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.
CERTIFICATE IN MUSEUM STUDIES PROGRAM APPLICATION
The CMS Program is open to any individual. There are no
pre-requisites for the program, and membership with the AMA is not
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.
CERTIFICATE IN MUSEUM STUDIES COURSES
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,
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,
Exhibits (CMS 18 - 08)
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
OTHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
University of Victoria: Managing Cultural
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
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
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.