AMA Conference 2018 Call for Session
Museums are places of learning and sharing, inquiry and
innovation, discussion and exploration, and dialogue and debate.
Cultural institutions embrace their roles as places where
meaningful connections are made both between individuals and with
the most pressing issues in society today.
In a time of increased concern with environmental
sustainability, museums are situated to encourage communities to
examine how they interact with and care for the environment, while
also demonstrating their own sustainable practices. When museums
ensure their activities support their surroundings - air, water,
land, natural resources, flora, fauna, humans, and settlements
-they can engage more deeply with the social and cultural impacts
of the environment in their community and foster greater overall
well-being for the community.
The Alberta Museums Association's (AMA) 2018 Conference will
explore, consider, and celebrate the ways museums are moving
towards greater engagement with environmental issues. Delegates
will examine how collections, preservation, and research can
benefit from approaches that consider sustainability, as well as
how public programs, exhibitions, and partnerships that engage with
environment can broaden the museum's impact.
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Thank You for Your Support on Giving
On November 28, the Alberta Museums Association participated in
Giving Tuesday to raise awareness and support for the Robert R. Janes Award
for Social Responsibility.
We want to give our thanks to donors for their contributions.
These generous donations will help increase the Award's ability to
affect real change in Alberta, and contributes to the positive
long-term impact of museums in their communities.
This year's donations, combined with additional contributions
from Robert Janes, have allowed us to fund the Award until 2021. We
are close to funding the Award until 2022 with these generous
donations. If you did not get a chance to support us on Giving
Tuesday, it is not too late; we are happy to welcome donations
throughout the giving season.
New Partnership with the Cultural Resource Management
Program, University of Victoria Continuing Studies
The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) is pleased to announce a
new partnership with the University of Victoria Continuing Studies'
Cultural Resource Management Program to present their Managing
Cultural Organizations course to Alberta's museum community.
This course provides participants with an opportunity for
intensive study of management theory and practice in cultural
organizations, with particular emphasis on: characteristics of
non-profit cultural organizations; governance and leadership;
establishing mission goals and objectives; roles of executive and
artistic directors; policy development and implementation;
personnel management and team building; financial management;
strategic and operational planning; information management; public
relations; marketing; volunteer development; and ethical and legal
The course will explore the role of cultural organizations in
society and the complex legal, ethical, and social values that
shape our organizations and the people that lead them. Various
issues, including leaders and leadership, social relevance and
impact, and management systems and tools will also be examined. You
will be challenged to critically analyze the trends and tools at
your disposal and the role of your management style and values in
guiding planning, goal setting, decision-making, and
Through this course, you will:
- Recognize cultural organizations as part of the larger
- Discuss the role and nature of cultural organizations and how
they define their purpose and mission relative to the communities
- Understand traditional management functions of
governance/accountability, strategic and operational planning,
marketing and advocacy, resource management and performance
measurement, and how these relate in practice to the running of
-Understand the difference between leadership and management and
the roles of a leader and a manager. Identify personal leadership
style and values and relate them to decision making and action.
-Identify and consider the application of various organizational
structures, governance models, and management tools. Manage human,
financial, and institutional resources from an asset-based
-Appreciate the range of resources within a community and the
Though not required, prior experience in a cultural organization
is an asset for success in this course. Please contact the Program
Office if you have any questions or concerns.
The course will be offered at the Musée Héritage Museum in St
Albert from February 5 - 10, 2018.
Please see the Cultural Resource
Management Program website for more information and to
A meal package for the entire course is available for purchase
through the AMA here.
The AMA is currently seeking a Communications Lead.
Consideration of applications will begin October 16, 2017; however,
the competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is
View the full posting here.