Sask museums

Learning Collectives Program

The Learning Collectives Program is designed to provide professional development opportunities for mid-to-advanced career museum professionals working in public museums.  The Program offers multiple learning opportunities to enhance skills and knowledge, promote career development, and encourage strong collegial networks.

Learning opportunities include: 

  • Learning Collectives - on-line and in-person discussion groups
  • Special- topic workshops
  • Conferences and Symposiums

Learning Collectives

The Learning Collectives are an important part of MAS' education and professional development programming. These groups work together with MAS to further the advancement of museums throughout Saskatchewan.

Join a province-wide network of colleagues involved in a particular area of practice, interest, or a specific museological field. Primarily designed for mid-to-advanced career professionals, but open to all interested MAS members. Be involved in your museum community


  • Be involved in your museum community
  • Widen your circle of contacts
  • Build relationships with colleagues throughout the province
  • Help each other, learn from one another, and share information
  • Discuss challenges, solve problems and share ideas
  • Work with MAS to develop learning opportunities that meet the needs of your group
  • Enhance leadership skills by taking on the role of Learning Collective Representative

Participant subsidies to attend discussion groups and reduced rates for professional development opportunities are available only for individuals who are MAS members or affiliated with a MAS member institution*.

An individual may participate in more than one Learning Collective.
To be a member of a Learning Collective, an individual must:

  • Be interested and involved in the museum community or be working for the betterment of the museum community
  • Meet the membership criteria outlined in the Learning Collective's Statement of Purpose
  • Within six months of joining a Learning Collective, the individual must be a MAS member, affiliated with an institutional member, or working for an institutional member of MAS.
  • Complete a Request for Membership form (available from the MAS office). 

Join a Learning Collective
Collections Management

First Nations, Métis and Inuit
Saskatchewan Family of National Historic Sites

Visit each group's web-page for more information - including a group description, resources (including links), and current events. 

Begin a Learning Collective
To begin a new Learning Collective, please contact our MAS staff person (see contact information below).  We are happy to provide you with information about the necessary steps and requirements and provide assistance, as appropriate.

There is no fee to join or be part of a Learning Collective.

This program is designed primarily, but not exclusively, for paid museum professionals who are mid-to-advanced career and work in mid-to-large sized museums.

"I see the Learning Collective being not only in a professional development role, but as an advocate for fundamental policy change within the museum community, stressing the importance of quality and inclusive interpretive and educational programs, which should be at the top of the advocacy for change list." - Programmers Learning Collective Member


Special Topic Workshops

In collaboration with the Learning Collectives, MAS offers special-topic workshops focusing on contemporary issues and practices. 

Past Sessions

*Please note that Learning Collectives were previous known as Special Interest Groups.

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Special Interest Group (2011)
Session: Sites of a Special Nature. Repatriation Policies. Member Roundtable

Nathan P. Friesen, Senior Archaeologist at the Heritage Conservation Branch, provided a presentation and discuss Sites of a Special Nature – including government definition, legislation, a description of the process to protect sites, and future plans. Dr. Evelyn Siegfried, Curator of Aboriginal History at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM), discussed the RSM’s repatriation policy - including the process of consultation and development and access to collections.
Managers/Directors Special Interest Group (2011)
Session: Pride of Saskatchewan: Cultural Policy. Non-Profit Organizational Effectiveness. Member Roundtable.

Janet Baker, Senior Culture Analyst, Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport, and Harold Bryant, Executive Director, Royal Saskatchewan Museum provided a presentation and discussion about the provincial cultural policy and its relationship to museums. Wendy Thienes, Executive Director for Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre, shared her experience attending a week-long workshop on organizational effectiveness at the Banff Centre for leaders of non-profits.

The Eight Parameters of Visitor Experience - A Different View (2009)

A Practical Guide to Adhesives for Conservators - Dr. Julia Fenn (2008)

Eligibility and Fees
Most special-topic learning sessions are open to all interested MAS members and members of the larger community.  Fees are dependent upon specific learning opportunity.  Updated session information will contain all necessary information.  

The Museums Association of Saskatchewan reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any course at any time for any reason. The Association cannot guarantee continuation of any program should funding cease. The availability, date and location of the course offerings are subject to change at any time.

Participants are asked to register by the registration deadline for each course. The registration fee will only be refunded if you withdraw your application five days prior to the course date or if the course is cancelled.  In cases of weather conditions, illness and family emergencies, the five day requirement may be waived by MAS

Contact us
For more information please contact the MAS office.