2021 Learning Opportunities

For more information about the AMA's Learning Programs, please contact learning@museums.ab.ca

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


Certificate in Museum Studies - Online

Programming (CMS 21 - 07) (formerly Public Programs)
November 25 - December 17, 2021
Asynchronous, online
Instructor: Natalie Zacharewski

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.

This self-paced, asynchronous course will run online from November 25 to December 17, 2021, with two recommended live, virtual meetings with instructor Natalie Zacharewski.

The virtual meetings will take place on December 3 and December 13, 2021, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.



Virtual Learning Opportunities

GST / HST for Charities and Non-Profit Organizations

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
9:00 a.m to 10:30 a.m. MT 
Online (Zoom)

Did you know that GST / HST rules for charities are different than those for non-profit organizations? Do you wonder if you have missed claiming back all eligible GST / HST amounts? Would you like to learn how to avoid the most common GST / HST errors?

If so, join us for this GST / HST Outreach presentation from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)!  

Hear directly from Michael Monk, a CRA GST / HST representative with over 30 years of experience. With a focus on important GST / HST obligations and entitlements, you will learn about rebates, input tax credits, and the most important GST / HST rules and legislation to help you manage your GST / HST and maximize recoveries.


Navigating Canadian Heritage Funding Webinar

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. MT
Online (Zoom)

Introduction to the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) and the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF), Department of Canadian Heritage

Join us on September 22 for a free webinar about navigating the different funding streams available through Canadian Heritage. Representatives from Canadian Heritage will cover the application process and program guidelines for the Museums Assistance Program and Canada Cultural Spaces Funding.


Social Responsibility Workshops 

The AMA, along with the 2019 and 2020 recipients of the Robert R. Janes Award for Social Responsibility, will be hosting two virtual Social Responsibility Workshops in 2021. See below for registration rates.


Social Responsibility Workshop with Lougheed House, 2020 Award Recipient  

Who Is Telling Our Stories, Who Is Listening? A Journey of Engagement at Lougheed House National and Provincial Historic Site

Thursday, May 13, 2021
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Community engagement is often presented as a way to build new audiences, expand diversity, and increase collaboration between the museum and its community. Lougheed House National and Provincial Historic Site has successfully developed new projects with a focus on inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA). This workshop will explore Lougheed House's community engagement framework, Roar and Métis Identity projects, and Lougheed House Re-Imagined initiatives with a particular focus on 'bringing along' members of the community with existing relationships with Lougheed House while the organization undergoes transformational change. This workshop will explore how all cultural organizations can consider relationships to understand, empathize with, and reassure visitors that they will continue to be welcome.

Featuring presentations from Lougheed House staff, community partners, and Susie Wilkening (author of the American Alliance of Museum's Audiences and Inclusion primer), this event promises to be full of learning, discussions, and questions. The workshop will provide participants an opportunity to learn about the process, successes, and continued relationships built from Lougheed House's recent community engagement work. Participants will also have the opportunity to workshop a community engagement concept for their own organization.


Social Responsibility Workshop with the Musée Héritage Museum, 2019 Award Recipient

Social Soup: Building Knowledge and Relationships with Community and the Natural Environment

Thursday, July 22, 2021
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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 relationships with the natural environment, and celebrates historic diversity. In order to serve and reflect their community, the museum intentionally encourages professional development for staff members, brings in partners, and builds relationships so that they can continue to learn from others and incorporate new stories and perspectives in all their work.

This workshop reflects the Musée Héritage Museum and how they do things, but the intent is for participants to discover more about themselves and their own cultural contexts. By sharing the Musée Héritage Museum's recipe for 'Social Soup,' participants will explore their own 'recipe' of serving their communities in unique and meaningful ways. With a virtual tour of the museum sites, presentations from staff, and opportunities for sharing, this hands-on learning opportunity will end with a soup lunch - recipe included! 


Registration Fees

Please note: To receive the discounted rate for both Social Responsibility Workshops, please contact registration@museums.ab.ca before registering. 

   Individual Event Both Events
Member $30 $50
Student $20 $30
Non-Member $50 $90


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

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