At a fun-filled gala and an emotional awards presentation, the BCMA recognized two culturally significant projects, an Abbotsford museum, and the curator of a Prince George art gallery for Outstanding Achievement. The awards were presented October 13, 2016, during the BCMA’s annual conference in Whistler.

The BCMA annual awards recognize institutions and individuals who have exemplified excellence in creativity, community engagement and innovation within the Province’s museums, galleries and history community.

Awards for Outstanding Achievement Nominees and Winners for 2016

Three Awards of Merit and a Distinguished Service Award were presented at the “Peaks of Success” Awards Dinner in Whistler, October 13, 2016. Read about the winners here, and see below for the full list of nominees (winners in bold).

Award of Merit:

  • Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project – 16 museums across BC who came together to make their Chinese Canadian holdings publicly accessible in an online database.
  • Sikh Heritage Museum National Historic Site – four years of innovative programming and exhibits recognizing and raising awareness of Sikh heritage and history in British Columbia and Canada at the Gur Sikh Temple.
  • The Residential and Indian Day School Art Research Project – gathering and sharing the personal stories behind student-produced art at Residential and Indian Day Schools.
  • Beaty Biodiversity Museum – “100 Years, 100 Treasures” celebration of the Museum’s collection, history, and community.
  • Royal BC Museum – “Righting Historical Wrongs” Chinese Canadian learning portal and outreach kits.

Distinguished Service Award:

  • George Harris – years of work, through Two Rivers Gallery, to develop the careers of northern-BC artists and to bring internationally-renowned artists to northern BC.
  • Tim Willis – dedicated efforts, through a number of roles, to bring museums into their communities.

For a look back at awards and honorees through the years, please look at the Awards History page and Recipients page.

Find all details in the official press release:

Release BCMA Awards of Outstanding Achievement 2016