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Inuit Art Magazine Launched!

20 Dec

Front cover of the MIA's new magazine IAM
What an exciting month it has been here at the museum! We teased you with some photos and info about an upcoming games exhibition, we filmed another artist interview with Jonas Faber as part of our conversation series, AND we published a new magazine devoted to contemporary art made by Inuit!

We’re really proud of this volume, the first of our biannual publication cycle, which includes articles featuring artists  Bart Hanna, Abraham Anghik Ruben and Reneltta Arluk, information about special exhibitions such as The Brousseau Collection of Inuit Art in the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec and even taking you inside private collections.

Information about artists, exhibitions, and tips on how to properly conserve your own art collection are not only written in English and French, but also  Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun.

Oh, and did I mention that you can get your own digital copy for FREE!
The 200-pages are up on the official IAM website here and you can  download your own copy here.

Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer


ᓇᑯᕐᒦᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᒃ! NAH Month in Review

30 Jun

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already June 3oth! Where has this month gone?! Time really does fly by when you’re having fun, and there were lots of games and activities  happening here at the MIA.

To celebrate National Aboriginal History Month and National Aboriginal Day, we gave out freebies like puzzles, temporary tattoos, “crunchers” (or “cootie catchers”), colouring pages, and build-an-inuksuk crafts. They were supposed to be for visitors, but once our staff unpacked them we just had to test them ourselves. You know, just to make sure they all worked properly…

Our celebrations also went digital. All month we had been posting Tweets and Facebook updates where one word or phrase was selected in the various dialects of Inuit language. Some of these words related to family members like ᐊᑖᑕ or ataata for “father” and Arctic animals like ᓇᓄᖅ or nanuq for “polar bear” but we also posted some less obvious words like “coffee” and “cabin” to poke fun at some of my intern-antics.

We also created some challenges on SCVNGR for visitors to play and earn points. After completing a few activities and answering some trivia questions, museum visitors can redeem points for a free membership!

And as of a few moments ago, MIA launched our official Instagram account! Now visitors can connect with us through the photos they’ve taken themselves. We’re really curious to see some of the great artsy shots people take our of collection. Find us on there – our username is “miamuseum.”

Sneaky side note: These two new smart phone additions may or may not be good practice for another awesome tech addition MIA will be rolling out next month. But more on that later…

Now that National Aboriginal History Month is drawing to a close, and people are gearing up for the Canada Day long weekend, everyone at MIA wanted to say a giant ᓇᑯᕐᒦᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᒃ (nakurmiimmarialuk /thank you very much) for celebrating with us. We hope you had a great month, and we’ll see you again in a year!

– Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Educational Assistant

Happy National Aboriginal Day!

21 Jun

Woot, woot!
Today is National Aboriginal Day!

This event is all about celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. While there had been similar calls for this kind of recognition earlier, the official launch of NAD happened in 1996 – and is now part of a series of “Celebrate Canada” days, beginning with National Aboriginal Day and followed by the National Holiday of Quebec (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27), and concluding with Canada Day (July 1).

All month we have been gearing up for this celebration.
We started a new Twitter series where we gave followers a word or phrase each day to illustrate the different dialects of Inuktitut, we shared some events details on Facebook about what is (and would be going on) around our city of Toronto and across Canada, and today we’re handing out a bunch of free stuff!

Visitors who stop by the museum today get a real treat! We have temporary tattoos, mini-puzzels, colouring pages, “crunchers” (or “cootie catchers” if you’re fancy), build-an-inuksuk, and more! All for free! We are even giving visitors the extra special, behind the scenes style chance to hold and feel some of our objects. Bye-Bye surly security guards telling people to stand back and look but don’t touch.

And don’t think that when the day is over, the event is as well. While this is the designated DAY, National Aboriginal stuff will continue on for the rest of the month. Better come over quickly though, before our staff starts picking through all these free goodies 🙂

– Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Educational Assistant