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 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.

Register here.


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.

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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. 

Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. MST, April 20, 2020.


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 opens at 10:00 a.m. MST, July 20, 2020.




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

June 18 - 19, 2020
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.

Registration TBA


Social Responsibility Workshop

July 17, 2020
Musée Héritage Museum, St. Albert

As the 2019 recipient of the Robert R. Janes Award for Social Responsibility, Musée Héritage Museum will host a Social Responsibility Workshop in July 2020. Details of the workshop will be announced in the spring.

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.

Registration TBA



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