They're off their rockers and into the spotlight. The Raging Grannies are the subject of a new exhibit that opens Friday (April 7) at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) – showing how humour can be an effective way to promote human rights and environmental activism.
The new exhibit focuses on the original "gaggle" of Raging Grannies from Victoria, British Columbia, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Starting with 11 founding members who were looking for new ways to attract attention to issues, this unique activist movement has grown to encompass more than 100 chapters across North America and around the world.
Using songs, costumes, props and outrageous acts of peaceful resistance, the Grannies promote a sustainable world for their grandchildren. Satirizing stereotypes about older women, the group also challenges perceptions about age, activism and the role of grandmothers in society.
WHAT: Raging Grannies exhibit opens
WHEN: Friday, April 7, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: CMHR, Inspiring Change gallery, 7th floor, 85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg
Please access Museum through the Group Entrance.
Members of the Victoria gaggle will be present to help open the exhibit on Friday and have written a special song that they will perform for the occasion. They will be joined by members of the Winnipeg Raging Grannies gaggle and CMHR exhibit curator Julia Peristerakis. Brief remarks will be followed by a short performance and interview opportunities.