The Manitoba Museum took home two awards at the CASCade (Canadian Association of Science Centres) Awards in Edmonton on Saturday, May 30th. Lake Winnipeg: Shared Solutions won for Best Exhibit — Large Institution and Museum Program. Museum Program Developer Anya Moodie-Foster won for Outstanding Project or Program Leadership for the programming for Wrapped: The Mummy of Pesed.
“We had so many great partners and a great team who all worked really hard on the exhibit,” said the Museum’s Manager of Science Communications and Visitor Experiences Scott Young, who was one of the curators of the Lake Winnipeg exhibit and was onhand to accept the award. “We see the payoff when kids get excited in the exhibit, but this is approval from other people who make exhibits, folks who know what we do and respect it.” Lake Winnipeg: Shared Solutions has already won an Summit International Award and Canadian Museum Award for best large exhibit in 2015.
“It is very exciting to be recognized by my peers,” said Anya Moodie-Foster. “I am lucky to work with such a talented team at the Museum. We are very proud that the two ancient Egyptian-themed programs that we continue to offer for grade 3 and 8 classes are very popular.” Ms Moodie-Foster also recently won the Award of Excellence for Outstanding School Programming for Wrapped at the annual Association of Manitoba Museums conference.
The Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) was founded in 1985 to create synergy among Canada’s science centres and science-related museums, to assist in finding solutions to the challenges faced by these important public institutions, and to provide a single voice before government. The Canadian Association of Science Centres is a national platform for Canada’s Science Centres and informal science engagement. CASC represents 45 Science Centres, Museums and Planetariums across Canada that attract 8 million visitors annually.
The 2015 Canadian Association of Science Centres’ Conference was hosted by TELUS World of Science Edmonton and took place from May 28 to 30. The Gala Awards Ceremony was held during the evening of the 30th. The Manitoba Museum now has five CASCade awards.