Craft Narratives from Rural Manitoba: 1930s - 1990s
Craft Narratives from Rural Manitoba: 1930s-1990s May 20 - December 31, 2020 For inhabitants of rural Manitoba in the twentieth century, handicrafts were not hobbies but solutions to the difficulties of isolated agriculturalism. Craft skills could provide rural families with economic stability and greater self-sufficiency. Programs promoting craft empowered rural women with the knowledge and skills to improve the standard of living in their households and communities, and provided an avenue into political engagement. The history of these four organizations in Manitoba, Spin-Well Manufacturing Company, Mary Maxim, the Searle Grain Company Weaving Department, and the Women’s Institutes of Manitoba, illustrates the power of craft to address economic and social issues and illuminates the stories of rural women, to whom craft gave a voice and a community. COVID-19 Policies: Visitors should use the self-screening tool before attending to ensure they are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 (https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/). The number of visitors in the gallery will be limited and monitored by staff. Visitors will be required to follow social distancing protocols, including maintaining a minimum of 2 metres from other visitors. Visitors will be required to wear masks. Hand sanitizer will be available in the entrance area.
This event is free and will be accepting optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.
Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library
The Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library, with a collection of over 10,000 hand crafted traditional and contemporary works, is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to craft. Through preservation, exhibits, programs and outreach, MCML increases appreciation and awareness of the unique artistic and social role that craft plays in our community.
1-329 Cumberland Avenue
This event is wheelchair accessible, and has gender-neutral washrooms.