As the City of Kamloops undertakes its first Strategic Cultural Plan since 2003, the Kamloops Museum and Archives (KMA) is opening its doors in a new way. In collaboration with Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and the TRU/City of Kamloops Researcher-in-Residence partnership, You Are Here will transform the museum’s second floor into a summer-long cultural mapping research lab. Participants can drop in and help create a collective vision for Kamloops' cultural future.
Through You Are Here, the KMA and the TRU/City of Kamloops Researcher-in-Residence partnership want to understand how, where, and why—to create a landscape in which everyone’s culture has a chance to shine.
A curated exhibition of historical images and texts will help put the Cultural Strategic Plan in context. You Are Here explores the notion that people, place, and culture are each shaped by one another. At the centre of this project are hands-on ways for individuals and communities to share their experiences of Kamloops culture and to give voice to their visions for our cultural future. The lab will gather data through cultural mapping activities, interviews, photography, and other outlets for participation.
As the project unfolds, more interviews, cultural maps, and other data will be produced and displayed. Visitors can take copies of select materials, making the project a site for the exchange of cultural information. Individuals and communities from the region will join the conversation through interviews, talks, and presentations.
You are Here is the first of many steps being taken to increase participation, inviting citizens and stakeholders to reflect on and help plan the future of culture in Kamloops. The stories and ideas collected at the KMA will complement a citizen survey, focus groups, and key stakeholder interviews.
As the KMA positions itself as a forum for public discussion, admission to the museum is free during this exhibition.
Soft Opening Reception
Friday, June 24, 2022, 5:00–7:00 pm, by RSVP
June 28–September 24, 2022
KMA is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:30 am–4:30 pm. Learn more at KamloopsMuseum.ca.