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A series of afternoon/evening workshops on planning and delivering community heritage projects. Register here to audit individual courses.

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* Please note, everyone who registers for this course via Eventbrite will be sent Zoom credentials and other important information to the email address used to sign up. If you do not receive this information prior to the session(s) you are attending or have any issues, please contact *

The Edmonton Heritage Council has teamed up with internationally recognized heritage consultant and course instructor Catherine C. Cole to present a new series of virtual workshops over the span of several months in 2020 and 2021.

Get the full picture of what it takes to plan and deliver community heritage projects with Wide Angle Lens: Empowering Community Heritage Practices. Although tickets for the complete course are sold out and the first two sessions have taken place, you may still audit the remaining sessions for free. Remaining topics include Working ‘With’ and ‘In’ Communities, Research, and The Final Product. Videos summarizing the course will be made publicly available after the program's completion.

Remaining individual sessions:

Session 3: Working ‘With’ and ‘In’ Communities (January 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM or 7:00 PM)

The difference between the concepts of consultation, engagement, collaboration, partnership, community research, representation, inclusion, voice, and shared authority. It will discuss the difference between working ‘in’ communities, as a community member, and working ‘with’ communities as an outsider, and how that impacts projects. Today researchers cannot study a BIPOC community without either being a part of the community or working in close collaboration with community members: “Nothing About Us Without Us.”

Session 4: Research (February 11, 2021 at 2:00 PM or 7:00 PM)

How to conduct primary and secondary research, with a focus on oral history. The webinar will discuss the limitations of current archival resources and how to improve representation within archives by building community collections, as well as how to use archival sources such as newspapers, photographs and artifacts in research.

Session 5: The Final Product (March 11, 2021 at 2:00 PM or 7:00 PM)

A broad range of dissemination approaches physically (e.g., exhibitions, publications, heritage designations, community mapping, walking tours, archival and artifact collection, artistic outputs such as video ballads, poetry, music and dance, and visual arts) and online (e.g., project websites, virtual exhibitions, Virtual Museum of Canada/Community Memories, collections, podcasts, social media, blog) and how to decide which approach is most appropriate for the subject, audience, goals & objectives.

EHC offers this course through the generosity of the Edmonton Community Foundation, whose Rapid Response Fund provided invaluable financial support.

All registrants will receive Zoom credentials and related materials via email in advance of the course.

More about this course: In 2019, the Edmonton Heritage Council undertook a series of workshops to help heritage practitioners and organizations better address the need to build capacity and evolve alongside the community. This new program, developed as it is in partnership with a highly experienced and accomplished instructor like Catherine C. Cole, allows us to further expand on themes around sustainability, effective planning, and representation. As a proponent of the City of Edmonton’s Connections & Exchanges plan, EHC is using this program as an opportunity to further some of the important aims laid out in the plan. By fostering cultural connections, encouraging inclusive heritage practices, removing barriers, exploring emerging ideas, creating opportunities for collaboration, and providing training to those within the heritage community through these workshops, EHC will help participants improve the sector in the most direct way possible: through their own respective practices. Please contact to learn more.

About EHC: We connect people to the stories of our city through our leadership, support, and programs. We do this by helping Edmontonians research, preserve, interpret, and advocate for our heritage. The Edmonton Heritage Council has a mandate to serve as a leader in advancing Connections & Exchanges, Edmonton’s 10-year arts and heritage plan.

About Catherine C. Cole: Catherine C. Cole is an internationally recognized leader in the cultural field with 35 years of professional experience. Since 1993, she has been Principal Consultant with Catherine C. Cole & Associates, where she focuses on management consulting, curatorial initiatives, and teaching museum studies. She previously worked on the preservation of Indigenous cultural heritage in the Solomon Islands, as well as in museums and historic sites in Alberta and Ontario. Additional experience includes research, curation, oral histories, video, placemaking, virtual exhibitions, and much more within heritage and beyond. Specialties include Indigenous, migration, neighbourhood, labour, and social histories.

Catherine is a Fellow of the Canadian Museums Association, Special Advisor to the Commonwealth Association of Museums, Vice-Chair of the International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities, and a member of Parks Canada’s Indigenous Cultural Heritage Advisory Council.

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