Membership Advisory: Grants Program Changes for 2020 -
In response to reductions to our funding allocation, the
AMA will be making changes to several of its programs and services
going forward, including the Grants Program for the 2020 - 2021
fiscal year. Click the button below for the AMA's Membership
Advisory regarding changes that have been made for the 2020 -
2021 granting year.
AMA Conference 2020 Registration Now
Registration for our 2020 Conference, Vital Operations:
Museums and Organizational Sustainability, is now open!
Conference 2020 will be held as a virtual event on Thursday,
September 17, and will feature a keynote presentation, a full
day of breakout sessions, and a virtual trade show. Click the
button below for more information.
AMA Achieves Accreditation from Imagine Canada's
The Alberta Museums Association is pleased to announce that it
has been accredited under Imagine Canada's Standards Program,
a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and
non-profits designed to help organizations strengthen their
operations in five fundamental areas. With this achievement,
we join a distinguished community of 248
non-profit organizations in Canada dedicated to operational
excellence. Click the button to read our media release.
Membership Advisory: Guidance for Reopening Museums
On April 30, 2020, the Government of Alberta released
Opening Soon: Alberta's Relaunch Strategy.
Museums and art galleries were included in Stage One of the relaunch, eligible to reopen and
resume operations as early as May 14.
Given the rapid timeline and the unique circumstances
faced by museums and heritage organizations, the Alberta Museums
Association has created the advisory document below,
Guidance for Reopening Museums, to help
clarify museum-specific considerations and requirements to reopen
Guidance for Reopening
Membership Advisory: Emergency Support Fund for Cultural,
Heritage and Sport Organizations
On May 8, 2020, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the
Honourable Steven Guilbeault, shared further details regarding the
Government of Canada's Emergency Support Fund for Cultural,
Heritage and Sport Organizations, temporary relief measures to
support these sectors as they manage the challenges and impacts of
the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for the future. Please click the
button below to view the AMA's Membership Advisory.
Membership Advisory: Further Reductions to Budget
On April 29, 2020, the Alberta Museums Association (AMA)
was notified that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the
precipitous drop in oil prices, there would be further reductions
to the budget announced by Finance Minister Travis Toews on
February 27, 2020. Please click the button below to view the AMA's
Survey Invitation: Impacts of COVID-19 on the Museum
The AMA is working to collect information in order to
advocate for museums and museum professionals who have been
affected by closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have distributed two surveys: one to all Institutional
Members of the AMA, and another open to all individuals working in
and with the Alberta museum sector. Please click the buttons below
to find out more.
Institutional Membership Survey
FAQ and Resources Guide for the COVID-19 Pandemic
Please click the button below for the Alberta Museums
Association's Advisory resources relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The AMA will be updating this section as new information and
resources become available.
Membership Advisory: Managing Your Museum's Pandemic
The AMA has compiled resources to help Alberta museums
respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the information below
on managing your museum's pandemic response.
View Part 1: Activating Your
View Part 2: Workers and
Membership Advisory: Provincial Government Closes All
Alberta Museums in Response to COVID-19
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Alberta
a state of emergency under the Public Health Act. As
part of these measures, more stringent rules and recommendations
are being put in place regarding public gatherings to protect the
health and safety of all Albertans.
These new public health measures include the closure of all
museums across the province, including those not operated by the
Government of Alberta, effective immediately. Please click
below to view our Membership Advisory.
Membership Advisory: Announcement on COVID-19
The Alberta Museums Association has received inquiries about the
COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic and how it will impact museum
operations and events. Please click below to view our Membership
Membership Advisory: Government of Alberta Budget 2020
On February 27, 2020, Finance Minister Travis Toews presented
the Government of Alberta's Budget 2020-21, A Plan for Jobs and
the Economy. Please click below to view the Alberta Museums
Save the Date: Conference 2020 Theme Announced
The AMA is excited to announce that our 2020 Annual
Conference, Vital Operations: Museums and Organizational
Sustainability, will be held in Calgary from September
17 - 19, 2020. To learn more about the Conference theme, please
click the button below.
2020 Learning Opportunities Announced
The AMA is pleased to announce the upcoming courses in the
Certificate in Museum Studies Program and other learning
opportunities that will be offered in 2020.
Thank you for supporting us on Giving
The AMA participated in Giving Tuesday again this year to
champion the Robert R. Janes Award for Social Responsibility, an
annual award which recognizes, supports, and furthers the work of
museums that are continually striving to solve community issues and
promoting health and well-being.
New Program Announcement: Mentorship Program
The AMA is pleased to announce the launch of our new
Mentorship Program! The formalized Mentorship Program
will match Emerging and Mid-Career museum professionals with their
Established and Senior Level peers. For more information, click the
RMP Materials Now Available
The full suite of Recognized Museum Program (RMP) materials are
Taking Action Against Climate Change
The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) in partnership with the
Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice and Shadow Light
Productions, is excited to announce the launch a new video series -
Taking Action Against Climate Change.
See the videos