museums + culture
Maria is a museums+culture consultant offering her services in the areas of research, writing, planning, programming and collections care. Maria has over ten years professional experience, and has worked with small scale community museums all over BC as well as large scale institutions around the world. Maria is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Masters of Museum Studies Program and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Theatre from U.B.C along with a British Columbia Independent Schools Teaching Certificate.
Having completed programming contracts at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museu Nacional de Arqueologia, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lisbon, Portugal, Maria took on the role of resident Cultural Planner at Commonwealth Historic Resource Management Limited, an award winning consultancy, for three years. During her time there, she worked on projects throughout BC: high-level strategic plans for museums and cultural precincts, interpretive plans, culture and heritage strategies, municipal cultural policy, as well as museums collections reviews, and historical research on heritage buildings and heritage areas in general. Projects were completed for both private and public clients alike – such as the City of Vancouver, City of Surrey, Campbell River, Revelstoke, and Dawson Creek. Her work involved everything from database management, oral history interviews, archival research, exhibit development and writing, to facilitating community consultation workshops and project management.
- Arts, Culture & Heritage Services Department, City of Richmond
- Richmond Museum Society
- London Heritage Farm Society
- Vancouver Maritime Museum, City of Vancouver
- Marc Tyson Ewert, artist
|Steveston Museum Summer Music Series + Heritage Event:
Museum Coordinator + Volunteers, Aug. 2012
|Lubzinski Collection, Britannia Heritage Shipyards National Historic Site:
Curatorial Assistant, Nov. 2012
2017: In October, Maria finished a six month contract at the Richmond Museum, filling in as Assistant Curator, as the team prepared for Canada’s 150th Celebration with, Our Journey’s Here, an exhibition about what it means to be Canadian in Richmond. She also worked on private donor relations and participated in outreach exhibits at the City’s various heritage sites and City Hall.
Since 2014, Maria has frequently been retained by the City as a Film Liaison – protecting the heritage integrity of Richmond’s sites during their use as backdrops for many film and television productions in Vancouver. Sites include the Britannia Heritage Shipyards, Minoru Chapel and London Heritage Farm.
In 2013 she worked as Curatorial Assistant for the Richmond Museum supervising and assisting various projects, including working on the City of Richmond’s Heritage Services Database Integration project – which made available all arts and heritage resources under the care of the City for public viewing and research.
In 2012 Maria worked as Museum Coordinator for the Steveston Museum coordinating its Summer Music Series along with other special events, curating exhibits, and programming the Steveston Village walking tour program.