December 1 is Giving Tuesday

Are you ready to “add sprinkles” to the UVic experience on Giving Tuesday on December 1?

Giving Tuesday is a global celebration of philanthropy that inspires people to support their favourite causes in any way they can. At UVic, Giving Tuesday is where small acts of philanthropy add up to make a big difference to our campus, students and community—much like sprinkles being added to a cookie or cupcake.

UVic has been celebrating Giving Tuesday for a number of years now, with more than $250,000 raised overall—last year alone saw over 3,300 people in our campus and alumni community raise over $167,000! 

Just visit UVic’s Giving Tuesday page to help us reach this year’s goal—donations run from midnight November 30 to 11:59pm on December 1.


Fine Arts Student Community Impact Award

We are looking for 25 Giving Tuesday donors to the Community Impact Award—five for each of our five innovative Fine Arts departments. And thanks to a generous matching gift, if we reach this goal, we will unlock an additional $500 for the award!

We’re asking you to show what UVic means to you by donating or unlocking dollars (through participating in games and challenges) for the Giving Tuesday fund of your choice. This year, working with faculties and departments across campus, UVic has identified 20 Giving Tuesday Priority Funds that range from supporting health and wellness to COVID-19 research, social justice and community outreach programs. 

Anyone can take part through a variety of ways—through donating, playing the online games and engaging on social media—that will help us reach our fundraising and participation goals.

Theatre students brought live performance to an arts-starved Victoria this summer with Theatre SKAM’s portable play projects


How it works

🔍 PLAY: Campus Quest – RBC Temple of Generosity. To celebrate Giving Tuesday, world famous UVic Alumni, Dr. Phil Anthropist has announced they’ve hidden a treasure on campus and is challenging students to locate it. UVic students have just 24 hours to work together to unlock up to $5,500 in donations before the Temple of Generosity disappears forever!

BUY COFFEE: Pick up a java at Boardwalk café or Starbucks on campus between 8am & noon and UVic Food Services will donate $1 from drip or $2 from specialty to UVic’s Giving Tuesday funds. (Or simply add a $2 donation to your order!)

🤳 SHARE: #AddSprinklesUVic Using this hashtag on your social media posts will unlock $2 donation from the UVic Alumni Association.

⏱️ DONATE: There are over 20 funds to choose from. Any gift, big or small, will make a difference and help us reach our fundraising and participation goals.

💌 GIVING GRAMS: Spread sprinkles by sending a gift – a donation to the UVic fund of the recipient’s choice – along with a message of gratitude or positivity to a friend, colleague, or individual. Every Giving Gram sent will unlock funds from a sponsor to support the UVSS Food Bank & Free Store.

🔑  UNLOCK: Check out the 24-hr challenges to see how your gift can unlock up to $48k and double or triple your impact.


What the heck is “add sprinkles” anyway?

If you’ve ever wondered what “adding sprinkles” is all about, current Department of Theatre student Justin Little invites you to follow along as he makes delicious sprinkle cookies, all the while explaining the university budget and how donations—particularly donations made on Giving Tuesday—are so important to UVic.

Bottom line, it all comes down to you—our students have a long history of doing good work in the community, but we’d like to continue to support them through this new award.

Remember, any donations big or small made through UVic’s Giving Tuesday page will help us reach this year’s goal. You’ve only got one day to #AddSprinkles!

Curating experience: Barkerville curator Mandy Kilsby

Curating experience: Barkerville curator Mandy Kilsby

Perhaps one of the biggest cultural misperceptions is that history never changes—when, in fact, it changes as quickly as it’s written. Consider BC’s iconic Barkerville Historic Town: ground zero for the 1860s Cariboo gold rush, its unique collection of 125 heritage buildings has evolved over the past 70 years from a simple tourist attraction to a living example of cultural preservation and community development.

But as Mandy Kilsby well knows, it’s no easy task managing a collection of nearly half-a-million archival objects and photographs in a remote location with one road in . . . and only about 100 snow-free days a year.

While she has been Barkerville’s curator since 2014, Kilsby has spent the past 15 years working with the collection in multiple roles—but, like most professionals, finds it difficult to balance daily tasks with the need for professional development.

Mandy Kilsby in Barkerville in October 2020

The essentials of professional development 

Enter UVic’s Professional Specialization Certificate (PSC) in Collections Management, which allows museum professionals like Kilsby to develop applicable knowledge and skills in a flexible format that suits their busy schedules.

“This was a good opportunity to learn best practices and current methods, and to connect with other people in the field,” says Kilsby, one of 11 professionals receiving their PSC through the Department of Art History & Visual Studies this fall. “It’s just good training—the chance to have a bit more knowledge of what I’m doing, as everything otherwise is learned on the job.”

Administrated by Continuing Studies as part of their Cultural Resource Management program, Kilsby was able to undertake her PSC studies at her own pace while balancing multiple duties as Barkerville’s curator, a councillor with the District of Wells (site of its own gold rush in the 1930s), the museum collections and staff manager for the Wells Historical Society, and her role as a new parent.

It’s no easy feat curating a living museum like Barkerville (Photo: Thomas Drasdauskis, courtesy of the Union of BC Municipalities/Picture BC)

Sharpening her focus

Given the sheer size of Barkerville’s collection, Kilsby emphasizes the importance of good collections management skills. “A couple of years ago we were going through paper records and I came across a reference to a ‘Barker company axe’—it had been in the collection since [town namesake] Billy Barker owned it, but no one had seen it for years or knew it existed, so we tracked it down. It was all very exciting!”

While Kilsby’s PSC studies provided the opportunity to brush up on her archival and risk management skills, it also helped sharpen her focus on the importance of historical collections like the one she manages daily. “We can’t right past wrongs unless we know what really happened,” she says of BC’s often-problematic colonial past. “We’re moving away from doing interpretive history as a nostalgic experience and approaching it more like, ‘Holy cow, things were bad then—what can we do about it?’”

As Barkerville continues to evolve with its 160-year history—from climate-change issues like flooding, freezing and forest fires to shifts in tourism fueled by changing demographics, COVID and travel restrictions—Kilsby firmly believes our provincial past has an important role to play in BC’s future. “There’s still lots of our story to tell, and the older Barkerville’s buildings get, the more valuable a resource they are historically—and you can’t beat our location.”

Zoom into our Fine Arts Open House

Thinking about enrolling in UVic’s Faculty of Fine Arts for the 2021 academic year? Bring your questions to our free Fine Arts online open house, happening at 5pm Thursday, Nov 12 via Zoom.

Register for the open house here. Registration closes two hours before the event.

Join representatives from each of our departments to learn how our programs can help you achieve your creative future.

From Art History & Visual Studies to Theatre, Visual Arts, Writing and our School of Music, we offer BC’s only dedicated fine arts faculty—which means you’ll be creating and learning in a like-minded community!

Whatever your creative path, UVic’s Fine Arts faculty offers a dynamic community where curiosity, experimentation and exploration are the cornerstones of the learning environment.

Our focus on dynamic, hands-on learning—anchored by state-of-the-art, purpose-built facilities—offers an extraordinary environment for artistic expression and the integration of research and education.

Here you’ll develop the critical thinking and communications skills necessary to navigate and succeed in our rapidly changing and increasingly interconnected society. With us, you’ll make ideas come to life, develop and hone your abilities, all while collaborating with peers from various disciplines.

Join us on Nov 12 to find out more!