BC Museums Week – May 13-20

Join the BCMA and museums from around BC as we celebrate and highlight the work of our members, discuss important themes for the sector, and work together to build a stronger future.

BC Museums Week will take place May 13-20, 2018.

BC Museums Week is the annual celebration of museums, art galleries, historic sites, cultural centres, and other memory institutions in BC.

In 2018, BCMA will focus on themes of “connectedness” to showcase the impact of museums in B.C. communities – e.g. collaboration between museums and First Nations to showcase Indigenous languages and cultural heritage and advance reconciliation, museums as sites of learning and connection, diversity and inclusion as new drivers, and innovative uses of technology to connect people with collections. This theme is chosen to reflect the 2018 theme for International Museums Day: “Hyperconnected museums: new publics, new approaches.”

Join BC Museums Week online or at your museum!

There are many ways to join in the BC Museums Week celebrations, including activities on social media and on-site at your museum. BCMA provides a How-To Guide for participating in BC Museums Week, and new this year are posters for display at your museum.

Click here to visit the full BC Museums Week page.

Follow along with the BC Museums Week discussions online using #BCMuseums

BCMA Conference 2018: Call for Papers Extended!

The BC Museums Association Conference 2018 call for papers is now open!

UPDATE: the 2018 call for papers has been extended to midnight, MAY 21!

The BC Museums Association invites proposals from individuals interested in speaking at our 2018 conference on the theme of Innovation and Technology: Keeping Pace with Acceleration. 

Sessions will explore a range of topics, such as relationships with Indigenous and diverse communities, social justice through exhibitions and programming, and engaging diverse audiences through innovations and new technologies 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, education, budgeting, fundraising, volunteer management, marketing, and storage.

Proposals are encouraged to focus on practice rather than theory, on topics of interest to the museum, gallery, archive, library, history and heritage sectors.

You can propose a session in one of these four formats:

  • Presentation – 60 minutes; to include Q&A. (3 panelists maximum).
  • Workshop – 60 minutes; to include dedicated time for hands-on participation.
  • Ask the Expert Plenary Session – 1.5-2 hours. Drop-in style roundtable discussions regarding a specific area of expertise.
  • New this year: Lightning Talks!* – 5 minutes. Quick talks that highlight projects, skills, or other topics, delivered in a group to a tight time limit.

All you need to know about BCMA Lightning Talks:

New in 2018, the BCMA introduces a Lightning Talk session! Lightning Talks are quick, five-minute presentations that provide an opportunity for highly focused topics or fun top-level highlights. Presenters can arrange their slides to advance automatically every 15 seconds, or can control them from the podium. Lightning Talk sessions move quickly: talks run from one to the next and each presenter has a strict time limit of five minutes.

Lightning Talks are a great way for emerging professionals or first-time conference presenters to gain experience presenting at BCMA conferences. They are also a good opportunity for projects or topics that may not be fully formed or suitable for a full session format.

*Please Note: Lightning Talks are not eligible for a speaker discount registration. Lightning Talk presenters also giving a presentation, workshop, and/or Ask the Expert plenary will receive their normal speaker discount for those sessions.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to midnight, May 21.

See the full details for submitting a conference session proposal here.

The BCMA Conference will be held October 21-23, 2018 in Kelowna!  Keep up to date with the latest conference news by visiting our Conference 2018 page.

BC Museums Win Big at the annual CMA Awards

The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) conference wrapped up last week in Vancouver.  A long-standing tradition at the CMA conference is the annual CMA Awards Ceremony, this year held on the Thursday night at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.

BCMA members, including museums and museum professionals alike, were well represented in the the 22 recipient class, and we congratulate all those who won or were nominated!

The BC award recipients were:

Award of Distinguished Service:

Debbie Trueman, Nanaimo Museum

Shirley Sutherland, North Vancouver Museum and Archives

Dr. John Nightingale, Vancouver Aquarium

CMA Awards of Outstanding Achievement:

Museum of Anthropology at University of British Columbia for Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia by Dr. Fuyubi Nakamura (category: Research – Art)

Ingenium – Canada’s Museum of Science and Technology for the 6″ Cooke & Sons Refracting Telescope (category: Conservation), the Petrovic Collection by Dr. George Petrovic (category: Research – Science), and the Exhibition Hall (category: Exhibitions – Science, budget over $1 million)

Museum Volunteer Award:

Sharon J. Proctor, North Vancouver Museum and Archives

Dr. Shirley L. Thomson Young Curators Award:

Ispreet Sing Anand and the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of Fraser Valley for their proposed project Desis in the Diaspora at the Sikh Heritage Museum


A special mention is also due for long-time Museum of Vancouver CEO, Nancy Noble, who was appointed to join the Fellows of the CMA for her dedication to upholding the CMA’s values and mission.  Nancy was named the Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in 2016.

Another special mention is also due for Dr. Yosef Wosk, OBC who has been a long time contributor, supporter, and advocate for culture and heritage in BC.  Dr. Wosk was awarded the President’s Award in recognition of his many contributions and patronage of art institutions, artists and museums across Canada.

To view the full list of award recipients, please click here.

Debbie Trueman Nanaimo Museum CMA Awards 2018

Debbie Trueman (second from left) celebrating with Nanaimo Museum staff at the 2018 CMA Awards Ceremony. Image by Julie Bevan.

BC GLAM Sector Symposium: May 8

BC’s GLAM sector partners – BC Museums Association, BC Library Association and Archives Association of BC – proudly present a symposium that will showcase the power of collaboration in the gallery, library, archives and museum (GLAM) sector and set the agenda for future innovation and partnership.

Join us for a day of learning and discovery as presenters share their achievements and aspirations for the GLAM sector and ask symposium participants to do the same.  Come ready to think, listen and engage in the collective future of BC’s dynamic GLAM sector.

Will you join us?

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
10:00am – 3:30pm
Sheraton Vancouver Airport, Richmond BC
Lunch included


$75 for members of BC’s GLAM sector associations (BC Museums Association, BC Library Association and the Archives Association of BC)

$125 for non-members (future members!)

If cost is a barrier to your participation, please contact us.

Register Now!

Find information about our keynote speaker, Prem Gill, by visiting our GLAM Sector Partnerships page.

Request for Proposals: Roundup Editor and Designer

The BC Museums Association is seeking BC-based contractors to fill two positions for BC Museums Association Roundup.

The BCMA is seeking two people to fill the roles of Editor and Designer, respectively.

Roundup‘s Editor works with an existing province-wide editorial committee to identify themes for each issue, playing a key role in producing and writing for Roundup.  In this role, the Editor produces four issues per year.

The Designer for Roundup liaises with the Editor in the layout of the publication, taking it from idea to a completed product, four times per year.  Roundup is currently published online, as well as a small print run.  The publication underwent a refresh in 2016 and should adhere to the general layout and established branding.  The Designer must have access to Adobe Creative Cloud software.

Note: The BCMA is looking for both an Editor and a Designer.  We welcome proposals from individuals as well as Editor/Designer teams.

DEADLINE for submissions is Saturday, April 21, 2018

Click here to read the full RFP for Roundup Editor and Designer.

BCMA Launches New Podcast

The BCMA is excited to launch the first episode of the new BCMA Podcast!

Join the BC Museums Association as we explore topics of importance to the museum community in BC, and around the world. Listen as we talk with museum workers, volunteers, and audiences about their work in BC museums.

Our first episode features an interview with Luc Desmarais.  Luc presented the first BCMA Regional Workshop of 2018 in Abbotsford on March 19 about caring for collections in small- and medium-sized museums in BC, focusing on how deaccessioning – the act of cleaning out a collection – is important to museums in their daily role as stewards of artifacts and histories.

Listen to the full episode here

This episode was recorded at the Sikh Heritage Museum and Gur Sikh Temple in Abbotsford, BC.  Luc will be presenting the same Caring for Collections: The Long Road to Deaccessioning Workshop in Quesnel on April 30.  Get your tickets today!

This new audio project will be expanding through 2018. Stay tuned for more content, and feel free to provide suggestions of future topics by emailing us.

May 31: UPDATE – Episode two is available now!  Visit our Podcast Page to listen and for ways to subscribe.