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Schedule at a Glance: Conference 2019, Prince George

Monday, September 30, 2019

Pre-conference workshops, including a full-day workshop with the BC Heritage Emergency Response Network and a digital strategy listening session will be available on September 30. More information can be found here.

2:00 – 5:00 pm – Conference Registration – Courtyard Marriott

5:00 – 7:00 pm – Opening Reception “Booze and Build” – Two Rivers Art Gallery, across the plaza from the Marriott

Booze and Build: A Maker Night for Adults

BCMA friends; make, build, drink & create at this entertaining evening at Two Rivers Gallery! Sip on some wine or craft beer while you try your hand at felting, laser tattooing, stop motion animation, printmaking, button making, and 3D doodling! Explore the exhibitions, laser tattoo a banana, create an animated short, needle felt a planet and other one-of-a kind activities. It’s a night like no other!

Refreshments and cash bar, including CrossRoads Brewery serving local craft beer

Current exhibition: Redress, Sacred Obligation: Indigenous Voices on Reconciliation

Behind the scenes tour of Two Rivers Gallery’s collections area







Tuesday, October 1, 2019

All Day – Conference – Keynote and Breakout Sessions

Keynote Speaker:

Museum Hack is an organization that encourages museums to re-think how they approach programming and audience development. They focus on storytelling, digging for the non-traditional, and truly human, elements of space and objects in order to tell fascinating, passion-based stories and create stronger connections between audiences and institutions.

Preliminary session preview (subject to change):

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
Learning Stream Community Engagement & Non-Profit Essentials Indigeneity and Diversity within Culture and Heritage Small Museums

Breakout Session 1

10:30 am-11:30 am

Finally free and loving it: Free admission and the inclusive museum

Sanya Pleshakov

Great Northern Ballroom (Pine + Fir)


Creating shared histories: A community consultation case study

Eric Holdijk, Dr. Tyler McCreary


How to create excellent small museum education programming

Joe Borsato, Mary Forbes

Great Northern Ballroom (Spruce)


Lucidea Product Demonstration

11:30 am-12:00 pm

Join us in the Great Northern Ballroom (Pine & Fir) for a product demonstration from Lucidea!

Breakout Session 2

1:00 pm-2:00 pm

The Power of Being Present: Cultivating Advocacy in your Organization

Michael Schwartz
Stephanie Halapija
Lynn Saffery


Transformative Engagement and Relationship building: Our Lives Through Our Eyes: Nk?Mip Children?s Art

Laura Wyllie, Nataley Nagy, Jennifer Garner

Great Northern Ballroom (Spruce)

Project Management Fundamentals for Small Museums: How to get the most out of your projects 

Luc Desmarais

Great Northern Ballroom (Pine + Fir)

Breakout Session 3


2:15 pm-4:45 pm

Deep Dive:

The Future is Eco-literate

Peter Ord, David Jensen

Great Northern Ballroom (Spruce)

Deep Dive:

The Indigenous Repatriation Handbook 101

Lucy Bell, Nika Collison, Jisgang, Lou-ann Neel

Great Northern Ballroom (Pine + Fir)


Ask the Expert:

Mount making on a budget for Small Museums

Lesha Koop

at Two Rivers Gallery


BCMA Finance Committee

BCMA Digital Access Plan


Heritage Branch

BC Arts Council

Canadian Heritage



7:00 – 10:00 pm – Night at the Museum – The Exploration Place, 333 Becott Place (There will be shuttles from the Marriott)

Special Theme and Dress: This year’s Night at the Museum will be a 1920’s themed Speakeasy with games and prizes! Delegates are encouraged to dress up in 20’s garb. Costumes are not a requirement, but definitely fun!

The first rule of Speakeasy is that there is no Speakeasy.

Be there or be square! Brunos and broads, cool cats and dishy dames are all welcome at our prohibition casino night, which is sure to be the bee’s knees! Get your gangster glad rags on and join our ExPlace team of button men, grifters and can-openers for prohibition casino games, a roaring 20s soundtrack, and snacks all in speakeasy style!  Don’t bump guns, gumshoe, get your tickets before you get sore!

  • 50/50 draw, swell games and prizes
  • Big house photo booth
  • Electroswing soundtrack
  • Hotsy-totsy snacks
  • Scratch gin mill for giggle water, hooch + tiger milk
  • Suit up + dress to kill, prizes for the best-dressed guy and doll






Wednesday, October 2, 2019

All Day – Conference – Keynote and Breakout Sessions

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Lorna Williams will bring her inspiring story and wealth of knowledge about documenting and revitalizing Indigenous languages and Indigenous knowledges in British Columbia, Canada, and beyond, as a language speaker, advocate, and academic. We are honoured that she will be sharing her experiences with us for this year’s conference.

Preliminary session preview (subject to change):

  Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
Learning Stream Community Engagement & Non-Profit Essentials Indigeneity and Diversity within Culture and Heritage Small Museums

Breakout Session 4

10:30 am-11:30 am

Creating Diversity on your Board

Nav Nagra, Vantage Point

Great Northern Ballroom (Pine + Fir)

Nawhulna: The Time is Right

Tracy Calogheros, Alyssa Leier, Elissa Gagnon, Josh Seymour


Q&D Exhibit Elements for the Small Museum

Kirsten Smith

Great Northern Ballroom (Spruce)

Breakout Session 5

12:45 pm-1:45 pm

MakerLab 2RG: Art, technology and STEAM education

Briana Sadler, Aisha Hamis

Great Northern Ballroom (Pine + Fir)

First Peoples Cultural Council and Heritage Branch Partnership

Great Northern Ballroom (Spruce)


Stronger Together: Telling a Regional Heritage Story Through Collaborative Tourism Marketing

Leah McQueen


Breakout Session 6
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Putting People First

Sandra Borger

Great Northern Ballroom (Pine + Fir)

Building Indigenous Interpretation at Barkerville

Alicia Evans, Lynnette Candy, Mandy Kilsby

Great Northern Ballroom (Spruce)

A Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Prince George Public Library

Downtown Prince George

 Breakout Session 7

3:00 pm-4:00 pm


Siwin: Word Power

Julie Bevan, Arlene Deptuck

Great Northern Ballroom (Pine + Fir)



Planning for plan B

Tammy Bradford



Reconciliation in historic spaces: Moving forward from a colonial past

Stephanie Halapija

Great Northern Ballroom (Spruce)



4:00 PM Closing Keynote Speaker: Josh Seymour


6:00 pm – Gala Reception – Courtyard by Marriott Prince George

7:00 – 10:00 pm – BCMA Gala Dinner and Awards Evening – Courtyard by Marriott Prince George