Apply for a BCMA Bursary!

Intake for the 2021 Joe Nagel Technology Bursary and Barrie Hardcastle Bursary is open now. The BCMA is awarding bursaries annually to enable staff and volunteers of our member institutions, or individual members currently employed or volunteering at a museum, gallery or historic site, to participate in professional development opportunities. Up to $1,000 per bursary […]

BCMA welcomes Koy Tayler and Leia Patterson to the team!

We are very excited to welcome two new team members to the BC Museums Association – Koy Tayler and Leia Patterson! Koy and Leia are joining the team to support the development of new resources and projects identified by the BCMA’s Indigenous Advisory Committee and will work to support museums and cultural organizations in on-going […]

Virtual Event Resources Toolkit

NEW Virtual Event Resources Toolkit In Summer 2020, the BCMA and Heritage BC embarked on the joint research project “Future Perfect: Developing Effective Models for Digital, Physical, and Blended Conferences” funded by Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund. Through Future Perfect, we hope to create a comprehensive framework for a new breed of […]

Global Philanthropic Inc. and BCMA Partnership Announcement

Whether you’re a large or small museum, fundraising can be a challenge. And with the COVID-19 pandemic putting additional financial strains on all sectors of the economy, many museums and cultural organizations are finding that their normal fundraising activities are producing diminishing returns. To help members find new ways to diversify their organization’s revenue streams […]

COVID-19 Resources for Museums and Cultural Organizations

Updated November 19, 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 […]

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, […]

Guides for Moving Your Site Online, Safely Closing, and Safely Reopening

Guides for Moving Your Site Online, Safely Closing, and Safely Reopening Until a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 is developed, it is likely that museums, galleries, and cultural organizations may be required to close and reopen to support public health and safety. To support members during this prolonged period of uncertainty, the BCMA has developed […]

BCMA Anti-Racism Statement

Throughout 2020 we have seen resignations and dismissals of IBPOC (Indigenous, Black and People of Colour) from museums, galleries, and cultural organizations across the country, that shine a spotlight on the racism and discrimination that are commonplace in Canada’s cultural sector. The Globe and Mail article published on September 12, 2020 regarding Lucy Bell’s experiences […]

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 […]

Virtual Workshop: Museum Makers – Creating Interactive Exhibits and Programming with Makey Makey and Scratch

Expand your digital literacy, experiment with emerging technologies, and learn strategies for creating COVID-friendly interactive exhibits in this new virtual workshop. The BC Museums Association is offering the first in a series of virtual workshops, Museum Makers – Creating Interactive Exhibits and Programming with Makey Makey and Scratch. Unlike webinars that provide brief introductions and […]