Bata Shoe Museum
The Bata Shoe Museum was incorporated in 1979 to professionally manage Sonja Bata’s extensive shoe collection and to create a centre of knowledge about the role of footwear in the social and cultural life of mankind. The Museum, a 39,000-square foot facility designed by Moriyama and Teshima, opened in 1995 and is recognized as the largest facility dedicated to shoes in the world. While it is a museum dedicated to serious scholarship and exhibition it is also a unique cultural tourism destination for Toronto and Ontario.
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Bata Shoe Museum's 25th Anniversary
This funding is for the marketing of the “Bata Shoe Museum's 25th Anniversary”, a series of special programs and exhibitions taking place May 5, 2020 to October 16, 2022. The Museum has planned a year-long program of 25 engaging events around the theme of ‘Unboxing’ to celebrate the anniversary. Programming highlights include: (1) Three new exhibitions: (i) “The Great Divide: Eighteenth Century Footwear and the Enlightenment” (May 8, 2020 - October 17, 2021): a new exhibition that explores the cultural role of footwear in 18th century footwear. The exhibition will be complemented by a new music series called “Music at the Museum” in partnership with the University of Toronto. Tafelmusik and The Royal Conservatory of Music have also been approached as potential partners. Elizabeth Semmelhack will present her lecture “Society and the Fashions of the 18th Century” on May 26, 2020. The exhibition will also include a year-long lecture program called “The Salon Series” presenting a 21st century take on the 18th century salon; (ii) “Exhibit A: Fashion, Footwear and Crime” (September 30, 2020 – March 12, 2021): an exhibition examining both the development of fashion and footwear forensics as a means of solving crime, and the social construction of criminality. The BSM will partner with the Costume Society of America for its October 15th Conference on Fashioning Crime in Toronto and will host the conference’s opening night mixer for approximately 60 international scholars. Dr. Alison Matthews David will present a lecture on the topic of crime and fashion and the BSM will host a screening of “In Her Shoes”. The BSM will present themed programming for children aged 5 to 12 around the exhibition during March Break 2021; and (iii) “Vivienne Westwood” May 5, 2021 – October 16, 2022: an exhibition highlighting Westwood’s fashion and footwear from the private collection of Lee Price; (2) book launch event for “The World at Your Feet: The Bata Shoe Museum” (May 5, 2020) in conjunction with the unveiling of the first of two new windowscapes planned for the 25th anniversary (an interactive augmented reality windowscape designed by Toronto-based Accessar); (3) “BSM Blowout Community Birthday Celebration” (May 9 – 10, 2020): a pay-what-you-can weekend long event including tours and children’s activities; (4) “Disruptor Tours” (May 14, 2020): a series of 11 guest hosts each espousing provocative points of view (once a month on pay-what-you-can Thursday evenings); (5) various workshops with a broad range of topics including photography, embroidery, shoe design and mukluk-making; and (6) the Annual Founder’s Lecture (November 10, 2020) with guest speaker Amber Butchart, a renowned British fashion historian, broadcaster and author. Community partnerships are being planned with the Bloor Street "Cultural Corridor", the ROM, the Gardiner Museum, Tafelmusik and the Textile Museum.