Ayda Loewen-Clarke

Degrees:BA Philosophy & Liberal Arts (Bishop's University), MA Public History - Digital Humanities (Carleton University)

Ayda Loewen-Clarke is a recent graduate from Carleton University’s MA program in Public History with a specialization in Digital Humanities, and she holds a BA in Philosophy and Liberal Arts from Bishop’s University. Her research interests include commemorations, public art, local history on the Canadian prairies, and toponymy.

Ayda’s research project, comprised of an essay and website (stnorbertstreets.ca), examines a 1978 community-led campaign to change the street names of a new development in the Winnipeg suburb of St. Norbert. It situates the 1978 “street-fight” within a broader political, cultural, linguistic, and historical context in order to show how community heritage activism can impact the commemorative landscape of a neighborhood.

Currently, Ayda works at Dalnavert Museum in Winnipeg, Manitoba, as a Creative Programming and Digital Media Intern. She also continues doing community-based heritage work in her role as Vice-President of Heritage St. Norbert.