New resource: Election Primer 2020 – Making the Case for Museums, Galleries, and Cultural Centres in Your Community

To support members in their advocacy efforts in the lead-up to the October 24th provincial election, the BCMA, in partnership with its Advocacy Committee, has prepared an updated version of its Election Primer. As communities across the province begin to plan for an uncertain future and ultimate recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, advocacy is more […]

Hands-Off: Ideas for Reducing Touch in Your Museum During COVID-19

For decades museums have worked to make their collections and programs more “hands-on” for the public. Hands-on learning helps physical learners better connect with ideas, helps to make the past more accessible, and generally helps to make museums collections more accessible to a wider audience. Sadly, until a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 is developed, […]

BCMA Micro-grants for Emerging and Diverse Professionals

Micro-Grants Available to Support Emerging and Diverse Museum Professionals to Create Online Resources, Workshops, and Networking Events Do you have new ideas and experiences to share? We want to hear your voice! The BCMA is excited to offer micro-grants to support emerging and diverse museum, arts, and cultural professionals to share their ideas with members, galleries, […]

Stories of Economic Impact & Resilience in the Cultural Sector

Stories of Economic Impact & Resilience in the Cultural Sector: Insights from Five Culture and Heritage Organizations in British Columbia British Columbia’s cultural and heritage organizations create a significant impact in their communities in diverse and transformative ways. Museums, science centres, archives, historic sites, and geoparks not only educate and entertain, they also connect and […]

2020 Repatriation Grants

The B.C. government is providing $500,000 to the BC Museums Association to provide a range of grants to support communities at different stages of the repatriation process. First Nation communities and organizations will be eligible for grants to support repatriation planning, building capacity to take on repatriation projects, and encouraging collaboration with cultural organizations. Countless sacred items […]

Reopening Guidelines for BC Museums, Galleries & Cultural Organizations

Updated June 25, 2020 The BC Museums Association (BCMA) has compiled a guide, which has then been reviewed by the Government of British Columbia, to assist museums, galleries, culture centres, and heritage organizations in preparing their sites to be reopened to staff, volunteers, and the public. This is a living document that will be updated […]

COVID-19 Resources for Museums and Cultural Organizations

Updated August 31st, 2020 Museums, galleries, and cultural organizations across the province are currently dealing with a host of challenges stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. In partnership with Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance, and BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, the BCMA is working to help quantify the impact that COVID-19 is having on the […]

How Museums Across Canada and Around the World Are Reopening During COVID-19

Explore how museums, art galleries, and cultural organizations across Canada and around the world are reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic Updated July 30, 2020 The Government of BC has announced that museums will be able to reopen in mid-May as part of the Province’s Restart Plan. Worksafe BC has published new guidelines for our sector […]

BCMA’s Digital Resources

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, […] – a directory of online museums, arts, and cultural programs

Are you working on online content during the COVID-19 shutdown? Share it with! The BC Museums Association and Arts BC have launched; a directory of online programs and resources that museums, art galleries, and cultural organizations are sharing with British Columbians during the COVID-19 shutdowns. We’ve launched this platform to help show our […]