2020 Learning Opportunities
CERTIFICATE IN MUSEUM STUDIES COURSES
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
cancelled. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
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.
This course is now full. To be added to the waitlist, please
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
Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. MST, April 20,
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,
OTHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
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
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
"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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.