Save The Curator! Preserve arts and culture in Medicine Hat sign now

On March 8, 2017 Bruce Shepard, Museum Curator at the Esplanade was told his position was no longer in the budget for the City of Medicine Hat. In the past five years, Bruce has run a surplus budget four time, with only one year showing a deficit, even through these tough economic times. He spearheaded the First World War exhibit, which attracted 33,000 visitors, at the Esplanade in 2014/15, followed by a motorcycle exhibit that attracted thousands, including 500 on opening night alone. He had been working on plans for an exhibit showcasing a First Nations collection (the Burkitt Collection) at the Esplanade.

The loss of Bruce and his visionary work is a cut to the very core of Medicine Hat's burgeoning culture scene. Culture is the lifeblood of a vibrant society, expressed in the many ways we tell our stories, celebrate, remember the past, entertain ourselves, and imagine the future. Our creative expression helps define who we are, and helps us see the world through the eyes of others. Bruce brought culture to Medicine Hat with his views of the past, and the future. We understand cuts must be made to balance a budget, however cutting out the fabric of what makes us who we are is nothing short of a tragedy. This petition asks that the City of Medicine Hat reviews and reconsiders their position on Bruce's employment with the city, and they take inconsideration added value to our society, not just dollars and cents.

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