An Ocean of Peace: 100 Years of Sikhs in New Westminster Exhibit Opening
The countdown is on for the opening of the New Westminster Museum and Archives’ latest exhibition, An Ocean of Peace: 100 Years of Sikhs in New
The countdown is on for the opening of the New Westminster Museum and Archives’ latest exhibition, An Ocean of Peace: 100 Years of Sikhs in New Westminster! After a year of interviewing community members at the Sukh Sagar Gurdwara, at the museum and in residents’ homes, guest curators Paneet Singh and Naveen Girn are ready to unveil this exhibition. The opening reception, starting at 6 pm on Wednesday January 15 at the Anvil Centre, features tours, refreshments and more. The exhibition runs to May 31, 2020.
In March 2019, Queensborough's Gurdwara Sahib Sukh Sagar celebrated its 100th anniversary. This exhibition, developed in partnership with the Khalsa Diwan Society New Westminster, explores and celebrates the Sikh community of New Westminster and their relationship to their place of worship - the spiritual, political, and social centre of the community. The result is an immersive experience capturing the sights and sounds of Gurdwara life, and an exploration of themes of belonging, spirituality, identity, community-building, celebration, and activism.
"This is a generational story," says guest curator Naveen Girn. "From images and documents related to the history of Bhai Mewa Singh that have never been publicly displayed, to ongoing stories of service and volunteerism, this exhibition is an opportunity to reflect on the history of Sukh Sagar Gurdwara and the South Asian community's impact on New Westminster."
As part of the exhibition, members of the local Sikh community are invited to share photos and memories through the #SukhSagar100 hashtag on social media and at the Sikhs in New West: A Photo Exchange program at the museum on April 8 (all ages, 7-8:30pm). Images will be added to a changing photo album in the exhibition space that will reflect new stories about the Sukh Sagar Gurdwara in Queensborough and the Sikh community in New Westminster. This program is jointly presented by Sikh Heritage Month BC, the New Westminster Museum and Archives, and Gurdwara Sahib Sukh Sagar. Other programming enhancing this feature exhibition will be updated on the museum website at nwmuseumarchives.ca and through the museum’s Facebook page.
The New Westminster Museum is located at 777 Columbia Street in the Anvil Centre, New Westminster. The museum is open to the public every day from 10 am to 5 pm (with extended hours on Thursdays to 8 pm). Admission is by donation. For more information, call (604) 527-4640 or go to nwmuseumarchives.ca.
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