Fernie’s Canada 150 Cultural Series is a partnership between two of Fernie’s leading cultural organizations – the Fernie Museum and the Fernie Arts Station. The year-long multimedia and multi-disciplinary arts and heritage initiative seeks to engage as many Fernie-ites in the discussion of how people, places and community treasurers define the character of our community. Canada 150 gives us a moment to reflect on how we each of us, and how each generation, contributes to our community and our country’s shared history and values.
The Fernie Museum
The Fernie Museum – the home of the Fernie & District Historical Society – is a vibrant, community-based organization dedicated to recording and presenting our history so we can understand, communicate and preserve the uniqueness of our community in relation to its surrounding landscapes. Located in the historic 1909 Home Bank building, it is also home to the Community Archives Centre and Heritage Fernie. The Historical Society has been serving the community since 1964.
The Fernie Art Station
The Arts Station – the home of Fernie & District Arts Council – is the hub of Fernie’s cultural scene. The facility houses two art galleries, a 100 seat theatre, a craft and painting studio, pottery studio and workshop/meeting spaces. Located in the historic 1908 CPR Train Station, it is home to the pottery guild, the weaving and spinning guild, a painting guild, and a quilt guild. The Fernie & District Arts Council recently celebrated its 25th anniversary serving the community.
The Museum and the Arts Station wish to thank the project team – Ron Ulrich, Erin Teeple, Kyle Hamilton, Vanessa Croome, Louise Hilliard, and Randal Macnair – for their work on this initiative.
Project Funders and Community Sponsors
The Museum and the Arts Station would like to thank the Province of BC (through the BC Arts Council and the Resort Municipality Initiative), the City of Fernie, the Columbia Basin Trust (through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance), IGS Group, the Fernie Free Press and Save-On-Foods for their support of this exhibit and program series celebrating Canada 150.