Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

June 29, 2015 12:16 ET

Support for the Research, Production and Circulation of Trench Art Exhibition

Government of Canada provides funding for the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery

MOOSE JAW, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - June 29, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $135,937 to the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery to produce and circulate a travelling exhibition of trench art produced by Canadian and other allied soldiers during the First and Second World Wars. The trench art displayed in the exhibition will include folk art and crafts created by soldiers as mementos of war and as rehabilitation therapy for the wounded.

Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament (Palliser), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • Support to the Trench Art project is provided through the Museums Assistance Program, which provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.

  • The funding will assist the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery to:

    • develop and build the exhibition and prepare it as necessary for shipping to host venues;

    • create a website as well as promotional and marketing materials;

    • produce a publication and education package to increase Canadians' knowledge of wartime folk art and teach schoolchildren about craft and folk art techniques in the context of Canadian history; and

    • circulate the exhibition, which includes coordinating logistics, transportation and advisory support for set-up and take-down at each venue.

Quotes

"The First and Second World Wars were important events that contributed to the development of a distinct Canadian national identity. As we prepare to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, we want to ensure Canadians have the opportunity to learn more about this part of our history and reaffirm their pride in Canada's achievements."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Thanks to the investment announced today, the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery will give residents and visitors alike an opportunity to learn about the lives of soldiers during the First and Second World Wars through the lens of wartime folk art. I look forward to visiting the Trench Art exhibition once it is completed."

-Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament (Palliser)

"The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery appreciates the support from the Government of Canada to organize this exciting historical exhibit project, which will be an enriching experience for all Canadians."

-Joan Maier Administrative Director, Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery

Associated Links

Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery

Museums Assistance Program

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  • Marisa Monnin
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    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
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    Canadian Heritage
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    roxanne.carriere@pch.gc.ca

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