Heritage BC Update

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Celebrating Excellence in Heritage Education and Awareness

Bring Back the Bricks

Yaletown is unique for its raised railway loading docks, brick surfacing and heritage warehouses.

This project set out to bring the history of Yaletown into the public realm by using reclaimed lumber and bricks that were original to the area.

Beams from warehouses and railway steel became public seating; brick areas were restored; and 40 outdoor signs, describing the area’s history in photographs and stories, were installed… and these stories are also available online.

This work achieved the goals of the project… such as retaining the brick surfacing, increasing public seating, educating the community and visitors on the historic relevance and historic stories of Yaletown, celebrating Yaletown’s place in BC’s confederation.

On Wednesday, February 15, the Yaletown Business Improvement Association received an award of recognition for their efforts to introduce the public to the history of Yaletown. Over the coming weeks, we will highlight some of heritage award recipients to showcase their efforts in heritage conservation, education, and planning.

What does heritage in the future mean to you?

A reader writes in:
“Using the Okanagan First Nations symbol of a canoe with 3 people in it representinghonouring the past, energized by the present and being inspired by the future, heritage resonates for me with this image. Heritage is about honouring, respecting and learning from the past through our built heritage and sacred sites. The present is about working collaboratively with others to energize, educate and preserve heritage in the present. The future is the vision that inspires our growth and our direction for future generations.”

What does heritage in the future mean to you? Click here to let us know what you think.

Heritage Energy Retrofit Grants

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation, City of Vancouver and City Green Solutions were recently recognized at the 2017 Heritage Awards Gala for successfully delivering the Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant pilot program. In fact, the program was so successful, the City of Vancouver committed to new funding through November 2018.

The Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant is designed to support retrofits that deliver measurable reductions in greenhouse gases (GHG’s), and provide guidance for navigating FortisBC and BC Hydro’s Home Renovation Rebate Program (originally the Home Energy Rebate Offer) and the Municipal Partner Offer launched jointly with the City of Vancouver in September 2016.

Learn more from our friends at Vancouver Heritage Foundation (here).

Call for Papers: “COMMEMORATIONS”

“Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.” Elie Wiesel

The Society of Architectural Historians (Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter) is soliciting abstracts, proposals for papers, and work-in-progress reports for the 2017 annual meeting to be held in Victoria. Find more information here.

UBC Cultural Planning and Development

Around the world, cultural, urban and municipal planners bring vibrancy to communities in the form of arts, culture, and creative expression. Many regions have embraced cultural development as a key strategy to promote sustainable growth and urban engagement.

UBC cultural planning and development courses and workshops leverage the strengths of international leaders in cultural planning and development to offer a global perspective, along with the training and support required for a career in this growing field.

Course include Online Workshop: Engaging Audiences through Digital Media in Museums (here) and Online Workshop: Intangible Cultural Heritage (here).

Learn more about UBC Cultural Planning and Development.

artsVest B.C. Continues for 2017!

artsVest is Business for the Arts’ national flagship program that works directly with small to mid-sized arts organizations, equipping them with in-depth training, tools and mentorship relationships. These components are thoughtfully created to build sustainable partnerships between arts and businesses and to spark sponsorship opportunities. As an added incentive, artsVest participants can apply for matching grants – for every one dollar raised in sponsorship, Business for the Arts will match it with another dollar – doubling their sponsorship opportunity. The program will launch in 2017 in the following BC communities and we invite you to register via the following links:

The program provides local arts organizations with:

  • Free live sponsorship training workshop
  • Individualized mentorship sessions with Canada’s top sponsorship experts
  • Peer-to-Peer training workshops
  • Webinars, marketing and branding tutorials
  • Access to our 6-module e-Learning sponsorship course
  • A resource bank of sponsorship tools and templates

Pro-D Abounds

The Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria is pleased to offer:

The Archaeology of Buildings: a Practical Introduction

3-day workshop: May 1-3, 2017

Drawing upon the expertise of the historian, the architect, the architectural historian and the archaeologist, the discipline of “Buildings Archaeology” has become one of the leading specialist disciplines in the conservation of historic buildings and sites.

Held on site at Cole Island in Esquimalt Harbour this workshop focuses on the detailed survey and analysis of the historic naval structures dating from between 1850 and 1940. Two of these structures are currently undergoing conservation, and the course will use this opportunity to consider the formal and informal role of buildings archaeology in the conservation process. Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

Click here to learn more and to register.


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