2017 marks an exciting year at the Cumberland Museum and Archives where building improvements and accessibility projects will transform the exterior of the museum. To match these changes the museum is revitalizing its interior front entry welcome space with the Kumugwe Exhibit, an exciting new permanent exhibition that will greet visitors. The focal point is the stunning Kumugwe mask, carved by K’ómoks and Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations youth artist Karver Everson.

“Our culture and language, like many other First Nations, is in danger of disappearing. I have made a commitment to myself to do what I can to preserve who we are as a people. Says Everson, who will be working with the museum on the exhibit creation.

Earlier this year, the Comox Valley Community Foundation committed funds towards the project through their Community Enrichment Grant Program. The museum estimates it will need an additional $5000 to complete the exhibit by the end of September. They are looking to the community for support during a fundraising campaign running until May 22.

“Moving forward with the Kumugwe Exhibit is an important step for the museum and we are thrilled to be working with Karver. We hope that individuals and businesses will be inspired by the project, and donate.” Shares Executive Director, Michelle Willard.

To make a contribution online, search ‘Cumberland Museum and Archives’ at www.canadahelps.org.  Donations are also accepted in person at the museum during regular business hours and on May 20th at Village Market Days in Cumberland. Donations above $500 will be acknowledged within the exhibit.

For further information on the Kumugwe Fundraising Campaign, visit www.cumberlandmusem.ca

LG Kumugwe Ocean = Photo Credit, John Kelsey Photography, Karver with Mask = Karver Everson with the ‘Kumugwe’ Mask

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