Museums and Sustainability Initiative
The Museums Association of Saskatchewan embraces the concept of sustainability as a guide for our programs, services and our internal practices. The Museums and Sustainability Initiative is a multi-layered set of projects and activities to help our members bring sustainability into their plans, programs and activities. Learning opportunities, resources, and discussion groups are designed to assist museum practitioners and institutions integrate sustainability into all areas of the museum.
We take a holistic approach to sustainability. Sustainability is a challenging concept and arguably the most significant issue facing humanity today. It requires that people live in ways that do not compromise the well being of future generations. This involves thinking, planning and acting in ways that foster ecosystem health, economic development, cultural vitality, and social justice. At the same time, it involves respecting the limitations, vitality and interdependence of economic, social and environmental systems.
MAS is proud the announce that a new issue of Museums and Sustainability is now available. This edition focuses on museums and the environment. This resource explores the many ways Saskatchewan museums are leading the way in environmental sustainability. Whether its through renewable energy, public education programs, or establishing biosphere reserves, many of Saskatchewan museums are making the effort to toward promoting environmental sustainability.
To view the publication online please click on the cover (left).
This publication is also available in print. You can order one in a number of ways: order online via the Publications Centre (MasterCard and Visa), or fill out a resource request or feel free to call our office: (306) 780-9279 or Toll free in SK 1-866-568-7386
Members $10, Non-members $12
Current Request for Information on Ecomuseums:
In looking at sustainability, in the museum context, MAS encourages
members to look outside the box whether it's who our partners can be or
even what a museum can look like. The attached letter is an invitation
from the Royal Saskatchewan Museum’s Dr. Glenn Sutter to look at the
‘ecomuseum’ concept. This non-traditional idea of the ‘museum’ could
provide communities with an opportunity to have a strong voice on the
changes affecting their communities.
If you are interested in learning more about ecomuseums and sharing your thoughts please send your questions and comments to Glenn Sutter.
Creative Collaborations Symposium (2011)
An evening gathering and keynote address kicked off this creative, engaging full-day symposium focused on community engagement, cultural vitality, multicultural relationship building, and collaborative skills and practice. Practical, interactive sessions provided opportunities to explore the realities and develop deeper understanding of building collaborative relationships between diverse organizations, colleagues, and communities.
A huge thank you to our partners in this project: Common Weal Community Arts, Community Research Unit (University of Regina), Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, and Wanuskewin Heritage Park
For more information about this exciting project, visit Conferences and Symposiums.
Museums and Sustainability: The Sustainability Challenge
This digital resource focuses on the broad definition and application of sustainability in all areas of a museum and community life. It provides practical information, Saskatchewan museum-based case studies, resources, and an evaluative framework to help guide your institution's planning and decision-making. Thank you to our Museums and Sustainability Committee for their guidance and expertise: Gailmarie Anderson, Glenn Sutter, and Wendy Winter.
To download a copy please choose a file size based on your internet connection. Please note that the images are of best quality on the large file size.
*Dial-up users are recommended to choose the small file size.
We would love your feedback! Fill out the evaluation form after you view the publication.
This publication is also available in print. To order a copy please fill out a resource request or feel free to call our office: (306) 780-9279 or Toll free in SK 1-866-568-7386
Members $10, Non-members $12
Greening the Museum Google Group
Join a network of colleagues interested and committed to exploring how museums can be ‘more green' and integrate environmental sustainability into all areas of the museum. This on-line group discusses best practices, shares resources (e.g. links and articles), discuss ideas, share resources and information, and develop best practices. Whether you are part of a small or large museum, your ideas and practices will be a great input to the discussion. Eventually we may work on small-scale projects together but right now, let's just get the discussion going!
Join the Google Group to discuss your institution's planet-friendly approaches to exhibits, special events, and more! Please contact us if you are interested as this group is by invitation-only - it provides a unique opportunity to connect with colleagues throughout the province.
The Art of Grant-Writing (2009)
Financial sustainability is key to museums. This five hour workshop was designed to assist museum practitioners become familiar with the granting process and the role of the juror.
What are your favourite tools and resources related to museums and sustainability? Are you working on a sustainability project in your own museum and want people to know about it?
Visit our Resources page and find links to websites and publications. If you have a link, resource, or tool you would like to share, please email it to MAS for review and on-line posting.
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