A prestigious book nomination for the MJMAG
Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery up for Saskatchewan Book Award
Curator Heather Smith was pleased for the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery (MJMAG) to be nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award.
The MJMAG, along with Hagios Press of Regina, is up for a publishing award for their co-publishing of the book, Robert David Symons Countryman, by Terry Fenton.
“We’re in the publishing category. So it’s the best publisher in Saskatchewan for the year. The only other publisher in our category is the University of Regina and they have three books nominated,” said Smith. “The University of Regina’s books are beautiful. There’s a book about the history of architecture in Saskatchewan.
Read the full article on the Moose Jaw Times Herald website.
MAS Upcoming Network Meetings
The following is a list of network meetings that are coming up:
April 3 - South Central network in Mossbank
April 7 - North East network in Tisdale
April 9 - Heritage Heartland network in Avonlea
April 9 - Prairie Trails network in Swift Current
April 14 - Quill Plains network in Humboldt
April 28 - West Central network in Sceptre
April 29 - Seneca Root network in Melville
May 3 - North West network in Glaslyn
May 3 - Qu'Appelle network in Indian Head
May 31 - Parkland network in Kaposvar
River Valley network - TBD
MAS Volunteer Management Course - Date Change
The Volunteer Management course date has been moved to Friday, April 25th (instead of Thursday the 24th). It will be located in Biggar SK.
Please contact the MAS Office if you have any questions about the course (306) 780-9279.
Celebrate Black History Month
Every year, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present. It is also an opportunity for all of us to learn about the wide range of African-Canadian experiences, including dealing with racism, and the vital role this community has played throughout our shared history.
Saskatchewan is now home to many people of African descent who have come from the United States, the Caribbean, many African countries and other parts of Canada. They are involved in all aspects of life. We continue to work towards full and equal integration.
To learn more about Black History Month, including events in Saskatchewan, visit the MCOS website.
Museum Internship Opportunity in a National Park
Open to applicants within the US and Canada, the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site (SGNHS) in Cornish, New Hampshire, is offering three paid internships during the summer of 2014. Applicants will be recruited and stipends paid by the Student Conservation Association (SCA).
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site will hire three interns for seven weeks during the summer of 2014 with a $75 per week stipend. Interns will work primarily with the park’s Curator and Museum Technician assisting with collections management; inventory of objects, routine cleaning of artifacts, housing and labeling objects. Interns will learn proper object handling and basic care treatments including preservation of bronze statues. Individual or group projects requiring research on a park related topic or artifact(s) may be possible, for which interns will learn aspects of exhibit development, implementation, and installation. The internship will also include exposure to other museum operations though work-study assignments and field trips to several other nearby museums.
Qualifications: Enrolled in a museum studies or related program; some knowledge and appreciation of art history, strong writing skills, research, organization, interpersonal, communication and computer skills; and the ability to work both independently, in groups and with park staff.
How to Apply
Please check the SCA website http://www.thesca.org/serve/positions and type "Gaudens" in the Keywords box.
International students must obtain a US Visa if selected for an SCA internship. For more information on obtaining the appropriate visa please refer to: http://www.thesca.org/serve/international-applicants
The park is happy to work with students and their schools on submitting documentation for the internship to qualify for academic credits.
How Do You Want to Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation?
Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, conducted consultations in Gatineau to seek young Canadians' views on how they would like to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. All Canadians, including young Canadians, are invited to have their say by completing an online questionnaire at Canada.ca/150. The youth who were invited represent a range of different communities, backgrounds, and interests that are important to young Canadians.
- The Government of Canada is holding roundtables this winter with individuals who are active in their communities and represent a wide range of organizations or groups from across the country.
- Both the roundtable participants and Canadians who complete the online questionnaire will be asked five key questions.
- The data collected will provide insight into the types of activities and projects that resonate most with Canadians and will help us plan the celebrations.
- Over the next three years, as we approach the anniversary, we will celebrate key historic milestones that have defined our country.
"I am very pleased by the ideas that I have heard today and the show of interest demonstrated by these young Canadians. They are an example for us all. As we shape plans for Canada's 150th anniversary, I encourage young Canadians to let our Government know how they want to celebrate Canada's history, values, and traditions."
—Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
Introducing Patricia Kell, CCI's New Director General
The Canadian Conservation Institute is delighted to welcome the new Director General, Patricia Kell.
Patricia brings to CCI nearly 25 years of experience in a wide variety of jobs with Parks Canada. Her most recent positions included Director of Heritage Conservation, and Director of the National Historic Sites Policy Branch. Her academic credentials, which include Masters Degrees in both Museum Studies and Science as well as a Doctorate in History, are especially well suited to the unique mandate of CCI.
Blacksmithing still popular at Western Development Museum
An age-old tradition is attracting a sold-out crowd. The Western Development Museum in Saskatoon offers a blacksmithing course four times a year and there is a wait list for every session. Sean Garrett, a 28-year-old from Saskatoon, was in the class over the weekend and said it's satisfying to fire up the forge and shape a piece of heavy metal.
Read the full article on metronews.ca
Historical Thinking Summer Institute July 7-12, 2014
The Historical Thinking Summer Institute will take place 7-12 July 2014 in Vancouver, BC.
It is offered through UBC’s Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness, in collaboration with the Museum of Vancouver, where the Institute will be held (see http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/historical-thinking-summer-institute-2014/ ). It is designed for teachers, graduate students, curriculum developers and museum educators who want to enhance their expertise at designing and teaching history courses and programs with explicit attention to historical thinking. Participants will explore substantive themes of aboriginal-settler relations and human-nature relations over time.
Optional course credit is offered through the University of British Columbia.
A limited number of travel bursaries are available on a competitive basis (see http://thenhier.ca/en/content/thenhier-funding-programs).
Please read the flyer for more information.
The Society of American Archivists Comes to Canada!
SAA/ARL Course Series [DAS] - April 21-25, 2014
University of Alberta Libraries - Edmonton, AB - Registration open to all -
Register for the entire week and save!
Digital Curation: Creating an Environment for Success - Register here
Digital archives require professional curatorial practices just as paper archives do! In this course you'll discover the differences and similarities between curating paper and electronic records, a system of best practices for digital curation, and review what any institution needs to implement to ensure the success of its own digital curation.
Digital Archives and Libraries - Register here
Digital content finds its way into your archives - either because of efforts to digitize print collections or because of digitalacquisition. Are you preparing to receive "born digital" material and want to understand the potential of digital archives and digital libraries? Is your institution building an institutional repository?
Preserving Digital Archives - Register here
How do you start a digital preservation program? This course is designed to help practitioners move from understanding the core vocabulary, standards, and best practices of digital preservation toward program planning, policy development, and systems evaluation.
Digital Forensics for Archivists, Part I and Part II - Register here
Are you starting to receive disks as parts of collections or have you discovered disks in boxes of paper records? Caring for the records stored on removable storage media (e.g. floppy disks, hard drives, thumb drives, memory sticks, CDs) requires archivists to extract whatever useful information resides on the medium, while avoiding the accidental alteration of data or metadata. In this workshop, you'll learn how to apply existing digital forensics methods and tools in order to recover, preserve and ultimately provide access to born-digital records.
*Early bird registration deadline - April 1!*
The Saskatchewan Western Development Museum celebrates 65 years
To help celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Western Development Museum, individuals also celebrating their 65th birthday in 2014 will receive free admission on their birth date, as well as a birthday present from the Museum! On April 6, 2014, admission to the four WDMs will be only 65 cents.
Nominations for the MAS Board are Now Being Accepted
Nominations are now being accepted for those interested in being on the Museums Association of Saskatchewan Board of Directors for 2014-15.
Interested applicants should fill out a nomination form and return it to the Museums Association of Saskatchewan office, 424 McDonald Street, Regina, S4N 6E1, by no later than April 3, 2014.
A slate of candidates will be compiled and distributed to MAS members in April. Results will be announced at the AGM Thursday, May 22, 2014.
Inquiry of Saskatchewan Museums: Ribstones and Boulders
Margaret Kennedy, Associate Prof Dept. of Archaeology and Anthropology, at the University of Saskatchewan is currently involved in research project with a colleague of petroglyph boulders/ribstones in the plains of North America.
She is wondering if any Saskatchewan museums have large rocks and boulders with engraved ("pecked") designs on them that are perhaps sitting away on a shelf and aren't widely known about.
If you have items like this in your collection, please contact Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCA announces new dates for webinar offerings
The Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) announces new dates for its calendar of webinar offerings. CCA Webinars are practical, interactive and instructed by leading experts within each subject field.
Each Bootcamp includes three (3) consecutive 90-minute webinar and is available:
Bootcamp #6 12pm to 1:30pm EST on January 28, 29, 30
Bootcamp #7 12pm to 1:30pm EST on February 13, February 20, February 27
Bootcamp #8 12pm to 1:30pm EDT on March 12, March 19, March 26
Bootcamp Registration: Primary Registration is $635.00 plus HST
PRESERVE AND PROTECT: ARCHIVES SECURITY WEBINAR
This interactive 90-minute webinar is available:
January 27 from 12pm to 1:30pm EST ($165 plus HST)
February 20 from 2:30pm to 4pm EST ($165 plus HST)
February 25 from 12pm to 1:30pm EST ($165 plus HST)
March 25 from 12pm to 1:30pm EDT ($165 plus HST)
March 27 from 12pm to 1:30pm EDT ($165 plus HST)
ARCHIVAL APPRAISAL WEBINAR
This interactive 90-minute webinar is available:
February 12 from 12pm to 1:30pm EST ($165 plus HST)
February 18 from 12pm to 1:30pm EST ($165 plus HST)
March 13 from 12pm to 1:30pm EDT ($165 plus HST)
March 20 from 12pm to 1:30pm EDT ($165 plus HST)
COPYRIGHT UPDATE WEBINAR: BILL C-11 & HOW IT AFFECTS YOUR ARCHIVES
This interactive 90-minute webinar is available:
February 26 from 12pm to 1:30pm EST ($165 plus HST)
Discounts and additional fees:
- Receive a 10% discount when the same person registers for 2 or more webinars.
- $25 for each additional person attending from your organization (conditions apply and excludes NAAB Bootcamp).
- Secondary registration for NAAB Bootcamp is $125 plus HST
- Extra computer and telephone access points are available for a fee of $20 each.
The Canadian Museum of History is Now Official!
The Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canada’s national museum of human history, welcomes a new era in its own long and storied history following the recent enactment of federal legislation transforming the Museum into the Canadian Museum of History.
The centrepiece of the Canadian Museum of History will be the new Canadian History Hall. The content of the new Hall is being developed by a team of Museum historians, archaeologists, cultural specialists and museological experts, with input from six expert advisory committees as well as from the results of last year’s Public Engagement Project, in which you were an active participant.
The Canadian History Hall is the largest and most ambitious project the Museum has undertaken since the 1989 opening of our current home. Dedicated to the topic of Canadian history, the new Hall will convey to all Canadians — and to the world — the story of Canada, from the end of the last Ice Age to the present day. It will open on July 1, 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
To allow for the creation of the new Canadian History Hall, Face to Face: The Canadian Personalities Hall will close on February 2, 2014, and the Canada Hall will close in September 2014. The Grand Hall, the First Peoples Hall, the Canadian Children’s Museum, the IMAX® Theatre and our special exhibitions will remain open. The Museum will continue to present high quality programs and activities for visitors, and will continue to present major international exhibitions. From June 5 to October 12, 2015, for example, the Museum will present The Greeks – From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great, the most comprehensive exhibition on Ancient Greece to tour North America in a generation. We are committed to continuing to offer a high quality visitor experience throughout the transition period.
Regular updates on the development of the Canadian History Hall will be posted on the New Museum News website . You can also follow the development of the Canadian Museum of History by subscribing to our Inside History newsletter, from our Facebook site or from our Twitter feed.
CCI announces the new Microfade Testing Service!
Heritage professionals and institutions responsible for the conservation and safe display of objects and collections must deal with the dilemma of protecting them from exposure to light, particularly objects and collections suspected of being vulnerable to light damage.
Light in a museum environment can cause permanent damage to some objects, leading to significant loss of aesthetic and historic values. The Canadian Conservation Institute’s (CCI’s) Microfade Testing Service helps heritage professionals and institutions identify objects that are at high risk of damage from exposure to light, such as watercolours, dyed textiles, documents written in modern pen inks, and botanical and insect specimens. The service provides data to support exhibition guidelines and lighting policies for the safe display of vulnerable objects in collections.
CCI offers the Microfade Testing Service at their laboratory in Ottawa (for objects or samples shipped to the Institute) or at a client’s site, when shipping objects is not possible.
Visit their website to learn more about CCI’s Microfade Testing Service or to request this service.
Diversity in Museum Institutions Survey
The Canadian Museums and Youth Diversity Experience Project has developed a short survey to assist in developing guidelines and best practice models for diversity in museums. The survey covers various forms of diversity and will help identify areas of strength and areas that could be further developed in how we engage diverse audiences across Canada.
Please help complete the picture by filling out the survey at http://survs.com/survey/z3uy7yzgox
Kindly complete the survey by March 31st, 2014.
This survey is part of the Canadian Museum Youth and Diversity Experience Project funded by the Inter-Action Multiculturalism Grants and Contributions Program of Citizenship and Immigration Canada in partnership with the Canadian Museums Association, City of Toronto, Scarborough Museum, Surrey Museum, Musée McCord, and Markham Museum.
For more information please contact the project office:
Meredyth Miller, Project Coordinator
email@example.com or by phone at 416-397-7631
EAGM displaying Canadian art at its most Canadian
In anticipation of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum is presenting the city’s art goers with the artistic side of sport.
Opening on Jan. 16 in Gallery 1 was Liz Pead’s Breaking the Ice, which features the Canadian artist’s signature use of used and recycled hockey equipment to depict sweeping landscapes and vistas.
The pieces in the gallery reflect wilderness works of the Group of Seven as well as dramatic events in Canada’s history. At the EAGM, Pead displays Louis Riel’s surrender at Batoche and a colourful depiction of the wreckage of the plane crash site, which claimed the life of Bill Barilko, a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1940s and 50s.
Read the full article on estevanmercury.ca
Renewed Lottery Agreement
On January 13th, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty announced a renewed lottery agreement, (of 3.75%) which guarantees that sport, culture and recreation organizations will continue to receive and benefit from Saskatchewan Lotteries proceeds over the next five years.
"We are very pleased with the announcement made by Parks,Culture and Sports Minister Kevin Doherty on Jan.13th, in regards to the lottery agreement for the next five years." MAS President of the Board, Crystal Craig said. "On behalf of the M.A.S. Board of Directors and our members, I would like to thank the Government of Sask. for their continued support . This enables all of us to go forward with our goals and high standards of excellence within the heritage sector and will enhance the communities that we live in throughout this province. I would also like to thank Sask. Culture for their role in advocating on our behalf during the negotiations, it is very much appreciated."
Canada's History Magazine - Submissions wanted
The editorial team at Canada’s History magazine is hard at work on the April/May issue and they want your stories, events and activities!
Send suggestions for events and anniversaries happening in April and May at your organization and they will try to include them in the upcoming issue of the magazine or online at CanadasHistory.ca.
They are also interested in unique pieces from your collection or archives that connect with the spring season.
Please contact Joel Ralph, Director of Programs, Canada's History at (204) 988-9300 ext. 221, if you are interested in submitting.
Brenda Robinson - Keynote Speaker for 2014 MAS AGM & Conference
Brenda is a speaker, trainer, writer and consultant. She has been addressing groups for over twenty years on topics related to communications, humour, laughter, positive working skills and wellness in general.
Brenda received her Bachelor of Arts from Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba (Major in English) and her Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. in 1998.
Sheryl Fox Appointed Director of Development for Remai Art Gallery of Sask
Gregory Burke, Executive Director and CEO of the Mendel Art Gallery and the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, is very pleased to announce the appointment of Sheryl Fox as Director of Development, Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan.
“Sheryl’s is a new position created especially for the needs and challenges of the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, now under construction,” Burke said. “This is the first of a number of new positions that we will be announcing for the Remai Gallery, an institution that will be important both to Saskatoon’s cultural life and its economic development.”
Sheryl Fox is the former Vice-President, Investor, Corporate & Government Relations of Cameco Corporation. A long-time Saskatoon resident, she has participated in numerous community and industry organizations, including YWCA Saskatoon, the Meewasin Valley Authority, the United Way and the International Association of Business Communicators. Sheryl is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and the Executive Education Program at the Queen’s School of Business.
For further information, please contact:
Executive Director & CEO
Mendel Art Gallery & Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan
Establishment of a Digital Preservation Discussion Group
Following its launch of the Digital Preservation Toolkit, the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) is establishing an informal Digital Preservation Discussion Group to develop and share best practices in the preservation of digital content in Canadian Museums. CHIN will use this group to help museums take up resources offered through the Toolkit, and to identify what resources need to be added or modified. CHIN also hopes this discussion group will be used by its members to raise and discuss any digital preservation issues, or projects of interest to them. If your Canadian museum is currently undertaking a digital preservation project, or is considering the cost and benefit of digital preservation, you are encouraged to participate. The group will meet either on-line or via teleconference quarterly, or as required. The primary language of communication will be English, but participation in French is welcome.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Ern Bieman, CHIN Heritage Information Analyst at Ern.Bieman@pch.gc.ca.
Save the Date! Aboriginal Artists Symposium
A gathering of emerging and established First Nations and Métis contemporary and traditional artists, curators, cultural workers, senior artists, community leaders, and funders meeting on topics that affect Aboriginal art practice in Saskatchewan. Sponsored by CARFAC Saskatchewan in partnership with Tribe Inc., Common Weal Community Arts, The Indigenous Peoples Artists Collective of Prince Albert, Inc., First Nations University of Canada, Saskatchewan Craft Council, and the City of Saskatoon.
May 22nd, 23rd & 24th, 2014 in Saskatoon, SK at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel.
Panel Discussions, Workshops, Artists Performances, Professional Development, Networking and Gallery Tours.
For more information contact:
CCI Advanced Professional Development Workshop - Wet Treatment of Graphic Art on Paper with a Hydrogel of Gellan Gum
The workshop will show a new cleaning technique based on the use of Gellan gum, developed as an alternative to traditional methods and conceived especially for sensitive paper objects. The main advantage of the technique is one of optimizing the properties of water by controlling the method and timing of solvent transfer to the paper without altering the artifact's original morphological characteristics, that is, the surface texture and printing ink marks.
Two Workshop Options:
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
One-day Workshop: One-day overview with presentations and demonstrations. Early bird fee: $200 for Canadians, $275 for all others; Regular fee: $300 for Canadian, $375 for others.
Wednesday, March 26 to Friday, March 28, 2014
Three-day Workshop: One-day overview with presentations and demonstrations plus two days of practical exercises. Early bird fee: $750 for Canadians, $875 for all others; Regular fee: $850 for Canadian, $1000 for others.
Submit your application by January 12, 2014, to be eligible for the early bird workshop fee. Registration is open until February 9, 2014.
Community Initiatives Fund Announces Program Changes
As of April 1, 2014, the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) will change its programming to simplify access to funding and better respond to the priorities of Saskatchewan communities.
Programming changes will involve broadening of the CIF's Community Grant Program to accommodate all aspects of the Physical Activity Grant Program, the Problem Gambling Prevention Program and part of the Community Vitality Program (the Pride Projects and Events portion). The Physical Activity Grant Program, the Problem Gambling Prevention Program and the Community Vitality Program will end on March 31, 2014.
Small capital projects like energy efficiencies or community facility upgrades will be available as well through the new, two-year Community Places and Spaces Program. More detail about the CIF's programming changes is available on the CIF website.
Resources from CHIN for Museums
Video Editing and Publishing How-To-Guide
CHIN commissioned the Ontario Museums Association (OMA) to produce a second how-to guide on digital storytelling. This latest guide provides step-by-step instruction on how to edit videos and publish these materials online, using free software.
Resources for Social Media in Museums
Social media have worked their way into the marketing and educational outreach of almost all museums. If you or your institution is new to the idea of using these powerful (and now ubiquitous) tools for communicating with your visitors – or to tap into new audiences – CHIN has compiled a few introductory resources to get you started down the path of becoming a social media maven.
Awards to recognize environmental achievement!
Earth Day Canada (EDC), in partnership with Mill Street Brewery and the RBC Foundation, is recognizing everyday eco-heroes who are doing extraordinary work to create greener communities across Canada through the Hometown Heroes Award Program.
This program recognizes and celebrates environmental leaders, groups and small businesses who foster meaningful, long-term community awareness and action.
If your group is accomplishing environmental changes or if you know a local environmental hero in your community, nominate them today!
Heroic candidates can win one of the following:
- Individual Hometown Heroes Award—a $10,000 cash–prize to donate to a local environmental group/cause of their choice
- Group Hometown Heroes Award—a $10,000 cash–prize to support their work
- Small Business Hometown Heroes Award—a $5,000 cash–prize that must be used by the business to make an operational change that results in the business lessening their environmental impact, and permission from Earth Day Canada (EDC) to use the award and the EDC logo for one year to help market and promote the business and/or an approved product
For more information, or to nominate your group, a neighbour or small business from your community, please visit earthday.ca/hometown.
CMA - Exclusive Insurance Program
Members of CMA are eligible to benefit from the power of group purchasing and participate in an insurance program specifically tailored to address your particular risk protection needs. Marsh Canada Limited is proud to be recognized as the exclusive insurance broker for the CMA and offers its members this comprehensive insurance program, underwritten by Ecclesiastical Insurance, XL Insurance Company Limited, and Encon Group Inc. at a very competitive cost This program includes coverages for Collections, Property, Casualty, Abuse, and Directors and Officers Liability, each providing you will options concerning limits and deductibles. If you are interested in learning how much you can save through this CMA program, please set your insurance reminder online using the pdf form at www.marsh.ca/cmainsurance.
New CMA Bursary Program Offers Additional Financial Support to Museum Professionals
The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is proud to announce that it has completely revised the CMA Bursary Program to make it easier for Canada's museum professionals to obtain financial assistance for professional development activities.
The bursary program, made possible thanks to the Department of Canadian Heritage, was entirely updated to better reflect the growing needs of Canada's museum community, including students and volunteers. The new bursaries provide increased bursary grant values towards learning activities such as short courses, workshops and conferences, and covers costs related to travel, accommodation, per diems and registration.
Three bursary components were developed to address the unique needs of Canadian museum professionals at different points in their careers:
- Emerging Professional Development Bursary: Museum personnel and volunteers in the early stages of their career can benefit from financial support of up to $700 to attend learning activities;
- Mid-career Professional Development Bursary: Full-time museum professionals with more than five years' experience in the field can benefit from a match of 50% of the total cost of learning opportunities held in Canada or internationally, up to a maximum of $1,500;
- Conference Professional Development Bursary: By popular demand, museum professionals and volunteers who attend national and provincial museum conferences can receive assistance with related costs up to $800.
The new bursary program was launched November 1st, 2013. Visit the CMA website to learn more about the new program's criteria and eligibility requirements.