The BCMA Celebrates 60 Years | Join Now!

JOIN US!  We are celebrating our 60th Anniversary year with special incentives to join the BCMA in 2017.

  • New Individual members who join BCMA between March 1 and December 31, 2017, receive a two-year membership for $60.
  • New Student/Volunteer members who join BCMA between March 1 and December 31, 2017 receive a two-year membership for $40.
  • New Institutional members who join between March 1 and December 31, 2017, will be entered in a draw for one free 2018 Conference delegate registration!

*annual membership dues revert to regular rates upon renewal.

Founded in 1957, the BCMA has over 400 members across the province ranging from major museums and historic and heritage sites, to independent galleries, and community archives. We connect and support their professional staff, trustees and passionate volunteers.  We honour excellence, inspire innovation, support professional development, and we advocate on behalf of the sector to build recognition and support stability and growth.

Membership is available to organizations and individuals, with benefits designed specifically for each membership category. Visit the Become a Member page for an outline of each category and the corresponding membership benefits.

Will you join us?

Webinar #7 – Funding for Heritage Organizations

The BCMA is proud to announce the seventh professional development webinar in our monthly webinbar series!

Join colleagues from around the province and across Canada on October 17 for “Funding for Heritage Organizations” presented by Michael Smith and Colleen Craig from the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Webinar Description:

Program officers Colleen Craig and Michael Smith will give an overview of the main heritage funding programs offered by the federal Department of Canadian Heritage. The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) supports projects that include the creation or hosting of travelling exhibits, collection management storage or database improvements, shared best practices workshops and Indigenous heritage organizations. We’ll go over the basics of applicant and project eligibility, the assessment process, as well as what makes a strong application.  We will also speak to the other programs museums may be eligible for, including the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (for renovation, construction, planning, and specialized museum equipment purchase), Building Communities Through Arts & Heritage (for activities celebrating/commemorating a community’s past through festivals, events and projects), and Celebrate Canada (for festivities celebrating National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Multiculturalism Day, and Canada Day).

Though now based in Vancouver and serving heritage organizations in BC, Yukon and Alberta, both Colleen and Michael originally come from northern BC.   After a few years working in small community museums, Colleen joined Canadian Heritage in 2004.  Michael is now in his second year as a MAP program officer, having moved to Canadian Heritage after 8 years with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.  Both are passionate about museums and are proud to be working to support Western Region’s heritage community.

Webinar Details:

Time and Date: October 17, noon-1pm
Cost: Free for members, $10 for future members
Registration and more information:

If you need help finding your member number, please email  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

Conference Day Rates Available Now

With Conference 2017 just under two weeks away, we are now opening limited Day Registration options.

Day registration gets you in to individual sessions for either Wednesday, October 4 or Thursday, October 5.

Day registration excludes social events. Gala tickets may be purchased separately. All other social events are sold out.

Final Conference Day Rates:

Members: $275

Non-Members: $300


**PLEASE NOTE** Many sessions are now sold out.  Please check what is available before you confirm registration.

Click here to register


Registration closes September 27.  Please note that session availability is on a first-come first-served basis and sessions may sell out before September 27.