The AMA will be updating this section as new information and
resources become available.
Is the AMA office closed?
In order to be proactive in following public health guidelines,
AMA staff will mostly be working remotely. As such, there may be
some delays in our response time.
How can I contact the AMA?
AMA staff continue to have access to email and voicemail. A
staff directory is available through the AMA's main phone line, at
780.424.2626. Individual AMA staff member emails can be found here.
As of April 1, the AMA is relocating to a new office space. Our
new mailing address is:
Suite 120, 12420.104 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T5N 3Z9
What is the status of the AMA's programs and
Certificate in Museum Studies
In response to the latest recommendations from Alberta Health
Services and the Government of Alberta, the April offering of our
Certificate in Museum Studies (CMS) Program,
Collections Management (CMS 20-04), has been postponed. We are
evaluating our remaining 2020 offerings on an ongoing basis. As new
information becomes available, we will notify the membership and
Notifications of results for the February 2020 run of the
Grants Program have been distributed.
Evaluations can be submitted through the Members Only section of the
AMA website. Please note that processing evaluations will be
delayed. We understand that circumstances surrounding COVID-19 may
result in the delay or cancellation of funded projects and
opportunities. If you believe your grant will be impacted, please
The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) workshop
scheduled for June 2020 has been postponed. As new information
becomes available, we will notify the membership and update
In these difficult times, it is all the more important to
celebrate excellence, innovation, and creativity in the Alberta
museum community. Nominations for the Leadership
Awards will be opening in April 2020. Submissions are
accepted in three categories: Engagement, Sustainability, and
Education. The Awards recognize exceptional work and innovative
thinking in the museum community through the collection, research,
preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of the world around
us, which contribute to the social, cultural, and educational
fabric of Alberta. Read about past Award recipients here.
Recognized Museum Program
Notifications of results for the Recognized
Museum Program are expected to be distributed in April.
The deadline for participants to submit an Institutional Profile is
May 31, 2020. If you believe your submission will
be impacted, please contact email@example.com.
We continue to fill orders made through our online Bookstore; due to the AMA staff working
remotely, shipping may be delayed.
Who should I contact at the AMA for more information,
support, or advice around managing my museum's response to
The AMA has an Advisory Team working to ensure that members have
access to shared information and resources. You can request
advisory support through the Advisory Services form in the Members Only section or
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What impacts has COVID-19 had on museums?
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Alberta
a state of emergency under the Public Health Act. As of March
16, 2020, as part of these measures, stringent rules and
recommendations have been put in place regarding public gatherings
to protect the health and safety of all Albertans.
new public health measures include the closure of all museums
across the province, including those not operated by the Government
of Alberta. All museums in the province will remain closed until
For advice on closing your museum safely and efficiently, please
refer to Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Note 1/3,
Closing a Museum for the Winter.
What information should my museum be tracking about the impacts
The AMA will be surveying members about the impacts the COVID-19
pandemic has had on their museum, staff, volunteers, and the museum
community as a whole. We strongly encourage you to document your
experiences, and in particular financial and human resources
impacts, to help us understand the economic and social impacts of
COVID-19 on the museum sector in Alberta.
The Government of Alberta has created a framework to assess the
various needs of Alberta's non-profits.
This chart includes a list of concerns, anticipated impacts,
and current mitigation tactics. As the AMA will be collecting
information on these issues, please use this guide as a reference
for the information your museum should be tracking.
What is being done to support the museum sector during this
The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) is working with provincial
representatives to ensure that museums are supported through this
time as well as moving forward.
The AMA has joined with the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary
Organizations and Volunteer Alberta, signing on to
a letter to the Government of Alberta with questions as
non-profits approach reporting deadlines and legislation
requirements to host Annual General Meetings.
The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is also working with the
federal government to secure support for the museum sector during
the response to COVID-19; more information is available
Imagine Canada has created a template
letter you can use to communicate your concerns about the
impacts of COVID-19 on the non-profit and charitable sector to your
Member of Parliament.
Click here for
additional advocacy efforts by non-profit and charitable
organizations in Alberta and Canada.
How can I stay connected with the AMA and the museum
Community matters more than ever as the museum sector responds
to this unprecedented pandemic crisis. We strongly encourage you to
reach out to your professional colleagues, co-workers, and friends
in the field.
You can connect with the AMA online via our website, email, Facebook,
and Twitter. Use
and follow the #ABMuseums hashtag to connect with us and members of
the Alberta museum community.
Ensure that we can connect with you by reviewing your AMA
membership profile in the Members Only section and
confirming that your contact information is up-to-date.
Join the AMA's email discussion list, MAIN-L. MAIN-L is a tool to
keep the Alberta museum community connected, engaged, and informed.
We encourage you to share what you are doing to maintain
connections with your community and the public while your site is
Support for Individuals and
What federal and provincial support can I access for my museum
Please see the Government of Canada's website for
federal supports available for individuals and
Please see the Government of Alberta's website for provincial
supports available for employers and employees.
We are a Registered Charity. When is my Registered Charity
Information Return due?
As part of the Government of Canada's actions in dealing with
the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Charities Directorate is
extending the filing deadline to December 31, 2020, for
all charities with a Form T3010, Registered Charity Information
Return, due between March 18, 2020, and
December 31, 2020. For more information, click
What other supports are available?
Please refer to the list
below for more information, resources, and tools for a
range of issues your museum may be facing.
Common Workplace Concerns
What can I do to make my organization more prepared for
The AMA has compiled resources to help museums respond to the
COVID-19 pandemic. For information on managing your museum's
pandemic response, please see our Membership Advisories:
Please see the list below for additional resources for Emergency Preparedness and Response, and Supports for Employees and Employers.
My site has closed, but staff are still working remotely. What
services can I use to facilitate meetings and continued work
For information about working remotely, please see:
Techsoup, a non-profit that connects Canadian charities,
non-profits, and libraries to affordable technologies, recommends
Nonprofit Resources for Remote Work. Some additional tools for
collaboration, work management, and video conferencing include:
How can I support staff who are struggling with anxiety during
The stress that arises from an emergency situation can be
overwhelming, and each person will be affected differently. This
graph from HELP! An Emergency Preparedness Manual for
Museums, 2nd Edition, illustrates stress reactions
While stress can actually drive performance in responding to an
emergency situation, there comes a point when that stress can be
dangerous to both the individual and the response. This graph from
HELP! illustrates responder exhaustion.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released
a guide for managing stress and anxiety, as well as advice for
during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Alberta, you can call 211 for information about mental health
supports and services available. Near the bottom of this
page, you will find regional talk, text, or chat services for
Albertans seeking support.
Information about the COVID-19
How can I assess whether I or somebody I know may be infected
Alberta Health Services has created
a self-assessment tool to help you determine if an individual
should be tested for COVID-19.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, please view this
resource for steps you can take to protect yourself and
Where can I go for updates about COVID-19?
For accurate and up-to-date information regarding current
recommendations relating to COVID-19, please refer to official
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Engaging Online: Resources for Museums
Health and Well-being
Measuring the Impacts of COVID-19
Supports for Employees and Employers
Tools for Collaboration, Work Management, and Video
External Resources and Guides Relating to COVID-19: