KMA explores current issues, events, and ideas through our temporary and permanent display galleries, bringing relevant exhibitions to Kamloopsians.
This exhibition explores our relationship with fire through an evolution of ideas, including the way we manage it today, with an emphasis on local practices.
Arriving just prior to the first anniversary of the area’s largest fire season on record, Ruin & Renewal provides ways for volunteers, evacuees, firefighters, and others to share their stories about the fires. It also helps create a historical record of living with a force that has always been connected with human life. With information, images, and artifacts from individuals and agencies, including Kamloops Fire Rescue, BC Wildfire Service, and Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, cultural issues surrounding fire are explored, including deliberate burning, the scientific understanding of fire, and the tools and techniques of contemporary fire management.
Encompassing a range of biogeoclimatic zones, the Interior Plateau is home to large, softwood forests next to hot, dry grasslands, making fire an ever-present possibility for Kamloopsians. For many people, this possibility is seen as catastrophic, causing disastrous losses of property and life. Yet, fire also has regenerative properties and is a crucial aspect of the processes of biodiversification. Fire’s presence in our landscape, industry, and cultural traditions make it a subject worth investigating.
riverpeoplenationstatepeople is a set of displays, revisions, questions and responses for attaching Kamloops' cultural history to an ongoing process of self-evaluation.
Starting with stories of the first people of this region told through the voices of Secwépemc Museum & Heritage Park and Stk'emlupsemc te Secwépemc Nation and Secwépemc guest curator Tania Willard, a record of Secwépemc experience and cultural production has been placed at the centre of KMA's permanent exhibition of regional history. This display is now being complemented by a set of features developed with the Kamloops Chinese Freemason's Association and the Kamloops Chinese Cultural Association chronicling Chinese contributions to Kamloops' cultural life including the construction of the C.P.R.
riverpeoplenationstatepeople signals a widened frame of reference for understanding the current of our region's histories by exploring the tributaries that feed it. Unfolding incrementally, imperfectly and unendingly, it is a sustained effort to use the unique space and tools of the KMA as a sounding board for voices from Kamloops' oldest and newest cultural communities.
In commemoration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, the KMA has produced the Talking Walls Project, a graphic framework that offers new tools for exploring Kamloops’ history and new places to find it. Explore the Pop-Up Museums at Kamloops City Hall (7 Victoria Street), the City of Kamloops Development Services Building (105 Seymour Street), and at the KMA.