The BC Museum Association has awarded the Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project (CCAP) an outstanding achievement award for 2016. The Award of Merit, given for “an outstanding, innovative, or creative achievement in the museum, gallery, archives or heritage resource field in BC,” was presented last Thursday evening, at the Association’s annual conference’s Gala Reception and Dinner held in Whistler.
Michelle Willard and Anna Rambow of Cumberland Museum and Archives accepted the Award of Merit on behalf of CCAP.
The CCAP project, (John Price, director) brought together 16 museums from Vancouver Island and the Mainland to construct a publicly accessible database of Chinese Canadian holdings of partner museums. Launched in July of this year, the database (see https://ccap.uvic.ca) includes over 6000 items, most with accompanying graphics. Funded by the provincial government’s Chinese Canadian Legacy Initiative, the project team included Zhongping Chen (research director, UVIC History); Tusa Shea (project coordinator, Cultural Resource Management Program); the Humanities Computing and Media Centre’s Martin Holmes and Stewart Arneil; and Brian Smallshaw and Wenjuan Lu (graduate researchers). The database was constructed using ATOM (Access to Memory), a web-based, open-source archival repository system. The provincial government funded CCAP as part of its Chinese Legacy Initiatives. The UVIC Library is the permanent host of the CCAP database.
The CCAP project evolved in tandem with the Asian Canadians on Vancouver Island project. With the support of the BC Museums Association, 16 museums from the Islands and the Mainland participated including Barkerville Historic Town; CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum; Chilliwack Museum and Archives; Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives; Cumberland Museum & Archives; Esquimalt Municipal Archives; Kaatza Station Museum and Archives; Kelowna Museums; Lytton Museum and Archives; Nanaimo Museum; New Westminster Museum and Archives; Revelstoke Museum & Archives; Sidney Museum and Archives; Touchstone Nelson Museum of Art and History; Salt Spring Archives; Yale Historic Site.
Also receiving awards were the Sikh Heritage Museum National Historic Site for four years of innovative programming and exhibits recognising and raising awareness of Sikh heritage and history in British Columbia and Canada at the Gur Sikh Temple; and the Residential and Indian Day School Art Research Project for gathering and sharing the personal stories behind student-produced art at Residential and Indian Day Schools.