2017 Learning Opportunities

Full Schedule of Upcoming AMA 2017 Learning Opportunities

Details for Certificate in Museum Studies courses, the biennial Museum Visitor Experience Program, and the annual Social Responsibility Workshop are listed below. Registration for all courses will open in late January. Keep an eye on Main-L and the AMA website for details.


Museums & Society (CMS 17 - 01) 
April 21 - 22, 2017
Nose Creek Valley Museum, Airdrie
Instructor: Naomi Grattan

Museums are integral to society. Museums reflect the cultures they represent, and serve as foundations for collective memory, continuity, and development. This foundational course examines the fundamental purposes and roles of museums in society. Participants will explore how museums can examine and enhance their relationship with the communities they serve and create successful, accountable, and responsive museums.

Public Programs (CMS 17 - 07) 
June 9 - 10, 2017
Galloway Station Museum, Edson
Instructor: Belinda Crowson

Public programs cover a wide range of activities designed to assist visitors to interact with and benefit from the museum's resources. Public programs reflect the museum's mission statement, goals, and objectives. From this course, participants will understand the services museums provide from the visitor's point of view. Participants will learn how to enhance the range of opportunities museums offer to their communities. Topics covered include audience research, customer service, planning, and evaluation.

Research (CMS 17 - 05) 
August 11 - 12, 2017
East Coulee School Museum & Atlas Coal Mine, East Coulee
Instructor: Michele Hardy

Research is undertaken in all areas of museum practice. It is fundamental to the museum's purpose and programs. Participants will receive a general introduction to research in museums - what it is and why we do it. The course will explore the kinds of research conducted in museums (discipline-based research, collections-based, and research relating to museum functions and activities) and participants will learn practical guidelines for planning and conducting research projects. Topics covered will include research and public trust, relevance of research, standards for research, and access for researchers.

Museum Management (CMS 17 - 02) 
October 20-21, 2017                        
Telephone Historical Centre, Edmonton
Instructor: Trisha Carleton

Participants will examine a range of activities needed to manage any museum including planning, financial management, human resources, facilities management, public relations, marketing, risk management, and information management. This course is designed to provide participants with a basic overview and understanding of the many aspects of Museum Management.


Museum Visitor Experience Workshop
April 20, 2017
The Military Museums, Calgary
Facilitator: Lauren Wheeler

The AMA is pleased to announce the second offering of the Museum Visitor Experience Program Workshop. This innovative workshop, offered every two years, provides resources for museums to analyze their visitor experience, identify gaps or areas for improvement, and work towards developing and implementing innovative solutions. The workshop will discuss the theory of museum visitor experience, review principles of creating a positive museum experience for visitors, and provide the opportunity for participants to try out and receive feedback on the five self-assessment modules.

Social Responsibility Workshop
May 12, 2017
Peace River Museum, Archives, and Mackenzie Centre, Peace River

The Peace River Museum, Archives, and Mackenzie Centre, as the 2016 recipient of the  Robert R. Janes Award for Social Responsibility, will host a Social Responsibility Workshop in May 2017. This one day workshop will explore how to engage in socially responsible work through diverse partnerships in order to build stronger heritage institutions and engage communities in new ways. 

Canadian Conservation Institute Course: Care of Metals in Collections
June 20-21, 2017
Reynolds-Alberta Museum, Wetaskiwin

This two day workshop combines lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on activities to help you better identify and care for the metals in your collection. Not sure if something is copper, aluminum, gold, iron, lead, nickel, silver, tin, or zinc? The workshop covers that. Are you concerned about metal corrosion and want to know the best way to address it? The workshop covers that too! It will also review the damaging effect of environmental conditions and inappropriate cleaning methods, and provide best practices for storage and display of metals in your collection.

Please note this schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the AMA. 


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