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Trading Routes: Rivers, Fish, and Oil Creative Placemaking through Aesthetic Engagement

Kimberly Ann Baker, Ruth Beer


This paper considers the important role of art in our lives and explores its potentiality within creative placemaking, breaking down barriers between contemporary art and historical spaces. We explore new possibilities for art and museum practice to creatively craft spaces for aesthetic engagement through the examination of the Trading Routes: Rivers, Fish, and Oil (TR) exhibition at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site (GOG), Steveston, British Columbia, Canada. We discuss the opportunities and challenges of presenting a contovercial contemporary art exhibition in a historical museum.  Exploring the ways the TR exhibition created an opportunity for creative placemaking to occur within a larger context of enhancing the reflections and experiences of individuals, as well as addressing quality of life within communities. 


creative place making, aesthetic community engagement, environmental sustainability, visual culture, art education

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