BC Museums Association Podcast
BCMW2022: Using Our Voices - ScienceUpFirst and Working Together to Fight Online Misinformation

BCMW2022: Using Our Voices - ScienceUpFirst and Working Together to Fight Online Misinformation

May 16, 2022

Museums, galleries, science centres, and heritage organizations are amongst the most trusted institutions in our society. On the first day of BC Museums Week explore how cultural organizations are defying the expectation that they remain “neutral” and using their voice to make a difference.

ScienceUpFirst is a national initiative that works with a collective of independent scientists, researchers, health care experts and science communicators. They share the best available science in creative ways to stop the spread of misinformation. 

Join us for a conversation on how misinformation and disinformation are spread and how to address them. 

Queer(y)ing Museums Episode 4: Special Episode on Ukraine with Andrew Kushnir

Queer(y)ing Museums Episode 4: Special Episode on Ukraine with Andrew Kushnir

May 12, 2022

In this special episode of Queer(y)ing Museums, Tanya and Desirée chat with Andrew Kushnir (he/him) - a gay, Ukrainian Canadian playwright, actor, educator and activist living in Toronto/Tkaronto. 

Throughout this conversation, we weave through a variety of topics including, what is the "war within a war" happening in Ukraine right now for LGBTQIA+ community and how is the LGBTQIA+ movement intertwined in Ukraine's fight for sovereignty? Further, how can the museum, cultural and heritage sector support Ukraine and the LGBTQIA+ community at this critical time?

 

0:00- Intro/background to collective heritage loss in Ukraine
3:15- What is gay heritage, how can heritage be a verb and how does history live in our bodies? (The Gay Heritage Project, This is Something Else, Project Humanity)
9:00- 15:53 - The arts and crisis
16:02- 21:50 - Current war in Ukraine and how the LGBTQIA+ community is affected 
21:53- We Support LGBTQ Ukraine Fund and the Chevron initiative
30:00- What is the role of the museum, cultural and heritage sector? 

43:44- What is your vision for queer or trans futures? 

 

To donate to the We Support LGBTQ Ukraine Fund, visit: https://veritascharityservices.com/campaigns/we-support-lgbtq-ukraine-fund/ 

 

Queer(y)ing Museums Episode 3: BC Jewish Queer & Trans Oral History Project (part 2)

Queer(y)ing Museums Episode 3: BC Jewish Queer & Trans Oral History Project (part 2)

May 9, 2022

For the third episode of Queer(y)ing Museums, we were thrilled to have Carmel Tanaka, founder and Executive Director of JQT Vancouver, and Alysa Rutenberg, Archivist at the Jewish Museum & Archives of BC, join us to chat about the BC Jewish Queer and Trans Oral History Project.

In part two of this two-part episode, Carmel and Alysa discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on the Oral History Project, and on JQT's process of becoming a nonprofit. 

Queer(y)ing Museums Episode 3: BC Jewish Queer & Trans Oral History Project (part 1)

Queer(y)ing Museums Episode 3: BC Jewish Queer & Trans Oral History Project (part 1)

April 29, 2022

For the third episode of Queer(y)ing Museums, we were thrilled to have Carmel Tanaka, founder and Executive Director of JQT Vancouver, and Alysa Rutenberg, Archivist at the Jewish Museum & Archives of BC, join us to chat about the BC Jewish Queer and Trans Oral History Project. 

In part one of this two-part episode, Carmel and Alysa discuss the intergenerational and community engagement aspects of their project, advice for other institutions/organizations who might be interested in engaging in similar work, and more. 

 

You can find out more about the BC Jewish Queer & Trans Oral History Project here: https://www.jqtvancouver.ca/jqt-oral-history-bc

To learn more about JQT Vancouver: https://www.jqtvancouver.ca/

To learn more about the Jewish Museum & Archives of BC: https://jewishmuseum.ca/about/ 

 

MuseNews Episode 17: New Directors, New Directions, and Old Bunkers
BCMA Climate Action Podcast with The Potato House Project

BCMA Climate Action Podcast with The Potato House Project

April 21, 2022

What does Earth Day mean to you? Are climate conversations part of your personal or professional lives? How do you contribute to climate action already taking place in your community?

 

The heritage and culture sector is privileged to support research, education, and action against climate change. This Earth Day, the BC Museums Association has invited some in our sector and the community at large to share, inspire, and help educate us all on the importance and interconnectedness of climate and the cultural heritage sector.

 

In this episode, hear how The Potato House Project integrates sustainability into their work and the importance of community for the success of their organization.

 

Music courtesy of Chad Crouch, The Sound Of Picture Production Library.

BCMA Climate Action Podcast with RAVEN

BCMA Climate Action Podcast with RAVEN

April 21, 2022

What does Earth Day mean to you? Are climate conversations part of your personal or professional lives? How do you contribute to climate action already taking place in your community?

 

The heritage and culture sector is privileged to support research, education, and action against climate change. This Earth Day, the BC Museums Association has invited some in our sector and the community at large to share, inspire, and help educate us all on the importance and interconnectedness of climate and the cultural heritage sector.

 

In this episode, hear how RAVEN approaches work with Indigenous communities and how these relationships influence how they discuss the environment.

 

Music courtesy of Chad Crouch, The Sound Of Picture Production Library.

Queer(y)ing Museums: Amelia Smith

Queer(y)ing Museums: Amelia Smith

April 12, 2022

In the second episode of Queer(y)ing Museums, BCMA’s Desirée Hall and Tanya Pacholok chat with Amelia Smith, a transgender lesbian emerging museum professional who holds a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto.

In this episode, Amelia shares with us about her approaches to exhibition design and community engagement; how cisgender privilege shows up in museum spaces and in how we talk about trans histories; thinking about audience engagement and who we are designing exhibits for, and more.

Amelia's work seeks to bridge the gap between transgender studies and queer museology. Upon finding little addressing this topic, she took it upon herself to create it. Her website "Not Your Average Cistory" has grown into a home for exploring the various ways that museums can be viewed through a transgender lens. Check it out here:  http://www.notyouraveragecistory.com/

You can also find Amelia on Twitter: @NTURAvrgCistory 

If you would like to take action against the anti-trans bills that Amelia mentions in this episode, the American Civil Liberties Union is doing great work to fight for the rights, health, safety, and wellbeing of trans people in the midst of ongoing anti-trans legislation: https://www.aclu.org/issues/lgbtq-rights/transgender-rights

References in this episode:

Framing Agnes
https://www.framingagnes.com/

Nina Simon, The Participatory Museum https://www.participatorymuseum.org/

Mary Weissman
Toward a Transgender Archaeology (in the Transgender Studies Reader)

Clare Sears
Arresting Dress (Duke University Press)

MuseNews Episode 16: Water, Water Everywhere
Queer(y)ing Museums: Maritime Museum of BC

Queer(y)ing Museums: Maritime Museum of BC

March 9, 2022

Welcome to Queer(y)ing Museums: a BCMA Gender & Sexuality podcast series! In this podcast, we seek to deepen the discussions begun in the Gender & Sexuality Inclusion Toolkit, and highlight great work being done around the province and beyond.

In this first episode, BCMA’s Desirée Hall and Tanya Pacholok sit down (virtually) with MMBC board member Jelena Putnik and Executive Director Brittany Vis to discuss the Maritime Museum of BC’s upcoming exhibit, “Queer at Sea: Tales from the 2SLGBTQ+ Community”. Jelena and Brittany share the inspiration for the exhibit, what they’ve learned about relationship building and community-centred exhibits, addressing homophobia, and more. 

“Queer at Sea: Tales from the 2SLGBTQ+ Community” will be open to the public 17 May 2022 and run for the duration of the summer. You can find more information about how and where to find the exhibit here!

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