Academic journal article Manitoba History

Crafts Museum Moving

Academic journal article Manitoba History

Crafts Museum Moving

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Buoyed by the success of its programs, the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library (MCML) in Winnipeg plans to move into larger quarters by the summer of 2015. The 80-year-old museum--one of the city's oldest--has outgrown its 1,500-square-foot space at 1B-183 Kennedy Street, said curator Andrea Reichert. Ideally, the new site will be centrally located and close to other arts and heritage organizations, but not necessarily downtown, she said. The optimal size would be about 4,500 square feet, making more room for exhibits, programming, collections, reception, and the library, she added.

The museum moved to its current site 10 years ago from a small former bank on Academy Road. Before that, it occupied the Artspace Building basement, until a water main broke, damaging about 10 per cent of the museum's collection and forcing the move.

Over the last decade, as programs and activities increased, so too has attendance. In 2011, the museum welcomed 888 visitors on site and 970 at off-site events, up from 558 and 566 respectively in 2005. Programs include educational school visits, craft workshops, and craft drop-in sessions at McNally Robinson Booksellers every two months.

"We know there's a really strong crafts community in the province, and it's not just older people," Reichert said. …

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