2020 Learning Opportunities


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

Registration for CMS courses opens at 10:00 a.m. on the dates listed below.

Collections Management (CMS 20 - 04)
April 3 - 4, 2020
Brooks & District Museum, Brooks
Instructor: Tim McShane

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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this course has been postponed. For more information, please contact learning@museums.ab.ca.


Preventive Conservation (CMS 20 - 06)

May 8 - 9, 2020
Red Brick Arts Centre and Museum, Edson
Instructor: 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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this course has been postponed. For more information, please contact learning@museums.ab.ca.


Public Programs (CMS 20 - 07)
July 24 - 25, 2020
Alix Wagon Wheel Museum, Alix
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. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this course has been postponed. For more information, please contact learning@museums.ab.ca.


Museum Management (CMS 20 - 02)
October 23 - 24, 2020
Dr. Woods House Museum, Leduc
Instructor: Shari Strachan

Participants will examine a range of activities needed to manage any museum, including planning, financial management, human resources, facilities management, public relations, marketing, risk management, and information management.

Registration TBA




Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Integrated Pest Management Workshop for Cultural Property

Please note: This workshop has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Further updates will be announced as they become available.

Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, Wembley

This workshop uses a mix of short talks with illustrative examples to introduce concepts, several participant exercises, and group activities with summary presentations. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to recognize and identify organisms that are detrimental to the longevity of collections, decide how to respond to the discovery of pests, and assess cultural property for pest risks and propose an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan to mitigate them. The workshop supplements the IPM approach in CCI's Technical Bulletin 29, Combatting Pests of Cultural Property.

This workshop is for staff and volunteers of cultural facilities who are responsible for the physical integrity, research, or exhibition of collections of cultural property, all of which are harmed by pest activity.


Social Responsibility Workshop

July 17, 2020
Musée Héritage Museum, St. Albert

The recipient of the 2019 Robert R. Janes Award for Social Responsibility, the Musée Héritage Museum, invites you to join them for the Social Responsibility Workshop: A Recipe for "Social Soup."

The Musée Héritage Museum is the keeper of the history, traditions, and heritage of St. Albert and district. Together with the community, the museum builds knowledge, explores our relationship with the natural environment, and celebrates historic diversity. They work to accomplish this in a variety of ways: exhibitions, access to archival material, school and community programming, special events, and historical tours. In order to serve and reflect the community, they intentionally encourage professional development for staff members, bring in partners, and build relationships, so as to continue to learn from others and incorporate new stories and perspectives in all that they do. 

"Our one-day workshop is a reflection of who we are and how we do things, but the intent is to discover more about you and your museum or other cultural organization where you work.  We want to share our recipe for 'Social Soup' with you and are hoping that you might share your 'one-of-a-kind' recipes with us!"

Musée Héritage Museum

Bring your walking shoes, as you will wander through the community of St. Albert to see the sites, meet the people, learn about the history, and share stories of how and why everyone at the Musée Héritage Museum is genuinely committed to serving the community in unique and meaningful ways. Along the way, there will be opportunities for discussion, sharing, hands-on learning, and reflection, as well as lunch and laughter. 

There is no specific recipe for social responsibility; instead, it is the reflection of your unique museum and its people, collections, mission statement, community, and history. We look forward to meeting you!


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

Registration TBA



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