BCMA Spring Programming 2021
Spring is here and the BC Museums Association has an exciting line-up of webinars, virtual workshops, and online programs to help museums, galleries, and cultural organizations take action!
BC Museums Week 2021: #MuseumACTION
May 17 – 23, 2021 is officially BC Museums Week! Join online along with hundreds of cultural professionals across British Columbia and explore how to take action in your community and in your organization to create a brighter, more just future for all. This year’s theme is #MuseumACTION and each day we’ll explore actionable ideas and inspiring discussions to help you take action and make change.
Check our BC Museums Week page for the latest news and events! We’re excited to share a quick preview of just some of the plans we have in store. All BC Museums Week webinars and resources are completely free and open to anyone, so please encourage your colleagues and friends from across Canada to join us in taking action! We are also happy to offer live ASL translation for all of our BC Museums Week webinars.
Monday, May 17: Inclusion & Anti-Racism
- Webinar: The Development of White Identity with Silvia Mangue Alene, 12 – 1 pm
- Podcast: Interview with Steven Purewal, author, historian, and filmmaker
Tuesday, May 18: Reconciliation & Repatriation
- Interviews with 2020 Repatriation Grant recipients
- 2021 Call for Repatriation launch
- May 18 is also International Museums Day and we encourage members to share your visions of the future of museums on social media
Wednesday, May 19: Climate Change
- Learn more about the BCMA’s new project Climate Action & Leadership for Museums (CALM)
Thursday, May 20: Emerging Museum Professionals
- Podcasts: Join us on social media all day for micro-interviews with emerging museum professionals as we imagine the future of museums
Friday, May 21: Leadership
- Webinar: The Elephant in the Room: the Leadership Crisis in Canada’s Cultural Sector, with Sharanjit Sandhra, Jen Budney, Brian McBay, Armando Perla, and Devyani Saltzman, 10 – 11:30 am
Saturday, May 22: Accessibility
- Join us on social media for resources, links, and support for taking action to make your museum more accessible
Sunday, May 23: Community
- Join us on social media and explore how museums are taking action in the fight against online misinformation
2021 Anti-Racism Series
To support members in taking meaningful action to fight racism and support justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the museum sector, the BCMA is launching a free online anti-racism series this spring. We currently have three events confirmed, but several more are in various planning stages and we look forward to sharing more information very soon.
All three events listed below are offered free of charge.
- Webinar, May 17: The Development of White Identity with Silvia Mangue Alene, 12 – 1 pm
- Webinar, May 21: The Elephant in the Room: the Leadership Crisis in Canada’s Cultural Sector, with Sharanjit Sandhra, Jen Budney, Brian McBay, Armando Perla, and Devyani Saltzman, 10 – 11:30 am
- Keynote Webinar, June 2: Join us for a special keynote webinar with Museums Are Not Neutral co-producers La Tanya S. Autry and Mike Murawski – brought to you by the Western Museums Association in partnership with the BCMA. Learn about their work with this global advocacy initiative that exposes the myth of museum neutrality and explore strategies for making museums relevant, socially engaged community spaces that act as agents of positive change. Registration opens May 5.
The BCMA has launched registration for two new virtual workshops this summer. If you’re looking for a professional development opportunity that’s more hands-on and in-depth than a webinar, these might be the workshops for you.
Museum Education 101: The POETRI of Interpretation (June 1, 8, 15 & 22): In this four-session virtual workshop, we will introduce you to the principles and practice of interpretation in a museum setting. By the end of this virtual workshop, you will have learned how to focus your messages, distinguish between different styles of interpretation, and inspire your visitors in thought, feeling, and action.
Grant Writing 101 – Theory and Practice (June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5, August 19, September 2 & September 16): In this seven-session virtual workshop, we will introduce you to the theory and practice of writing grants and communicating organizational impact in the non-profit sector. By the end of this virtual workshop, you will have learned how to focus your messages, practice a number of common grant writing tasks, and develop a mini-grant revenue development plan.
Join our IBPOC Network Coordinator, Sarah Wang, for the next Watercooler Wednesday. Log on at 3:30 pm on May 5 to get to know Sarah and hear what she has planned for the Network. Come prepared with your suggestions and questions!
Indigenous Funding Webinar Series
The first of a series of webinars looking at funding opportunities available to support initiatives at Indigenous Cultural Centers is now open for registration. Join the BCMA and Canadian Heritage on Wednesday, June 16, from 12 – 1 pm to learn about the Indigenous Heritage component of the Museums Assistance Program. Register here!