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Vancouver (B.C.), Nov 8 (Canadian-Media: B.C. government is giving a $1 million boost to the City of Vancouver to support the establishment of a Chinese-Canadian museum, with the aim of creating branches in other communities across the province, media reports said.
Chinese-Canadian museum. Image credit: chinesecanadianmuseum.ca
Bill Yee, the first Chinese-Canadian elected to Vancouver city council and also a member of the working group for the proposed museum the so-called hub-and-spoke model would enable
partnerships with municipalities, such as Victoria, where Chinese immigrants first began to arrive in the late 1850s.
"We are hoping that the museum will touch all the areas in the province that in the past have (had) Chinese people," said Yee and added this approach could help unite Chinese-Canadians across the province.
"The reality is many Chinese-Canadians are not living around Chinatown anymore, they're all over the place," he said.
The museum's objective to explore the past through curated artifacts, stories, and educational resources would be complemented by current events and visions of the future for Chinese-Canadians.
It's an opportunity to celebrate the Chinese-Canadians who helped build B.C., Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart said on Friday.
"Chinese-Canadians have made an exceptional impact to the social, economic, and cultural lives of the province and the city, and we are committed to acting on the opportunities we have to conserve, commemorate, and enhance the living heritage and cultural assets of Vancouver's Chinatown for all Canadians," he said at the opening of the proposed museum's new project office.
The office is located at a Chinese cultural centre and features a small gallery of photos and stories, which offer a peek into what the museum could be like.
The centre is already home to the Chinese-Canadian Military Museum, so Yee said it's likely the provincial 'hub' museum would be established there too.
The museum is also part of a joint effort by the province and Vancouver to have the city's Chinatown designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Stewart called Chinatown an "incredibly important part of Vancouver's cultural identity," as well as being one of the oldest and largest Chinatowns outside Asia.
Library of Congress' a new photography exhibition “L.A. Murals,”documents murals painted on the streets of Los Angeles
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Washington, Nov 16 (Canadian-Media): “L.A. Murals,” a new photography exhibition from the Library of Congress (LoC), documents murals painted on the streets of Los Angeles, LoC reports said.
L.A. Murals: Courtesy of Library of Congress
LoC, the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States and from around the world both on-site and online.
The exhibition, which went on view in Los Angeles in September and will close in September 2020, is free and open to visitors of the The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in the Library of Congress Ira Gershwin Gallery, which was made possible by a generous gift from the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trust for the benefit of the LoC.
The photographs displayed were created between 1997 and 2016, recording the work of recognized artists, as well as those whose paintings were created as signage, commercial art, homages and memorials.
“Los Angeles is home to a flourishing artistic community with a number of highly talented street artists and muralists whose work portrays the many cultures of our vibrant county and provides a vibrant backdrop to our daily lives,” said Rachel Moore, president and CEO of The Music Center. “The Music Center is thrilled to be able to provide a platform that highlights this artform and the many murals that are part of the fabric of LA.”
“L.A. Murals” features 30 photographs curated from the archives of photographers Carol M. Highsmith and Camilo José Vergara, which are part of the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division of more than 14 million photographs documenting America. The focus of the exhibition was inspired by the vitality of the visual arts and creativity of LA. Library curators organized the exhibit.
“Our national library holds an incredible collection of more than 14 million photographs documenting our culture, including the creativity and diversity of Los Angeles,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “We are so pleased to showcase part of this collection in the new photography exhibition, ‘L.A. Murals,’ at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.”
Among the thousands of photographs in their archives, over 100 photographs were created by Highsmith and Vergara.
Other works from both photographers also were featured in a 2018 exhibition of photographs from the LoC at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.
A wide variety of images, including religious icons, a memorial honoring a victim of gun violence, city storefronts and businesses, and heroic figures, such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. along with Kobe Bryant and James Worthy of the LA Lakers, are depicted by the murals.
Funds raised will go towards Arts and Cultural Programs in Markham
Markham (ON), Nov 11 (Canadian-Media): More than $20,000 were raised by the Markham Arts Council (MAC) Fundraising Gala held recently in Markham. The resplendent evening entitled An Affair with the Arts with the Wonders of the World had a number of dignitaries, Business Entrepreneurs, Professionals, artists, Corporations and members of the community.
The evening of glitz and glamour presented a gallery showcasing diverse local art and artists during the Cocktail hour and began with the singing of the national anthem followed by a presentation of the evening’s theme focused on the Wonders of the World. Hosted by Markham’s local celebrity Amin Dhillon, the black tie evening presented diverse entertainment to reflect the varied elements of visual and performing arts that included a Chinese collective and Opera as well as a taste of Vivaldi Four Seasons and Bollywood.
Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti was designated the Honorary Chair of the fundraising Gala.
Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti
“Arts and Culture are vital to creating a strong and vibrant community, giving us a better understanding of each other and of the world around us,” said Mayor Scarpitti at the Crystal Fountain on November 8 congratulating the MAC team for exceptional leadership on this initiative, and for their commitment to the enhancement of the Arts in Markham.
MAC, celebrating its 15th year anniversary in 2019, also released a souvenir program book at the Gala. As well, an array of Silent Auction items and a Live Auction along with raffle and door prizes created distinctive appeal and attention for the more than 300 guests present.
Release of a souvenir program book at the Gala
“Markham is one of Canada’s most diverse cities and through this fundraising initiative, we hope to cultivate, encourage and promote the work of professional and emerging literary, visual and performing artists,” said Deepti Aurora, Chair of MAC and co-chair of the Gala Committee. “Art enriches the lives of its citizens by educating, developing and supporting a vibrant cultural community that champions the arts.”
Gala Co chairs Councillor Amanda Collucci and Deepti Aurora, chair Markham Council.
"My heartfelt thanks to all the sponsors, artists, friends and community stakeholders who dedicated their time, energy and creativity to make this event a success,” said Councillor Amanda Colluci, co-chair of the Gala Committee.
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#Victoria, #BritishColumbia; #Dinosaurs; #DonosaursNewSpeciesDiscovered
Victoria (BC), Nov 7 (Canadian-Media): A new dinosaur species unique to British Columbia (BC) had been discovered by researchers in the northern wilderness of B.C., media reports said.
Dinosaurs. Image credit: Dinosaurs
The fossilized bones of the dinosaurs have actually been there for years but weren't correctly identified until now.
The handful of bones discovered in 1971 by a geologist near the Sustut River in B.C.'s north-central Interior and were eventually donated to Dalhousie University in 2005 before winding up in the Royal BC Museum in 2007.
Victoria Arbour, curator of paleontology at the museum, has been studying the fossils and was able to determine that they belong to a whole new kind of dinosaur and confirmed that this being a unique species found only in British Columbia.
Ardour's research was published Thursday in the scientific journal PeerJ: The Journal of Life and Environmental Sciences.
"For the first time, we've got a set of dinosaur bones from British Columbia that's unique to this province," Arbour said.
The fossilized remains have been given the nickname "Buster," and are now on display at the Victoria museum.
“This is an exciting scientific milestone for our province and I encourage everyone to come see the fossils for themselves," said B.C.'s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Lisa Beare.
Arbour’s peer-reviewed article, “A new leptoceratopsid dinosaur from Maastrichtian-aged deposits of the Sustut Basin, northern British Columbia, Canada,” was co-authored by David Evans from the Royal Ontario Museum.
#GandharaBudhaScroll; #LibraryOfCongress; #Washington
Washington, Nov 4 (Canadian-Media): The ancient Gandhara Buddha scroll, one of the oldest Buddhist manuscripts known to the world, arrived at the Library of Congress encased in a Parker Pen box, radiocarbon dated to between the first century B.C to the first century A.D., Library of Congress reports said.
Preservationists at work on the Gandhara scroll. Credit: Library of Congress
Because of its fragility, the scroll resided in the Library’s climate-controlled “top treasures” vault for years
After digitizing the piece this year, the library and placed it online and became a source to scholars and Buddhist communities worldwide access to a little-known part of Buddhist history.
The origin of the scroll is from Gandhara, an early Buddhist center located in what is now the northern border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In 1990s A group of materials buried high in the arid mountains was unearthed there.
In 2013 The Library acquired this birch-bark scroll from the collection and it is the oldest holding in the Library’s Asian Division.
The pen box that held the scroll during shipping. Credit: Library of Congress
“This is a rare, unique item because it is very old, No. 1, and, No. 2, it does bring us, historically speaking, relatively close to the lifetime of the Buddha,” said Jonathan Loar, the division’s South Asia specialist. “It’s also one of the oldest among the couple hundred other Gandharan manuscripts known to scholars, so even within its own unique collection it stands out.”
The story of buddhas who came before and after Siddhartha Gautama is told by the scroll.
Siddhartha Gautama is the sage who reached enlightenment under a Bodhi tree in eastern India in the sixth or fifth century B.C. and who became known as the Buddha.
The narrative is in the first person and direct teaching of the Buddha regarding his divine lineage is recounted by the scribe.
When the scroll arrived in the Library, it presented servious conservation challenge even to the expert staff because of its fragility.
“It was the most fragile thing I’ve ever worked on,” said Holly Krueger, who recently retired as head of paper conservation. “It was completely unique, unlike anything I’ve ever encountered.”
The Library had to obtain the the assistance of the British Library, which had successfully unrolled some 30 related scrolls, and its chief conservator, Mark Barnard to unroll the scroll.
Special tools, including bamboo implements and glass weights, were crafted by Kruger's team, to keep the scroll down. Then, for three days in advance, it was gently humidified.
Piecing the scroll together. Credit: Library of Congress
The conservation lab in which Krueger and Barnard worked was an area with the fewest air currents because the slightest movement could cause pieces to dislodge.
After four hours of painstaking process it was ultimately successful.
The scroll was then encapsulated between two pieces of glass, and their edges sealed.
Individual fragments were placed between separate pieces of glass, and the scroll was then imaged. Earlier this year, the Conservation Division re-digitized the scroll and its fragments using advanced ultraviolet and infrared imaging.
Although the scroll lacks a title, a beginning and an end, but still retains about 75 to 80 percent of the original text.
Still today it is considered one of the world’s best-preserved examples of a Gandharan scroll.
The availability of Gandharan scrolls for study sheds new light on the earliest Buddhist literature and is beneficial to scholarly and Buddhist communities and augments what we currently know about the religion’s formative history.