Big changes are underway in MOA's Great Hall, which is receiving seismic upgrades in order to augment its structural integrity and help preserve the invaluable cultural significance and living heritage of the world-renowned Northwest Coast First Nations collection housed within it.
The Curatorial department supports initiatives — including research, exhibitions and publishing — that help to build respectful relationships and mutual understanding with cultural communities represented through MOA’s collections.
MOA is committed to promoting awareness and understanding of culturally diverse ways of knowing the world through challenging and innovative programs and partnerships with Indigenous, local and global communities.
MOA supports the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including originating communities’ right to “maintain, control, protect and develop their cultural heritage, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expression.”
The MOA Shop is now re-open. *Please note the modified Shop hours below.
Discover an extensive collection of items ranging from personal accessories, to items for the home, gifts and limited edition prints. Reflecting current exhibitions, the MOA Shop features a carefully curated selection of handcrafted objects created by local and international artisans. Proceeds from the shop support museum acquisitions, publications and public programs. Purchases can be shipped almost anywhere in the world.
The annual MOA Shop Emerging Indigenous Artist Contest is open each Spring to artists between 15 and 25 years of age. The winning artwork is printed on a t-shirt and sold and promoted exclusively through the MOA Shop for one year. The winner receives both a $250 prize and royalties from every sale. Read more about the contest rules here.
The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia Carol E. Mayer and Anthony Alan Shelton
This stunning and lavishly illustrated volume highlights 150 treasures from the Museum of Anthropology’s vast collections, which include historic and contemporary carvings, ceramics, sculptures, paintings and textiles from around the world, along with magnificent totem poles, sculptures, carved boxes, feast dishes, baskets and intricate items made of gold, silver and argillite from the northwest coast of B.C. Short histories of each collection and extended captions offer fascinating details.
A Future for Memory: Art and Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake
A Future for Memory: Art and Life after the Great East Japan Earthquake is a bilingual publication in English and Japanese, accompanying the exhibition of the same name. It features images of works from the exhibition, along with essays by Hiroyasu Yamauchi (The Rias Ark Museum of Art), Osamu Tsukihashi (The Lost Homes project), Munemasa Takahashi (The Lost & Found Project), Kenji Kai and Tomohisa Sato (The center for remembering 3.11), Miki Shiomoto and Megumi Ishimoto (Women’s Eye), Fumihiko Futakami (The Minamisōma City Museum), Chihiro Minato (Photographer), Masao Okabe (Artist), and Atsunobu Katagiri (Ikebana master).
People Among the People: The Public Art of Susan Point
Robert D. Watt
The stunning book celebrates the public art of one of Canada’s most accomplished artists and designers. People Among the People beautifully displays the breadth and depth of Susan Point’s public art—from cast bronze faces in Whistler to massive carved cedar portals in Stanley Park to moulded polymer murals in Seattle. Through interviews and archival access, Robert D. Watt gathers the stories of Point’s public art, often in Point’s own words, to illustrate the vital role she has played in revealing and re-establishing the “Salish footprint” in the Pacific Northwest.
Find out more about the artists featured in the MOA Shop. The MOA Shop has featured the work of artists from the Pacific Northwest Coast and across the globe since 1977. Click the artist name below for interviews about their inspiration, creative process and work available for purchase at the MOA Shop.