History of East Kootenay education

A series of web pages & exhibits investigates the history of education in the East Kootenay area at the Cranbrook Arts Council gallery

The Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History has partnered with School District #5

The Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History has partnered with School District #5

For the Townsman

The Cranbrook and District Arts Council would like to thank everyone for a great 2014 and we hope to see you in the Gallery in 2015.

This month we proudly present the Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History’s Exhibit titled: Class Through the Looking Glass, which will be in the Gallery from Tuesday, Jan. 13, to Friday, Jan. 30.

The Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History has partnered with School District 5, the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance and Cranbrook & District Arts Council to research and assemble a series of web pages & exhibits investigating the history of education in the East Kootenay area. The Columbia Basin Institute is interested in things that evoke memories of what school was like and how it tied into the larger community. This includes photos of people schools were named after, programmes from past dramatic events, sports trophies, club crests, school publications, photos of teachers and school buildings – all these things (and much more) will help to assemble an understanding of how schools and their communities were linked together.

Since its beginning in 2004 the non-profit Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History has worked to make Basin history publicly accessible and inclusive.  The Columbia Basin Image Bank, from which the items presented here have been pulled, is a major undertaking of the Institute’s.  Currently more than 40,000 images are available to the public on-line, for viewing and/or purchase, at www.basinistitute.org.

All their work is designed to reach out into the Columbia Basin and energize a sense of their collective past.  They work to recognize the strong individuals and cultures of the Columbia Basin, enhance those entities, and then look past that to the connectivity of our region as a whole.

They hold to the principle that by articulating our common history clearly, and presenting it in an available and interesting manner, we can influence our common future.   And our common future is strong communities that are proud of all their constituent parts, and who present themselves in ways that are approachable and interesting to outsiders, newcomers and residents who have not been included to this point.

CDAC will be hosting two workshops this month as well. The first being a Sketching Class focusing on human form on Saturday January 17th and the second being an Oil Painting for Beginners Class on Saturday January 24th. To Register for these classes or to get more information please contact us: at 250-426-4223 or by email: cdac@shaw.ca.

Gallery Hours of Operation: Tuesdays – Fridays 11am- 5pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm. We are Closed on Sundays and Mondays.