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Alberta Election 2023 Survey

As part of our mission to lead, facilitate, and support museums in their vital role with communities the Alberta Museums Association (AMA), in collaboration with Edmonton Heritage Council and Heritage Calgary, reached out to Alberta's two main political parties with an invitation to complete a short survey about their party's support for the museums and heritage sector.  To read more, click the button below.


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Save the Date: Annual General Meeting 2023 and Fall Gathering

The AMA invites you to save the date for our 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Fall Gathering! Join colleagues from across Alberta in-person, in Calgary, AB on September 22, 2023, for the meeting and celebration of the impact of the Alberta museum community.

The location and time for the AGM and Fall Gathering will be announced over the coming months. For more information about the AGM, please contact the AMA Board of Directors at



Call for AMA Board Nominations

Members are invited to submit names of candidates for the AMA Board of Directors for the 2023 - 2026 term. The AMA Board is looking for individuals who have a shared belief in the AMA's core values, knowledge of policy governance, and an understanding of provincial government. 

The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 14, 2023. For more information, click the button below.


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Reconsidering Museums - Full Toolkit Now Available

The full website and toolkit for the Reconsidering Museums project are now available!


Reconsidering Museums, a national project, sets out to answer the question, what do museums mean to Canadians? Through a rearticulation of the value of museums and a rebrand of the sector, this project aims to support museums with the tools and language necessary to better connect with and serve their communities, deepening their relationship, and therefore their relevance, to the Canadian public. To visit the website, click the button below.


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Membership Advisory: Government of Alberta Budget 2023

On February 28, 2023, Finance Minister Travis Toews presented the Government of Alberta's Budget 2023, Securing Alberta's Future. Click the button below for the AMA's Membership Advisory. 


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Living Wage Employer Certification

The AMA is also pleased to announce it is now certified as a living wage employer by the Alberta Living Wage Network. This supports ongoing work to encourage fair and equitable wages across the sector including funds paid to employees, temporary workers, and contractors.

As part of our ongoing work to demonstrate and model best practice for human resources and financial accountability, the AMA is please to share information about some operational changes, including our Subsistence and Travel Allowance Rates. To read more, click the button below.


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Canadian Museum Policy Renewal: Read the Preliminary Survey Results

The Department of Canadian Heritage has provided an update on the renewal of the Canadian museum policy and are pleased to announce that the museum policy website is now live and provides information on the renewal process.

The Department has also shared the preliminary results from the Museum Policy Stakeholder Survey which was conducted in November 2022 and directed at heritage institutions and stakeholders. To read the national-level preliminary results or visit the museum policy website, click the buttons below. 


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AMA Announces 2022 Awards Recipients

The Alberta Museums Association is pleased to announce the Recipients of the 2022 Leadership Awards, Lieutenant Governor's Award, Robert R. Janes Award for Social Responsibility, and Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medals. Click the button below to learn more. 


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AMA Launches Climate Action for Museums Toolkit

The AMA is pleased to launch a Climate Action for Museums Toolkit in collaboration with Green Economy Canada. This resource is intended to empower museums to embed environmental sustainability into the core of how they operate. Click the button below to learn more and download your free digital copy.


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AMA Board of Directors Announces New Leadership

The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) Board of Directors is happy to announce that we have completed our search for a new Executive Director / CEO. We are excited to share that Jennifer Forsyth will be the new Executive Director / CEO of the Association. Click the button below to learn more.


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New Museums @ the Mic Podcast Episode Available Now

In the latest episode of the AMA's Museums @ the Mic Podcast, we take a closer look at some of the ways museums and heritage organizations are building community connections. Click the button below to listen to the episode and subscribe. 

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COVID-19 Health & Safety Toolkits Available to Order

Health & Safety Toolkits are now available to order through the AMA Bookstore. The toolkits include a variety of physical and digital resources to support organizations to reopen and operate safely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. They are available for just the cost of shipping. Ordering will remain open while supplies last.  

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With funding support from Travel Alberta, these toolkits are part of an ongoing AMA project to provide resources and supports to the museum and heritage sector during this public health crisis. Click the button below to learn more. 

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New Guide: In Person or Online, Reopening Resources for Alberta Museums

With news that Alberta museums will be permitted to reopen, make sure your museum is prepared! Whether you will be engaging with your visitors in person or online, get ready with the AMA's new advisory resource, Best Practice in Virtual Programming, Tours, and Exhibits, available as a free download. This guide and other resources for reopening are available at the link below.


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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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  • Social Responsibility Workshop: Understanding Place


    Understanding Place: How We Build Meaning in the Spaces We Occupy

    The Galt Museum & Archives is a leader in community-centered change making. Bringing together partners from the local community, this one-day workshop on Friday June 16, 2023, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., will engage participants in a dialogue around modes of representation, the signs and symbols of naming and placemaking, and actions that demonstrate commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Organizing Information to Prepare for Grant Applications Webinar


    Grant writing is vital to the success of most non-profits. But the process can be highly competitive and present a real challenge in terms of time, completion, budgeting, and submission. This session is designed to give participants some tips and strategies that will help you feel more confident in putting together a grant application that has the best chance of success.

  • Psychological First Aid Webinar


    Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an internationally recognized method of support intended to help people during and immediately after a disaster or emergency (including a pandemic). It uses a holistic, community wellness approach to help reduce levels of emotional distress for individuals, families, and communities through practical care, compassion, connection, and support from others.

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