VANCOUVER – The Chinese Canadian Museum has received $5.18 million from the Government of Canada to support building and space renewal at its new permanent location at the Wing Sang Building in Vancouver’s Chinatown.
The funding is provided through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan) and will include the development of “insightful and compelling exhibitions, public education programs, special events and community engagement initiatives,” a Chinese Canadian Museum release stated.
“The funds will assist the museum with finishing its first renovation phase and exhibition preparations. We are thrilled to open this summer to present historic exhibitions and significant public programs that honour the diverse Chinese Canadian communities across the country,” museum CEO Melissa Karmen Lee said in a release.
The museum’s renewal is a three-phase, multi-year project to revitalize more than 21,000 square feet of building space including expansion of exhibition and programming space to house future permanent and temporary exhibitions.
The Wing Sang Building’s “own storied connections to Chinese Canadian history will provide Canadians with meaningful insight into the incredible journeys of many Chinese Canadians and how they relate to modern-day perspectives,” the release added.
The museum will feature an introduction space featuring an exhibition exploring the Chinese diaspora from 1788 to the present day, a 1930s period living room with interactive antique objects, Chinatown’s oldest school room with original elements intact, an interactive immigration map, and murals by both Chinese Canadian artist Marlene Yuen and Musqueam artist Susan Point and her son Thomas Cannell.
The renewed museum will be open to the public on July 1.