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 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 […]

BC Election 2020 | Political Candidates and the Heritage Sector

To help heritage professionals and organization to better understand where candidates running in the 2020 provincial election stand on important issues, the BCMA, in partnership with the Archives Association of BC, the BC Historical Federation, Friends of the BC Archives, and Heritage BC, sent a brief survey to every candidate running from the BC NDP, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]