2019 Learning Opportunities

CERTIFICATE IN MUSEUM STUDIES COURSES

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


Collections Management (CMS 19 - 04)
March 8 - 9, 2019
The Military Museums, Calgary
Instructors: Tim McShane and 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.

 

Museum Governance (CMS 19 - 03)
March 15 - 16, 2019
The Military Museums, Calgary
Instructors: Jennifer Forsyth and 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.

 

Public Programs (CMS 19 - 07)
April 12 - 13, 2019
The Military Museums, Calgary
Instructor: Natalie Zacharewski

Public programming is the service a museum provides to the public to help interpret their collections from the visitor's point of view. Participants will learn how to enhance the range of opportunities museums offer to their communities. Topics covered will include audience research, customer service, planning, and evaluation. 

 

Museum Governance (CMS 19 - 03)
May 10 - 11, 2019
Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre, Medicine Hat
Instructors: Jennifer Forsyth and 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.

 

Museums & Society (CMS 19 - 01)
May 31 - June 1, 2019
Holden Historical Society Museum, Holden
Instructors: Lisa Making and Kim Verrier

This capstone course re-examines the fundamental purpose and role of museum in society with a focus on the big picture. How do museums go beyond doing everything right to doing the right thing? This course will tie together the content from the rest of the program to explore the museum's role in community engagement, social responsibility, sustainability, and museums as agents of social change.

Please note that Museums & Society is a capstone course: to receive credit in this course, participants must receive credit in the seven other courses in the Program. Participants should successfully complete all seven other courses before registering in  Museums & Society.   

This event has been cancelled

 

Research (CMS 19 - 05)
June 7 - 8, 2019
Sundre Pioneer Village Museum, Sundre
Instructors: Michele Hardy and Anna Rebus

Research is undertaken in all areas of museum practice as it is fundamental to the museum's purpose and programs. Participants will explore the kinds of research conducted in museums and will learn practical guidelines for planning and conducting research projects. Topics covered will include discipline-based research, collections-based research, research relating to museum functions and activities, and research methodologies such as field research and oral history interviews. 

  

Exhibits (CMS 19 - 08)
July 26 - 27, 2019
The Military Museums, Calgary
Instructors: Kevin Zak and Barbara Hilden

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.

 

Public Programs (CMS 19 - 07)
August 16 - 17, 2019
Peace River Museum, Archives & Mackenzie Centre, Peace River
Instructor: Natalie Zacharewski

Public programming is the service a museum provides to the public to help interpret their collections from the visitor's point of view. Participants will learn how to enhance the range of opportunities museums offer to their communities. Topics covered will include audience research, customer service, planning, and evaluation. 

 

Preventive Conservation (CMS 19 - 06)
October 18 - 19, 2019
The Military Museums, Calgary
Instructors: Claire Neily and Carmen Li

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. 

To be placed on the waitlist, please email  learning@museums.ab.ca

 

Museums & Society (CMS 19 - 01)
November 29 - 30, 2019
The Military Museums, Calgary
Instructors: Lisa Making and Kim Verrier

This capstone course re-examines the fundamental purpose and role of museum in society with a focus on the big picture. How do museums go beyond doing everything right to doing the right thing? This course will tie together the content from the rest of the program to explore the museum's role in community engagement, social responsibility, sustainability, and museums as agents of social change.

Please note that Museums & Society is a capstone course: to receive credit in this course, participants must receive credit in the seven other courses in the Program. Participants should successfully complete all seven other courses before registering in Museums & Society. 

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OTHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

 

Advocating for Culture: How Canadians Participation Rates Reflect the Value of Arts and Heritage

February 22, 2019

Art Gallery of Alberta

Lecture 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Reception to follow. Cash Bar.

Registration is FREE

Using data from the Canadians' Arts, Culture, and Heritage Participation in 2016 report, Kelly Hill, of Hill Strategies, will demonstrate how museums can use Canada-wide indicators of arts, culture, and heritage participation; arts attendance rates; and active arts participation to advocate for their institutions. Data from across the arts will allow attendees from all subsectors to see themselves as part of an interconnected ecosystem. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of how Canadians value arts and heritage via participation rates, and inspire cross-sector collaboration as a way to increase sustainability, relevance, and public value.

This event is free, but we ask that you RSVP here to ensure your spot!

This presentation is part of the Statistical Insights on the Arts series, funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.

Presented by the Alberta Museums Association in partnership with the Edmonton Heritage Council, and the Edmonton Arts Council

Hosted by in partnership with the Art Gallery of Alberta.

 

Social Responsibility Workshop: Active Museums Shaping their Communities

April 11, 2019

YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre, Calgary

The 2018 recipient of the the Robert R. Janes Award for Social Responsibility, YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre, will host a workshop on Thursday April 11, 2019. This workshop will focus on the unique work done at YouthLink in collaboration with their partners, to promote healthy choices, educate students on important social issues, and keep youth safe in the years to come.

This one-day workshop will focus on how museums play a vital role in community safety and education through the delivery of relevant, current, and accurate programming. The day will begin with a tour of the YouthLink facility's four Safe for Life exhibits: Gangs, Drugs, Online Safety, and Healthy Relationships. Presenters will reveal how the exhibits were purposefully created to ensure that they are locally focussed, relevant, and highly engaging for visitors. The afternoon will include a panel discussion regarding stakeholder engagement with both police partners and school boards. The workshop will conclude with a 90-minute presentation on cannabis that demonstrates the ways in which museums can approach a topical issue with an eye to engaging adult audiences on serious societal topics.

For further information on the workshop or the Robert R. Janes Award for Social Responsibility, please contact Adrienne Briggs, Program Lead, at awards@museums.ab.ca.

 

Museum Visitor Experience Workshop

May 16, 2019

Alberta Aviation Museum, Edmonton
Facilitator: Lauren Wheeler

The MVEP workshop, offered every two years, provides resources for museums to analyze their visitor experience, identify gaps or areas for improvement, and work towards developing and implementing innovative solutions. The workshop will discuss the theory of the museum visitor experience, review principles of creating a positive museum experience for visitors, and introduce participants to the five self-assessment modules. Participants will receive a hard copy of the workbook and will have an opportunity to try out the modules in the Alberta Aviation Museum's galleries and receive feedback.

 

Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Mount-Making Workshop

June 19 - 20, 2019

Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton

This workshop starts with a discussion on the criteria for constructing proper exhibit and storage mounts for museum objects. It covers strategies for counteracting gravity and reviews the notions of stress, strain, elasticity and compressibility. A variety of materials, tools and techniques available for mounting and supporting objects are discussed in terms of their suitability, practicality, advantages and limitations. Tools and techniques for measuring objects are presented. Means of ensuring the object's safety in the workshop and during the mount-making stages are discussed. Analytical, conceptual and manual skills in mount design and production are presented, demonstrated and practised during at least half of the workshop. Each participant is expected to produce one to three mounts during the workshop, depending on experience and on the complexity of their project(s). The workshop ends with a round-table review of the mounts created during the workshop.

The workshop will be held at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.

To be placed on the waitlist, please email learning@museums.ab.ca.

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