Heritage Day at the Red Deer MAG

Join us for cultural and heritage experiences.

Explore the art exhibit ‘Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest‘. Unleash your artistic expressions through fun activities, such as creating a unique ‘Tree of Life’ or painting a personal symbol on a rock to add to our Public Rock Art Installation.

Experience symbolism in a variety of cultural mediums: view the Indigenous tattooing exhibit, watch a local Henna Tattoo artist at work, and create artwork that embraces your personal symbols.

Enjoy old-fashioned games, guided tours of historic buildings, and light refreshments. Join us for an unforgettable Heritage Day event!

Join us this First Friday from 5-8 pm as we celebrate a new exhibition in our Remarkable Red Deer gallery space on Marguerite Lerouge Watson; board member, volunteer and donor to the MAG for the past 40 plus years.

Plus, see the current gallery exhibition Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest.

All are welcome to attend.

About #FirstFridaysRedDeer

On the first Friday of every month, join the galleries in downtown Red Deer in celebrating local, regional and national artistic talent. The galleries buzz with art experiences, open gallery spaces, social mingling and maybe some entertainment. Suitable for adults, youth, families, date nights, music lovers, culture-vultures and anyone who enjoys kicking off their weekend with a Friday night party.

View the monthly First Fridays schedule on the Red Deer Arts Councils website.

Annual General Meeting

Join us for the Annual General Meeting of the Red Deer & District Museum Society on May 25, 2023. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

After the meeting, Melanie Berndt, Collections Coordinator at the MAG, will discuss a brief history of the Buffalo Hotel, why the landmark is important to the MAG, and our role in preserving community memories.

View the AGM package:

The Annual General Meeting is free to attend and open to the public.

Are you a MAG member?

We request members who intend to join us for the AGM pre-register to help us ensure we can meet quorum requirements so that the meeting can proceed efficiently.

Member Registration - Annual General Meeting (May 25, 2023)

Members with a valid membership 60 days prior to the date of the AGM are eligible to vote at the AGM (1 vote per membership).

Jewish History in Alberta with Sandra Morton Weizman

Join us for a talk on the Jewish History in Alberta by Sandra Morton Weizman, a Heritage Consultant from Calgary. Free to attend; donations appreciated. Please pre-register. This presentation may move to a virtual format, weather permitting.

Register: Jewish History in Alberta (April 16)

About Sandra

Sandra Morton Weizman (pictured) has been working in the museum and heritage field for over 40 years. She holds an M.A. in Canadian History and a Master of Museum Studies, both from the University of Toronto. She has worked as Executive Director of The Ontario Historical Society in Toronto, Curator of Social History at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Senior Curator of Cultural History at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, and Interim Executive Director at Lougheed House museum in Calgary. She was also an Exhibition Project Manager for the National Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa. She was the Curator of the exhibition “A Coat of Many Colours: Two Centuries of Jewish Life in Canada,” a joint project of the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now Canadian Museum of History) in Ottawa and the Canadian Friends of Beth Hatefutsoth in Israel. This exhibition traveled from 1990-1993 to nine venues in Canada, to the Jewish Museum in New York and to Beth Hatefutsoth in Tel Aviv, Israel.

She has been a museum and heritage consultant for the past 19 years, specializing in exhibition planning, project management, curation, collections management, policy writing and analysis and interpretive planning. Her clients have included the Canadian Museum of History, Lougheed House, Glenbow Museum, The Little Synagogue on the Prairie at Calgary’s Heritage Park, the Calgary Board of Education, the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation in Banff, The Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem and The Military Museums. She also curated the inaugural exhibition for the Cree Cultural Institute and was directly involved in the establishment of this new museum for the Eastern Cree First Nation of the James Bay in the Subarctic of Quebec. In 2017, she curated the travelling exhibition “The Canadian Jewish Experience” in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial.

She has been an instructor in the Heritage Resources Management Program of Athabasca University for the past 11 years where she also wrote the curriculum for their courses on Museum Interpretation and revised their curriculum for the Introduction to Heritage Resources Management.

Servus Credit Union presents

Get into the Groove: Happy 50th Birthday to the MAG

Join us for Family Day as we celebrate 50 years of the Red Deer and District Museum Society with a 1970’s themed Birthday Party!

What do you wish for the MAG for the next 50 years? Write your best wishes on paper candles and add it to our cake mural. Come take a family selfie and participate in our ‘sketch party’ (sketch your favorite artifact on display), dance to 1970’s disco music, and come dressed in your favourite 1970’s fashion.

This family friendly event is free to attend. All are welcome!

Colouring Contest!

Show off your creativity by entering our Family Day Colouring Contest! Download the printable PDF colouring sheet (or pick up a copy at the MAG) and return to the museum by February 20, 2023 to be entered into a draw to win a prize.

All ages are welcome (and encouraged!) to participate.

Download the Family Day Colouring sheet! (PDF)

1970’s Fashion

Need some inspiration for your 1970’s Event Day outfit? Have a peek at some of the popular styles of the time! Photos are from the Eaton’s Fall and Winter 1975 catalogue, which we have in the MAG’s reference library.


Thank you to our supporters

Servus Credit Union

The City of Red Deer

Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Central Alberta Co-op | Central Alberta Photographic Society
Family Day at the MAG 2023

Colouring Contest Terms & Conditions

The Family Day 2023 Colouring Contest is free to enter and open to all ages. One entry per person. In order to be eligible for the prize draw, participants must list their name, age, and phone number on the back of their completed colouring page. This information will be used to contact prize winners.

The colouring page can be downloaded from the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) website (above) or picked up in person at the museum. Participants must return their completed colouring page to the MAG by 4:00 pm on February 20, 2023 (Family Day).

There are 4 prizes available: 3 for children/youth; 1 for adult. Prize winners will be drawn randomly from all eligible entries and contacted the week of February 20th. Prize winners (or parent/guardian of) must pick up their prize in person at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery.

CANCELLED

This program has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Jewish History in Alberta with Sandra Morton Weizman

Join us for a talk on the Jewish History in Alberta by Sandra Morton Weizman, a Heritage Consultant from Calgary. Free to attend; donations appreciated.

About Sandra

Sandra Morton Weizman (pictured) has been working in the museum and heritage field for over 40 years. She holds an M.A. in Canadian History and a Master of Museum Studies, both from the University of Toronto. She has worked as Executive Director of The Ontario Historical Society in Toronto, Curator of Social History at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Senior Curator of Cultural History at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, and Interim Executive Director at Lougheed House museum in Calgary. She was also an Exhibition Project Manager for the National Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa. She was the Curator of the exhibition “A Coat of Many Colours: Two Centuries of Jewish Life in Canada,” a joint project of the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now Canadian Museum of History) in Ottawa and the Canadian Friends of Beth Hatefutsoth in Israel. This exhibition traveled from 1990-1993 to nine venues in Canada, to the Jewish Museum in New York and to Beth Hatefutsoth in Tel Aviv, Israel.

She has been a museum and heritage consultant for the past 19 years, specializing in exhibition planning, project management, curation, collections management, policy writing and analysis and interpretive planning. Her clients have included the Canadian Museum of History, Lougheed House, Glenbow Museum, The Little Synagogue on the Prairie at Calgary’s Heritage Park, the Calgary Board of Education, the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation in Banff, The Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem and The Military Museums. She also curated the inaugural exhibition for the Cree Cultural Institute and was directly involved in the establishment of this new museum for the Eastern Cree First Nation of the James Bay in the Subarctic of Quebec. In 2017, she curated the travelling exhibition “The Canadian Jewish Experience” in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial.

She has been an instructor in the Heritage Resources Management Program of Athabasca University for the past 11 years where she also wrote the curriculum for their courses on Museum Interpretation and revised their curriculum for the Introduction to Heritage Resources Management.

Join us for the opening reception for the exhibit Landmarks: A Sense of Place, featuring the work of local artists Carol Lynn Gilchrist and Wendy Meeres. Artists will be in attendance.

About #FirstFridaysRedDeer

On the first Friday of every month, join the galleries in downtown Red Deer in celebrating local, regional and national artistic talent. The galleries buzz with art experiences, open gallery spaces, social mingling and maybe some entertainment. Suitable for adults, youth, families, date nights, music lovers, culture-vultures and anyone who enjoys kicking off their weekend with a Friday night party.

View the monthly First Fridays schedule on the Red Deer Arts Councils website.

Honouring 50 Years: Remembrance Day at the MAG

The MAG is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary and we are honouring 50 years of our veterans and their sacrifices.

Join us from 1-4 pm on Remembrance Day for mini-tours of Red Deer in the War Years (part of our Remarkable Red Deer exhibit) and have a look at some of our military artifacts. A Remembrance Day art activity and snacks will be set up in our studio.

All are welcome to attend.

Stones and Bones: Digging Up Alberta’s Past

Bring your collection of stones, bones and arrowheads to the MAG for identification by Chris Jass, paleontologist from the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) and Kyle Forsythe, archeologist from the RAM. Do a dig and create some fossilized fun art projects to take home. This event is brought to you by the Archaeological Society of Alberta (ASA) Red Deer Centre in partnership with the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG).

This event will start with a blessing by Elder John Sinclair, followed by short remarks from the Archaeological Society of Alberta (Red Deer Center).

Colouring Contest!

Pick up a colouring sheet at the MAG or click here to print it (PDF). Colour it and bring it back to the museum on or before November 26th to be entered into a draw to win a mini Archaeology Kit!

Colouring sheet courtesy of the Archaeological Society of Alberta – Lethbridge Centre. From Exploring Archaeology in Alberta

About Chris Jass

Dr. Chris Jass is the Curator of Quaternary Palaeontology at the Royal Alberta Museum. He’s been exploring and studying Alberta’s Ice Age history for the past 14 years in that role. He received an M.S. in Quaternary Studies (Northern Arizona University) and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences (The University of Texas at Austin). Current research projects include development of a detailed description of the entire fauna from the Wally’s Beach site in southern Alberta. Prior to moving to Alberta, he worked extensively across the western U.S. and still maintains research programs in western South Dakota and Nevada.

 

About Kyle Forsythe

Kyle Forsythe is the Curator of Archaeology at the Royal Alberta Museum. He’s an expert in stone and organic tool technologies, and has worked with artifact assemblages from across Canada. Current research projects involve the use of D-Stretch to explore ochre staining on bone and antler artifacts and the symbolic associations of zoomorphic atlatl weights. He has an M.A. in Anthropology (Western University) and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Arctic Archaeology (McGill University).

Orange Shirt Day at the MAG

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day, is September 30th. This is a time when people can honour, learn, and work toward a better future while remembering the lives lost and those forever changed because of the Indian residential school system.

Join us at the MAG from 12-4:30 pm for:

  • Short films in our studio: A Historic Survival, Phyllis’ Story 
  • Origami Orange Shirt art activity
  • Mini tours in our history exhibit – Red Deer Industrial School
  • Snacks and refreshments (thank you to Teresa Cardinal for the Bannock and The Golden Circle for Cookies and Coffee!)

Free to attend; all are welcome.

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