BC Museums Association Welcomes New Councilors and Executive Director

The BC Museums Association (BCMA) elected new Executive and Council members and introduced a new Executive Director during the Association’s Annual General Meeting, held in Whistler on October 14, 2016.

See all details in the official press release:

Press Release: BCMA New Council & ED 2016



Congratulations to the 2016 Recipients of the Awards for Outstanding Achievement!

At a fun-filled gala and an emotional awards presentation, the BCMA recognized two culturally significant projects, an Abbotsford museum, and the curator of a Prince George art gallery for Outstanding Achievement. The awards were presented October 13, 2016, during the BCMA’s annual conference in Whistler.

The BCMA annual awards recognize institutions and individuals who have exemplified excellence in creativity, community engagement and innovation within the Province’s museums, galleries and history community.

Awards for Outstanding Achievement Nominees and Winners for 2016

Three Awards of Merit and a Distinguished Service Award were presented at the “Peaks of Success” Awards Dinner in Whistler, October 13, 2016. Read about the winners here, and see below for the full list of nominees (winners in bold).

Award of Merit:

  • Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project – 16 museums across BC who came together to make their Chinese Canadian holdings publicly accessible in an online database.
  • Sikh Heritage Museum National Historic Site – four years of innovative programming and exhibits recognizing and raising awareness of Sikh heritage and history in British Columbia and Canada at the Gur Sikh Temple.
  • The Residential and Indian Day School Art Research Project – gathering and sharing the personal stories behind student-produced art at Residential and Indian Day Schools.
  • Beaty Biodiversity Museum – “100 Years, 100 Treasures” celebration of the Museum’s collection, history, and community.
  • Royal BC Museum – “Righting Historical Wrongs” Chinese Canadian learning portal and outreach kits.

Distinguished Service Award:

  • George Harris – years of work, through Two Rivers Gallery, to develop the careers of northern-BC artists and to bring internationally-renowned artists to northern BC.
  • Tim Willis – dedicated efforts, through a number of roles, to bring museums into their communities.

For a look back at awards and honorees through the years, please look at the Awards History page and Recipients page.

Find all details in the official press release:

Release BCMA Awards of Outstanding Achievement 2016


Barrie Hardcastle Bursary Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 Barrie Hardcastle Bursary, formally announced at the BCMA’s Annual General Meeting, October 14, 2016 in Whistler. Lorraine Bell of the Qualicum Beach Museum will use her bursary for participation in Raising Money for your Cultural Organization with UVic’s Cultural Resource Management Program. Eleonora Sermoneta, a volunteer with the Burnaby Art Gallery, will use her bursary to partially offset the costs of tuition and texts for two courses, Museum Principles & Practices and Heritage Resource Management, offered through UVic’s Cultural Resource Management Program.

The Barrie Hardcastle Bursary, established by BCMA and Island Savings Credit Union, supports financial administration and management training for staff and volunteers working in BC museums and cultural institutions.

Conference 2016 Survey

If you attended the BCMA’s 2016 annual conference in Whistler, please take a few minutes to share your feedback and help us plan for next year by completing this survey.

Elaine Heumann Gurian – Keynote Address and Worksheets

International museums expert Elaine Heumann Gurian delivered a compelling keynote address to close the BC Museums Association’s annual conference in Whistler on October 14, 2016. Elaine has kindly made the speech available to share with conference delegates, BCMA members and the community at large, along with a set of worksheets to help museums create more welcoming environments.

The Space in Front of the Door” – BC Museums Association Conference 2016 Keynote Address

Sample Civility Worksheets” – these worksheets accompanied the keynote address (additional printed copies are available at the BCMA office if you would like to pick one up).

Read Elaine’s biography and visit her website to read more of her writings about museums.

Our thanks to Elaine for sharing these materials, and to the Royal BC Museum for sponsoring Elaine Heumann Gurian’s keynote address at the BCMA Conference.

Additional conference materials are available here.

BCMA Conference Single-Day Registration Now Open!

We are pleased to offer single-day registration for Conference 2016 in Whistler!

Thursday  Friday
Member  $ 265 $ 215
Non-Member $ 290 $ 240
Student $ 205 $ 155


Gala Dinner tickets will be available for Thursday delegates for an additional fee. For more information on Conference registration click here.