The Canmore Museum is piloting a new approach to connecting museum visitors with diverse community voices and perspectives as part of our new Community Gallery’s upcoming Along the Bow: The Art of this Place exhibit. We invite you to be a part of this exciting pilot project.

This insightful exhibition brings into focus how artists have viewed this place along the Bow River. With over 50 works by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists spanning 125 years, the exhibit showcases the region’s rugged Rocky Mountains, its people, and the ever-changing community we call home. Place and identity are the two central themes of the exhibition.

We want visitors to the exhibit to know what these people and places mean to you as a member of the community and invite you to be part of our Community Voices pilot.

We are seeking up to 20 volunteers to select 1 or 2 paintings and:

  • Write 2 to 4 sentences about what the subject of the work of art means to you to use as part of the label accompanying the artwork (60 to 125 words).
  • Record a 2 to 3-minute perspective of the subject of each of the artworks you have selected to use in our audio tour of the exhibit.  It would be like reading one or two written paragraphs out loud. We would arrange with you to record this using our online recording studio; it will be easy for us to do this from the comfort of your home.

The commitment is an hour or less of your time between April 1 and 21 and you will be invited as our guests to a special preview of the exhibit on May 18.

An example of a Community Voices label can be found below. We have been inspired to use this approach by the New York Historical Society; learn more about how they are integrating diverse community voices in their exhibits HERE

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