are interested in lending a helping hand, please email volunteer@miamuseum.ca.

Lindsay Bontoft, MIA’s Public Programming and Development Coordinator


Behind the Scenes Installations

13 Aug

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged about what’s been going on behind the scenes at the museum, but we have been very busy with some very exciting things in in the works. I’m happy to be back on the blog, though, and that I get to update you on some of what’s been happening here.

Recently, we added special labels for families to our exhibition spaces and will continue to add more over the coming weeks. These offer additional information and pose questions. As a museum, we are very serious about making our museum as family friendly as possible and I think these labels will go along way towards achieving that goal. They are also fun for older or individual visitors, too!

Volunteer Coordinator Jessica Cappuccitti and I placing the new labels inside exhibition cases.

Also in the interest of improving visitor experience, we installed panels over our exhibition cases explaining in both English and French the contents of the case. This is part of our long-term plans to incorporate more French into the museum, so for those of you who have been asking please know that we hear you!

MIA Director David Harris installing one of our new panels.


Finally, we mounted a visitor comment board at the rear entrance to the museum. We wanted to give visitors a way to express themselves, tell us what they think and ask us any questions they may have but for one reason or another do not want to ask in person. We are posting images of the comment boards on our Flickr stream and Facebook page and responding to suggestions and comments made there. If you have a comment, feel free to tell us!

Our comment board on July 23.

If you have a suggestion for something you’d like to see inside the museum,  please feel free to let us know. We hope that these improvements help all of our visitors get more out of their experiences here. In the next few weeks, we will be installing new exhibitions and objects, as well as implementing some other exciting projects we’ve been working on. Keep your eyes on the blog for more!

Posted by: Alysa Procida, MIA’s Educational Coordinator

March Break Round-Up

20 Mar

Last week was March Break here in Toronto (otherwise known as Spring Break elsewhere). This means that MIA was extra busy with families coming to the museum. This year, we focused on learning about animals through Inuit art. Animals are a major theme in Inuit art and something our permanent collection focuses on, so it was a great opportunity to engage some younger visitors.

MIA's lobby, full of colourful Arctic animal facts, for March Break

So, in addition to our regular activities, MIA certified visiting children (and some adults!) “Junior Arctic Animal Experts” once they completed some special activities, including drawing from the collection and learning animal names in Inuktitut.

I’m very happy to say that the turnout was amazing! It was fantastic to see so many families so engaged and excited. That being said, I had some particularly favorite moments: (1) a mother quizzing her children on how to say dog in Inuktitut (“qimmiq“); (2) a family watching a taped interview with artist David Ruben Piqtoukun three times to make sure they got everything out of it that they could; and (3) our volunteers really getting into the spirit and making their own fold-up animal crafts.

MIA's M. and G. Thiel Education Centre with special activities and decorations for March Break.

MIA always has activities available for children, but I think this March Break was really a special success. Next up is celebrating Nunavut on April 1 – I’m really excited to see the response. Stay tuned for more information on MIA’s special programming and other behind-the-scenes activities!

Posted by: Alysa Procida, MIA’s Educational Coordinator