The SASI has been awarded two grants to begin the 2018 year in relation to its work with the Sikh Heritage Museum, a National Historic Site, Gur Sikh Temple. The first is the BC Arts Council Professional Project Assistance: Museums and Visual Arts Organizations for the upcoming Sikh Heritage Museum exhibit titled Desis in the Diaspora.
The second award, from the Canadian Museums Association, is the Dr. Shirley L. Thomson Young Curators Award and will provide an opportunity for high quality, enhanced learning experiences in art museums and galleries for young graduates and in relation to the upcoming SASI curated exhibit Desis in the Diaspora. Desis in the Diaspora an exhibit launching in the Spring 2018, looks at photography from South Asian Canadian youth as they reflect on what South Asian heritage means to them-now and in the past. The exhibit will also feature the work of Jagdeep Raina, a Canadian artist whose work brings forth archives into a contemporary focus.
In addition to the grant successes, the SASI was also featured as a ‘Change Maker’ in the 2018 Edition of the Round Up Magazine published through the BC Museums Association. The SASI was featured alongside its partner, the Royal BC Museum for their work collecting stories as part of the Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project.