BCMA Mentorship Program Launch

The BCMA is excited to launch the new BCMA Mentorship Program!

The BCMA Mentorship Program pairs Emerging Museum Professionals (EMPs – in the first 10 years of their career) with experienced museum professionals in mid- or senior-career positions for an eight-month mentorship.

Mentoring is most often defined as a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentoree) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth.  As Nathan Magnassun puts it, “Mentors help us go further faster.

The program’s goal is to connect EMPs with experienced leaders in the BC museum sector to further occupation-specific professional development, and to strengthen the museum sector by creating a tradition of cross-career knowledge transfer.  Mentors can come from a variety of backgrounds, but should have strong communications and interpersonal skills, and should be able to provide guidance or advice on at least one aspect of museum work or area-specific career development.

This program is currently for BCMA members only.  EMPs must be Individual Members in good standing to participate.  Mentors should be Individual Members or Affiliate Individual Members, or employees of Institutional Member or Affiliate Member organizations.  To become an eligible member, please visit our membership page.

The BCMA is actively recruiting mentors for this program, and encourage EMPs to sign up early.  Applications for the first intake of this program are now closed.  You can learn more about what it means to be a Mentor or to be an EMP mentee by clicking the respective pages.  Successful applicants will be notified in early September.

The BCMA Mentorship Program will run from October-May.  For all the program details, please click here.

Conference 2017 Registration Now Open

The BCMA team is excited to announce the opening of registration for our 2017 Conference – Climate for Change: How museums are meeting the challenges of a changing world!

Join us for the opportunity to network with hundreds of colleagues from across the province. Enjoy a full program of workshops and presentations that focus on best practices and innovations and explore issues such as relationships with Indigenous communities, social justice, and climate change within museum, art gallery and cultural centre practices.

Whether you are a student or a mid-career professional, you’ll find much of value in the sessions and in your renewed/new connections with colleagues. Delegates can also look forward to a surprise or two in honour of BCMA’s 60th Anniversary year!

Visit our Registration Page to register now.


Conference Rates:

Members: $450

Non-Members: $565

Student: $335


As part of our MOU with the BC Libraries Association and Archives Association of BC, members of those organizations are invited to attend at BCMA member rates.


Don’t forget to book your accommodations at our host hotel, The Inn at Laurel Point on Victoria’s Inner Harbour.


You can also learn more about our Keynote Speakers, Sessions, Presenters, Sponsors, and Host Community.  Check back regularly for updates as we release more news in the coming weeks.

Webinar #5 – Cold Calling & Sweet Talking

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

Join colleagues from around the province on August 29 for “Cold Calling & Sweet Talking: Building Grassroots Community Partnerships” presented by Amanda Sittrop (Burnaby Village Museum and Vancouver Maritime Museum).

Webinar Description:

For those stepping into a new museum community, creating connections and building relationships can be a daunting task. How do you create relevant, engaging exhibits and programs in a community you barely know? This webinar will discuss strategies in which museums can build, mold, and foster partnerships with their organizations. Where do you start? Who do you talk to? How do you maintain relationships once they’re built? Get ready to listen, think, and share in this interactive community engagement webinar!

In her almost 10 years of experience in the Arts & Culture field, Amanda has done curatorial and collections work at the Gallery of BC Ceramics, the Museum of Vancouver, and the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre. Since her days in Canmore, Amanda has coordinated family day events, kids programming, and speaker series at the White Rock Museum & Archives and public and special event programming at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Amanda continues her love of community engagement today with costumed interpretation at Burnaby Village Museum and the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

Webinar Details:

Time and Date: August 29, noon-1pm
Cost: Free for members, $10 for future members
Registration and more information: https://bcmawebinar5.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.

Call for BCMA Conference Host Community

The BC Museums Association is seeking proposals for host communities to host the annual conference in 2018, 2019, or 2020.

Each October the BC Museums Association holds a nationally-recognized provincial conference in a British Columbia community, creating an opportunity for members and future members to gather and discuss issues of relevance to the museum, gallery, archive, heritage and related sectors. We are looking for our next communities to host the annual conference in partnership with the BCMA.

The BCMA strongly encourages members to work closely with local hotels, conference centres, and other partners to develop strong host community proposals.  The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, August 11, 2017.

Conferences typically see 150 delegates attend from across BC, typically staff from small to large cultural institutions, and students.

We currently alternate conference locations between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island but are open to proposals from other areas if the partnership opportunities are strong.

To learn more about submitting a proposal, please read the full Request for Proposals to host Annual Conference in 2018, 2019, or 2020.

For questions or other inquiries, please contact Heather Jeliazkov.

RE-ORG: Canada West – Storage Reorganization

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) is pleased to announce RE-ORG: Canada (West), the fourth edition of CCI’s training program on storage reorganization.

Over a period of 14 months, up to six museums (two participants per museum) from British Columbia, Alberta and Yukon will identify the key issues affecting the access and conservation of their collection, prepare a reorganization project and implement it. These selected museums will receive ongoing technical guidance from CCI and from fellow participants both in person and online. Participating museums agree to transfer their knowledge and skills to other museums in their network.

RE-ORG: Canada (West) targets small and medium-sized museums based in British Columbia, Alberta and Yukon and is organized in collaboration with the Museums Assistance Program, the British Columbia Museums Association (BCMA), the Alberta Museums Association (AMA), the Yukon Historical and Museums Association (YHMA) and Yukon Government. It will run from September 2017 to November 2018.

Read the training announcement for instructions on how to apply. http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1495816173006/1496151275722

Application deadline: September 11, 2017