BC Museums Week
BC Museums Week is the annual celebration of museums, art galleries, historic sites, cultural centres, and other memory institutions in BC. The week is held annually in May, providing an opportunity for British Columbians to celebrate the vital role museums play in their communities, economy and education.
BC Museums Week 2021: #MuseumACTION
May 17 – 23, 2021 was BC Museums Week! Hundreds of cultural professionals across British Columbia joined to explore how to take action in their community and in thier organization to create a brighter, more just future for all.
This year’s theme was #MuseumACTION. Each day we explored actionable ideas and inspiring discussions to help you take action and make change.
What Did I Miss?
Check out these resources and recordings for some of the highlights of 2021’s BC Museum Week!
This lecture explains how White people can achieve a healthy sense of White identity. This presentation is a one-hour lecture on The Development of White Identity. It addresses the process of identity development specifically linked to an understanding of what it means to be White in a race-conscious society.
William Housty is on the board of directors for the Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department (HIRMD) in Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada. The BCMA is grateful to William, the team at HIRMD, and the Heiltsuk Tribal Council for allowing us to share thier story.
The Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice mobilizes and supports Canadian museum workers and their organizations in building public awareness, mitigation, and resilience in the face of climate change.
It is undeniable that toxic leadership is common in Canada’s cultural sector, but what we can do about it? Join our cross-country panel as we discuss the leadership crisis in Canada’s cultural sector and explore how we can reject traditional leadership paradigms and create a more inclusive and just future.
We’re excited to share a 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. Click here to access a recording of the webinar.
- Podcast: Interview with Steven Purewal, author, historian, and filmmaker
Tuesday, May 18: Reconciliation & Repatriation
- Podcast: Interview with 2020 Repatriation Grant recipient Maiyoo Keyoh Society
- Article: Interview with 2020 Repatriation Grant recipient from the Heiltsuk Nation
- Launch of the 2021 Repatriation Call to Action
- May 18 is also International Museum Day and we encourage members to share visions of the future of museums on social media using the hashtag #IMD2021
Wednesday, May 19: Climate Change
- Podcast: Interview with Viviane Gosselin, Director of Collections & Exhibitions at the Museum of Vancouver, and a member of the Advisory Group of the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice
- Learn more about climate action in the museum and cultural heritage sector
- Get a preview of 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. We spoke with
- Ulee Maschaykh from the Semiahmoo Arts Society
- Adrian Bogdan from the Sidney Museum and Archives
- Bronwen Bird from Gallery 2
- Coralee Miller from Sncewips Heritage Museum
- Daphne Cui from New Westminster Museum and Archives
- Mari Jagt from the Maritime Museum of BC
- Michael Goodchild from Fraser River Discovery Centre
- Shelby McCannel from the BC Sports Hall of Fame
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. Click here to access a recording of the webinar.
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
- Podcast: Interview with Jon Farrow from Science Up First, a conversation on how our community can address misinformation
- Podcast: Interview with Spencer Stuart on the BC Museum Portraits Project
- Join us on social media and explore how museums are taking action in the fight against online misinformation
Celebrate BC Museums Week by joining the conversation on social media! Previous years have seen over 55 organizations tweet and post about BC Museums Week, with #BCMuseums trending in the Lower Mainland. It’s really easy to get involved, creates thousands of engagement opportunities with the local, provincial, and international community, helping to spread appreciation of museums around the world.
Whether joining the daily themes or posting on your own, be sure to tag the BCMA so we can help promote your work. Tag us using @BCMuseumsAssn – on Facebook and on Twitter – or @bc_museums_association on Instagram.
Also remember to use #BCMuseums on all your social media posts so we can see them and share them! Follow #BCMuseums and #MuseumACTION for all your BC Museums Week news, information, and celebrations.
- Include an image or other visual media to make your posts more visible.
- Schedule your posts throughout the day (and in the lead-up to the week) to ensure they get noticed. If you don’t have a scheduler already, try Hootsuite for free and get up to 30 posts scheduled in advance.
- Use Facebook Events for on-site programs throughout the week
On-site programs are also a great way to celebrate BC Museums Week and get people through your doors. Ensure your on-site programs follow all COVID-19 orders for your area. Some examples of potential events and programs include:
- Open by donation or open late hours
- Special events for kids and families
- Behind the scenes tours of the collections
- Concerts or other festival-style events
- Special events with community groups
Events as Advocacy and Promotion:
On-site events are a great way to attract political support and media attention. Invite members of your civic council, your MLAs and your MPs to your events. Coordinate with local media to cover politicians’ visits as well as to showcase your events. Communicating with local media will increase your chances of attracting your representatives and your community.
If you don’t know who your local representative is, try these links:
Find your local MLA: https://www.leg.bc.ca/learn-about-us/members
Find your local MP: http://www.ourcommons.ca/parliamentarians/en/constituencies/FindMP
Partnerships within the GLAM sector:
BC Museums Week is a great time to partner with institutions across the broader Gallery, Library, Archives and Museum (GLAM) sector. If you are a gallery or museum that works closely with or acts as an archive, showcase that work in an on-site program or online. Partner with a local library to host a pop-up exhibit at their site, or a pop-up library at yours. The GLAM sector is excited to work with you, so don’t miss this opportunity to connect with your larger community!
While we encourage these events all week long, we will be specifically focusing on GLAM sector connections and partnerships on.
We want to hear from you about your BC Museums Week events and experience! What did you do to celebrate BC Museums Week? How did your community get involved with your celebrations? What ideas do you have for next year?
You can send questions or share your events by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget to use #BCMuseums in your posts, and you can always tag us on social media.