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Employment Opportunity: Program Lead

The AMA is looking for an enthusiastic museum professional to lead its Grants and Awards Programs!


Do you have a passion for museums as agents of change? Do you want to work closely with museums and museum professionals to increase their sustainability and celebrate their innovative work? Do you excel in a team-based, collaborative environment in which you would provide support to the Alberta museum community? The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) is looking for a vibrant and dedicated individual to lead its Grants and Awards Programs and contribute to Alberta's dynamic museum community.


Click here to learn more about this opportunity.


Review of Applications will begin February 1, 2018.


AMA Conference 2018 Call for Session Proposals

Museums are places of learning and sharing, inquiry and innovation, discussion and exploration, and dialogue and debate. Cultural institutions embrace their roles as places where meaningful connections are made both between individuals and with the most pressing issues in society today.


In a time of increased concern with environmental sustainability, museums are situated to encourage communities to examine how they interact with and care for the environment, while also demonstrating their own sustainable practices. When museums ensure their activities support their surroundings - air, water, land, natural resources, flora, fauna, humans, and settlements -they can engage more deeply with the social and cultural impacts of the environment in their community and foster greater overall well-being for the community.


The Alberta Museums Association's (AMA) 2018 Conference will explore, consider, and celebrate the ways museums are moving towards greater engagement with environmental issues. Delegates will examine how collections, preservation, and research can benefit from approaches that consider sustainability, as well as how public programs, exhibitions, and partnerships that engage with environment can broaden the museum's impact.

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Thank You for Your Support on Giving Tuesday 

Robert Janes Award


On November 28, the Alberta Museums Association participated in Giving Tuesday to raise awareness and support for the Robert R. Janes Award for Social Responsibility.


We want to give our thanks to donors for their contributions. These generous donations will help increase the Award's ability to affect real change in Alberta, and contributes to the positive long-term impact of museums in their communities.


This year's donations, combined with additional contributions from Robert Janes, have allowed us to fund the Award until 2021. We are close to funding the Award until 2022 with these generous donations. If you did not get a chance to support us on Giving Tuesday, it is not too late; we are happy to welcome donations throughout the giving season.




New Partnership with the Cultural Resource Management Program, University of Victoria Continuing Studies

The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the University of Victoria Continuing Studies' Cultural Resource Management Program to present their Managing Cultural Organizations course to Alberta's museum community.


Course description

This course provides participants with an opportunity for intensive study of management theory and practice in cultural organizations, with particular emphasis on: characteristics of non-profit cultural organizations; governance and leadership; establishing mission goals and objectives; roles of executive and artistic directors; policy development and implementation; personnel management and team building; financial management; strategic and operational planning; information management; public relations; marketing; volunteer development; and ethical and legal issues.


The course will explore the role of cultural organizations in society and the complex legal, ethical, and social values that shape our organizations and the people that lead them. Various issues, including leaders and leadership, social relevance and impact, and management systems and tools will also be examined. You will be challenged to critically analyze the trends and tools at your disposal and the role of your management style and values in guiding planning, goal setting, decision-making, and evaluation.


Learning objectives

Through this course, you will:


- Recognize cultural organizations as part of the larger not-for-profit sector.

- Discuss the role and nature of cultural organizations and how they define their purpose and mission relative to the communities they serve.

- Understand traditional management functions of governance/accountability, strategic and operational planning, marketing and advocacy, resource management and performance measurement, and how these relate in practice to the running of cultural organizations.

-Understand the difference between leadership and management and the roles of a leader and a manager. Identify personal leadership style and values and relate them to decision making and action.

-Identify and consider the application of various organizational structures, governance models, and management tools. Manage human, financial, and institutional resources from an asset-based perspective.

-Appreciate the range of resources within a community and the role.



Though not required, prior experience in a cultural organization is an asset for success in this course. Please contact the Program Office if you have any questions or concerns.


The course will be offered at the Musée Héritage Museum in St Albert from February 5 - 10, 2018.


Please see the Cultural Resource Management Program website for more information and to register. 


A meal package for the entire course is available for purchase through the AMA here.


 University of Victoria Continuing Studies


  • Collections Management (CMS18-04)


    Collections are at the heart of a museum. Participants will learn about the policies, practices, and skills needed to manage museum collections.

  • Lunch Package: Managing Cultural Organizations Course


    This package includes lunches for all days during the Managing Cultural Organizations course

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