BC Museums Association is pleased to present a monthly educational webinar series!

Join your museum colleagues from around the province for a lunch-hour webinar. These engaging learning opportunities cover a different topic each month, from education to conservation, marketing to exhibit fabrication and everything in between. Museum experts from within our membership – and other special guests – present the webinars, which are recorded, archived and accessible through BCMA’s member portal.

Cost:  FREE for members (two-ticket maximum per institutional member), $15 for not-yet-members

Interested in presenting your own webinar topic?  Click here.


2020 Webinar Schedule

 

Wednesday, April 8, 22, 29, 2020

BC HERN April Webinar Series

12:00noon – 1:00pm PST

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

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

12:00noon – 1:00pm PST

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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!

In this webinar, we’ll cover:

-Planning a video, from setting your goals to creating your script

-Basic tips and tricks to improve the quality of the video you capture on your phone.

-Ideas for making you video useful beyond your social media feed

Bryan and Chelsea are award-winning videographers who run Paper Heart Films, based in Victoria, BC. They specialize in story-driven films, including for small businesses and non-profits. They’ve recently launched a DIY (with help) Video Service to help small businesses create and share video with commonly-available tools. Bryan also runs Accession, a consulting company that provides design thinking and strategic planning services for cultural-sector organizations.

 

Registration is Free!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Introduction to Brave Spaces

12:00noon – 1:00pm PST

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Museums across the world have recently been creating “safe spaces.” However, safe spaces can be a problematic concept, as they often incorrectly assume that all space can be “safe” to all people in the same way. What is safe for white, ableist individuals may not feel safe for a person of colour, queer, and / or disabled individual. Sometimes, regardless of what a museum does, spaces will never feel safe due to the institution’s founding in colonial history.

 

Join Regan Shrumm, Assistant Curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, for this important webinar. Regan will introduce “brave” spaces, focusing on personal stories from her experience of being a queer museum worker with disabilities, as well as lessons learned from completing an accessibility audit at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. This webinar will look at creating brave spaces through physical museum and gallery spaces, programming, collaborative relationships, staff management, and policies, with tools the participants can bring into their own institutions.

 

Registration is FREE for BCMA members; $15 for non-members.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Power Tools: Creating a blueprint for recruiting, revitalizing and recognizing volunteers

12:00noon – 1:00pm PST

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The Royal BC Museum and BC Archives recently made significant changes to the structure of their volunteer services, working closely with volunteers to transform the program from the ground up.

No matter the size of your organization, this blueprint will help you find creative ways to work collaboratively with your volunteers. Join Holli Hodgson and Alexandra Weaver from the Royal BC Museum and BC Archives as they walk you through their blueprint. You’ll learn how to think more creatively, identify the best ways to promote your volunteer program, use best recruitment practices, build a training plan, strategize how to empower your volunteers and build a recognition program that demonstrates appreciation and respect. Examples from the RBCM resource materials will be available to all webinar registrants.

 

FREE for BCMA members; $15 for non-members.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Succession Planning: Planning for Plan B

12:00noon – 1:00pm PST

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You are a staff-of-one or almost-one. You’re the one who takes care of the million and one day-to-day details. You know more about every aspect of your museum than anyone else; you’ve built up a vast knowledge about your collections, facilities, community, schedules, finances, volunteers, membership, policies, practices, etc. You’ve got it all under control, except for just one thing: what happens if you are suddenly unable to do it? Who takes over, and how will they know what needs to be done?

Join BCMA and Tammy Bradford, Manager of the Creston Museum, to talk about emergency succession planning and creating a plan for Plan B. Considerations and action items for “non-emergency” succession planning will also be addressed.

FREE for BCMA members; $15 for non-members.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Creating engaging online projects

12:00noon – 1:00pm PST

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Digital Museums Canada (formerly the Virtual Museum of Canada) is an investment program that helps Canadian museums and heritage organizations build digital capacity so we can all access a wide variety of stories and experiences.

Join BCMA and Megan Richardson, Director of Digital Museums Canada, for this webinar and hear about the exciting changes they’ve made to better serve you and your visitors. Learn about some of the benefits of their funding, see some inspiring online products – like virtual exhibits and tours – and get some tips on how to conceive, pitch and develop your own online product.

Registration is FREE for BCMA members; $15 for non-members.

Register here

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Measuring what matters:  Tracking data and measuring impact at your cultural heritage institution

12:00noon – 1:00pm PST

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Tracking statistics at your institution is an important way to measure the impact your programs have in your community. Yet collecting and analyzing that data can be time-consuming.  Ken Amaral, Policy and Research Analyst from Department of Canadian Heritage, will discuss the importance of data collection by museums in our province and how such data can be used to tell the story of our sector. Ken will discuss his work with The Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions: 2019, how their survey seeks to collect and interpret data and what data is important for BC museums, galleries and cultural centres to capture – no matter what the size of your institution.  Ken will also discuss best practices for collecting “industry characteristics” data, such as number of visits, volunteer hours, employees, research requests, etc. Webinar participants will come away with ideas on how to streamline data collection processes at their institution as well as how to use this data to make a case to your local government about your impact.

Registration is FREE for BCMA members; $15 for non-members.

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More 2020 webinars coming soon

Brought to you thanks to our 2020 Webinar Sponsor

Webinar Archives

All past webinars are archived and accessible to BCMA members on our new member portal.

Consider becoming a member to gain access to these valuable resources. Past webinar topics include:

  • Write Your Own Fundraising Plan
  • Planning Successful Exhibitions
  • Strategic Plans: Their Importance and Limitations
  • Overcoming Challenges of Recruitment and Retention in Youth Programming
  • Activate your Exhibition
  • B.C. Libraries and Reconciliation: Planting Seeds of Change
  • Bringing Your Photographs Online: Perspectives from the Haida Gwaii Museum
  • We Speak Translate:  A Google Translate Workshop
  • Climate Change – Implications for your museum practice
  • And much, much more!

A Note on BCMA Webinars

Our webinars are running on the Zoom webinar platform, which may be blocked by some firewall settings. Please contact your IT department if you are not sure if you can access the webinar.

We are aware of security concerns about Zoom meetings and the so called “Zoom Bombing” that has been in the media recently. Precautions to avoid these situations have been taken and procedures such as enabling the waiting room feature, muting all participants upon entry and disabling screen sharing have been implemented. The safety and privacy of our virtual programs are a priority for us and we are closely monitoring the situation and installing security updates that are regularly released by Zoom.