Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM at the UBC Museum of Anthropology
Welcome and Introductions, 7:45 PM
The Museum of Anthropology acknowledges that it is built on the traditional, ancestral and unceded land of the Musqueam people.
Buses will begin departing from the Sheraton Wall Centre at 6:30 PM and wait at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), then return to the Sheraton hotel during the evening as they fill.
Attendees have exclusive enjoyment of the Museum’s grounds, special and permanent exhibitions and Multiversity Galleries, with trained staff available to offer information about the collections. The gift shop will also be open during the evening. Hors d’oeuvres are provided by Salishan Catering, owned by Musqueam First Nations member Denise Sparrow, who invites you to join in celebrating her culture through food. She is committed to hiring and mentoring members of her community as well as sourcing local seafood and other products.
Holding nearly 50,000 works from almost every part of the globe, including the largest textile collection in Western Canada, MOA celebrates world arts and cultures with a special emphasis on the First Nations Peoples and other cultural communities of British Columbia. In its Great Hall, massive First Nations carved poles stand against a soaring glass wall that looks out on a stunning view of forested islands in the Salish Sea against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Designed by architect Arthur Erickson and completed in 1976, this award-winning building takes inspiration from the cedar post and beam constructions of traditional Northwest Coast Aboriginal villages. Erickson described it as “a work of light and shadows, a building perfectly harmonized and nestled in its landscape, designed to resonate to the metronome of the seasons and the diverse cultural collections which it houses.”
MOA is unique not only in its design and setting, but also because it has created unusually close relationships with cultural communities locally and around the world through experimental and collaborative research methods and exhibitions. As a public, research, and teaching museum, MOA supports innovative scholarship and provides a range of exhibitions and events that cut across traditional disciplinary divisions to provoke creative engagement and dialogue.