Victoria October 3-6, 2017

Conference 2017

Climate for Change

Present at British Columbia’s ONLY conference for museum, gallery, and heritage professionals.

The BC Museums Association invites proposals from individuals interested in speaking at our 2017 conference in Victoria, BC from October 3-6, 2017 on the theme of “Climate for Change.” Sessions will explore issues such as relationships with Indigenous communities, social justice, and climate change 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, budgeting, fundraising, volunteer management, marketing, and storage.

Share viewpoints, case studies and discussions on issues, including:

  • How can museums, art galleries, historic sites and cultural centres have a positive social impact on the communities that they serve, changing lives, improving communities and acting as catalysts for change?
  • How are “best practices” evolving to better meet the needs of a rapidly changing world? Examples of innovative practices across the province are welcome.
  • How are museums, art galleries, historic sites, and cultural centres transforming their spaces to meet the needs of their diverse audiences and how are they working with their communities and external experts to achieve this?
  • Proposed sessions in the following formats should focus on practice rather than theory, on topics of interest to the museum, gallery, archive, library, history and heritage sectors.

Proposed sessions can be in any of the following formats:

  1. Presentation – 60-minute sessions (please include time for Q&A). Panel presentations are acceptable but must not include more than three panelists.
  2. Workshop – 60 minute sessions (please include dedicated time for hands-on participation).
  3. Ask the Expert plenary session– 20 minute one-on-one appointments, or 30 minute round table discussions regarding a specific area of expertise (e.g. exhibit design or development, budgeting, fundraising, volunteer management, marketing, collections storage, etc.)

How to Submit Your Proposal

The deadline for submissions is April 28, 2017Notification of accepted proposals will be issued in June 2017.

To submit a proposal:

Please contact Alexandra Pask if you encounter any technical difficulties submitting your proposal: or 250-472-7644 ext.106

In the online form you will be asked to provide critical information in support of your submission. This includes:

  1. The title of your talk
  2. Your session proposal format
  3. The names of all speakers in the order they should appear in the program, plus their biographies for publication (100 words)
  4. A summary of your presentation with learning outcomes (max 1000 words)
  5. A high resolution, 300 dpi or higher, jpeg or tiff, colour headshot of speaker(s) (for publication). The name of the file should be the speaker(s) first and last name
  6. Required AV if you need more than a laptop and projector
  7. Contact information

Why present?

The BC Museums Association annual conference gathers together professionals in the museum, gallery, and historic site community. Presenters have a unique opportunity to gain recognition and exchange ideas with hundreds of registrants from across BC. Presenters also receive a special discounted conference registration rate if they register for the conference prior to the “Early Owl” deadline (details about how to register as a presenter will be provided to presenters when they receive notice that their presentation has been accepted).

Please note that presenters are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation. Speaker fees and/or honorariums are not provided.

Check out this great resource from Museum Hack to help you with your conference session: 5 Tips for Designing a Great Conference Session

Questions? Contact the BCMA office at 250.356.5700 or email