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 Sponsors

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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Webinar 13 – May 15: Identifying the Language of your Organization

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The language your organization uses is key to telling a cohesive, impactful story.  Language touches every part of your organization from exhibits to external communications.  By identifying your language, you can better tell your story and focus your message.  In this webinar, you will learn hands-on techniques and tools to identify the language that makes your organization unique and create a dictionary to use in all your communication projects!

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 Engagement Manager at the Bateman Foundation. Cassie loves spending time with friends and family, cooking up a storm, and singing loudly in her car.

 

Webinar 14 – June 19: Bringing your Photographs Online: Perspectives from the Haida Gwaii Museum – Presented by Nathalie Macfarlane and Cherie Wilson (Haida Gwaii Museum)

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This webinar explores how the Haida Gwaii Museum is innovatively making its archival collections accessible through software linked to its website. In this webinar, you will learn about the goals and objectives for bringing the HGM’s archives collection online, the processes needed to set up an online collection, and how the online collection is structured to give visitors multiple options for finding and viewing content. The webinar will also provide a brief history of the museum’s archives collections, ethical issues, copyright and other considerations in creating an online presence, and an overview of public feedback about the new platform.

Visit the online collection ahead of the webinar by visiting the Haida Gwaii Museum website.

Nathalie Macfarlane is a museum consultant currently working on a variety of exhibition and public program projects at the Haida Gwaii Museum, including overseeing the transition of the museum’s collections management system from Microsoft Access to TMS (The Museum System) and the development of the HGM’s online collections presence. She is the former Executive Director of the Haida Gwaii Museum.

Cherie Wilson is Assistant Collections Manager at the HGM and is responsible for most of the work involved in preparing collections for public access through the museum’s website.
She began work at the HGM in 2016 as a museum collections intern.

 

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: www.rbellirving.ca

 

The BCMA is excited to welcome back 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 16 – August 21: Applying to the Museums Assistance Program: the Collections Management Component – Presented by Colleen Craig and Michael Smith (Department of Canadian Heritage)

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Are you planning on applying to the next deadline of the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) on November 1, 2018?

If so, it’s likely you’ll be applying to the Collections Management component as it is by far our most popular. There are three kinds of projects that are eligible under this component: improving collections storage; upgrading collection management databases; and, the sharing of best practices. This session will focus on the Collections Management component, with MAP program officers Colleen Craig and Michael Smith reviewing the basics of applicant and project eligibility, the assessment process, as well as what makes a strong application. We’ll get into the details, so this is targeted to those who are planning one of the three types of Collections Management projects. The basic eligibility criteria are museums that are open to the public year-round, have the equivalent of one full-time paid professional museum staff person, have policies for key museum functions, and have a current 3 to 5 year strategic plan.

Now based in the Vancouver office of Canadian Heritage and serving heritage organizations in BC, Yukon and Alberta, both Colleen and Michael originally come from Northern BC. After a few years working in small community museums, Colleen joined Canadian Heritage in 2004. Michael has been with the Department since 2015, after 8 years with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Both are passionate about museums and are proud to be working to support the heritage community.

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Webinar 17 – September 18: Strategic Plans: Their importance and limitations – Presented by John Hughes (Craigdarroch Castle)

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The Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society recently completed the construction of its new Visitor Centre which was the last big action item in a 15 year old strategic plan. The completion of this project created a big change to the Museum’s operations and increased storytelling opportunities which required the Society’s Board of Directors and staff to take an in depth look at the future of the museum. This webinar will provide an overview of the strategic planning process we went through to arrive at a 3 year evergreen plan and will explore the importance and limitations of strategic planning for museums that are considering the investment of time and money to develop a plan of their own.

John has always been interested in technology’s impact on customer experience and the ever changing landscape of business management so it’s been an interesting and rewarding 30 year journey.  He joined the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society in 2008 and for the last decade John has been privileged to work with dedicated people, guided by the Society’s vision and mission, to successfully complete several ambitious projects.  These successes have allowed the museum to evolve in alignment with its vision and John is looking forward to developing new experiences for its stakeholders in the coming years.

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Webinar 18 – October 16: Pre-Conference Special Event – two hours of conference sessions in one webinar!

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Join us for a special pre-conference webinar featuring some of the great content we just couldn’t fit in the program! This year’s BCMA Conference will be held in Kelowna from October 21-23.  The conference theme is Innovation and Technology: Keeping Pace with Acceleration.  Don’t wait for conference, get your professional development started early with these presentations focusing on innovation in the museum and broader GLAM sector!

Experience two full conference sessions and three lightning talks from presenters across BC – and engage with speakers in a live Q&A after each talk.

This will be a special 2-hour webinar starting at noon Pacific Time.

The full program for this webinar will be released soon.

Register here!

The BCMA is excited to welcome back 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.

 

Special Presentation Webinar – November 9: Understanding Collaborations for Not-for-Profit Organizations 

Heritage BC presents with Vantage Point and in partnership with BC Museums Association

From knowledge, skills and training exchange to increased capacities and from organizational sustainability to attractiveness to funders, collaborations offer great promise. But, they come with many challenges. This webinar explores the complex nature of collaborations and provides the tools to ensure successful relationships and improved outcomes.

Register here! (complimentary)

 

Webinar 19 – November 20: TBA

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