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2018/19 AUUC/Ukrainian Labour Temple Centennial Celebrations

April 30, 2017 planning discussion

First, the group discussed the objectives or goals for the commemoration in the next two years. Without prioritizing, participants said the celebrations should;

  • Show pride in the Ukrainian mosaic and contribution to creating Canada
  • Demonstrate the Ukrainian progressive community is still active (“we are still here”)
  • Acknowledge the families that have contributed to so much to the AUUC and the ULT
  • Honour the pioneers who built the temple and the organization
  • Let the community know who the AUUC is and
  • Acknowledge other organizations that have worked with the AUUC over the years and encourage support for them
  • Share our inspiring history with the community
  • Expose and acknowledge the people’s resistance to racism and exclusion
  • Highlight what progressive Ukrainians have contributed to the making of Canada
  • Expose the current relationship to the community, particularly the north end neighbourhood and the indigenous population
  • Attract new members to the AUUC and volunteers to the ULT
  • Thank the levels of government that have supported the ULT over the years
  • Reach out and inform/educate young people/students
  • Encourage more historians to take note of the AUUC/ULT.

Ideas brainstormed for events to commemorate the AUUC and the ULT included;

  • Open house with displays, concert, etc. to welcome the community
  • Symposium on the political history
  • Displays and performances in the community – eg: Museum of Human rights
  • Citizenship Ceremonies (starting in the fall of 2017).
  • Cultural performances at special occasions
  • Theatre and dramatic representations
  • Big banner in front of the building
  • Publish or produce documentation on the AUUC/ULT, including books, video, handouts.

Also, in addition to specific activities organized in Winnipeg, there would also be;

  • An integration of events and publicity organized by AUUC National and other branches,
  • News and social media promotion and explanation to attract interest and connect with others outside of Winnipeg

Participants at the meeting also listed how they would measure the success of our activities in 2018/9 to commemorate the AUUC/ULT Centennial:

  • Several events attended by lots of people of all ages and ethnicities
  • Feeling that we have informed and educated people about our organization
  • Making connections with students, new immigrants and refugees
  • A vibrant outlook on our future and excitement in the wider society about our history and activism and cultural activities
  • Join and share our Ukrainian history with other like-minded ethnic groups
  • Get more youth involved in music, dance and fellowship
  • Broad participation from members and cultural groups and outreach to general public
  • Increased activity with cultural groups (celebration used as a promotional for groups, sustaining into the future)
  • Inspire others with our pride and success in what we have done
  • A big banquet at the end of the year with lots of people
  • To see future generations get excited about their families history and then get involved
  • High volume of involvement in the hall
  • To have the hall come back to life/more activities/more people
  • Recognition of the accomplishments of members over the last 100 years
  • An organization that has found its place going forward and what his means for its work
  • An increase in general membership and especially in our cultural groups
  • That our organization is still relevant today and beyond
  • Having more people becoming involved in our hall, and it is ‘growing’.

2018/19 AUUC/Ukrainian Labour Temple Centennial Celebrations

May 24 planning discussion

Discussion at this second session took the initial suggestions for activities leading up to the centenary and refined what we though would be appropriate and possible. At the end of the evening, the following were filled out in more detail but there was no prioritizing or decisions as there are still pragmatic issues to resolve before a commemorative plan could be framed up.

The main activities discussed included:

  • Open house with displays/concert/welcome the community

A major or large social event at the ULT (similar in form to the Liev Folkorama Pavilion) could include entertainment (cultural groups), speakers, food and other ways of both commemorating the event and attracting guests. Such an event could launch other events and be a keystone to the celebrations. An unveiling of a marker for the ULT 100th birthday could be included. This event could be like a homecoming also for people who were involved in the past and those who have moved away from Winnipeg. VIPs would be invited from government, business, social agencies, partner organization, AUUC branches, etc.

  • Symposium on the political history of the AUUC/ULT

The celebrations could include a historical analysis by academics and historians. Such an event could be a way of exposing more of what AUUC and ULT have contributed to the political economy of Manitoba and Canada. Theme to be decided.

As this kind of event would have a reach beyond Manitoba, it would be planned in concert with AUUC National and other branches.

  • Displays and performances in the community – eg: Museum of Human rights

With the intention of taking the organization more into the community, it was thought we could develop a display of some type. This could be simple or complex, depending on resources available. Also, as we are planning to install a display in the foyer of the ULT, we thought these could be integrated for cost purposes and convenience.

Similarly, we thought we could promote the choir, dancers and orchestra to other organizations to have performances in the community. In this way would could broaden our contact with the community and interest in our history.

  • Theatre and dramatic representations

History can be presented in a vibrant and entertaining way through dramatization. While professional theatre is ideal for a major event like the centenary, we discussed how to possibly use amateur actors/writers to retain the excitement of the ULT history but in a more affordable manner. One specific idea in this regard was to collaborate with high schools and encourage young actors who would contribute their perspectives as well as talents.

  • Big banner in front of the building

Some form of signage on the ULT would be useful around the events being planned and held as well as for the whole year.

  • Publish or produce documentation on the AUUC and ULT; books, video, handouts

While nothing is planned specifically yet, there will be a need and opportunities to document this history of the AUUC and ULT in the next two years. Again, this will depend on the initiative of others who want to produce print/video/photo documents and resources available. Promoting the events will also require advertising materials/media.

As was initially discussed at the first meeting, in addition to specific activities organized in Winnipeg, there would also be;

  • An integration of events and publicity organized by AUUC National and other branches.

As ideas for events are shared and plans developed by other AUUC Branches, there would be an effort to collaborate and coordinate here in Winnipeg.

  • Media promotion and explanation to attract interest and connect with others

Placing information on the conventional news media as well as on social media is almost an obvious given. The centennial will be an opportunity to give the ULT more exposure.

Because there are national dimensions to both the AUUC and ULT, this is also potential of using the public media to share events with those can cannot be present in Winnipeg. Therefore, we will need to develop a marketing/media plan that reaches beyond Manitoba’s borders.

Next Meeting: discussions will continue on Thursday June 22, at 7pm.

 

 

2018/19 AUUC/Ukrainian Labour Temple Centennial Celebrations

June 22, 2017  planning discussion

Discussion at this third session focus on more practical issues of implementing the events and activities that appear to be appropriate for the AUUC next year. Tusia started with a report from the National Celebration Committee this month where there was a clarification from the National Executive on what will be supported centrally. It was decided that we would share plans for Winnipeg with the other branches to help coordinate celebrations across Canada. The main activities to celebrate the AUUC anniversary, that were discussed included:

  • Birthday Party for AUUC supporters and community leaders

This major or large social event at the ULT could include entertainment (orchestra, choir, dancers) VIP speakers and gala banquet. Tentative date – May 13, 2018

       (note: the Mandolin Orchestra will hold its annual spring concert on May 12th)

  • Open House to welcome the community

This large social event at the ULT could include entertainment (including different cultural groups), speakers, food, family activities and a ‘street party’. Tentative date – August 25, 2018

  • Symposium on the political history of the AUUC/ULT

This more analytical and scholarly event would be organized by the CSULR. Discussions have started at the national level and there seems to be an interest of holding this in Winnipeg.

  • Displays and performances in the community

As we may want displays at both ULT and public events, we briefly recognized it will be important to coordinate and develop a display or displays. Justen said he would start to work on this component of the celebrations.

  • Theatre and dramatic representations

We did not have time to discuss this idea further though we thought there may be interest in a dramatization but that we need to engage others first to help with it. Note, theatre groups were part of the original organizing group to start the ULTA and ULT in 1918.  Ongoing.

  • Big banner on the building

The National Executive has said It will provide signage for all branches. We may still want something produced here more focused on our ULT and events.

  • ULT Commemoration

We also propose a special large scale event to mark the opening of the Labour Temple in February 1919. Only general ideas were floated on what this very public event would include, but it could be tied into Winnipeg General Strike celebrations planned for Winnipeg in 2019.

Next Meeting: discussions will continue on Thursday July 20, at 7pm.

 

 

 

 

Centennial Celebrations

Tentative Calendar of Events

2017

September ?    Citizenship Ceremony at the ULT

 2018

January ?         Malanka

May 12            Mandolin Orchestra Spring Concert

May 13            Birthday Party gala banquet

May 27            Doors Open/Heritage Winnipeg

June ?              CSULR Symposium

 

July ?

 

August 25        Open House street party at the ULT

 2019

January ?         Malanka

February ?       Commemoration of the opening of the ULT

April 4              Social Planning Council of Winnipeg Anniversary

May ?              Social to celebrate start of the Winnipeg General Strike

May 15            Gala banquet

May ?              General Strike Concert

June ?              Conference on the General Strike