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, […]

Advocacy Tools

Do Gooder: Amplify your voice How to get your message heard is a challenge many will face with their advocacy efforts. Letter writing campaigns can be a way to get your voice heard and message across. Successful letter-writing campaigns can result in additional funding, support for upcoming projects and change to bylaws or legislature. Despite […]

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 […]

BC Local Government 101

The local government system in British Columbia is unlike any other local government system in Canada and is unique in the world, therefore, knowing the difference between municipal governments, regional districts, improvement districts, and First Nations Bands can be a challenge for many museum professionals. This blog post will provide a brief overview of BC’s […]

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 […]

BC Museums Week 2020: Heroes

When the news of the COVID-19 pandemic broke, citizens across BC wanted to find ways to show their appreciation for the heroes of this pandemic. Communities started nightly 7:00 pm celebrations as a means of showing their appreciation for everyday heroes who are serving on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. Households around […]

COVID-19 and BC Museums

Updated 9:58 AM, June 10, 2020 As communities across British Columbia follow news on the global spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the BC Museums Association and Heritage BC would like to direct members to relevant information and resources. These resources are not to be taken as legal advice or definitive answers to the challenges facing our sector, but rather […]

Upcoming Webinar: Making Space for Makerspaces – How Cultural Institutions Are Embracing the Maker Movement

Join the BCMA on Wednesday, March 18 from 1-2 pm (PST) for a roundtable webinar exploring how cultural institutions are embracing the maker movement. If you’ve ever wondered what a makerspace is, or how your organization could incorporate ideas from the maker movement, this roundtable webinar is for you. According to Wikipedia, maker culture is […]

You, Me & The Family Tree

Date: 2/15/2020 Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Use your creative skills to decorate your own family tree, handle wooden artifacts, and see historic family trees from our collection. Enjoy free admission to the Museum, stick themed snacks, and a complimentary screening of Julia Donaldson’s “Stick Man”.   Event: You, Me & The Family Tree: Family Day […]