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.

Clients Include:

  • 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
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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.

Other Projects:

As part of a Museums Assistance Program grant, Maria was retained by the Richmond Museum Society to completely integrate the former Steveston Museum collection into the Richmond Museum’s collecion. This included outfitting the collection at a new museum storage facility and a complete database upgrade while supervising 2 Collections Technicians. Recommendations for deaccession were submitted to a City-wide Collections committee at the project’s conclusion.

February – June 2013

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As one of two Collections Technicians for the Richmond Museum Offsite Upgrade Project,   Maria was charged with the task of upgrading their offsite storage facility, with a complete removal and re-housing of much of the collection to new space saving shelving and upgrading their database to that effect. Many other deliverables were involved during the project’s term: including mount-making, label redesign and a comprehensive report that included recommendations for the future of the space.

November 2011 – January 2012

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Maria helped London Heritage Farm facilitate a film shoot on its premises. She made sure the sensitive items in the heritage home’s collection were professionally packed and stored during filming, and then helped reset the artifacts after filming was completed.

September 2010 

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In July 2009 Maria was contracted by the City of Richmond to take in a private donor collection. Work included the accessioning, condition reporting/initial assessment, photographing, tagging and transporting of over 300 artifacts in the Helmet Eppich Collection.

 

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Maria was retained as collections analyst and database manager by Commonwealth for the Vancouver Maritime Museum Project, which involved the analysis, classification, and deaccession recommendations for the maritime collection held by the City of Vancouver.

Summer 2008

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In 2007, Maria started the galleryjoão project – her vision for having accessible dialogue around contemporary art and to showcase artists that she believes in. galleryjoão saw the successful reception and showing and sale of the work of artist Marc Tyson Ewert at the Beaumont Studios in Vancouver and a subsequent showing of his Brown Series at the Jericho Arts Centre.

2007-08

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Maria researched, wrote and procured archival maps and photographs for a series of historical panels located on an outdoor public walkway along a section of the Fraser River off South West Marine Drive in Vancouver. This work was completed for Progressive Construction for the City of Vancouver under Commonwealth and in consultation with The Musqueam First Nations People.

2007-08

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