As the Wild Things winds up to its close on September 29, it is a good time to reflect on some of its successes. This co-production between Nature Vancouver and The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) began in 2016. The opening reception occurred on June 28, 2018, very close to the 100 year mark for Nature Vancouver’s beginning.
Wild Things enjoys proximity to two exceptional exhibitions. The MOV’s feature exhibition, Haida Now, which opened shortly prior to Wild Things provides museum visitors with an opportunity to view items rarely, or never before displayed. Cesna?em, the city before the city is a must see for all Metro Vancouver residents. Here the Musqueam voice the rich culture that existed prior to Vancouver’s establishment and the meaning that lies in this unceded Coast Salish territory.
During the May 2019 annual general meeting for the Museum of Vancouver, Mauro Vescera (CEO) credited Wild Things along with Haida Now for the exceptionally strong attendance over the last year. Over 78,000 visitors, students and members attended. An important component of Wild Things has been the Saturday interpretive events which were principally performed by volunteers of Nature Vancouver and other nature organizations. These 18 interactive stations allowed 805 visitors to speak with a topic expert and learn first-hand about a featured subject. The Bat house building workshop had 73 participants. Two panel discussions were enjoyed by a total of 205 people. The Wilderness Committee’s production, Toad People, (Isabelle Groc and Mike McKinlay, Canada, 2017, 76 mins) had an audience of 128. Total programing attendance to June 2019 is 1,211. For a complete list of 2018 Saturday interactive stations, please see https://naturevancouver.ca/thank-you-to-all-those-who-offered-interpretation-events-for-wild-things-the-power-of-nature-in-our-lives-in-2018/ .
Weekday visitors include school groups as part of the museum’s school programming.
Support by the Upcycle Vancouver program allowed Wild Things to be the first MOV exhibition to physically embody sustainability. All efforts were made to prioritize upcycled material in the exhibition, and all material has a decommission plan. The MOV has had requests from local and national museums to share its experience with this first step to a formal policy on greater sustainability.
The exhibition isn’t over yet, there is still time to enjoy it before it closes. Your admission price includes the entire museum and there are often discounts available, see the MOV website for details. Take part in the photo contest for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Latimer Gallery & Gifts as well as a family membership to NV. See https://museumofvancouver.ca/wild-things for details.
Don’t miss the tour on September 19th, where co-curator, Lee Beavington, (Nature Vancouver 2016 scholarship winner) and Viviane Gosselin, MOV Lead Curator, will provide an intimate tour of the thematic and design concerns of the Wild Things exhibition.
For a list of Nature Vancouver volunteers involved in this project see https://naturevancouver.ca/wild-things-the-power-of-nature-in-our-lives-opens-to-the-public-june-28/