New Funding for Museums Great News for Exploration Place
Prince George, B.C. – The Province has announced an $8 million dollar fund to mark Canada’s 150th birthday with dollars to go towards projects that celebrate the history of B.C. its culture, heritage and contribution to the country. Grants of up to $100 thousand dollars will be available, and that’s great news for a project Exploration Place in Prince George is already developing.
“We are actually in the process of creating a new permanent First Nations Gallery in conjunction with the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, so we’ve been looking for major funding streams” says Exploration Place CEO Tracy Calogheros.
Exploration Place already has an application into to the Virtual Museums of Canada program for one grant, and will submit an application to the newly announced B.C. program to see if they can land dollars for display cases and the mounts they need for the textiles that will be part of the exhibit.
Calogheros says this exhibit has several streams “There is an online component and digitization component. We have a large collection of oral histories that are on reel to reel tapes and cassette tapes. They are coming past their physical life spans, so we need to get them exported over to a new medium. That in and of itself is a about a $300 thousand dollar project and that’s where we sought funding through Virtual Museums of Canada.” She says they expect to hear this spring if that application was successful.
The actual physical permanent exhibit has a budget of about $150 thousand says Calogheros. “When you’re working with textiles, in particular, furs, natural materials, they are really, really fragile, so we need to go the full mile on proper lighting as well as climate control on the cases and mounts, and it’s so expensive. We are planning to build a whole pit house inside the permanent gallery space. We’ve got some ideas around interactive media, interactive floors, we want to have some teaching space in it, so it’s not a huge gallery, but it is an expensive one.” So a $100 thousand dollar grant under the new Provincial funding would be, in her words “outstanding.”
The deadline for applications is February 10th, less than a month away, but Calogheros says already having a project in development means they will have enough time to submit an application “When you’ve got money available to you, you drop everything and do what needs to be done and that’s what we’re going to do. Because we’ve already got this exhibit in the pipeline, it allows us to be able to submit to this (Provincial) funding program.”