3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The View from Here:
Four Approaches to Reopening during a Pandemic

Dr. Karen Aberle, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum
Jeff Erbach, Executive Director, Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
Lisa Making, Executive Director, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology
Monica Roberts, Director of Science Experiences, TELUS World of Science - Edmonton


About the Session

In early May 2020, the Government of Alberta announced that museums throughout the province would be allowed to reopen while adhering to public health guidelines. This meant that our Alberta museums would be among the first in Canada, if not in North America, to welcome visitors back into our museums during a pandemic. With countless considerations to get our buildings ready for visitors to safely re-enter, quick action was needed to create welcoming spaces for our communities. Learn how four different organizations approached their reopening and what lessons they plan to take forward as we look towards what will happen in spring 2021.


About the Speakers


Dr. Karen Aberle
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Karen Aberle has spent twenty years following a passion for material and cultural heritage locally and internationally. Her education has provided the opportunity to consider this passion from a variety of disciplines, including archaeology, anthropology, classics, and museum studies. Karen's current role as Executive Director at the Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum, and participation with the AMA and Central Alberta Regional Museum Network, have allowed her to share knowledge, ideas, and resources with, and continue to learn from, her museum and local communities.




Jeff Erbach
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Jeff Erbach has over 20 years' background in the cultural sector, which includes leadership positions with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada as the Creative Manager, City of Regina as Manager of Community and Cultural Development, and currently as the Executive Director at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie. Jeff is a proud mentor, having held positions with the United Nations Commonwealth Programme, the Business / Arts program, and the Alberta Museums Association. Jeff is currently enrolled in the Executive Education program for Non Profit Leadership with the Harvard Kennedy School.



Lisa Making
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Lisa Making is the Executive Director of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology where she provides strategic direction for the management and operations of one of Canada's most popular museums. Moving from city to city as a child, museums offered Lisa an amazing sense of place and belonging. This experience culminated in her securing an MA in Museum Studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Since then, she has focussed her career on museum leadership, sustainability, and visitor engagement. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alberta Museums Association and the Atlas Coal Mine National Historical Society.



Monica Roberts
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Monica Roberts, Director of Science Experiences with TELUS World of Science - Edmonton, believes that arts and culture programs are keystone experiences in a diverse and vibrant city. Monica enjoys blending inquiry and innovation in her work that fosters interdisciplinary co-operations between dissimilar sectors. Monica was born on Treaty 6 Territory and continues to contribute to Edmonton's cultural landscape with her unique theatrical flair and award-winning community projects.





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