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Episode 15: Back to School Week

It’s Back to School Week at the BCMA and we’re sharing ideas, tips, and resources for museums as they think about how to continue engaging with schools and teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In today’s podcast episode, we’re joined by Tom Searby.

Tom majored in History and English at Wilfrid Laurier University and completed a Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University. He has taught grades 8-12 in Ontario and British Columbia and has also worked as a museum educational programmer at Doon Heritage Village in Waterloo, Ontario. He currently resides in Smithers and teaches Food Studies, woodshop, and senior social studies at Houston Secondary School in Houston BC.

Today Tom will be helping to give a teacher’s perspective on how museums can support schools during the most unpredictable back-to-school season in our lifetimes.

MuseNews: Episode 2

Welcome to MuseNews, the BCMA’s monthly museum sector news podcast. Each month we recap some of the latest news, happenings, and announcements from museums, galleries, and heritage organizations across BC and beyond. Join Ryan and Lorenda as we explore the latest MuseNews!

Featured News:

 

MuseNews: Episode 1

Welcome to MuseNews, the BCMA’s monthly museum sector news podcast. Each month we recap some of the latest news, happenings, and announcements from museums, galleries, and heritage organizations across BC and beyond. Join Ryan and Lorenda as we explore the latest MuseNews!

Featured News:

Episode 14: International Advocacy with Dr. Rob Lennox

Today we’re joined by Dr. Rob Lennox to explore the concept of advocacy for the museums and heritage sector. Rob is a Senior Advocacy Coordinator at the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists in the UK where he undertakes advocacy work to influence policy-makers and maintain relationships with external stakeholders. Rob completed his Ph.D. in 2016 exploring the regulation of the historic environment through government policy instruments and the impact that political processes have on the application of sectoral value-driven visions.

Through his research and work, Rob aims to develop and demonstrate a strategic understanding of the heritage sector and of its political machinations, as well as of conservation philosophy and operations in the planning system. Outside of his advocacy work, Rob is a keen mountaineer, hiker, and skiier and enjoys birding. As an enjoyer of nature and mountains, Rob has a deep appreciation and interest in British Columbia.

Rob also recommends the following resources for those interested in expanding their advocacy toolkits:

1. Fighting for Birds by Mark Avery (A fantastic book, possibly not packed with directly relevant skills for the budding BC museums campaigner, but it shows the passion and dedication of nature conservation campaigners in the UK and will explain why advocacy is a long game)
2. From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in a Digital Age by D Allen & J Light (There is a lot to learn about ‘new’ advocacy, and it’s developing all around us. But politics is changing all the time. This book looks at how we communicate around political issues and how we translate that into participatory power.)
3. Many charities have excellent advocacy resources. There are too many to mention, but The National Council for Voluntary Organisations is a great example from the UK (https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/campaigns) but you may wish to search closer to home.
4. Learn from other campaigns! You can look at different organisations, but the Museums Association in the UK has lots of information about past and current campaigns on its website: https://www.museumsassociation.org/campaigns
5. Hope For the Future is for a climate change-focused local advocacy organisation! They’ve got some really clear advice on letter writing and other things (https://www.hftf.org.uk/template-letters)

Episode 13: BCMA and Heritage BC Economic Impact Study Discussion with Accession Consulting

The BCMA and Heritage BC partnered to produce a new study examining the economic impact that museums, galleries, and heritage sites have in their local communities. Accession Consulting supported our organizations in conducting this study and join us in this podcast to discuss their findings and themes that museums and heritage organizations can use to advocate for the important roles they play in communities across the province.

To learn more about Accession Consulting, visit their website. To access the BCMA and Heritage BC Economic Impact Study, please visit our website.

Episode 12: Reopening Conversation with the Bateman Foundation

As museums, galleries, and cultural organizations across British Columbia reopen their doors to the public, we’re checking in with members to see how their first few weeks have gone and to share these experiences with other organizations who are in the process of reopening. Today I’m joined by Sarah Theophilus, Head of Retail & Operations and Courtney Zylsta, Head of Art & Visitor Experience at the Bateman Foundation in Victoria BC to discuss how their organization’s June 2nd reopening has gone so far.

Episode 11: Reopening Conversation with Tammy Bradford from the Creston Museum

On May 20, 2020, the Creston Museum reopened to the public, making it one of the first museums in the province to reopen after the COVID-19 public health orders. To see what their first few days of being reopened were like and how they approached adapting their site to our new reality, today I’m joined by Tammy Bradford, Manager of the Creston Museum.

As museums, galleries, and heritage spaces around the province continue to reopen, we hope to continue recording podcasts to document their experiences and share lessons learned with other organizations who are in the process of reopening. To stay up-to-date with our latest news and member resources, visit our website or follow the BCMA on social media.

Music in this episode by Tobu & Itro

Episode 10: Museums, Libraries, and Digital Preservation with Corey Davis

To explore International Museum Week’s theme of #TechnologyMW, we’re joined by Corey Davis to discuss digital preservation.

Corey is the Digital Preservation Librarian at the University of Victoria and Visiting Program Officer at the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). He has been working in academic libraries for 15 years, most recently as Digital Preservation Coordinator for the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL). He is active in several national preservation efforts in Canada, including as a founding member of CARL’s Digital Preservation Working Group, and as founder and chair of the Canadian Web Archiving Coalition. Most recently, he became Chair of CARL Portage’s Preservation Expert Group.

Music in this episode by Tobu & Itro

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Episode 9: OWL You Need to Know Interview with Ryan Hunt

Get to know Ryan Hunt, the BCMA’s Executive Director, in this 90-second OWL You Need to Know micro-podcast!

Episode 8: OWL You Need to Know Interview with Daniel Gowryluk

Get to know Daniel Gowryluk, Education Outreach Coordinator and Assistant Curator at the Pacific Museum of Earth, in this 90-second OWL You Need to Know micro-podcast!

Episode 7: OWL You Need to Know Interview with Briana Sadler

Get to know Briana Sadler, MakerLab Coordinator at Two Rivers Gallery, in this 90-second OWL You Need to Know micro-podcast!

Episode 6: OWL You Need to Know Interview with Kira Westby

Get to know Kira Westby, Curator at the Bulkley Valley Museum, in this 90-second OWL You Need to Know micro-podcast!

Episode 5: OWL You Need to Know Interview with Vanessa Gelhaar

Get to know Vanessa Gelhaar, Operations Manager for the BC Museums Association, in this 90-second OWL You Need to Know micro-podcast!

Episode 4: OWL You Need to Know Interview with Kanchan Lal

Get to know Kanchan Lal, Museum Coordinator for PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives, in this 90-second OWL You Need to Know micro-podcast!

Episode 3: OWL You Need to Know Interview with Sonia Nicholson

Get to know Sonia Nicholson, Archivist for the Saanich Pioneer Society, in this 90-second OWL You Need to Know micro-podcast!

Episode 2: OWL You Need to Know Interview with Twyla Exner

Get to know Twyla Exner, Director of Public Programs at Two Rivers Gallery in this 90-second OWL You Need to Know micro-podcast!

Episode 1: OWL You Need to Know Interview with Lorenda Calvert

Welcome to “OWL You Need to Know” a new micro-podcast series from the BC Museums Association. In this podcast, BCMA members are given 90 seconds to answer 20 questions about themselves. If you’d like to give a 90-second interview, contact the BCMA. In our first episode of this new series, we interview Lorenda Calvert, the BCMA’s new Program Coordinator.

 

Episode 9 – BCMA 2019 Conference Highlight- Siwin: Word Power

This episode accompanies our latest issue of Roundup Magazine which focused on our 2019 annual conference. To celebrate the role museums play in connecting people through language and story, this year’s conference theme was Spoken Words, Shared Stories. This theme acknowledges the importance of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, explores how museums can become involved in language revitalization, and allows for discussion on how our organizations use stories to communicate, educate, and encourage social interactions.

Here is a recording of one of our conference presentations; Siwin: Word Power presented by Julie Bevan and Arlene Deptuck of the Nanaimo Art Gallery. The gallery’s action research project, Siwin: Word Power, contributes to revitalizing local Indigenous languages. Julie and Arlene talk about what’s at stake, about collaboration and mentorship, art as a tool for language learning and practice

Music in this episode by Sound of Picture.

 

Episode 8 – Conversation with Jordan Coble and Tania Muir – 2019 International Conference On Indigenous Languages

In this episode, Adrian Paradis (BCMA’s Communications Coordinator) has a conversation with Jordan Coble (of BCMA’s Indigenous Advisory Committee) and Tania Muir (BCMA’s Council President) about the 2019 International Conference On Indigenous Languages.

From June 24-26, 2019, the First Peoples’ Cultural Council and the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation hosted the international conference on Indigenous language revitalization in Victoria, British Columbia, in celebration of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages. Hundreds of speakers gathered from over 20 countries for what was called the largest-ever Indigenous language conference.

The conference was held by and for Indigenous Peoples. Workshops included successful models in Indigenous language revitalization with a focus on knowledge sharing. Discussions celebrated the successes and best practices that have been made in language revitalization and highlighted the important work currently happening in B.C. and around the world.

Among the attendees of the conference was BCMA’s Tania and Jordan. Presented here for our members who didn’t get to attend the conference, or those looking for a recap, is the conversation in full.

Music in this episode by Sound of Picture.

Episode 7 – Megan Richardson on Sector-Wide Gaps of Digital Literacy Skills

In this episode, the BCMA is revisiting one more highlight of 2018; Adrian Paradis, our Communications Assistant, introduces a keynote speaker from our 2018 conference-Megan Richardson.

Richardson has spent her career creating and supporting connections among people and museum collections.

After establishing the education program at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Megan moved to the National Gallery of Canada where she was a manager, and then head, of education. She introduced the Gallery’s first collection app, a national online teen art contest, and the distance learning program. She also revitalized the flagship family program; and oversaw onsite and online interpretation for major international temporary exhibitions.

Megan is currently the Director of the Virtual Museum of Canada, a national digital cultural investment program, managed by the Canadian Museum of History. She is responsible for the annual calls for investment, dozens of projects in development, and the program websites. Megan is leading the VMC renewal, an intensive 3-step process to better meet the needs of Canadian museums and heritage organizations.

We hope you enjoy our first episode of the year. We look forward to presenting more podcasts for you soon.

Music in this episode by Sound of Picture.

 

Episode 6 – Dr. Yosef Wosk, OBC, on Universal Technologies and Innovations

In this episode, the BCMA revisits one of the highlights of our year; Erica Mattson, our executive director, introduces a keynote speaker from our 2018 conference, Dr. Yosef Wosk.

Dr. Wosk was the Director of Interdisciplinary Programs in Continuing Studies and still serves as Shadbolt Fellow and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Humanities at Simon Fraser University where he developed seminal programs such as The Philosophers’ Cafe and The Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars. In addition to being an ordained rabbi and receiving two honorary doctorates, he holds Ph.D.s in Religion & Literature as well as in Psychology, and Masters degrees in Education and in Theology. Yosef has founded and supported hundreds of libraries worldwide, endowed Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, and has lectured at a number of universities and institutes of higher learning throughout the world. Identified as one of the top ten thinkers and most thoughtful citizens in the province, he is an appointed member of The Order of British Columbia, a recipient of both The Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals and included in Canadian Who’s Who.

We hope you enjoy the final episode for the year, and that you all have an amazing holiday. We look forward to presenting more podcasts for you in the new year.

Music in this episode by Sound of Picture.

Episode 5 – Museum Education

In this episode, the BCMA goes back to school, at least for museum education!  Host Ben Fast talks with Jen Garner from the Kelowna Museums about their longstanding Salmon, Saskatoons and Storytelling program, one that has been around since the 1970s but that has seen notable changes in the past few years as it incorporates Indigenous knowledge and new forms of learning.  BCMA Podcast regular, Chelsea Forseth, talks with Nanaimo Museum’s Aimee Greenaway about incorporating sage spaces and critical thinking into the museum’s Far From Home residential school program.  Erin Henshaw and Michael Schwartz talk about what museum education really is: a changing platform for empathy and understanding, and Ben also talks with Lorenda Calvert about how educators group together for their own learning and mutual support with the Lower Mainland Museum Educators.

Join us in Kelowna, October 21-23 for sessions, workshops, keynotes, and lightning talks!  Registration is open now through September 14, and bursary applications close September 1 and 7.  Visit http://bit.ly/BCMAconfregister for more information.

Music in this episode by Sound of Picture.

 

Episode 4 – Collaboration in Roundup

In this episode, we explore collaboration in museums as seen in our latest issue of BCMA’s Roundup Magazine.  Roundup is the quarterly magazine published by the BCMA and available on our website.  For Issue 272, editor Jane Lemke compiled stories of collaboration, tips on how to do it right, and how community collaboration is bringing our province together.  New BCMA Podcast contributor Chelsea Forseth explores how UBC Museum of Anthropology is Getting It Right with collaboration at the centre.  This issue is also Jane’s final episode with designer Shannon Bettles.  Both are on to different projects and we wish them well!  BCMA Podcast host Ben Fast talks with the incoming editor, Dezirae DaCosta, about her interest in editing the magazine and what’s coming soon for Roundup.

Join us in Kelowna, October 21-23 for sessions, workshops, keynotes, and lightning talks!  Registration is open now through September 14.  Visit http://bit.ly/BCMAconfregister for more information.

Music in this episode by Sound of Picture.

 

Episode 3 – Bonus Episode: Museums and the Web Lightning Talks

In this special bonus episode, listen to four lightning talks (short, 6-minute sessions) presented on the Saturday morning at the Museums and the Web Conference, held in Vancouver in April.  You’ll hear from Diana Pan (MoMA), Rob Rothfarb (Exploratorium), Naomi Seixas (Local Projects / London Mithraeum) and Kelly Skelton (Aukland War Memorial Museum).

The BCMA was excited to host the Saturday morning Lightning Talks session at MW18.  The session featured 11 presenters from around the world giving 6-minute talks about an exciting project or initiative at their institution.  While on the final morning of conference, we were happy to see so many eager session attendees still make it out to hear the presentations.  Thanks everyone!

The BCMA is bringing lightning talks to our annual conference for the first time this year.  Join us in Kelowna, October 21-23 for sessions, workshops, keynotes, and yes, lightning talks too!  Early-bird registration is open now through July 14.  Visit http://bit.ly/BCMAconfregister for more information.

Music in this episode by Sound of Picture.

 

Episode 2 – CMA and Museums and the Web Recap

In this episode, host Ben Fast talks with BCMA Executive Director Erica Mattson and recaps the Canadian Museum Association and Museums and the Web conferences that took place in Vancouver in April. Erica gives an overview of the CMA conference she attended one week, and then Ben shares some experiences from MW18 that took place the week after. Ben also plays clips from interviews with Chris O’Connor (Royal BC Museum), Derek Tan (Beaty Biodiversity Museum), Hannah Turner (Simon Fraser University) and Robert Cawston (National Museum of Scotland).

Links:

MWX – The Museums and the Web exhibition project featured in Hannah Turner’s podcast.

Contactless Donation Experience, National Museums Scotland – the MW18 GLAMi Winning project in the Groundbreaking category.

This episode was recorded at Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, BC, with interview clips recorded at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver.

Music in this episode by Sound of Picture.

 

Episode 1 – Deaccessioning with Luc Desmarais

In this episode, join host Ben Fast as he talks with Luc Desmarais about deaccessioning. 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.

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!

Music in this episode by Sound of Picture.