Our spring regional workshops will focus on emergency preparedness for fires, floods and earthquakes. Learn from the experts and begin, or refine, an emergency plan for your museum, gallery, archive, cultural centre or heritage site. Workshops will take place in Nanaimo, Penticton, and Prince George. For more information and to register, visit our Professional Development Events and Programs page
The BC Museums Association invites proposals from individuals interested in speaking at Conference 2017 on the theme of “Climate for Change.” Sessions will explore issues such as relationships with Indigenous communities, social justice, and climate change within museum, art gallery and cultural centre practices. BCMA encourages proposals that explore best practices and/or innovations, making connections with colleagues, and workshops for museum professionals in areas such as exhibit design or development, budgeting, fundraising, volunteer management, marketing, and storage.
The deadline for proposals is April 28, 2017.
Learn more and submit your proposal here.
Introducing a new series of professional development webinars presented by the BCMA in partnership with the Royal BC Museum and Archives!
On the third Tuesday of every month, join your museum colleagues from around the province for a lunch-hour webinar. These engaging professional development opportunities will cover a different topic each month, from education to conservation, marketing to exhibit fabrication, and everything else in between. Museum professionals from within our membership will present each webinar, with special guests along the way.
Our first webinar on April 18 is all about Youth Programming. Join Chris O’Connor, Learning Program Developer at the Royal BC Museum, and Susan Rome, the School Program Coordinator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, for “Youth Programming and What We Learn When We Listen.”
This webinar is free for BCMA members, and $10 for not-yet-members.
For more information and to register for the webinar, please click here.
Joint BCMA and Government of British Columbia News Release, April 2, 2017:
SURREY – More than 220 projects in 150 communities throughout British Columbia are receiving a total of $7.6 million in B.C. | Canada 150 grants, Stephanie Cadieux, MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale announced today at the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society on behalf of Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Peter Fassbender.
Administered by the BC Museums Association and supported by Heritage BC with funding provided by the Government of British Columbia, the B.C. | Canada 150 program was launched to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation by recognizing B.C. communities and their contributions to the nation. Projects funded through the program will create meaningful legacies that honour the province’s unique and diverse histories, culture and heritage.
Among the recipients, the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society is receiving $50,000 for the restoration and rehabilitation of the mechanical components of the Royal ‘Connaught’ interurban car.
Other funded projects include:
These one-time grants of up to $100,000 are awarded to organizations responsible for a museum, archive or historic place, including not-for-profit organizations, First Nations Band Councils, Aboriginal Friendship Centres, local governments and post-secondary institutions.
Stephanie Cadieux, MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale –
“Landmark anniversaries provide an opportunity to honour our past, reflect on our present and plan for our future. Thanks to B.C. | Canada 150 funding, cultural organizations throughout the province are undertaking an impressive range of projects that recognize our diverse cultures and rich histories. We congratulate the recipients and recognize the countless volunteers who contribute their time and talents, day in and day out, to supporting the success of these organizations.”
David Alexander, president, British Columbia Museums Association –
“We are truly excited about the lasting legacies that will be created through this funding. Through this investment, culture and heritage will be honoured today and enjoyed by future generations. B.C.’s museums and heritage sector – which contributes greatly to our province’s economy and quality of life – will also be strengthened.”
Gord Macdonald, chair, Heritage BC –
“The breadth and diversity of the funded projects are remarkable. There is no doubt, this investment will stimulate conservation work in every region of the province. The benefits are numerous, including jobs today and a lasting legacy for future generations. This is exactly what the heritage community in B.C. needs right now!”
For a full list of recipients: http://museumsassn.bc.ca/awards/grants/british-columbia-canada-150/
Canada 150: http://canada.pch.gc.ca/canada150
British Columbia Museums Association: http://museumsassn.bc.ca/
Heritage BC: http://www.heritagebc.ca/
Government of British Columbia, Celebrating British Columbia: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/celebrating-british-columbia/british-columbia-canada-150