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June 21, 2017

Heritage Winnipeg Cordially Invites You To Our Annual General Meeting




June 16, 2017

Closing the Doors on the 14th Annual Doors Open Winnipeg Event

It was a time to celebrate at the 2017 Doors Open Winnipeg Volunteer Reception and People's Choice Awards at the King's Head Pub in the Exchange. Heritage Winnipeg hosted the event, thanking the dedicated volunteers in attendance who helped to make Doors Open Winnipeg a successful event. Over 500 volunteers helped make this year's event the biggest, most successful event to date. It was also the seventh year in which the People's Choice Awards were held.

The People's Choice Awards represent five categories, Best Restoration, Best Guided Tour or Programming, Best Architecture, Best Experience and the Hidden Gem. Online voting was open to the public, showcasing 91 amazing buildings and walking tours. Hundreds of votes poured in the week following Doors Open Winnipeg, making for a close race in several of the categories. In the end, the votes were tallied and the winners were rewarded for their efforts with framed original drawings of their buildings by local artist Robert Sweeney.

BEST RESTORATION - DALNAVERT MUSEUM




BEST ARCHITECTURE - THE CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HUMAN RIGHTS



BEST OVERALL EXPERIENCE - THE WHITE HOUSE


BEST TOUR OR PROGRAMMING OR TOUR - THE VAUGHAN STREET JAIL


THE 'HIDDEN' GEM - MCBETH HOUSE



Please visit the Heritage Winnipeg blog for a short biography on each of this years winners.

June 13, 2017

Heritage Winnipeg makes bid to save lavish Oak Room at the St. Regis Hotel



Heritage Winnipeg hopes to preserve the historic Oak Room at the St. Regis hotel, which is set to be demolished in August.

From the CBC:

With just weeks before the building is set to be demolished, Heritage Winnipeg is hoping to preserve the grandeur of the St. Regis Hotel's Oak Room. 

Just as its name says, the century-old banquet area is extensively panelled in oak, where it has a storied history on the first floor of the old hotel on Smith Street.

Fortress Real Developments plans to build a commercial space and parkade after the demolition of the building begins in August

"What we'd like to see is some help or some support with the city and maybe someone in the private sector to help us dismantle the room, preserve it ... ultimately to be showcased in another heritage building," said Cindy Tugwell, executive director of Heritage Winnipeg

Please visit the CBC's website to read the rest the full article.

June 8, 2017

The Mayor's Task Force on Heritage, Culture and Arts



The Mayor's Task Force on Heritage, Culture and Arts was assembled to recommend ways that Winnipeg can move forward in “supporting and structuring Winnipeg’s vibrant arts, culture, and heritage sectors”.  The Mayor's Task Force, chaired by Councillor Mike Pagtakhan, included individuals representing all these sectors and organizations integral to the arts, cultural and heritage community, including Heritage Winnipeg’s Executive Director Cindy Tugwell.

The Task Force submitted their final report and very appropriately Mayor Brian Bowman announced it at the annual Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts at the Fort Garry Hotel on Thursday, June 8th, 2017.  The Mayor indicated that "a new liaison committee will be formed to advise Council on the next steps". 
 
One of the proposed recommendations requests that the City of Winnipeg support Heritage Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Arts Council to establish a new “arm’s length” granting program for Museums going forward, which would ultimately reside with Heritage Winnipeg.  The Task Force felt that Heritage Winnipeg’s expertise in the conservation of historic/heritage structures and sites lent itself well to the nature of museums, and the fact that many museums are located in heritage buildings.
 
Heritage Winnipeg’s capacity would be built with the support of the Winnipeg Arts Council, a pre-eminent city-building organization recognized for its grant programs to artists. The Winnipeg Arts Council’s experience in developing and implementing peer assessment processes that are removed from the political decision-making sphere would lend to the credibility of the new structure.
  • That the City of Winnipeg maintain the Museums Board during a two-year transition period until December 31, 2018, during which a special services agency for city-owned museums and a peer assessment process under Heritage Winnipeg will be established to allocate funds to eligible museums beginning in 2020.
  • That the City of Winnipeg maintain the Museums Board for the remainder od 2017 and entirety of 2018, enabling a transfer of funding to other organizations proposed herein.
  • The City of Winnipeg support the Winnipeg Arts Council and Heritage Winnipeg in the establishment of a partnership in service of the museums community of Winnipeg, as described in the statement of Intent provided in Appendix C of this report, inclusive of capacity funding for Heritage Winnipeg through the transition phase.
  • The Winnipeg Arts Council and Heritage Winnipeg sign a memorandum of understanding to outline the process of transitioning from the Museums Board to a juried granting process for museums (approximate annual value of $240,000), understanding that the City of Winnipeg will delegate authority for final determination of grants distribution to this partnership.
  • The Winnipeg Arts Council and Heritage Winnipeg work collaboratively to establish appropriate application criteria and processes for a new juried granting process open to all museums located in the City of Winnipeg, including consultation with the Museums community.
  • The Winnipeg Arts Council provide its expertise to Heritage Winnipeg in developing and implementing a peer assessment process for the allocation of grants.
  • That City Council dissolves the existing City of Winnipeg Museums Board.
The City of Winnipeg provide an annual operating grant (i.e., a portion of current operating budget of the City of Winnipeg Museums Board), to establish a special services agency within the City of Winnipeg Archives to accommodate the six “City Owned” museums, with an annual operating budget based upon 2016 funding allocations (approximately $790,000 based on 2016 funding allocations).
 
The City of Winnipeg provide an annual operating grant (i.e, a portion of the current operating budget of the City of Winnipeg’s Museums Board) to Heritage Winnipeg to assume responsibility for the role of advocate for Museums in Winnipeg, and to implement and manage a peer assessment process for the allocation of program and project grants to non-city owned Museums on behalf of the City of Winnipeg, with a total funding pool (based upon 2016 funding process allocations of approximately $240,000 annually).
 
The City of Winnipeg in cooperation with relevant stakeholders, has an opportunity to adopt a leadership role with respect to built heritage. As the owner of numerous heritage and historic buildings, the city has an opportunity to act as stewards, and develop and adopt appropriate policies and management practices to maintain these resources. Heritage Winnipeg has been identified as one organizations with a keen interest in better coordination with the city’s heritage-related activities.

The Task Force identified the reallocation of the Gail Parvin Hammerquist Fund as a mechanism to support city-led heritage initiatives. Although the fund currently helps support CentreVenture’s projects, the Development Corporation was established with an aim of becoming self-sufficient over time. This means that as CentreVenture moves towards its entrepreneurial aim, the Gail Parvin Hammerquist Fund could be allocated to achieve its intended purpose of heritage protection, education, and conservation. To this end, the Task Force has recommended several actions to support on-going built-heritage conservation and re-development efforts.

Thank you to all the stakeholders that participated and contributed to this report!  A special thank you to Mayor Bowman and Councillor Pagtakhan for their vision and commitment and also to InterGroup Consultants Ltd. for their help with the consulting process.

To read the full list of reccomendations set out by the Task Force, please click here

June 5, 2017

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Presents: Music at the Millennium, FREE Summer Concert Series

Join us on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, and every Tuesday thereafter until August 15 for Music at the Millennium, free summer concert series, that brings world-class musicians from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra out to perform, free of charge, in the former banking hall (Celebration Hall), at the historic Millennium Centre (the former Canadian Bank of Commerce) located at 389 Main Street, between Lombard and McDermot on the East side of Main Street.

Sandwiches and drinks will be available for purchase by WOW Hospitality Concepts, and donations to the Millennium Centre, (a charitable, non-profit organization), will be gratefully accepted. 

When: Every Tuesday from June 13th, 2017 to August 15th, 2017 between 12 pm & 1 pm.
Doors Open at 11:30 am and the Concert starts at promptly at noon. 

Thank you to TELPAY for sponsorsing this event. TELPAY
Also to WOW Hospitality, tenants and exclusive caters at the Millennium Centre, AND themillenniumcentre for their gracious contributions. 



 

Where: The Millennium Centre, 389 Main Street (east side of Main Street between Lombard and McDermot)



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