2017 Call for BCMA Council Nominations

A number of BCMA Councillors have completed their terms of office and will be stepping down from Council at the upcoming Annual General Meeting. BCMA members are invited to submit names for consideration to Council’s Nomination Committee to be presented for membership approval at the AGM on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria, BC.

Councillors serve two-year terms. Members willing to let their names stand must be available for scheduled conference calls and at least two in-person meetings per year; one of which is at the Association’s annual conference. Expenses for the meetings may be covered as BCMA budget allows, and discounted registration for the conference is offered.

When considering a nominee, please forward names of BC residents who represent diverse stakeholder interests and geographic regions, possess planning skills, an interest in governance, and a belief in the continued development and future of the BCMA and the province’s museum and gallery sector.

Individuals may forward their own name and the Association’s By-Laws permit nominations from the floor at the Annual General Meeting. Successful nominees will be required to become an Individual Member of BCMA, if they are not already.

Nominations presented to the Nomination Committee require the consent of nominees and each nominee requires support from their institution. Please include the name, address, phone and email address of both the nominator and nominee. Nominees are required to submit a short biographical statement with a cover letter detailing their interest in Council service.

Contact Alyssa Polinsky in the BCMA Administration Office by email at apolinsky@museumsassn.bc.ca or by phone at 250-356-5694 if further information about the BCMA Council is required.

Advance Nomination Deadline:

5:00 pm, July 24, 2017

Nominations should be emailed to:
David Alexander, President & Nominations Chair: dalexander@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

Webinar #4 – The 4 P’s of Public Programming

The BCMA is proud to announce the third installment in our monthly professional development webinar series!

Join colleagues from around the province on July 18 for “The 4 P’s of Public Programming” presented by Lesley Moore.

Webinar Description:

Programming has become an experience game that can be challenging to develop and sustain in the fast-paced, ever-changing world we live in. Innovative. Participative. Inclusive. Engaging. Immersive.Relevant. These are outcomes we strive to achieve. But where to begin? What’s needed? Why ? For whom? Not every brilliant idea becomes a great program.

Central to a successful program is planning and active evaluation. This webinar presents strategies and checklists for program development and implementation – before, during and after – with a generous sampling of shining successes and pitfalls to avoid that will be shared by colleagues. A take-away tool kit will transform your programs!

Lesley Moore has implemented public programs at a range of museum spaces and community places from a museum of archaeology , a regional heritage site to a community museum in a multi-use cultural centre. From tried and true to  never tested programs her intent has been the refreshing, refocussing and revitalization of museum programs in their respective communities.

Webinar Details:

Time and Date: July 18, noon-1pm
Cost: Free for members, $10 for future members
Registration and more information: https://bcmawebinar4.eventbrite.ca/

If you need help finding your member number, please email bfast@museumsassn.bc.ca.  Not yet a member?  Take advantage of our special 60th anniversary rates!

We hope you’ll join us for this webinar!  Feel free to invite your colleagues and share on social media.  If you have any questions about this or future webinars, please email bfast@museumsassn.bc.ca.

The BCMA and NGX Interactive Announces a New Award

The BC Museums Association and NGX Interactive are excited to announce the launch of the new Innovation Award!

The inaugural Innovation Award is now open for nominations and will be awarded at our 2017 Conference, October 3-5 in Victoria.

At the heart of our museum community are people who are actively pushing boundaries, challenging conventions, and exemplifying innovative ways of thinking, seeing, and doing. This new award recognizes individuals in the BC museum community whose work is driven by innovation and creativity. Nominees are welcome from any and all aspect of museum operations, from collections, programs and exhibitions to finance, marketing and administration—or anything in between.

The deadline for nominating an award is MIDNIGHT July 1, 2017.

To submit a nomination for the Innovation Award, or any other award, please visit the Awards Criteria & Nomination page.

This award is generously sponsored for the next three years by NGX Interactive.  Thank you!

BCMA at the BC Historical Federation Conference

The BCMA participated in the BC Historical Federation Conference, May 24-26 in Chilliwack.  We were thrilled to sponsor one of the evening sessions and network with our colleagues from across the province at this great event.

Matthew Francis, Director of Chilliwack Museum & Archives speaks to the 80+ delegates who attended the Grand Theft Terra Firma event.

On Friday, May 26, over 80 conference delegates joined us for an evening spent with artists David Campion and Sandra Shields whose exhibition Grand Theft Terra Firma: Stories of (Re)conciliation explores how S’ólh Téméxw — the traditional and unceded lands of the Stó:lō (People of the River) — began being colonized in the mid-1800s.

Artists David Campion and Sandra Shields talk about their exhibit, Grand Theft Terra Firma

The evening presentation asked hard questions about how history is lived and interpreted today, by people of both Indigenous and settler ancestry. Her Honour the Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon was also in attendance for this very interesting and provocative presentation.

Thank you to the BCHF for welcoming us to the conference, and to all the delegates who came to see Grand Theft Terra Firma.  We’ll see you next year!