Evergreen Museum Studies Internship
Canadian geologist A.P. Coleman visits the crowded Farmer's Market at Evergreen Brick Works.
To see a video of this go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfw75ayJQLg
The Masters of Museum Studies Program at the University of Toronto offers a summer intership option between the two years of study.
This intership allows participants an opportunity to apply their classroom learning to a practical museum work environment.
My internship was at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto. Evergreen is a national environmental charity founded in 1991. Their mission is to "bring communities and nature closer together for the benefit of both." (www.evergreen.ca)
In 2008 Evergreen began a massive redevelopement of the former Don Valley Brick Works, turning the former industrial brown field into an international showcase for green living and environmental design.
As part of this internship I was involved with three diverse projects.
1) Drafting Evergreen's Community Museum policies.
2) Reinterpreting their historic "John Price" Brick Press (see below).
3) Writing and performing a short poem in the character of renowned Canadian geologist A.P. Coleman that promoted an on-site play MEMORY IN THE MUD by Kathleen Payne, produced by Words in Motion (see left).
IF YOU VISIT THE EVERGREEN BRICK WORKS DON'T FORGET TO HAVE A LOOK AT TODMORDEN MILLS HERITAGE SITE. ONE OF THE BRICK WORKERS LIVED THERE IN THE 1940s.
This mill also made the paper that William Lyon Mackenzie used for his radical newspaper... I love these connections.
The Don Valley Brick Works (above) made bricks that helped build Toronto.
I reinterpretd their "John Price" Brick Press (right) as part of my 2012 Internship.
Above photo courtesy of Evergreen.