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Announcing the AMA's 50th Anniversary Conference Series

The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) is excited to announce our 50th Anniversary Conference Series! Throughout 2021, we will be hosting four virtual events to celebrate excellence in the Alberta museum community over the past 50 years and examine the trends and priorities that are shaping the future of our sector. Click the button below to learn more.


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Membership Advisory: Make Your Voice Heard

The Government of Alberta is currently surveying Albertans regarding Budget 2021 and spending priorities. The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) is encouraging all members to complete this survey to ensure that the needs of the museum community are considered in the decision-making process. We would also like to encourage you to continue engaging with your MLAs and elected officials in your communities. Please read our Membership Advisory below. 


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AMA Announces 2020 Awards Recipients 

The AMA is pleased to announce the 2020 Awards Recipients. This year, recipients were named for the Lieutenant Governor's Award, the Robert R. Janes Award for Social Responsibility, and the Leadership Awards for Engagement and Education. Click the button below to read more.


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COVID-19 Health & Safety Toolkits Available to Order

Health & Safety Toolkits are now available to order through the AMA Bookstore. The toolkits include a variety of physical and digital resources to support organizations to reopen and operate safely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Ordering will remain open while supplies last. 

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With funding support from Travel Alberta, these toolkits are part of an ongoing AMA project to provide resources and supports to the museum and heritage sector during this public health crisis. Click the button below to learn more. 

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Announcing a Fundraising Partnership for AMA Members

The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) is excited to announce that we have partnered with Global Philanthropic Inc., Canada's largest full-service national fund development consultancy, to help AMA members build your capacity to raise more money through philanthropic support.

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AMA Conference 2020: Keynote Speaker Announced!

The AMA is excited to announce that Andy Lowe, CEO of Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and Heritage, Aotearoa (New Zealand), will deliver the keynote presentation for Conference 2020, Vital Operations: Museums and Organizational Sustainability. Check out our Conference Program below to learn more about Andy, the keynote presentation, and the full day of breakout sessions included in our virtual event. 

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AMA Annual Report and AGM Package Available Digitally

The AMA's 2020 Annual Report and Annual General Meeting (AGM) package is now available digitally. The 2020 Annual Report highlights the important accomplishments of the AMA and the membership over the last year. This year's digital package can be found under "AGM" in the Document Library. Please note that a printed package will not be mailed this year.

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Membership Advisory: Grants Program Changes for
2020 - 2021

In response to reductions to our funding allocation, the AMA will be making changes to several of its programs and services going forward, including the Grants Program for the 2020 - 2021 fiscal year. Click the button below for the AMA's Membership Advisory regarding changes that have been made for the 2020 - 2021 granting year.

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AMA Conference 2020 Registration Now Open!

Registration for our 2020 Conference, Vital Operations: Museums and Organizational Sustainability, is now open! Conference 2020 will be held as a virtual event on Thursday, September 17, and will feature a keynote presentation, a full day of breakout sessions, and a virtual trade show. Click the buttons below for more information and to register. 

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AMA Achieves Accreditation from Imagine Canada's Standards Program

The Alberta Museums Association is pleased to announce that it has been accredited under Imagine Canada's Standards Program, a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and non-profits designed to help organizations strengthen their operations in five fundamental areas. With this achievement, we join a distinguished community of 248 non-profit organizations in Canada dedicated to operational excellence. Click the button to read our media release.

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Membership Advisory: Guidance for Reopening Museums

On April 30, 2020, the Government of Alberta released Opening Soon: Alberta's Relaunch Strategy. Museums and art galleries were included in Stage One of the relaunch, eligible to reopen and resume operations as early as May 14.


Given the rapid timeline and the unique circumstances faced by museums and heritage organizations, the Alberta Museums Association has created the advisory document below, Guidance for Reopening Museums, to help clarify museum-specific considerations and requirements to reopen safely.

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Membership Advisory: Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations

On May 8, 2020, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, shared further details regarding the Government of Canada's Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations, temporary relief measures to support these sectors as they manage the challenges and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for the future. Please click the button below to view the AMA's Membership Advisory.

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Membership Advisory: Further Reductions to Budget 2020

On April 29, 2020, the Alberta Museums Association (AMA) was notified that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the precipitous drop in oil prices, there would be further reductions to the budget announced by Finance Minister Travis Toews on February 27, 2020. Please click the button below to view the AMA's Membership Advisory.

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FAQ and Resources Guide for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Please click the button below for the Alberta Museums Association's Advisory resources relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. The AMA will be updating this section as new information and resources become available. 

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Membership Advisory: Managing Your Museum's Pandemic Response

The AMA has compiled resources to help Alberta museums respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the information below on managing your museum's pandemic response.

View Part 1: Activating Your Emergency Response

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Membership Advisories: COVID-19

Please click the links below to view the AMA's Membership Advisories from March 2020 relating to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic and how it will impact museum operations and events.  

March 13: AMA Announcement on COVID-19

                                            March 17: Closure of Alberta Museums



Membership Advisory: Government of Alberta Budget 2020

On February 27, 2020, Finance Minister Travis Toews presented the Government of Alberta's Budget 2020-21, A Plan for Jobs and the Economy. Please click below to view the Alberta Museums Association's response.

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Taking Action Against Climate Change

The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) in partnership with the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice and Shadow Light Productions, is excited to announce the launch a new video series - Taking Action Against Climate Change

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