Uplift: Visual Culture at the Banff School of Fine Arts
Published by: UBC Press
Imprint: UBC Press
Published: November 2020
Imprint: UBC Press
Page Count: 356 Pages
Illustrations: 30 b&w photos
Dimensions: 6.35 x 9.25
356 Pages, 6.35 x 9.25 x 1.04 in, 30 b&w photos
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The Banff School opened its doors in 1933 by offering a summer drama course. Since then, it has grown into a renowned cultural destination, today known as the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
As PearlAnn Reichwein and Karen Wall recount in this engaging history, over its first four decades the school produced and circulated ideals of culture and liberal democratic citizenship that were intrinsic to the development of modern Canada. Uplift traces the role of the school in shaping arts and cultural education, as reflected in its array of artistic, political, economic, and ideological interests. Situated within Banff National Park, the school and its surroundings combined stunning natural scenery and cultural capital in a symbolic national landscape.
In an era of unstable cultural policy and funding, Uplift draws welcome attention to the place of fine arts, culture, and the humanities in public education and in Canada’s history.
Introduction: Artists, Tourists, and Citizens
1 Uplifting the People: Extension Education and the Arts
2 Branding Banff: Arts Education, Tourism, and Nation Building
3 Building a “Campus in the Clouds”: Space, Design, Modernity
4 “Wholesome, Understandable Pictures”: Practices of Landscape Painting and Production of Landscapes
5 Presence and Portrait: Indigeneity in the Park
6 “Leading Artists of the World”: Teachers as Tourist Attractions and Pedagogues
7 “Some Paint, Some Tan”: Students Coming to the Mountains
Conclusion: The Arts, Nature, and Democracy
Notes; Bibliography; Index