2018 Learning Opportunities

Full Schedule of Upcoming AMA 2018 Learning Opportunities

Details for Certificate in Museum Studies courses, the University of Victoria Partnership, and the CCI Course are listed below.  Keep an eye on Main-L for details.


The CMS Program is open to any individual. There are no pre-requisites for the program, and membership with the AMA is not required.

Participants who would like to complete the full certificate for credit must apply to the Program and complete an introductory webinar, which will be available in March 2018.

The Program application fee includes a copy of the Standard Practices Handbook for Museums, 3rd Ed., which is the required textbook for the Program.

Register Here 


Governance (CMS 18 - 03) 
April 27 - 28, 2018
Tipple Park Museum, Evansburg
Instructors: Jennifer Forsyth & Rosalie Lammle

As legally constituted organizations, museums must define their governing authorities and public trust responsibilities. This course introduces the basic requirements for operating a museum. It includes an explanation of the governing documents required to establish and run a museum. It also outlines the accountability and responsibilities, especially fiduciary responsibilities, of a museum's governing authority.

Registration will open January 19, 2018                          


Collections Management (CMS 18 - 04)
May 25 - 26, 2018
High Prairie & District Museum, High Prairie
Instructors: Tim McShane & Breanna Suk 

Collections are at the heart of a museum. In this course, participants will learn about the policies, practices, and skills needed to manage museum collections. This course moves from broad concerns related to public trust, cultural diversity, access, and planning to issues in the areas of acquisitions, records management, and loans.

Registration will open January 19, 2018


Preventive Conservation (CMS 18 - 06)
July 13 - 14, 2018                             
Galt Museum and Archives, Lethbridge
Instructors: Carmen Li & Claire Neily

The measures taken to care for and preserve museum collections are of vital importance. This course provides an introduction to preventive conservation (the actions taken to delay the deterioration of objects or to protect them from potential damage). Topics covered will include storage, managing the museum environment, basic treatment conservation, and pest control.

Registration will open April 4, 2018                      


Exhibits (CMS 18 - 08) 
October, 2018                                 
Location To be Announced
Instructors: Barbara Hilden & Kevin Zak 

The exhibits course provides an overview of the role and importance of exhibits in museums. It introduces the concepts involved in planning, fabricating, and evaluating exhibits. Topics include the basic elements of exhibit planning and design, exhibit policy, development, production, and evaluation.

Registration will open June, 2018



University of Victoria: Managing Cultural Organizations
February 5 - 10, 2018
Musée Héritage Museum, St. Albert

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

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.

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.

Please note: completion of this course can be used as an equivalency to the AMA's Museum Management course within the Certificate of Museum Studies.


Canadian Conservation Institute: Care of Textiles
June 20 - 21, 2018
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary

This workshop is an introduction to the care of costumes and textiles commonly found in Canadian collections. Fundamental information about fibres, structures, and manufacturing processes that affect the long-term stability of textiles is provided. Both internal and external agents of deterioration and typical signs of damage are described. A wide range of preventive conservation topics specifically related to textiles is explored. Basic conservation interventions are presented and demonstrated, and issues in ethical decision-making are addressed.

Registration will open February 20, 2018


Please note this schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the AMA. 


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