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Special Presentation Webinar –  November 9, 2018 

Understanding Collaborations for Not-for-Profit Organizations

Heritage BC presents with Vantage Point and in partnership with BC Museums Association

From knowledge, skills and training exchange to increased capacities and from organizational sustainability to attractiveness to funders, collaborations offer great promise. But, they come with many challenges. This webinar explores the complex nature of collaborations and provides the tools to ensure successful relationships and improved outcomes.

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Webinar #19 –  November 20, 2018 

BC Libraries & Reconciliation – Planting Seeds of Change

Join us for a special webinar showcase of a wide variety of reconciliation-based activities taking place in libraries of all sizes across the province. Wendy Wright, Director of the Smithers Public Library, will discuss the guiding principles behind these initiatives for engaging, educating and connecting our communities so others in the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums) sector can apply similar strategies at their institutions.

The webinar will begin starting at 12noon Pacific Time.

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Conference 2018 Delegate Survey

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Kelowna for the BC Museums Association conference. We hope you’ve all made it home teeming with fresh ideas and inspiration, new connections with colleagues and friends and lots of warm memories. Heading back to your institutions, we trust you will be able to spread the enthusiasm from the weekend across BC.
We sincerely hope you will take a moment to fill out our post-conference survey. It will only take a few minutes, and it will really help us gather what is important to you so we can start planning for next year’s conference.
Please save the date and join us again – we’ll be hosting the next BC Museums Association conference in Prince George from September 30 – October 2, 2019.

Congratulations to the 2018 Recipients of the BC Museums Association Awards for Outstanding Achievement!

The 2018 BC Museums Association Awards for Outstanding Achievement were handed out on Wednesday, October 23 at the BCMA Conference Gala at the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna.  A staple event of our annual conference, the presentation of the Awards for Outstanding Achievement saw museums and galleries from across the province recognized.  Awards committee co-chair Scott Marsden and committee member Tammy Bradford made the presentations in front of a crowd of more than 150 delegates and some special guests.

The BCMA annual awards recognize institutions and individuals who have exemplified excellence in exhibitions, community engagement and innovation within the province’s museums, galleries and cultural heritage community.

For the official press release, click here.

Awards for Outstanding Achievement 2018 Winners 

A big congratulations to our BCMA Awards for Outstanding Achievement winners and nominees!

The 2018 winners (below in bold) and nominees are:


Award of Merit – Excellence in Exhibitions

  • The Reach Gallery Museum – Grand Theft Terra Firma
  • Port Moody Station Museum – The McKnight Centennial Trench exhibit
  • Dave Schaepe, Dr. Kate Hennessy, Dr. Natasha Lyons, Chief Colin Pennier – Digital Sq’éwlets: A Stó:lō-Coast Salish community in the Fraser River Valley
  • The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame – Hall of Fame Touchscreen Exhibit Project
  • Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives – Many Families in One House: Diverse communities in the Cowichan Valley permanent exhibit
  • Museum of Anthropology (MOA) – Fabric of Our Land:Salish Weaving – Exhibition Team
  • Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives, Mary Thomson, Sarah Macey, Elphinstone TV Club, Coast TV, Matthew Talbot Kelly – Fixed
  • Guest Curator Kwiaahwah Jones, Haida Gwaii Museum and Museum of Vancouver – Haida Now exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver
  • Kate Kerr – for her work on various exhibits with the Royal BC Museum and InSitu Design


Award of Merit – Excellence in Community Engagement

  • Nikkei National Museum – The 75th anniversary of Japanese Canadian Internment, and 30th anniversary of Japanese Canadian Redress project
  • Oliver Museum – Deep Roots Exhibit
  • Ryan Ellen – Tashme Museum project
  • BC Museums Association, BC Libraries Association, Archives Association of BC – The GLAM Memorandum of Understanding
  • Japanese Canadian Hastings Park Committee – Research and online documentation of Hastings Park detainees:
  • Greater Vernon Museum and Archives – Community engagement programming with the Okanagan Indian Band, School Boards, other non-profits, and businesses
  • Steveston Historical Society – Walking Tour Vignettes
  • Marina Sacht (Ladysmith & District Historical Society) – Lives & Legends Heritage Video Series
  • Salmon Arm Heritage Association – Montebello Museum in the R.J. Haney Heritage Village
  • Dianne Hinkley (Cowichan Tribes) and Brian Thom (University of Victoria) – Commemorating Ye’yumnuts project
  • Rumiko Kanesaka (Japanese Garden Society of Salt Spring Island) – Island Forest Embers – The Japanese Charcoal Pit Kilns in the Gulf Islands book and charcoal kiln interpretive signage project
  • Trail Historical Society and the City of Trail – The Trail Museum & Archives in the Riverfront Centre
  • Royal BC Museum, South Asian Studies Institute (SASI) at the University of the Fraser Valley, and the Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project Advisory Committee – Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project
  • Two Rivers Gallery – KidzArt Dayz
  • Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society – Port Coquitlam’s Historical Continuum
  • City of Port Coquitlam – Sports Hall of Fame exhibit
  • Royal BC Museum Learning Team – Partner School Project


Award of Merit – Excellence in Collections

  • Mayne Island Museum operated by the Mayne Island Agricultural Society – John Aitken glass plate negative digitization project
  • Genevieve Weber (Royal BC Museum & Archives) – UNESCO designation of two BC Archives collections: Ida Halpern collection and the Vancouver Island Treaties
  • Beaty Biodiversity Museum – Beaty Box Project
  • The Qualicum Beach Historical and Museum Society Board, Staff and volunteers – Social history collections project 2000-2020
  • City of Richmond – Restoration of the #1220 Interurban Tram Car (#1220)


Honourable Mention for Excellence

  • Haida Now at the Museum of Vancouver – A collaborative exhibition with Guest Curator Kwiaahwah Jones, Haida Gwaii Museum and Museum of Vancouver


Honourable Mention for Impact and Engagement

  • Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project – A partnership between the Royal BC Museum, South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley, and the Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project Advisory Committee


Honourable Mention for Sustainability

  • Beaty Biodiversity Museum: Beaty Box Project


Innovation Award, sponsored by NGX Interactive

  • Rachael Bell-IrvingDigital Outreach Coordinator – Ocean Wise online learning programs
  • Jewish Museum and Archives of BC – innovative exhibits and programming
  • The Blue Cabin Committee, including grunt gallery, Other Sights For Artists? Projects, and C3: Creative Cultural Collaborations – Blue Cabin Project
  • Atchelitz Threshermens Association – Threshing Bees and small engine shows
  • Tzu-I Chung, Curator of History – Royal BC Museum – Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project
  • The Robert Bateman Centre – Art in 360 virtual reality exhibit
  • Genevieve Hill – Anthropology Collections Manager and Researcher, Royal BC Museum – Repatriation champion and visionary


Distinguished Service Award 

  • Marl Brown – Curator, Fort Nelson Heritage Museum
  • Carol Mayer, Head of the Curatorial, Interpretation and Design department at Museum Of Anthropology
  • John Nightingale, PhD, CEO of Ocean Wise (Vancouver Aquarium)
  • Leslie Norman, Curator at Pitt Meadows Museum
  • Lorne Ayers, Director, Tofino Clayoquot Heritage Museum


Museum Stewardship and Service Award

  • Sherri Robinson – Esquimalt Municipal Archives volunteer
  • Sandra Caddo – Pitt Meadows Museum and Heritage Society Board member and volunteer
  • Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture – for their significant investment in the sector with the British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada grant program





VHS Workshop Poster

Indigitization is pleased to announce our upcoming VHS digitization workshop, in partnership with UBC Okanagan Library and with sponsorship from Dr. Karis Shearer and the AMP Lab!

This full-day workshop (9:30am to 4:00pm), held at the AMP Lab (Fipke Centre – Room 251) at UBCO on October 21, 2018, will cover a variety of topics for those interested in learning about VHS digitization of cultural heritage media.

Intended for Aboriginal community members and staff from Aboriginal organizations, especially those with VHS tape collections, this workshop will cover these topics: digitization project planning, equipment, work flows, file management, and storage. While this workshop is suited to beginners it will also be relevant to those with previous digitization experience.

Workshop is free but registration is required to save your spot. Lunch is included.

CLICK HERE to Register

Conference 2018 Countdown!

Here are a few resources and reminders to help you enjoy the conference. The BC Museums Association Conference is happening October 21 to 23, 2018 at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, Kelowna Museums and the Kelowna Art Gallery. We are counting down the days so excited to see you all there meet new people and catch up with familiar faces as we count down the days.

Conference Program Guide – To keep the conference green and eco-friendly, paper conference programs will not be provide on-site. Please print off what you may need beforehand or refer to the online BCMA Conference Program.

Speaker Bios – There is an amazing list of speakers and workshops lined up including keynote speakers, Dr. Yosef Wosk, OBC and Megan Richardson. Find their bios and more information here.

Name Badges – Please pick up your name badge when you arrive in Kelowna.  The Conference Desk is located at the Delta in the Skaha Foyer unless otherwise noted.  The hours are:

  • Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 8:00 am – 9:30 am AND 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm at the Kelowna Art Gallery
  • Monday and Tuesday, October 22 & 23 from 7:30 am – 5:00pm

Your name badge is required for entry to the Welcome Reception and all conference events.

  • Pre-conference workshop registrants: Be sure to review the schedule and pre-reading material in advance and bring your own print-outs as needed. Join us at 8:30am for coffee and networking; the session will begin at 9am.
  • Welcome Reception – Sunday, October 21, 2018 at the Kelowna Art Gallery at 1315 Water Street from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. There will be a cash bar – so please come prepared with real money!  We do not accept credit cards.
  • Conference Opening – Monday, October 22, 2018 starts bright and early at 8:00 am with breakfast and opening remarks in the 1/3 North room followed by Megan Richardson who will provide our opening keynote. Check the conference program for full details.
  • Kelowna resources: our Conference committee has kindly assembled a restaurant list and other local information to help everyone enjoy their time in Kelowna.
  • Social media – please use #bcmuseums and help us create a buzz around Conference 2018!

Please let us know if there is anything you need in advance of the conference – you can contact our office by emailing bcma@museumsassn.bc,ca or call us at 250-356-5700.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

BC municipal elections: Get ready to vote!

On October 20, BC residents will once again take to the polls to decide on our municipal government and our province’s future. While voters will have their own priorities and candidates in mind, we encourage our members to be aware of the arts-related issues important to them. Supporting the arts and museum sector may not seem like a hot topic of debate; however, the culture sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in BC, providing 88,000 jobs.

Interested in helping to support culture and heritage in your community? Be sure to read the latest issue of Roundup and check out our municipal election primer. The BC Museums Association also encourages our members to check out the resources available through ArtsVote and to take an active role in your community’s municipal election. Municipalities provide essential funding for BC’s museums, along with many other services and supports, and are key partners in the success of our sector! Two needs are consistently identified as critical to the success of the arts, culture and heritage sector; the need for an increased investment in municipal cultural grant programs, and the need for an increase to municipal capital spending on cultural infrastructure.

It’s easy to contact your municipal politician and invite them to your events, but you can also attend an all-candidates meeting, or volunteer for your candidate of choice.  Advocating for increased annual funding and grant support for culture and heritage may be easier than you think. Showing your support by voting for candidates with arts priorities in mind is one of the best ways to support your community and the arts sector you love.



Roundup 273 now available!!

Fall 2018 issue of Roundup is now available to read online!

Read about celebrating B.C. communities and their contributions to Canada, our 2018 municipal election primer, and the Chinatown Storytelling Centre.


Notice of Annual General Meeting and Special Resolution

The Annual General Meeting of the BC Museums Association will be held at the Delta Hotels Grand Okanagan Resort, in the 1/3 North Room at Terrace Ballroom at 12:30p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 for the following purposes:

1. To consider the President’s Report, Executive Director’s Report, and the Financial Statements
2. To elect members to the BC Museums Association Council
3. To amend the Bylaws of the Association
4. To appoint auditors
5. To deal with such other business as may properly be addressed at the meeting.

Active members can download the AGM materials using the password provided by email. Please contact us if you need any assistance accessing the materials.

Voting at the AGM

If you cannot attend the AGM, your vote can be recorded by Proxy. Members in good standing who will not be present at the meeting can appoint an individual as a Proxy, either the Association Past President or another member in good standing, by completing the form provided. The use of the proxy is limited to voting on amendments to the constitution and bylaws, and the election of officers and Council. Proxy votes cannot be changed once assigned.

Institutional Members must designate a representative to vote on behalf of their institution. Only one representative can vote.

Proxy and Institutional Member voting assignments must be received by the BC Museums Association by mail / email by October 18, 2018, or hand-delivered to the Conference registration desk in Kelowna in advance of the Annual General Meeting. Proxy forms are available to members in the AGM package. Please contact us with any questions: members[at] or call (250) 356-5700.

BC Farm Museum Association in Fort Langley

BC | Canada 150 Grant Recipient Project Highlights

BC Farm Museum Association, Fort Langley

Project: Ventilation System Replacement
Funding Received: $8,000

The BC Farm Museum’s purchase and installation of a new ventilation system directly benefited the health and safety of the 40+ volunteers who spend time in the workshop restoring and repairing priceless artifacts from the BC Farm Museum collection.

BC Farm Museum Association
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Northern Trails Historical Society

BC | Canada 150 Grant Recipient Project Highlights

Northern Trails Historical Society

Project: “Emergence” – Public Art Sculpture
Funding Received: $20,000

A Caterpillar Trencher used in the building of the Alaska Highway has been transformed into a public art sculpture, titled “Emergence”. Emergence seeks to reflect the history of the Peace-Liard’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and to emblemize a community moving together toward a deeper understanding of both.

The project provided a unique opportunity for artists in the community to work with internationally renowned Indigenous artist, Brian Jungen. The project brought together both Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in a truly meaningful way, and the emphasis of indigenous perspective greatly strengthened the power of the sculpture. The aim was to use the historic artifact as a shared canvas where artists could express their individual experiences side by side. Emergence celebrates difference. The public art project has helped build relationships between communities, artists and the partnering organizations and indigenous groups.

“Emergence” is now permanently displayed at the National Alberta Railway (NAR) Park in Dawson Creek, BC, which also houses the Dawson Creek Art Gallery and The Dawson Creek Station Museum. It is a prime location, marking Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway. Northern Trails Historical Society partnered with the Peace Liard Regional Arts Council to apply for BC | Canada 150 funding, and with the City of Dawson Creek to provide a permanent location and in-kind contributions of site set-up and vegetation.

The public art project not only evokes the complex layers of history that grew out of this piece of machinery, but that it also highlights the idea of new growth and moving together in positive ways toward our collective future.

Emergence- Northern Trails

Emergence: displays several lines of poetry and quotes:

1. Translated from Cree, the following line expresses the experience of bulldozers coming through Indigenous camps: “Giant kettles are coming through the bush, and they leave a trail where nothing grows.”

2. Cut into the boom of the sculpture are lines from Helen Knott’s poem, “Dear Prime Minister: this poet has something to say to you about Indigenous rights.” The full poem, which was made into a video, can be viewed online here »

3. The following lines were written by Dean Mattson: “Am I integral or just turning a useless little wheel / Come see what pretty thing from ugliness grew.” From these provocative words, many meanings may emerge, depending on the unique perspectives and experiences of those who read them.

Emergence- Northern Trails Emergence- Northern Trails

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