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An Important Update from the Edmonton City as Museum Project

A celebration of a great 2016, a message to existing and potential collaborators, and an outlook for ECAMP’s future.

The ECAMP and EHC team would like to extend an immense thanks to every one of the followers, supporters, collaborators, and partners who have contributed to the momentum of this movement. We sincerely appreciate all of the time you’ve put into ECAMP; we would not be here without you.

Those collaborators contributed to a fantastic year for sharing untold Edmonton stories. Some 2016 highlights:

  • 51 new weekly ECAMP stories from 27 seasoned and emerging writers.
  • ECAMP’s most-viewed stories in 2016?

#1: McKernan’s Lost Lake by Katherine Koller
#2: There Were No Safety Nets: Edmonton’s Italian Community, 1949 to the Present by Adriana A. Davies
#3: The Edmonscona Plan by Bruce Cinnamon

  • The ECAMP Podcast! 16 audible chapters freaturing lesser-known Edmonton stories. So much fun to produce, and we’re hoping for more in the future!
  • 31 pop-up momentary museums at 10 EPL branches, which saw more than 1,000 conversations started about aspects of Edmonton’s story!

In early December, the Edmonton Heritage Council put forward an option to City Council for a portion of the continuing funding of this work. Their investment in this recommendation from The Art of Living cultural plan is important in building continued community sponsorship and support. Despite positive responses from many Councillors, the option was not approved.

For now, this means that ECAMP’s evolution towards a standalone entity able to expand programming and develop as an organization is on hold. However, there are still programs in development and they will be delivered, namely some upcoming stories here on citymuseumedmonton.ca and our second edition of RetroFutures!

However, at least for the short term, ECAMP will not develop new content or programming.

We thank all of the creative collaborators who shared their passion for Edmonton and digging into the city’s stories. Behind those programs lie talented writers, producers and researchers who do fantastic and inspiring work in Edmonton, and we hope to continue these partnerships in 2017 and beyond.

Updates on ECAMP’s future will follow in upcoming newsletters on an as-needed basis, so please subscribe to stay in the loop, or you can always reach out or continue the conversation on ECAMP’s Facebook and Twitter!

– The ECAMP Team

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