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Date Range From
2004
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20190026000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
2004
Date Range To
2015
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
184.1
Width
84
Description
DARK BLUE FLAG WITH WHITE HOIST SEWN ALONG LEFT SIDE; FLAG HAS WOODEN DOWEL AT TOP LEFT CORNER ABOVE HOIST, AND WHITE CORD EXTENDING FROM LOWER LEFT CORNER AT HOIST. FLAG HAS IMAGE PRINTED ON FRONT, WITH REVERSE OF IMAGE PRINTED ON BACK OF FLAG; FRONT IMAGE FEATURES A GOLD, GREEN, AND RED CROWN ATOP GREEN LEAVES AND A GOLD SHIELD; GOLD SHIELD HAS BLACK TEXT AT THE TOP “LETHBRIDGE” WITH A CIRCLE IN THE CENTER DEPICTING BLACK IMAGES OF A TRAIN, WHEAT BUNDLE, AND ARM HOLDING A HAMMER; BOTTOM OF SHIELD HAS A GOLD BANNER WITH BLACK TEXT “REGIONAL POLICE” WITH A GOLD BEAVER BELOW. BACK OF FLAG HAS WHITE TAG SEWN TO HOIST WITH RED PRINTED TEXT “FLAG OUTLET, 1-800-596-0999, VANCOUVER, CALGARY, REGINA, WINNIPEG, TORONTO, HALIFAX”. FLAG HAS MINOR THREAD FRAYING; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ON JANUARY 13, 2021, RETIRED LETHBRIDGE CHIEF OF POLICE JOHN MIDDLETON-HOPE SUBMITTED THE SUBSEQUENT NARRATIVE ON THE HISTORY OF THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE SERVICE FLAG. "IN AUGUST OF 2002, JOHN MIDDLETON-HOPE, AN INSPECTOR WITH THE CALGARY POLICE SERVICE WAS APPOINTED THE 25TH CHIEF OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE. DURING THAT FALL, DISCUSSIONS BEGAN WITH CHIEF DOUG HANCOCK OF THE COALDALE POLICE SERVICE TO EXAMINE AND DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF AMALGAMATING THE TWO POLICE SERVICES. CHIEF HANCOCK WAS CONCERNED THAT THE TOWN OF COALDALE WAS NO LONGER IN A POSITION TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE AND EFFECTIVE SERVICES TO ITS CITIZENS AND AS SUCH SOUGHT TO FORM A POLICING MODEL THAT HAD BEEN UNTESTED IN ALBERTA BUT WOULD PROVIDE POLICING TO BOTH COMMUNITIES FAIRLY AND EQUITABLY. "AS A RESULT, CHIEF MIDDLETON-HOPE AND CHIEF HANCOCK APPROACHED THEIR RESPECTIVE POLICE COMMISSIONS AND CITY COUNCILS TO INITIATE EXPLORATION OF THE AMALGAMATION OF THE TWO POLICE SERVICES TO WHICH ALL FOUR GOVERNING ENTITIES LATER AGREED. A BI-PARTISAN COMMITTEE WAS FORMED CONSISTING OF MEMBERS OF THE POLICE SERVICES, POLICE COMMISSIONS AND CITY COUNCILS AND THE FIRST REGIONAL POLICING MODEL IN CANADA WAS THE RESULT. SOLICITOR GENERAL, HEATHER FORSYTH EMPOWERED THE COMMUNITIES UNDER SECTION 24 OF THE POLICE ACT OF ALBERTA TO CREATE ONE REGIONAL POLICE SERVICE THAT WOULD PROVIDE POLICE SERVICE TO THE REGION. "IN ESSENCE BOTH POLICE SERVICES CEASED TO EXIST ON FEBRUARY 1, 2004 AND A NEW REGIONAL MODEL EMERGED. AS PART OF THIS PROCESS, ALL FORMER BRANDING OF THE POLICE SERVICE WOULD HAVE TO BE AMENDED. THERE IS A PROCESS OF HERALDING THAT OCCURS WHEN THERE ARE ANY CHANGES TO THE CREST OR BADGE OF THE POLICE SERVICE THAT MUST BE APPROVED BY THE CANADIAN HERALDIC AUTHORITY, AUTHORIZED BY ‘LETTERS PATENT’ TO EXERCISE THE SOVEREIGN’S POWERS RELATED TO HERALDRY IN CANADA. THE GOVERNOR GENERAL IS THE HEAD OF THE CHA AND APPOINTS ITS OFFICERS (CALLED HERALDS). IT WAS FOR THIS REASON THAT FEW CHANGES WERE PROPOSED TO THE CREST AND BADGE, BUT IT WAS IMPORTANT BOTH COMMUNITIES WERE REFLECTED IN THE CHANGES MADE. "THE SEAL OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE THAT IDENTIFIED THE INCORPORATION OF LETHBRIDGE AS A TOWN AND CITY WAS REMOVED, BUT THE INDUSTRY THAT THE REGION WAS FOUNDED ON, COAL, AGRICULTURE, AND TRANSPORTATION (RAILROAD) WERE RETAINED. THIS REFLECTED THE HISTORY OF BOTH COALDALE AND LETHBRIDGE, A SHARED PAST WITH A BRIGHT AND INDUSTRIOUS FUTURE. "THE FLAG OF THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE SERVICE REPRESENTED THE HOPES AND ASPIRATIONS OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO POLICED THE COMMUNITIES OF COALDALE AND LETHBRIDGE. THE REGIMENTAL FLAG OF THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE SERVICE INCLUDED THE NEW CREST OF THE POLICE SERVICE ON A SKY BLUE BACKGROUND WITH GOLD TASSELS FRINGED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE FLAG. THE KING’S CROWN IS AT THE HEAD OF THE CREST TO DEMONSTRATE ALLEGIANCE TO HIS MAJESTY KING EDWARD VII WHO WAS SOVEREIGN WHEN THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE WAS FORMED IN 1902. THE LEAVES AROUND THE CREST SIGNIFY THE JURISDICTIONAL BOUNDARIES OF THE POLICE SERVICE (ALBERTA) AND THE BEAVER AT THE BOTTOM IS A NATIONAL SYMBOL AND MAY BE FOUND ON MANY CANADIAN ITEMS WHICH REPRESENTS THE INDUSTRIOUS NATURE OF ITS PEOPLES. "TWO MEMBERS OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE, A/SERGEANT PAUL SMITH (DIED 1913 JUNE 10TH) AND CONSTABLE CALVIN BYAM (DIED 1964 JUNE 10TH) WERE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. BARS WITH THEIR NAMES WERE ATTACHED TO THE REGIMENTAL FLAG AND THEY ARE HONOURED FOR THE SACRIFICES THEY MADE PROTECTING THE CITIZENS OF LETHBRIDGE. THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE REGIMENTAL FLAG IS RETAINED BY THE CHIEF OF POLICE AND DEMONSTRATES A CONTINUITY OF LEADERSHIP FROM ONE CHIEF TO THE NEXT. THE FLAG OF THE POLICE SERVICE MAY BE SEEN FLYING FROM THE MAST IN FRONT OF THE POLICE HEADQUARTERS BUILDING AND IS A SYMBOL OF THE FEALTY ITS MEMBERS EMBODY TO THE CITIZENS OF LETHBRIDGE AND CANADA."
Catalogue Number
P20190026000
Acquisition Date
2019-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CASA GRAND OPENING RIBBON
Date Range From
2012
Date Range To
2013
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
SILK
Catalogue Number
P20130030002
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CASA GRAND OPENING RIBBON
Date Range From
2012
Date Range To
2013
Materials
SILK
No. Pieces
1
Length
228
Width
9.75
Description
LENGTH OF RED SILK RIBBON. HORIZONTAL EDGES ARE FACTORY-FINISHED; VERTICAL EDGES ARE ROUGHLY CUT, WITH FRAYED THREADS. MINOR CREASING THROUGHOUT; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
LEISURE
COMMEMORATIVE
History
THIS PIECE OF RIBBON WAS CUT DURING THE CEREMONY CELEBRATING THE OPENING OF CASA, LETHBRIDGE’S COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE, ON MAY 14, 2013, AT 230 8 ST SOUTH. ACCORDING TO CITY OF LETHBRIDGE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER LORI HARASEM, SEVEN REPRESENTATIVES HELPED CUT THE RIBBON: STEPHEN GRAHAM (ROTARY CLUBS OF LETHBRIDGE), KRIS HODGSON (PRESIDENT, ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL), GLENN MILLER (ASSISTANT TO LETHBRIDGE EAST MLA BRIDGET PASTOOR), DR. MIKE MAHON (PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE), MAYOR RAJKO DODIC, GREG WEADICK (LETHBRIDGE WEST MLA), AND JIM HILLYER (LETHBRIDGE MP). IN AN EMAIL TO COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, HARASEM DESCRIBED THE DAY’S EVENTS, WRITING: “[THE CEREMONY], ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON THE ROTARY PLAZA ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE BUILDING, WAS MOVED INDOORS DUE TO THE STRONG WINDS THAT DAY. ONCE THE SPEECHES WERE DONE, AND THE RIBBON WAS CUT, THE BUILDING WAS OPEN FOR TOURS WITH ALL SPACES BEING UTILIZED BY ARTISANS TO DEMONSTRATE TO THE PUBLIC THE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE FACILITY… THE RIBBON WAS IN MY POSSESSION AS I WAS PART OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE [FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY]… ONCE THE RIBBON CUTTING WAS OVER, I ASSISTED WITH MOVING THE STANCHIONS AND RIBBONS OUT OF THE WALKWAY, AND REALIZED THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RIBBON… [I] SUGGESTED WE PROVIDE IT TO THE GALT MUSEUM.” THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT CASA WAS EXCERPTED FROM THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL WEBSITE. CASA IS A COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVE OF THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL AND THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. THIS UNIQUE FACILITY SETS A NEW STANDARD FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS CENTRES, AND PROMOTES EXPERIMENTATION, INCUBATION, AND LEARNING. CASA WAS BUILT TO SERVE A MULTI-GENERATIONAL COMMUNITY, WITH VARYING ART SKILL SETS AND INTERESTS IN A VARIETY OF DISCIPLINES. FUNDING FOR THE 42,000 SQUARE FOOT CENTRE WAS PROVIDED BY THE FEDERAL BUILD CANADA FUND, THE ALBERTA MUNICIPAL SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE FUND, AND THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL ARTS PROGRAMMING, VISUAL ARTS STUDIOS AND TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS, PERFORMING ARTS SPACES, AND AN EXHIBITION GALLERY, CASA ALSO HOUSES THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE’S CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC. ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED SUZANNE LINT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL, ABOUT THE OPENING OF CASA AND THE FACILITY’S IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY. LINT SAID: “IT WAS A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT DAY… YOU OPEN YOUR DOORS AND YOU EXPECTED TO HAVE PEOPLE BUT WE HAD THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. THERE WERE ABOUT 3000 PEOPLE AND AS THAT RIBBON WAS CUT, THERE WERE PEOPLE ON THE STAIRWELLS AND PACKED IN EVERY HALLWAY AND HANGING OVER THE BALCONY LOOKING DOWN INTO THE FOYER WHERE THE ACTUAL RIBBON CUTTING OCCURRED. IT WAS PRETTY AWESOME, A PRETTY EXCITING DAY… IT’S THE FULL BREADTH OF THE ARTS ARE IN THAT BUILDING, AND THAT PRESENCE IS FABULOUS TO HAVE ALL OF THE DISCIPLINES INTERMIXING TOGETHER FOR THE COMMUNITY. IT’S HUGE. SO THAT RATHER INNOCUOUS PIECE OF RED SATIN RIBBON AND A PAIR OF RECEPTIONIST’S SCISSORS DON’T LOOK LIKE MUCH BUT THEY ARE PART OF THE OPENING OF SOMETHING THAT IS PRETTY SIGNIFICANT.” LINT CONTINUED: “WE WAITED A LONG TIME FOR A BUILDING LIKE THAT… A PURPOSE-BUILT CIVIC ARTS CENTRE FOR CREATING ARTWORK IN MANY DISCIPLINES, WHICH IS ALMOST NOT HEARD OF. I DON’T THINK ANYTHING LIKE IT EXISTS OFF A UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE CAMPUS… IT IS A PROJECT THAT THE ARTS COMMUNITY [IN LETHBRIDGE] HAS WORKED ON FOR 20 – 30 YEARS… WE HAVE ENGAGED A WHOLE NEW COMMUNITY THAT WASN’T REALLY ACTIVE OR PARTICIPATING AT THE BOWMAN ARTS CENTRE… THE BOWMAN, WHICH SERVED THE COMMUNITY AMAZINGLY WELL, [WAS] REALLY BUILT ON A MODEL OF ORGANIZATIONAL PRIORITIES AND SPACES, [WHEREAS CASA] WAS DESIGNED TO BE AN OPEN CONCEPT AND REALLY INCLUSIVE SO THAT INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS AND OTHER DISCIPLINES WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BUILDING… ANYBODY CAN COME… YOU TAKE YOUR MEMBERSHIP AND YOU CAN COME IN AND WORK… THIS BUILDING IS BUSY, WITH NEW GROUPS AND INDIVIDUAL ARTIST AND IT’S ALSO ATTRACTING PEOPLE FROM AWAY… WE’RE SEEING A DIVERSITY OF PROGRAMMING THAT WE DIDN’T HAVE BEFORE; THE VERY NATURE OF THE BUILDING WE HAVE THE COMMUNITY ROOM WHICH ALLOWS FOR CERTAIN THINGS TO HAPPEN, THERE’S THE DANCE STUDIO, VISUAL ARTS STUDIOS AND ALL THE SPACES FOR MUSIC… WE’RE SEEING PEOPLE WHO WEREN’T ENGAGED IN THE GENERAL COMMUNITY BECOMING ENGAGED. WE’VE GOT A WHOLE BRAND NEW GROUP OF ARTISTS AND MUCH BROADER DEMOGRAPHIC GROUP OF ARTISTS FROM ALL AGES COMING IN… WE’RE OFFERING MORE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES. THE BOWMAN HAD THE CLASSES FOR ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS BUT WE ARE NOW DOING SOME WORK WITH HOUSING FIRST CLIENTS WHO ARE TRANSITIONING. WE’VE GOT A RELATIONSHIP AND SOME FUNDING FROM ATB THAT IS ALLOWING US TO TRY AND BUILD SOME FIRST NATIONS PROGRAMING… ARTISTS ARE DEVELOPING PROGRAMS AND WE ARE FACILITATING THEM AND DELIVERING THEM. SO IT’S REALLY GRASSROOTS… IT’S A MUCH BIGGER COMMUNITY. NOT JUST THE SIXTY PEOPLE THAT USED TO BE BOWMAN ATTENDERS. [NOW] THERE’S 100,000 PEOPLE [WHO] VISITED THE BUILDING IN ITS FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION.” LINT CONCLUDED: “THAT BUILDING, SEEING IT RISE AND THE NATURE OF WHAT IT IS, IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES OF WORK THAT I’VE WORKED ON, BUT IT ALSO REPRESENTS A TIME IN HISTORY WHERE THERE WAS THIS SERENDIPITOUS GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO WORKED TOGETHER AROUND AN IDEA. SO THE COUNCIL WAS RIPE, THE CITY ADMINISTRATION WAS RIPE. WE HAD A FABULOUS BOARD THAT REALLY WENT TO THE WALL AROUND ARTS IN THIS COMMUNITY ENSURING THAT THEY SURVIVED… I THINK THAT’S THE KIND OF COMMUNITY IT IS. I THINK WE’RE ISOLATED ENOUGH THAT WE DO SOME FAIRLY CRAZY AND WILD THINGS. WE CAN BE PRETTY INVENTIVE AND PROGRESSIVE. THERE’S A REAL COMPONENT OF THAT AND A CREATIVE KIND OF COMMUNITY WHICH WE ARE VERY FORTUNATE TO LIVE IN. THE INTERESTING THING IS THAT IT IS SURROUNDED BY THE MOST SOCIALLY CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE. SO IT SOMETIMES FEELS TO ME LIKE A SPLIT COMMUNITY, [BUT] THERE IS THIS REALLY STRONG PROGRESSIVE, CREATIVE, INTUITIVE GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE, LOVE IT, AND CONTINUE TO BE HERE.” ON OCTOBER 8, 2015 MACLEAN INTERVIEWED CAROL THIBERT, FORMER CITY OF LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY SERVICES PROGRAM CO-ORDINATOR. THIBERT WAS THE CITY LIAISON TO THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL DURING THE PLANNING, CONSTRUCTION, AND OPENING OF CASA. THIBERT SAID: “PART OF MY JOB WAS ORGANIZING THE OPENING CEREMONIES… [THE RIBBON CUTTING] WAS EXTREMELY WELL RECEIVED. THE COMMUNITY WAS VERY, VERY EXCITED. IT WAS FULL – THE MEZZANINE, THE MAIN AREA, AND PEOPLE LOOKING DOWN… THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT WERE THERE TO SPEAK, SO IT WAS A GALA AFFAIR… IT WAS A LONG TIME COMING. I WAS ON THE COMMITTEE THAT STARTED LOOKING INTO WHAT A COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE WOULD LOOK [LIKE]. WE WENT TO CALGARY AND EDMONTON AND DID TOURS OF [THEIR] FACILITIES, AND [CASA] IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING, FORWARD-THINKING COMMUNITY ART CENTRES IN OUR PROVINCE, MAYBE EVEN IN CANADA. SO IT’S SOMETHING TO BE VERY PROUD OF.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND HARDCOPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES ABOUT CASA.
Catalogue Number
P20130030002
Acquisition Date
2013-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
“CRAFT SMART”
Date Range From
2012
Date Range To
2013
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20130030001
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
“CRAFT SMART”
Date Range From
2012
Date Range To
2013
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
1
Length
21
Width
7.25
Description
STAINLESS STEEL SCISSORS WITH BLUE PLASTIC HANDLES. ONE BLADE IS STAMPED WITH TEXT READING “STAINLESS STEEL”; THE OTHER WITH TEXT READING “CRAFTSMART”. MINOR SPOTS OF DISCOLOURATION ON BLADES. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
TEXTILEWORKING T&E
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
LEISURE
COMMEMORATIVE
History
THESE SCISSORS WERE USED DURING THE RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY CELEBRATING THE OPENING OF CASA, LETHBRIDGE’S COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE, ON MAY 14, 2013, AT 230 8 ST SOUTH. ACCORDING TO CITY OF LETHBRIDGE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER LORI HARASEM, SEVEN REPRESENTATIVES HELPED CUT THE RIBBON: STEPHEN GRAHAM (ROTARY CLUBS OF LETHBRIDGE), KRIS HODGSON (PRESIDENT, ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL), GLENN MILLER (ASSISTANT TO LETHBRIDGE EAST MLA BRIDGET PASTOOR), DR. MIKE MAHON (PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE), MAYOR RAJKO DODIC, GREG WEADICK (LETHBRIDGE WEST MLA), AND JIM HILLYER (LETHBRIDGE MP). IN AN EMAIL TO COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, HARASEM DESCRIBED THE DAY’S EVENTS, WRITING: “[THE CEREMONY], ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON THE ROTARY PLAZA ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE BUILDING, WAS MOVED INDOORS DUE TO THE STRONG WINDS THAT DAY. ONCE THE SPEECHES WERE DONE, AND THE RIBBON WAS CUT, THE BUILDING WAS OPEN FOR TOURS WITH ALL SPACES BEING UTILIZED BY ARTISANS TO DEMONSTRATE TO THE PUBLIC THE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE FACILITY… THE RIBBON WAS IN MY POSSESSION AS I WAS PART OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE [FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY]… ONCE THE RIBBON CUTTING WAS OVER, I ASSISTED WITH MOVING THE STANCHIONS AND RIBBONS OUT OF THE WALKWAY, AND REALIZED THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RIBBON… [I] SUGGESTED WE PROVIDE IT TO THE GALT MUSEUM.” THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT CASA WAS EXCERPTED FROM THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL WEBSITE. CASA IS A COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVE OF THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL AND THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. THIS UNIQUE FACILITY SETS A NEW STANDARD FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS CENTRES, AND PROMOTES EXPERIMENTATION, INCUBATION, AND LEARNING. CASA WAS BUILT TO SERVE A MULTI-GENERATIONAL COMMUNITY, WITH VARYING ART SKILL SETS AND INTERESTS IN A VARIETY OF DISCIPLINES. FUNDING FOR THE 42,000 SQUARE FOOT CENTRE WAS PROVIDED BY THE FEDERAL BUILD CANADA FUND, THE ALBERTA MUNICIPAL SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE FUND, AND THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL ARTS PROGRAMMING, VISUAL ARTS STUDIOS AND TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS, PERFORMING ARTS SPACES, AND AN EXHIBITION GALLERY, CASA ALSO HOUSES THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE’S CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC. ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED SUZANNE LINT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL, ABOUT THE OPENING OF CASA AND THE FACILITY’S IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY. LINT SAID: “IT WAS A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT DAY… YOU OPEN YOUR DOORS AND YOU EXPECTED TO HAVE PEOPLE BUT WE HAD THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. THERE WERE ABOUT 3000 PEOPLE AND AS THAT RIBBON WAS CUT, THERE WERE PEOPLE ON THE STAIRWELLS AND PACKED IN EVERY HALLWAY AND HANGING OVER THE BALCONY LOOKING DOWN INTO THE FOYER WHERE THE ACTUAL RIBBON CUTTING OCCURRED. IT WAS PRETTY AWESOME, A PRETTY EXCITING DAY… IT’S THE FULL BREADTH OF THE ARTS ARE IN THAT BUILDING, AND THAT PRESENCE IS FABULOUS TO HAVE ALL OF THE DISCIPLINES INTERMIXING TOGETHER FOR THE COMMUNITY. IT’S HUGE. SO THAT RATHER INNOCUOUS PIECE OF RED SATIN RIBBON AND A PAIR OF RECEPTIONIST’S SCISSORS DON’T LOOK LIKE MUCH BUT THEY ARE PART OF THE OPENING OF SOMETHING THAT IS PRETTY SIGNIFICANT.” LINT CONTINUED: “WE WAITED A LONG TIME FOR A BUILDING LIKE THAT… A PURPOSE-BUILT CIVIC ARTS CENTRE FOR CREATING ARTWORK IN MANY DISCIPLINES, WHICH IS ALMOST NOT HEARD OF. I DON’T THINK ANYTHING LIKE IT EXISTS OFF A UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE CAMPUS… IT IS A PROJECT THAT THE ARTS COMMUNITY [IN LETHBRIDGE] HAS WORKED ON FOR 20 – 30 YEARS… WE HAVE ENGAGED A WHOLE NEW COMMUNITY THAT WASN’T REALLY ACTIVE OR PARTICIPATING AT THE BOWMAN ARTS CENTRE… THE BOWMAN, WHICH SERVED THE COMMUNITY AMAZINGLY WELL, [WAS] REALLY BUILT ON A MODEL OF ORGANIZATIONAL PRIORITIES AND SPACES, [WHEREAS CASA] WAS DESIGNED TO BE AN OPEN CONCEPT AND REALLY INCLUSIVE SO THAT INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS AND OTHER DISCIPLINES WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BUILDING… ANYBODY CAN COME… YOU TAKE YOUR MEMBERSHIP AND YOU CAN COME IN AND WORK… THIS BUILDING IS BUSY, WITH NEW GROUPS AND INDIVIDUAL ARTIST AND IT’S ALSO ATTRACTING PEOPLE FROM AWAY… WE’RE SEEING A DIVERSITY OF PROGRAMMING THAT WE DIDN’T HAVE BEFORE; THE VERY NATURE OF THE BUILDING WE HAVE THE COMMUNITY ROOM WHICH ALLOWS FOR CERTAIN THINGS TO HAPPEN, THERE’S THE DANCE STUDIO, VISUAL ARTS STUDIOS AND ALL THE SPACES FOR MUSIC… WE’RE SEEING PEOPLE WHO WEREN’T ENGAGED IN THE GENERAL COMMUNITY BECOMING ENGAGED. WE’VE GOT A WHOLE BRAND NEW GROUP OF ARTISTS AND MUCH BROADER DEMOGRAPHIC GROUP OF ARTISTS FROM ALL AGES COMING IN… WE’RE OFFERING MORE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES. THE BOWMAN HAD THE CLASSES FOR ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS BUT WE ARE NOW DOING SOME WORK WITH HOUSING FIRST CLIENTS WHO ARE TRANSITIONING. WE’VE GOT A RELATIONSHIP AND SOME FUNDING FROM ATB THAT IS ALLOWING US TO TRY AND BUILD SOME FIRST NATIONS PROGRAMING… ARTISTS ARE DEVELOPING PROGRAMS AND WE ARE FACILITATING THEM AND DELIVERING THEM. SO IT’S REALLY GRASSROOTS… IT’S A MUCH BIGGER COMMUNITY. NOT JUST THE SIXTY PEOPLE THAT USED TO BE BOWMAN ATTENDERS. [NOW] THERE’S 100,000 PEOPLE [WHO] VISITED THE BUILDING IN ITS FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION.” LINT CONCLUDED: “THAT BUILDING, SEEING IT RISE AND THE NATURE OF WHAT IT IS, IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES OF WORK THAT I’VE WORKED ON, BUT IT ALSO REPRESENTS A TIME IN HISTORY WHERE THERE WAS THIS SERENDIPITOUS GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO WORKED TOGETHER AROUND AN IDEA. SO THE COUNCIL WAS RIPE, THE CITY ADMINISTRATION WAS RIPE. WE HAD A FABULOUS BOARD THAT REALLY WENT TO THE WALL AROUND ARTS IN THIS COMMUNITY ENSURING THAT THEY SURVIVED… I THINK THAT’S THE KIND OF COMMUNITY IT IS. I THINK WE’RE ISOLATED ENOUGH THAT WE DO SOME FAIRLY CRAZY AND WILD THINGS. WE CAN BE PRETTY INVENTIVE AND PROGRESSIVE. THERE’S A REAL COMPONENT OF THAT AND A CREATIVE KIND OF COMMUNITY WHICH WE ARE VERY FORTUNATE TO LIVE IN. THE INTERESTING THING IS THAT IT IS SURROUNDED BY THE MOST SOCIALLY CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE. SO IT SOMETIMES FEELS TO ME LIKE A SPLIT COMMUNITY, [BUT] THERE IS THIS REALLY STRONG PROGRESSIVE, CREATIVE, INTUITIVE GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE, LOVE IT, AND CONTINUE TO BE HERE.” ON OCTOBER 8, 2015 MACLEAN INTERVIEWED CAROL THIBERT, FORMER CITY OF LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY SERVICES PROGRAM CO-ORDINATOR. THIBERT WAS THE CITY LIAISON TO THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL DURING THE PLANNING, CONSTRUCTION, AND OPENING OF CASA. THIBERT SAID: “PART OF MY JOB WAS ORGANIZING THE OPENING CEREMONIES… [THE RIBBON CUTTING] WAS EXTREMELY WELL RECEIVED. THE COMMUNITY WAS VERY, VERY EXCITED. IT WAS FULL – THE MEZZANINE, THE MAIN AREA, AND PEOPLE LOOKING DOWN… THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT WERE THERE TO SPEAK, SO IT WAS A GALA AFFAIR… IT WAS A LONG TIME COMING. I WAS ON THE COMMITTEE THAT STARTED LOOKING INTO WHAT A COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE WOULD LOOK [LIKE]. WE WENT TO CALGARY AND EDMONTON AND DID TOURS OF [THEIR] FACILITIES, AND [CASA] IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING, FORWARD-THINKING COMMUNITY ART CENTRES IN OUR PROVINCE, MAYBE EVEN IN CANADA. SO IT’S SOMETHING TO BE VERY PROUD OF.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND HARDCOPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES ABOUT CASA.
Catalogue Number
P20130030001
Acquisition Date
2013-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
REPLICA MATSU STATUE
Date Range From
1800
Date Range To
1899
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD
Catalogue Number
P20010099015
  5 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
REPLICA MATSU STATUE
Date Range From
1800
Date Range To
1899
Materials
WOOD
No. Pieces
2
Height
18.0
Diameter
6.4
Description
CARVED OUT OF A SINGLE PIECE OF WOOD. THE OUTSIDE OF THE STATUE IS ENGRAVED WITH AN INTRICATE SEASCAPE. ONE HALF OF THE STATUE OPENS UP (TWO QUARTERS) TO SHOW AN EXTREMELY INTRICATE THREE DIMENSIONAL RELIEF OF THE GODESS MATSU AS WELL AS HER TWO BODY GUARDS FLANKING HER ON EITHER SIDE. ONE HAS HIS HAND UP TO EYES AS IF LOOKING INTO DISTANCE, THE OTHER, USING HIS HAND TO AMPLIFY SOUND AT LEFT EAR. ENGRAVED AROUND THIS INTERIOR RELIEF, ARE CHINESE CHARACTERS. THE WOOD IS NOT VARNISHED, OR PAINTED. THE STATUE IS CONTAINED INSIDE A RED BOX THAT IS TIED SHUT WITH TWO RIBBONS. THE DIMENSIONS OF THE BOX, ARE HEIGHT- 8.4CM LENGTH- 21.0CM, WIDTH- 9.4 CM.
Subjects
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
POLITICS
History
THIS REPLICA OF THE STATUE OF MATSU LOCATED IN TAINAN CITY TAIWAN, WAS CARVED OUT OF A SINGLE BLOCK OF WOOD SOMETIME DURING THE 19TH CENTURY. THIS ARTIFACT WAS ORIGINALLY CREATED AS A REPLICA OF THE ORIGINAL MATSU STATUE. MAYOR CARPENTER (1986-2001) HELPED CARRY ON HIS SECOND TRIP TO TAIWAN DURING THE 377TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RETURN OF MATSU - THE GODDESS OF THE SEA. IT IS EXTREMELY RARE WITH ONLY 5 OR 6 IN THE WORLD. FOR BELIEVERS OF THE BUDDHIST OR TAOIST FAITH, THIS ARTIFACT IS PRICELESS. THIS PRICE WAS QUOTED TO MAYOR CARPENTER UPON IT BEING GIVEN TO HIM. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THIS ARTIFACT WAS GIVEN TO A CIVILIAN. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS TRIP TO TAIWAN, SEE P20010099001. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS AND ACCESSORIES, INCLUDING AN ALTER CLOTH AND A SASH DONATED BY DAVID CARPENTER. ON 8 MARCH 2018, PUNDYK INTERVIEWED CARPENTER REGARDING HIS DONATION OF 22 ARITFACTS RELATED TO HIS TRIPS TO TAIWAN AS THE MAYOR OF LETHBRIDGE. THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE EMPLOYEE, WEI QUO, WHO ACTED AS TRANSLATOR DURING THESE TRIPS WAS ALSO A PART OF THE 8 MAY 2018 INTERVIEW. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW.
Catalogue Number
P20010099015
Acquisition Date
2002-03
Collection
Museum
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