Tell us a bit about who you are and what you do…
I am the Acting Manager and Coordinator of School Education with Glenbow Museum. The Glenbow programs see just over 63, 000 students per year through our In House, Outreach and Museokit programs. I research, write and implement programs on a seasonal basis, as well as supervise 18 educators.
How does the Glenbow Museum successfully tell the story of Alberta and Calgary’s heritage?
Our City and Province both have so much to offer in the way of stories! Because we truly are a city of the West, we have so many characters that have built a life for themselves here in Alberta. Our entire 3rd floor of the museum is dedicated to these trailblazers. Curated by our First Nations community members, the First Nations galleries offer a glimpse into the past, but also move forward into the present and tell these deep rooted stories from an Aboriginal perspective. With mix of artifacts and photos, this gallery aims to help visitors understand First Nations, Metis and Inuit ways of life. The Mavericks gallery continues the story of our Province by capturing the essence of several other trailblazers or ‘Mavericks’ that settled the land following the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway and Confederation. This floor is a must see for visitors coming to Alberta for a visit!
What other cultural institutions are a must-see when in Calgary?
Heritage Park, Calgary Zoo, Canada Olympic Park, Nickle Art Gallery at U of C, Day trips to Canmore and Banff, Day trip to Drumheller to see the Royal Tyrell (Dinosaur Museum)
And when we’re all cultured-out, where should we go for a dinner and drinks?
There are four areas that have tonnes of options for dinner and drinks and are fun and interesting! – 17th Avenue SW, Stephen Avenue downtown, Kensington and Inglewood. There are so many options, specifics are tough!
Do you have a favourite place in the city to relax?
Prince’s Island Park and the river walk are beautiful. It is located along the Bow River and has lovely walking paths, places to sit and it is right in the downtown core!
What is it about the city that keeps you here?
Calgary has a young population and a great vibe. It is in a constant state of flux, from the movement of people regularly coming and going from the city – this movement keeps it exciting!
If we only had a day in Calgary, what should we do?
Visit Glenbow Museum! Have a yummy breakfast on Stephen Avenue, come to the museum and then walk Stephen Avenue and Inglewood by way of the river walk.
What do you love to do in your spare time?
I am an artist, so I make artwork and love to take photos.
Alberta is a place of wonderful contrasts; do you think it’s important to experience both the urban and the rural sides of the province?
Yes, extremely important! In order to get a sense of the ‘real’ Alberta, you must take some time to get out of the city – North, East, South or West, every area is unique and beautiful in its own way!
Finally – describe Alberta in just three words…
Breathtaking, Diverse and Vibrant
DANIELLE’S TOP 5
Explore Heritage Park
Walk with Dinosaurs in Drumheller
Visit the Calgary Zoo
Witness the beauty of Canmore and Banff
Learn about Alberta’s heritage at Glenbow Museum