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Adapting Exhibits to Pandemic Times

Tags: Vol. 1, Issue 1, October 2020

The initial shutdown in the Winter 2020 Term caused great disruption to the academic communities of Humber College. So too, did it influence the work of the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre.

In partnership with Indigenous Engagement and Education, the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre was set to host an exhibit entitled #WeAreIndigenous, featuring the artworks and video interview series of artists Niigaanii (Emma Petahtegoose), M. Hungrywolf (Marissa Groulx), and James N. Wilson. Each artist reflected their individuality of expression through their work, in communication with each other to rethink, reorder, and reimagine creativity within their respective fields. With a short turn-around time, the team and artists shifted much of the physical content to an online presence on Facebook, Instagram, and based on the Interpretive Centre’s website,, throughout the planned run of the exhibit.

Virtual visitors followed the individual perspective, experience, and advice from the artists through recorded video interviews, explored a 360 video of the exhibit space, and attended a live Zoom Artists’ Discussion on April 30th to conclude the (now virtual) exhibit experience from the comfort of their homes across Turtle Island.

The surprise benefit of this online transition came in the form of an additional partnership with the Humber Galleries to collaborate on bringing #WeAreIndigenous’ video content to the Humber Hub of Nuit Blanche 2020 in celebration of the artists, and their work. The link is still available via the Humber Galleries website and on the Interpretive Centre’s YouTube Channel.

To learn more about the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre, visit the website here or contact the Lakeshoure Grounds Interpretive Centre Curator, Jennifer Bazar.

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Students in the Interpretive Centre