The BC Museums Association is pleased to present a monthly educational webinar series!

On the third Tuesday of every month, join your museum colleagues from around the province for a lunch-hour webinar. These engaging professional resource opportunities will cover a different topic each month, from education to conservation, marketing to exhibit fabrication, and everything else in between. Museum professionals from within our membership will present each webinar, with special guests along the way.

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Webinar Details

Time: noon-1pm

Cost: Free for members (two ticket maximum per institutional member), $10 for not-yet-members

Registration closes 24 hours before the webinar.


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2018 Webinar Schedule

Webinar 9 – January 16: Write Your Own Fundraising Plan – Presented by Cassie Holcomb (The Robert Bateman Centre)

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Start 2018 off by developing your very own fundraising plan!  Cassie Holcomb of the Bateman Foundation and the Robert Bateman Centre will touch on the critical components of a fundraising plan like targets, memberships, grants, donations and appeals, stewardship, and new revenue streams.  You will leave the webinar with the tools and materials you need to build your own plan and put you on the right fundraising track for the new year.

Cassie studied biology at the University of Victoria.  She took her love of science to the Centre of the Universe where she developed and delivered science programs to kids of all ages. Since then, she has been working in the non-profit sector in the areas of membership development, communications, engagement and fundraising and is currently the Manager of Engagement and Development at the Bateman Foundation. Cassie loves spending time with friends and family, cooking up a storm, and singing loudly in her car.

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Webinar 10 – February 20: Planning Successful Exhibitions: Learning from failure, planning for success – Presented by Tim Willis

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Is designing an exhibition like rocket science?  Every exhibition is different. Each visitor is different. It’s not easy to get it right.

Let’s explore some exhibitions around the world and have fun learning from their failures! Then we’ll look at 10 key principles that provide the foundation for a successful exhibition. The presentation will focus on practical solutions that work for every museum and gallery regardless of mission or size.

Tim Willis is one of Canada’s most experienced museum professionals. He has led the visitor experience departments of two significant Canadian museums and directed the development of more than 100 museum exhibition and gallery projects.  In the late 1980s, Tim joined the Royal Alberta Museum as head of Exhibitions and Marketing. Under Tim’s leadership, the Royal Alberta Museum developed one of the most active exhibition programs in Canada. From 2001 to 2006, he led the development of a new visitor experience – part of the Royal Alberta Museum’s renewal project. In 2006, Tim accepted the position of Director of Exhibitions and Visitor Experience at the Royal BC Museum. His work there focused on the creation of a long-term vision for exhibitions and the entire visitor experience.

In 2013, Tim left the Royal BC Museum to pursue life in private practice. Tim now works with museums in a variety of capacities, including strategic planning, visitor experience master planning, and facilitating community consultation. He is also an associate with Storyline Studio in Seattle developing exhibitions for museums, heritage sites and tourist destinations. Tim also teaches Exhibition Planning and Design at the University of Victoria.

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Webinar 11 – March 20: MOU in Action: A toolkit for the BC GLAM sector partners

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In March 2017, the BCMA, AABC and BCLA signed an historical memorandum of understanding to advance collaboration in the BC GLAM sector. A toolkit was one of the first priorities identified — a living document of templates and resources to assist individual members to grow existing partnerships and to create new ones within their communities.

Join David Alexander (Past President, BCMA / Head of Archives, Access and Digital, Royal BC Museum), Daniel Collins (Member at Large, AABC) and Daphne Wood (Past President, BCLA) to see a first look at this toolkit, and share your feedback about the contents and structure of this key resource.


The BCMA is excited to welcome NetX as a webinar sponsor this month!

NetX is on a mission to improve Digital Asset Management at museums large and small.

We partner with collections, curatorial, marketing and photography teams to implement a futureproof DAM platform. Our clients include MoMA, The Met, SFMOMA, The Warhol, The National Gallery and many more. We employ a proven Onboarding methodology to ensure your success. We’re based in Portland OR, and work with Canadian government and commercial clients. Please contact us to learn more.



Webinar 12 – April 17: Overcoming Challenges of Recruitment & Retention in Youth Programming – Presented by Aisha Hamis (Two Rivers Gallery)

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Having trouble with youth engagement?  Using Two Rivers Gallery’s MakerLab Youth Immersion program as a case study this presentation will focus on some of the challenges involved when working with youth aged 15-20, some of whom are considered at-risk, and many of whom self-identify as Indigenous. It will focus on problems our organization has had with youth recruitment, retention, and engagement while providing tips to overcome some of these challenges.

MakerLab Youth Immersion, an extension of Two Rivers Gallery’s MakerLab program is a 10-month long after school program aimed at attracting an under-reached and underserved audience, while stimulating the young Maker community of Prince George. The program advances knowledge of the Maker Movement, First Nations culture and design, new technologies and traditional artistry and craft. It provides opportunities for intergenerational learning, with youth learning from Elders, and vice versa and has brought a new audience into our gallery. We could not be more pleased with the results of this program: the lasting relationships the Gallery and mentors have made with a wonderful group of young Makers, the strengthening of our relationship with the local Indigenous community, and the ever growing community of Makers within Prince George.

Aisha studied Arts Management and Art History at the University of Toronto. Her love of art, history and teaching led her to complete her Masters in Art Museum and Gallery Education at Newcastle University. Since then she has been working in the arts and culture sector developing and delivering education programs to adults and children of all ages on topics ranging from medieval history, aerial images of Britain, to Canadian contemporary art. Currently Aisha works as a Public Programmer at Two Rivers Gallery.

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Webinar 13 – May 15: TBA

Webinar 14 – June 19: TBA


Webinar 15 – July 17: Diving into Online Learning – Presented by Rachael Bell-Irving (Ocean Wise)

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Embracing online education can open a completely new set of doors for museum and science institutions everywhere. It bridges geographical gaps, inspires collaboration, connects with international audiences and offers something new to current patrons. So how do you start? Ocean Wise Education coordinator Rachael Bell-Irving has helped launch their new online learning programs with no background expertise and no budget. Since May of 2017, Ocean Wise online learning has reached over 2,500 students live and over 10,000 through self-directed resources. Learn some of the tips and tricks for starting an online learning program from scratch, or discover some new ideas on how to add to your pre-existent program.

Rachael graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, with specializations in Zoology and Classical Studies. With experience in childcare, tour guiding and informal education, Rachael’s current role as Digital Outreach Coordinator for Ocean Wise Education focuses on online education and outreach initiatives. Outside of teaching, Rachael is a published young adult author:

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Webinar 16 – August 21: TBA

Webinar 17 – September 18: TBA

Webinar 18 – October 16: TBA

Webinar 19 – November 20: TBA

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