Kelowna: October 21-23, 2018

Kelowna, October 21-23, 2018

INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY: Keeping pace with acceleration

BC’s only provincial conference for museum, gallery and history professionals, BCMA Conference 2018 takes place in Kelowna!

Join us for the opportunity to network with hundreds of colleagues from across the province. Enjoy a full program of workshops and presentations that focus on best practices and innovations and explore issues such as relationships with Indigenous communities, social justice, and climate change within museum, art gallery and cultural centre practices. Whether you are a student or a mid-career professional, you’ll find much of value in the sessions and in your renewed/new connections with colleagues.

The 2018 conference theme is: Innovation and Technology: Keeping Pace with Acceleration. 

Sessions will explore a range of topics, such as relationships with Indigenous and diverse communities, social justice through exhibitions and programming, and engaging diverse audiences through innovations and new technologies within museum, art gallery, and cultural centre practices. BCMA encourages proposals that explore best practices and/or innovations, making connections with colleagues, and workshops for museum professionals in areas such as exhibit design or development, education, budgeting, fundraising, volunteer management, marketing, and storage.




Pre-Conference Workshop: Indigenous Cultural Competencies (SOLD OUT!)

Sunday, October 21 | 9:30am-4pm

This fall, museum professionals from throughout the province will assemble on the traditional territory of the Sylix/Okanagan peoples for the annual BC Museum Association Conference. The theme for this year’s gathering is Innovation and Technology: Keeping Pace with Acceleration. A pre-conference offering will shift the focus to help address requests from the community for an Indigenous Cultural Competency Training session.  Our aim is to help sector professionals develop, enhance and stimulate relationships with local First Nations communities by providing a robust and meaningful dialogue showcasing best practices and insight into some of BC’s most creative and respectful collaborations.  We have recognized the need for such a session and hope to provide tangible take a-ways to support and facilitate these important conversations.

Please note: The pre-conference workshop is sold-out. Please click through the registration link above if you would like to be added to the waiting list. A number of spots are being held for recipients of the Indigenous Cultural Competencies Training Bursary. Successful applicants will be notified soon.

For the full Pre-Conference Workshop program, please click here

Exhibiting and Sponsoring Conference

Please find available Conference exhibitor and sponsorship options in our BCMA Sponsorship Package.

Due to limited space, please contact the BCMA early if you are interested in being a sponsor or on-site exhibitor.

To see our Conference Sponsors, please click here.  Thank you too all our sponsors!


Take a sneak peak at our conference venue here, and book your room today:

Kelowna Hotel View