Animating History

Come for a Workshop!

Our Animating History program is now open at the Museum of Vancouver!

Animating History is a year-round animation workshop. Students produce a three-minute animated film with guidance from a museum interpreter, a professional animator, and a volunteer. Students participate in all aspects of production: story-boarding, character and background creation, camerawork, and sound.

Who: Students in grades 5 – 12
What: Create a short animated historical film in a full day workshop with a professional animator and museum interpreter
To Register:  For the Museum of Vancouver, Click here to register.
(Bookings not open yet at the Port Moody Museum, Richmond Museum.)

Health Guidelines: All activities follow BC’s Health Guidelines. Museum staff, our animation team, school teachers, and volunteers are required to show proof of vaccination. Masks is required. The workshop space is available to school groups and their teachers only. We will keep a record of the name and contact information of everyone who attends the workshop. No one will be permitted to attend the workshop if they are exhibiting any symptoms of a cold, flu or COVID-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or have been required to self-isolate. All equipment will be cleaned and sanitized.


Why animate local history?

The films are based on BC’s rich history, heritage and culture. A museum interpreter provides the educational framework for the workshop, giving an overview of the history and cultural context, and leading a discussion to teach the concept of historical fiction.

Goals & Objectives

Encourage imagination and creativity and give youth a place where they can create their own stories. Students benefit by learning an appreciation for historical interpretation, and gaining understanding of the social and cultural realities of Canada as expressed through film. Youth also develop practical skills in filmmaking, and marketable skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, cognitive skills, and self-esteem.

Elementary school curriculum links

Teachers have informed us that the program is an invaluable supplement to the school curriculum because it helps to bring history alive for young people. Funding from the Province of British Columbia makes it possible to offer this innovative program at an affordable field trip for teachers.


Alysha Seriani

Jaewoo Kang

Reed Jackson

Alysha Seriani is an emerging interdisciplinary artist working at the intersections of film production, pedagogy, media art and community projects. Her work proposes horizontal modes of collaboration and seeks to witness intersectional practices, intergenerational learning and queer joy. In 2019, she was a recipient of Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program, and her first short film SOAK (2014) is distributed by the CFMDC. She often works in public and artist-run institutions and has been a contributor and collaborator for many media artworks and independent films that have exhibited at film festivals and galleries internationally. She gratefully works on the stolen and unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ nations.

Jaewoo Kang is a filmmaker, animator and visual artist based on unceded Tsleil-Waututh lands, also known as North Vancouver. He graduated from film program at Simon Fraser University and studied visual effects at Vancouver Film School. He explores the film medium as a way of creating new queer aesthetic that blurs the line between gender binary. In his recent films, he incorporated various styles of animation in order to create an intersubjective sense of reality. Currently, Jaewoo is working with silk screen prints to expand his themes of queer sensibility that combines both digital and conventional art forms.

Reed Jackson is a queer artist & arts facilitator on stolen, occupied, unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ lands. Their work is generated from a deep desire for conscious intimacy with the quantum materiality of spacetime in all its manifestations. Working through film, sound, eco-printing and an emergent movement practice, they are currently researching queer & trans histories, non-binary embodiment, ecological intersubjectivity & spacetime as field and fabric.

Past Videos

This short was done by students at the Museum of Vancouver in a one-day Animating History workshop on November 27, 2018.

This short was done by students at the Richmond Museum in a one-day Animating History workshop on November 26, 2018

This short was done by students at the Museum of Vancouver in a one-day Animating History workshop on Nov 20, 2018.

A partnership of the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV), the Port Moody Station Museum, and the Richmond Museum, this program is funded in part by the Province of British Columbia. 


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