BC Museums Association is pleased to announce that BC’s only provincial conference for museum, gallery, arts and cultural professionals is coming to Prince George this year! BCMA Conference 2019 takes place from September 30 to October 2 at the Courtyard by Marriott, Two Rivers Gallery, and The Exploration Place.
The 2019 Conference will be held on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, whose name in the Dakelh language means “people of the confluence of two rivers.” Celebrate the role museums play in connecting people through language and story with this year’s theme, Spoken Words, Shared Stories. The theme acknowledges the importance of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, explores how museums can become involved in language revitalization, and allows for discussion on how our organizations use stories to communicate, educate, and encourage social interactions.
BCMA welcomes our Keynote Speakers, Dr. Lorna Williams, and Museum Hack, who will explore and exemplify this year’s theme Spoken Words, Shared Stories:
Dr. Lorna Williams will bring her inspiring story and wealth of knowledge about documenting and revitalizing Indigenous languages in British Columbia, Canada, and beyond, as a language speaker, advocate, and academic. We are honoured that she will be sharing her experiences with us for this year’s conference.
Museum Hack is an organization that encourages museums to re-think how they approach programming and audience development. They focus on storytelling, digging for the non-traditional, and truly human, elements of space and objects in order to tell fascinating, passion-based stories and create stronger connections between audiences and institutions.
BCMA invites you to once again join us for the opportunity to network and connect with colleagues in your field from across the province. Whether you are a student or a mid-career professional, you’ll find great value in the wide variety of conference sessions and in your renewed and new connections with colleagues.
If you have any suggestions or ideas for conference 2019, please contact us.
Thank you to everyone who submitted to the call for conference proposals. Our conference committee is reviewing proposals now and we look forward to sharing more details in June 2019 on the exciting workshops, presentations and “deep dive” sessions that will be part of this year’s conference.