Building Communty Virtual exhibit

Building Community: Creating Social and Economic Well-Being, an exhibition of nearly one hundred panels featuring research results from the Social Economy Project, was mounted in the Diefenbaker Canada Centre at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon in May 2011. It was a collaborative effort by the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives and the Diefenbaker Canada Centre.

Focussing on co-operatives and the social economy, the exhibition encourages visitors to imagine what is possible in their communities and illustrates how to make those dreams become a reality.

Suitable for all ages, the exhibition examines the following four interrelated subthemes:

  • Building Sustainable Communities
  • Building Engaged Communities
  • Building Enterprising Communities
  • Building Inclusive Communities

The exhibit as a whole toured to Melfort, SK, Montreal, PQ, back to Saskatoon for a major display at a conference, and then to Swift Current, SK. It has also been reconfigured as three provincially focused travelling exhibits for Northern Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. These are available for touring from your provincial co-operative association.

In order to make the exhibit available to those who were unable to visit it in person, we have created a virtual version that you can find in the links that follow. Because of the size of the files, we are unable to reproduce all of the actual panels online, but you will find the introductory panels, the complete text from the exhibit, and some of the original images here: Introduction, Building Inclusive Communities, Building Engaged Communities, Building Sustainable Communities, Building Enterprising Communities, and Conclusion.

Below are examples of the original panels as they appeared at the opening of the exhibition in Melfort.