Heritage in Our Communities: Heritage Community Investment Recipients, May 2017

On Tuesday, May 30th, Edmonton City Council approved the EHC’s latest recommendations for funding from the Heritage Community Investment Program’s first quarter cycle. Thank you to all of the applicants and hard working community organizations for their creative efforts to connect Edmontonians with the stories of their city.

Here are the summaries of 20 new projects that EHC is excited to support in our communities. In total, $192,654.28 in funding was allocated in this cycle.

Project Accelerator Grants

Project Accelerator Grants (formerly Seed Project Grants) are designed to support individuals and organizations undertaking small scale heritage projects that helps to tell the Edmonton story in a unique or innovative way.

A total of $80,000 was awarded to 11 recipients.

Condition Assessment and Conservation Plan for Hangar 14
Alberta Aviation Museum Association

The Alberta Aviation Museum has hired Next Architecture for consulting services for a condition assessment that is required for the hangar where the museum currently resides. This assessment will give the museum the starting point to move the museum forward in a more economical and environmentally cost effective manner, while still preserving and maintaining the historical aspect of the facility.

Indigenous Labour History Research Plan
Alberta Labour History Institute

Stage 2 of a three-stage project that aims to add a significant Indigenous component to the oral history interviews of ALHI. Stage 2 is the implementation of important components of the feasibility study conducted in the first stage, including establishing an Indigenous steering committee, getting the work of that committee under way, and having that committee identify and make contact with potential interviewers and interviewees.

Amiskwaciy History
Amiskwaciy History Series Committee

The grant request is for post-production costs, such as editing, distribution and preservation of 10 new video sessions that will be shared and accessible to the broader community via YouTube and Shaw Community Television. Sharing these videos with the broader community will increase the knowledge and understanding of Indigenous history in the Edmonton area.

Let’s Find Out (Season 2)
Chris Chang-Yen Phillips

The Let’s Find Out podcast is the main project of Edmonton’s Historian Laureate, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips.  Each month, he takes a question about local history from an Edmontonian and they find the answers together. This grant application is requesting budget assistance for the host, and to hire an Assistant Producer for Season 2 of this podcast (10 episodes, from June 2017 to March 2018).

The Broadcast
Trisha Estabrooks and Alexandra Zabjek

 “The Broadcast: A Podcast About Women and Politics” is a smart and candid podcast hosted by two veteran Edmonton-based journalists. This project is to produce at least ten 30-minutes episodes specific to the stories of Edmonton women involved in politics. These episodes would be part of our regular, bi-weekly releases. This project will spark smart and relevant conversations about the challenges and triumphs of Edmonton women in politics.

Interpretive panels at Grandin Station
Francophonie Jeunesse de l’Alberta

This project aims to draft a plan for future interpretive panels at Grandin LRT station regarding two murals which currently dialogue on both sides of the platform. Funds will be used to solidify partnerships, engage a working circle in research and oversee the development of a plan for these panels.

Heritage Forward Launch
Heritage Forward

Heritage Forward is seeking a grant to support its launch by accelerating its organizational development from a grassroots startup to an established non-profit society, and the recognized voice of historic preservation and adaptive re-use in Edmonton. This grant would support three key pillars: organizational development, research and content development, and programs and events.

Reconciliation Week and Asian Heritage Month Screening of ‘All Our Father’s Relations’
Kathryn Lennon

To launch Reconciliation Week, as part of Metro Cinema’s 2nd Asian Canadian Film Series, and as a conclusion to Asian Heritage Month (May), a screening of the award-winning film All Our Father’s Relations will take place on May 28, 2017. The screening will be followed by a moderated panel Q & A, with Edmonton’s Historian Laureate Chris Chang-Yen Phillips. It will be followed by a dinner discussion, and a day of school-workshops with the film crew on May 20, 2017.

Edmonton – What’s in a Name
David Morgan and Lindsay McIntyre

A filmic study of the history and stories of naming Edmonton parks, buildings and neighborhoods.

Seconds, Please!
Shawn Tse

Seconds, Please! is a video-based series documenting stories and traditional recipes from Canadian immigrant families. Each episode showcases one family where the first generation elder teaches the second generation a family recipe from their homeland for the audience.

John Ware: Reimagined – Salon Series
Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre

Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre (WWPT) is producing the play JOHN WARE: REIMAGINED at the Backstage Theatre November 9th to 19th, 2017. In conjunction with this production, WWPT is seeking funding assistance to produce a series of free, post-show discussions for the public that will focus on Ware’s important and lasting impact on the city of Edmonton’s history, and that will also be podcasted.

Project Grants

Project Grants provide assistance to heritage projects carried out by registered, non-profit heritage or community organizations

A total of $99,654.28 was awarded to seven recipients.

An Epic Birthday Party: Saluting Edmontonians for Creating and Stewarding CKUA for 80 years—and counting!
CKUA Radio

A project to plan, create and present special programming to engage Edmonton and Alberta audiences in celebration of CKUA’s 90th birthday.

Indigenous Cultural Gathering
Creating Hope Society of Alberta

A project to host an Indigenous Cultural Gathering leading up to the World Indigenous Nations Games in July 2017, which celebrates heritage and diversity of First Nations culture in Treaty Six Territory and across Canada.

ECCLI Oral History Project
Edmonton Chinatown Chinese Library

ECCLI is conducting an oral history project featuring twelve Chinese senior citizens in who are identified as community leaders that have contributed to the development of the Chinese community in Edmonton.

FAVA Collections Migration and Preservation Project – Phase 3
The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta

The FAVA Collections Migration and Preservation Project involves transferring FAVA’s collection to digital media, donating originals to the Provincial Archives, refining migration and preservation best practices, and providing exhibition and distribution opportunities to members.

Disability Sector Legacy Project
Gateway Association

The Gateway Association is sharing Edmonton’s disability sector legacy through a series of video interviews with advocates, families, governments and agencies, as well as an interactive website.

Archives Management Project – Stage 1
Telephone Historical Centre

The THC’s Archives Management Project includes the creation of a new archives management policy, an assessment of the Telephone Historical Centre collection and the purchase of new storage units.

Cheremosh Archival Project- Phase 1
Ukrainian Cheremosh Society

A project to hire a professional archivist to create an archival system to properly preserve the Ukrainian Cheremosh Society’s collection of documents, photos, videos, music and artifacts that have been acquired over the last 50 years.

Living Local Neighbourhood Arts & Heritage Grants

Living Local grants support projects with three partners—community league, artist(s), and heritage practitioner(s)—to develop meaning at a neighbourhood level.

A total of $10,000 was awarded to one recipient.

Francophonie Jeunesses de l’Alberta

Contracting a francophone heritage practitioner to retrieve historical documents on past activities or projects of FJA to inspire a semi-permanent commemorative mural by a francophone artist, to be installed in the hallways leading to FJA’s offices on the third floor of La Cité Francophone.

Travel Grants

Travel Grants provide assistance to individuals seeking to travel for research, education or to celebrate Edmonton’s untold stories.

 In total, $3,000 was allocated to one recipient.

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail   

Travel to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut to conduct research interviews with Elders as part of ongoing research into the Charles Camsell Hospital.