Building More than an Exhibition: THEMUSEUM Brings Awareness of Climate Crisis to KW
September 3, 2019 | Simone Hacikyan
THEMUSUEM, located in downtown Kitchener, is no stranger to sustainability, having hosted the “Transporting your Business” discussion in June. Now, in order to bring a conversation about climate change to Waterloo Region, THEMUSEUM is looking to bring international artists and local innovators together to address this crisis. The result? A Climate Festival called ALARM.
Sustainable Waterloo Region is excited to partner with THEMUSEUM on this project, and will be working closely together on some exciting elements of the festival. ALARM will also feature partnerships with a variety of organizations like Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, REEP Green Solutions and even the Toronto Star.
An exciting new media exhibition, Agents for Change | Facing the Anthropocene will anchor the festival and take over the fourth floor of THEMUSEUM. It is the second of an ongoing biennial called Digital Dynamics 2020 and will feature the works of ten female artists from around the world.
THEMUSEUM will also explore the melting ice caps with photography from the Arctic and Antarctic, both on the third level of their space and around the community. Other focuses will include water and climate refugees, and a family exhibition will educate and inspire action about at-risk species – highlighting the dwindling frog populations as they approach the sixth mass extinction.
“THEMUSEUM looks to shine a light on the efforts being done to help conserve a natural climate and what individuals, corporations and governments must do,” said David Marskell, CEO of THEMUSEUM.
ALARM will be the largest exhibition that THEMUSEUM has undertaken since “Titanic”, and will run from mid-January through Labour Day 2020. It will be included with regular admission and free to General and Museum After Dark Members.
THEMUSEUM is still seeking partners for this two-floor climate festival – please contact David.Marskell@THEMUSEUM.ca for more information.
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