Fernie & Elk Valley Culture Guide Issue 4 - Spring 2017 - Page 4

CANADA 150 in Fernie What does community mean? For over 120 years, Fernie has been home to settlers who arrived from around the globe. Through tragedy, perseverance, and prosperity, Fernie has grown into the home and destination that we know and love today. In celebration of CANADA 150, Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation, Fernie’s cultural organizations have come together to discover who we are—as a community, a culture, and as a small city with a rich history—and how these values fit into our country’s shared history and culture. Together, the Fernie Museum and the Fernie Arts Station seeks to promote discussion of how people, places, and community treasurers define the character of our community in a year- long multimedia and multi-disciplinary arts and heritage initiative. Other organizations will also hold cultural events in keeping with the theme. Celebrate with us March 3, 2017– March 31, 2018. Events include: I AM FERNIE BY KYLE HAMILTON Fernie Museum until May 31 4 Local photographer Kyle Hamilton has documented the everyday faces of Fernie from 2015 to 2017 by capturing Fernie residents in a series of dramatic portraits. Each subject tells the story of why they live in Fernie and the importance of community and place. Read more about Kyle on P23. MAPLE LEAF TULIPS Eco Garden, Spring Local gardeners and volunteers have planted a special mountain-themed border of Maple Leaf Tulips as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. Take a stroll to the Fernie Eco Garden located in Prentice Park by 5th Ave and 13th St. Tulips are expected to start blooming in May. CONNECTIONS: THE CANADIAN YOUTH IDENTITY PROJECT Arts Station April 27–May 23 150 youth from the Elk Valley have worked in groups of 10 to create 15 group art projects exploring the concept of Canadian youth identity—what makes them proud to be Canadian, what individuals they feel best represent Canada on a local, nation, and international stage, and what places, both locally and nationally, they identify as uniquely Canadian… and why.