Fleming College students raising funds to enhance museum exhibit

Student-curated 'If the Shoe Fits: Fashion, Function, Footwear' exhibit will open at Peterborough Museum & Archives in April 2018

Students in Fleming College's Museum Management and Curatorship program are raising funds to enhance their "If the Shoe Fits: Fashion, Function, Footwear" exhibit at Peterborough Museum & Archives, which opens on April 26, 2018. (Photo via Indiegogo)
Students in Fleming College's Museum Management and Curatorship program are raising funds to enhance their "If the Shoe Fits: Fashion, Function, Footwear" exhibit at Peterborough Museum & Archives, which opens on April 26, 2018. (Photo via Indiegogo)

Ever spring, students in Fleming College’s Museum Management and Curatorship program create an exhibit at the Peterborough Museum & Archives (PMA).

This year’s exhibit will be called “If the Shoe Fits: Fashion, Function, Footwear” and the 29 students in the program have launched a modest crowdfunding campaign so they can enhance the exhibit.

While the students receive a designated budget to create the exhibit, they are seeking $500 in additional funding to create a large map to display key footwear-related places in Peterborough. They also hope to use the funding for other elements of the exhibit, including interactive components, a kid’s space, and the exhibit opening.

“This is our first exhibit as Museum Professionals and we want to make it one of the best student-made exhibits that the PMA has ever seen,” the students write on their Indiegogo page.

Students in last year's Museum Management and Curatorship program created an exisit called "Ebb and Flow: The Stories of a River City", which included this scale model of the Peterborough Lift Lock. (Photo: Jeff Chewka / Granite Point Productions)
Students in last year’s Museum Management and Curatorship program created an exisit called “Ebb and Flow: The Stories of a River City”, which included this scale model of the Peterborough Lift Lock. (Photo: Jeff Chewka / Granite Point Productions)

The Peterborough Museum & Archives is the only museum in Canada that also serves as a college campus. The museum hosts the Museum Management and Curatorship program — the only one-year postgraduate certificate program offered at the college level in Canada — and offers students an intensive immersion experience with applied training for careers in the museum, gallery, or heritage sectors.

Last year, students in the program created an exhibit called “Ebb and Flow: The Stories of a River City”. This year’s exhibit opens on Thursday, April 26th.

If you would like to support the students and their exhibit, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/if-the-shoe-fits-fashion-function-footwear-community-education/. As of the date of this story, the students have raised $325 of their $500 goal.

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