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Pieces of the Past: Fredericton’s Asian Heritage

Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick and Fredericton Region Museum present: Pieces of the Past: Fredericton’s Asian Heritage

As part of Asian Heritage Month 2016, the Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick (AHSNB) presents an exhibit at the Fredericton Region Museum. Pieces of the Past: Fredericton’s Asian Heritage features traditional items collected from the local community, representing six different Asian countries: India, Pakistan, China, the Philippines, Japan, and Nepal.

The exhibit features art, handicrafts, musical instruments, and clothing collected from the community.  From a century-old shirt that made it across the Pakistani border during Partition, to a delicate piece of Japanese origami, objects brought from other countries have special cultural and personal histories. Treasured items from the country of origin connect Asian Canadians to the past, and create new memories in Canada as they’re passed from one generation to the next.

A window to Asian culture, the exhibit also reminds us that people from all over the world are making new histories right here in Fredericton.

Exhibit Details
Pieces of the Past: Fredericton’s Asian Heritage
Open now until mid-June
Hours: 1-4 PM, Tuesday-Saturday
Admission: $5

AHSNB was created in 2002 to correspond with the nation-wide observance of Asian Heritage Month each May, as declared by the Government of Canada. We strive to fulfill the federal mandate of Asian Heritage Month in celebrating the rich culture and contributions of Asian Canadians, and to foster recognition of Asian Canadians as full participants in Canadian history.

Summer 2016 Artist-In-Residence

FRM artist in residenceAfter the success of the artist-in-residence program in previous years, the Fredericton Region Museum is looking forward to offering the program again!

Artist Alumni
2015 – Marsha Clark (visual artist) and Samantha Brittney (fashion)
2014 – Derek Davidson (post-impressionist painter) and Mary Grant (rug hooker)
2013 – Miguelina Izaguirre (Peekaboo Shadows Theater)

Project Description
The FRM’s artist-in-residence program seeks to inspire artists with Fredericton’s diverse and rich heritage. Art inspired by history can enhance connections between the museum and the public through its various forms. The program is open to local artists, working in a visual media, whose work relates to Fredericton’s history.

The artist studio will be located in a main floor gallery. During the three or six weeks of residency, the artist(s) will be expected to work in the studio allowing visitors access to the creative process. S/he will be expected to provide at least one of the following: a public lecture, a program geared towards the youth community or a workshop. They will also agree to participate in media interviews intended to promote the program. Artists are to provide their own working materials and assist with promoting the residency.

The FRM will provide a gallery in a heritage building (approximately 9.5’ x 14.6’) to be converted into a studio, artist stipend, advertising as well as opportunities to display and sell their work; their existing artwork in the gallery during their residency.

Residency Outline
Essential Qualifications
The Artist-in-Residence will be a practicing artist with a portfolio of published or exhibited works. Applications are accepted from visual artists and other creative individuals.

Dates of Residency
Residencies are for July and August, with two artist-in-residence who will be on site for 3 consecutive weeks each within the 8 weeks or one artist for six weeks. The exact dates within the residency are flexible and will be detailed in a signed agreement.

Hours of Residency
A minimum of 4 hours a day and five days each week, preferably in the afternoons plus community events, such as Canada Day and during the museum open house event if it falls on a residency week.

Application Process
• Current curriculum vitae, including exhibition record
• Visual-work examples – jpeg format DVD, CD (image 300 dpi).
• Short statement of interest and a description of work to be carried out during the residency. The applicant should also describe why she/he wishes to do the residency, and what particular perspective he/she will bring to the program
• Indication of public access programming to be offered by the artist, for the public at large and for young people
• Indication of which three weeks the artist preferred for the residency
• Two artists may make a joint application, each submitting visuals and other information, if they are prepared to share the stipend and working space.
• Applications must be received by June 6 for summer residencies.

Selection Panel & Process
York-Sunbury Historical Society board members will appoint a panel to review all project proposal applications. The panel will include a professional from Fredericton’s artistic community, representative(s) from the York-Sunbury Historical Society and local arts community. Each panel member receives a copy of the materials and then meets as a group to award Artist-in-Residence selections.

A panel of judges rates each application according to the following criteria and point value. The selection with the highest total score is awarded the residency. Alternates are selected in case the chosen artist is unable to accept the residency.

50% – Artistic Merit: Artistic maturity, quality and technical ability as demonstrated in the application portfolio.

25% – Appropriateness to the residency: Degree of direct relationship of proposed project to the York Sunbury Historical Society’s mandate.

15% – Fredericton Region Museum exhibit themes: Willingness to develop a gallery exhibition or other public program that provide visitors the opportunity to make intellectual and emotional connections to Fredericton’s heritage

10% – Uniqueness of proposal: Evidence that the proposed work is unique to the residency

Commitment to Exhibition
The artist(s) must agree to present a gallery exhibition or show, depending on medium, at the Fredericton Region Museum.

Submit proposals to the museum office by June 1, 2016.

March 2016 Newsletter

March 2016 (PDF):  Exploring the History of Trophies with the Officers’ Quarters; YSHS Annual General Meeting; Introducing Our Confederation Curatorial Team; 1,000 Followers! Yay!; Museum Summer Day Camps

2016 Summer Day Camps Themes

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The view from the lighthouse!

We are taking registration for Fredericton Region Museum day camps and there is still space available!  You may register between 10am to 4pm during weekdays at the Museum office (571 Queen Street) or by mail at PO Box 1312, Station A, Fredericton, NB E3B 5C8.

The museum operates six weeks of summer day camps offering children 8 to 11 years of age an opportunity to explore some of Fredericton’s special places and discover links to the City’s past.  Children take daily trips to nearby locations and visit heritage gems that make Fredericton a wonderful place to live.  With lots of time for creativity, campers play traditional and contemporary games, construct crafts, explore museums and make new friends.

Dates and Descriptions
July 4 – 8:  Creating Canada:  New Brunswick’s Confederation Story
This week will focus on Confederation in New Brunswick. What were the reason for New Brunswick wanting to join Confederation – what were the reasons why they did not want to join?

July 11 – 15:  Building History: Fredericton’s Architectural Past
This week will focus on the history of architecture. Learn about historic buildings through crafts, games and field trips! Architecture can tell us a lot about what life was like at a certain time as well as what a building was used for. Join us as we unlock the mysteries of historic buildings.

July 18 – 22:  Blast to the Past!  The Fredericton Edition
Come discover history, starting with Fredericton! Fredericton has many historic churches and buildings that help tell the story of the town, which used to be called Saint Anne’s Point. Join us as and see what life was like for the Loyalists, the First Nations, Acadians, and for the people of historic Marysville! Activities will include historic games and crafts, as well as trips to historical buildings.

July 25 – July 29:  Marching Through History:  New Brunswick’s Military Heritage
This week will focus on how war affected Canada and the important role that men and women played in fighting for freedom. Games and activities will focus on The War of 1812, the Revolutionary War, and World War I and II. Canada’s modern role in maintaining peace will also be discussed. March through history with us as we learn through guest speakers, games, activities, and outings.

August 2 – 5 (4 days):  The Inside Story: Jobs with a Heritage Edge
Campers will explore some of Fredericton’s special places and find links to the city’s past. Children will take daily trips to nearby locations and visit heritage gems that make Fredericton such a wonderful place to live. With lots of time for creativity, campers will play traditional and contemporary games, construct crafts, explore the museum and make new friends.

August 8 – 12:  Create and Play…. Yes, History Can Be Fun!
This week will focus on the history of arts, crafts and recreation. What did people do for fun? What games did they play and what did they create? Learn about the past through fun, hands on activities. Activities will include visits to historical and cultural sites (such as art galleries and museums), special guests, and historically significant games and crafts. Join us and lean about toys and games from the past while you play with them!

Rates
5 Day Camps Members $130 / Non-Members $140
4 Day Camp Members $105 / Non-Members $115
Spaces are limited!

2016 Summer Camp Registration and Consent Forms

2016 Summer Camp Parent Handbook

“HISTORY SPEAKS” SERIES

KESWICK RIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
“HISTORY SPEAKS” SERIES
SUPERIOR SCHOOL – 112 Route 616

Sunday April 10th 2 pm – HISTORY SPEAKS THROUGH ARTIFACTS
Ruth Murgatroyd of the Fredericton Region Museum,  Dawna Gordon curator of the Keswick Ridge Historical Society Museum and David Coburn of the Coburn Family Farm Museum will present several interesting items from their collections.

Sunday April 17th 2 pm – HISTORY OF BRIGGS AND LITTLE WOOLEN MILL LTD.
John Little of York Mills will share the very interesting history of this historic mill, the oldest woolen mill still operating in Canada.

Sunday April 24th 2 pm – LETTERS HOME : MARITIMERS AND THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918
Rev. Ross Hebb will talk about the letters of Maritime soldiers serving in the First World War.  These letters, most of which are not found in any public library, museum, or archive will help us understand the mindset of these young maritimers as they joined what was to become a great national war effort.

Historical Society books will be available to purchase and Refreshments will be served.

2016 Summer Student Jobs at the History Museum!

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Fredericton Region Museum and Sports Hall of Fame taking part in fire safety training, 2015.

The application deadline has been extended to May 9th!

The Fredericton Region Museum has a limited number of summer student opportunities each year, as funding is dependent upon grants from Young Canada Works, Student Employment Experience Development (SEED) and Canada Summer Jobs.  Interested students should research the youth employment programs and ensure that they qualify and, if applicable, are registered with the program candidate banks.

The grant deadlines have come and gone and, with the exception of SEED, the museum has submitted several applications.  There is no guarantee that all our applications will be approved, but if you are a student and interested in working at the museum then you should be registered with SEED and Young Canada Works.  Canada Summer Jobs does not have registration criteria but visit their website to review their employment guidelines.  If any of the grants are approved then we will be posting update to our Facebook page.

Since funding is limited, we suggest that you apply for more than one position if you are interested in working at the museum this summer.  Follow this link for our dream list of summer positions and the application process; fingers crossed that our requests are approved!

About the Fredericton Region Museum:  The York Sunbury Historical Society founded the Fredericton Region Museum in 1934.  In 1959, the museum found permanent headquarters in the Officers’ Quarters (571 Queen Street) in the heart of downtown Fredericton.  The society and museum remain a non-profit enterprise with a small paid staff and numerous volunteers.

My Heart Belongs To Cornelius

Date: Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Time: 1pm to 3pmMy Heart Belongs To Cornelius

Location: Fredericton Region Museum (located in Officers’ Square)

Stop by the Fredericton Region Museum for a Geocaching adventure. Visitors will be lead in a crash course on how to “cache” before being let loose to find several caches that have been hidden throughout the museum. There will be games, such as the famous “Toss the Cache,” as well as a Valentine’s Day themed craft for the kids.