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Membership Advisory: Grants Program Changes for 2020 - 2021

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.

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AMA Conference 2020 Registration Now Open!

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. 

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AMA Achieves Accreditation from Imagine Canada's Standards Program

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.

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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 safely.


                                            Guidance for Reopening Museums 

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.

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Membership Advisory: Further Reductions to Budget 2020

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 Membership Advisory.

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Survey Invitation: Impacts of COVID-19 on the Museum Community

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

                                            Individual 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. 

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Membership Advisory: Managing Your Museum's Pandemic Response

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 Emergency Response

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Membership Advisory: Provincial Government Closes  All Alberta Museums in Response to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Alberta has declared 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.

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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 Advisory. 

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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 Association's response.

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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.  

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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. 

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Thank you for supporting us on Giving Tuesday!

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.

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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 link below.

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RMP Materials Now Available

The full suite of Recognized Museum Program (RMP) materials are now available!

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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

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  • Networking and Discussion Event: Governance Q&A


    Join us for the AMA’s final networking and discussion event, where we have a special Q&A opportunity about governance. This interactive question and answer conversation will provide you an opportunity to ask questions about museum governance to an expert in the field and get answers specific to your situation.

  • Certificate in Museum Studies Program Application


    Participants who would like to complete the full certificate for credit must apply to the Program and complete an introductory webinar.

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