BC Museums Association’s current learning opportunities

Recently, the BCMA has partnered with Arts BC and launched Culture Online, a digital directory of online programs and resources that museums, art galleries, and cultural organizations are sharing with British Columbians during the COVID-19 shutdowns.

For members (and prospective members) that would like to start offering virtual programming, site tours, live streams or other online content, we have compiled additional webinars to help you get started.

If there is a topic you would like to see here, reach out to us via email or social media. To exchange ideas, we would also love for you to join us and other arts and culture professionals in our weekly online chat, Watercooler Wednesday.

Digital Resources

Exploring Digital Outreach – An Introduction to Livestream Site Tours 

On March 30 digital educator Jenny Arnold offered a webinar exploring tips, tools, and technology for live streaming your site. From virtual classroom tours, to finding new ways to engage your community, this webinar and accompanying blog post offer easy, affordable ideas for creating successful live streams.

Using Your Phone to Create Video – Tips & Tricks from Videographers

Creating a video to share online can be overwhelming. From the scripting and planning stage right through to the editing phase, video creation can be time-consuming and difficult to get just right. These days, it’s so important to create meaningful and engaging content to share online, but how do you ensure that you’re creating video content that fits with your brand and that stands out above the rest? Luckily, you can do a lot with the tools you already have at home – a smartphone and good lighting go a long way, especially if you script and plan your video just right! Award-winning videographer duo Paper Heart Films shared their tips with the BCMA community on April 9.

Virtual Exhibits – Engagement & Accessibility

Museums across the world have shuttered their doors during this COVID-19 pandemic and many are turning to digital programming to keep in contact with their audiences. Virtual exhibit tours are one of the many ways institutes are engaging and entertaining their virtual visitors. Sandra Borger, Visitor Experience Manager at the Museum of Surrey, and Meena Bhagat photographer from Fraser Valley Virtual presented our April 27 webinar. Sandra introduced how the Museum of Surrey approached creating a virtual exhibit and shared how a virtual exhibit can support visitors and engagement during this COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Meena shared how a virtual exhibit is created using a Matterport 3D camera and how other institutes can get started.

Youtube Channel

To support our community with the ongoing Covid-19 closures the BCMA has made all of our previous webinars publicly available for viewing on our YouTube channel. Explore sessions on communication, fundraising, digitalization, advocacy, climate change and more.

Information on our upcoming webinars can be found here.