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MAS Communications Coordinator

The Museums Association of Saskatchewan is the provincial umbrella organization for museums and museum workers. We serve the people of Saskatchewan through the advancement of their museums.  MAS leads and supports the Saskatchewan museum sector through professional development and training activities, consultation services and facilitating public engagement and networking opportunities.

We are seeking a full time permanent Communications Coordinator. We offer a small office environment to someone who enjoys variety, is comfortable multitasking and who can work independently and in a team setting.

Reporting to the Executive Director the responsibilities of the position will focus on planning, evaluation, and administration of all communications programs and services of MAS. Activities include, but are not limited to: coordinate the development and production of key messages, images and branding as required; planning, editing, design and distribution of Association print and electronic material including: website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, occasional publications, newsletters, brochures, media releases, promotional material, and member reports; facilitating the writing, production and distribution of promotional material for all MAS program areas; oversee the production of membership materials; planning, design and production of paid advertisements as required; oversee the planning, production and promotion of the annual MAS conference; and participate in the research and writing of funding applications and follow-up reports.

Qualifications/Competencies:

-      Applicable university degree or equivalent post-secondary education

-      Sound knowledge of communications theories and practices

-      Practical experience with non-profit organizations

-      Strong critical thinking skills with an emphasis on ‘thinking outside the box’

-      Familiarity with museum community

-      Demonstrated planning, evaluation, organizational, and time-management skills

-      Demonstrated self-starter

-      Demonstrated ability to be flexible and work in a fast paced team environment

-      Excellent computer skills, with experience in website content and social media management

-      Knowledge of InDesign

-      Valid driver’s licence and a willingness to travel and work evenings and weekends as required

-      Sense of humour

Location: Regina, Saskatchewan

Hours: 35 hours per week

Closing Date: Applications must be received by noon, May 5th, 2014.

Please submit a cover letter that includes salary expectations, resume, and 3 references – one of whom is a previous employer, by email, fax, mail or in person to:

Museums Association of Saskatchewan

424 McDonald St. Regina, SK  S4N 6E1

fax: 306-780-9463

email: mas@saskmuseums.org

(Note: further information about the position is available by email only, by request)

MAS appreciates the interest of all applicants but only those individuals who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

CCI Advanced Professional Development Workshop: Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces 2014

The Canadian Conservation Institute and the Getty Conservation Institute are pleased to announce a CCI Advanced Professional Development Workshop entitled Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces 2014, which will be held from August 12 to 15, 2014, at CCI in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Saskatchewan Heritage Fairs

Tuesday, April 15 & Wednesday, April 16: Saskatoon Regional Heritage Fair, Cosmo Civic Centre
Thursday, April 24: Moose Jaw Regional Heritage Fair, Moose Jaw Western Development Museum
Wednesday, April 30 (set up) & Thursday, May 1: Regina Regional Heritage Fair, First Nations University
Tuesday, June 3 & Wednesday, June 4: Provincial Showcase, Government House, Regina

Call for Heritage Fair judges
Do you want to be a part of an exciting, innovative youth program that links kids with heritage? Do you have six hours to support the Regional Heritage Fair, following the Standard Judging Rubric
• Moose Jaw: Jackie Hall at jhall@wdm.ca
• Saskatoon: Lisa Bryden at lkb097@mail.usask.ca by March 28

Register Now For a Chance to Win a Trip to the National Congress on Culture!

Whether you are a seasoned activity organizer or a culture lover with something incredible to share with your community, now is your chance to participate. Early-registration for the 5th edition of Culture Days is now open! What’s more, early-bird registrants will automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip to the National Congress on Culture: Creating & Sustaining a Daily National Habit , on May 22nd, 23rdin Winnipeg. Don’t forget to register before midnight on April 30, 2014 to be entered in the draw. For the full details and promotion rules, click here .

April 6: Celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Western Development Museum

Visit your local WDM this year. If you are celebrating your 65th birthday in 2014, we will give you free admission on your birth date, as well as a birthday present from the Museum! On April 6, 2014 (the Sunday after the actual anniversary date of April 2), admission to the four WDMs will be only 65 cents. We have so many achievements to celebrate and so much to look forward to. Thank you for supporting the Museum in the past, present, and future!

MAS Network Reminders

South Central Museums Network
Ardill School, 542 Main Street, on the Mossbank Museum grounds on Thursday, April 3. Remember, attendance by every museum in the Network is manditory at these meetings.

North East Museums Network
Meeting at the Tisdale Civic Centre (901 100 St.) on April 7.

Prairie Trails Museums Network
Swift Current Museum on on April 9. Please RSVP for the April 9.

Heritage Heartland Museums Network
Wednesday, April 9,  at the Avonlea United Church. (200-1 Ave). Please RSVP for the April 6.

Steam Association of Saskatchewan

Has organized a meeting for Saturday, April 12. Lunch will start at 12pm and the meeting will follow at 1pm. The lunch and meeting will be held at the Rocanville Museum. They are hosting the event and we will be able to see and discuss the traction engine they had repaired. There are two motels in Rocanville - the Rocanville Motel 306-645-2150 and Hags Hideaway 306-645-2625.

 

MAS Youth Engagement Workshop

Involving young people in your museum isn't just a nice thing to do: being relevant and engaging for upcoming generations is vital for your museum's long-term survival. But sometimes it's hard to know where to begin.

This workshop will help. We'll explore questions such as:
What makes young people want to get, and stay, involved?
What kinds of youth engagement are possible and desirable?
How can we build youth participation into our planning?
And more …

Register now! Phone 1-866-568-7386, or go to http://saskmuseums.org/includes/edu-reg-form.php to register online.

Youth Engagement Workshop
Prince Albert Museum on Friday, April 11, 2014, starting at 9:30 AM.
$80 for members, $100 for non-members, and $60 for students w/ ID.

West Central Museums Network - Spring Meeting

Great Sandhills Museum, Sceptre
Monday, April 28th starting at 10 a.m.
NOTE: NOT April 26th as stated in the Eston meeting minutes
Soup and sandwich lunch $10.00
RSVP by Tuesday, April 15th
Verna Thompson Networker
Mary Ann Peters, Co-networker  

Regional Heritage Fairs Seeking Judges

Do you want to be a part of an exciting, innovative youth program that links kids with heritage? Heritage Saskatchewan is seeking judges for Regional Heritage Fairs in Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw. Check out the judging rubric.
 
In Saskatoon, please contact Lisa Bryden at lkb097@mail.usask.ca with your first and last name, contact information as well as whether you can judge in English or French. Please let her know if you have dietary restrictions when you register. The registration (as well as supper) for judges begins at 5:00pm on Apr. 15 at the Cosmo Civic Centre. There will be an orientation from 5:30pm - 6:00pm and judging runs until 8:30pm.
 
In Regina, please contact Clayton Murray at c.murray@rcsd.ca with your first and last name as well as whether you can judge in English or French. The orientation for judges begins at 8:30am on May 1 at the First Nations University of Canada. Judging takes place from 9:00am - 11:00am and lunch is served for volunteer judges at 11:00am.

In Moose Jaw, please contact Jackie Hall at jhall@wdm.ca with your first and last name, phone number as well as whether you can judge in English or French. The orientation for judges begins at 10:30am on Apr. 24 and lunch will be served to volunteer judges.­


SaskCulture seeking volunteers for Board of Directors

SaskCulture is seeking volunteers for the SaskCulture Board of Directors. SaskCulture strives to build a culturally vibrant future in which all citizens of Saskatchewan individually and collectively, celebrate, value and support participation in and access to cultural experience. Positions to be filled include one, two-year term as President and one, two-year term in each of Arts, Cultural Industries, First Nations, Heritage, Métis and Multiculturalism. Elections will be held Jun. 13, 2014 at the SaskCulture Annual General Meeting.
 
Application packages for the SaskCulture Board are available.

Culture Days early registration

Culture Days early registration begins next week. Now is the perfect time to start planning your Culture Days' fifth anniversary activities and community celebrations as well as reaching out to artists and cultural organizations! Stay tuned for the early registration kick-off next week and a special promotion announcement for early-bird registrants. Also, a reminder that the application deadline for Culture Days Funding Assistance is Apr. 15, 2014.

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 12 - River Valley network in Langham
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

MAS Winter Quarterly Report Now Available!

Quarterly Report Winter 2014 The Winter 2014 Quarterly Report is now available. Don't miss out on the latest news of what the Board and staff have been up to between November 1st and February 1st.

To view the report please click on the cover (right).

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.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

Quote
"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

Patricia KellThe 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.
 

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.

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

BrendaBrenda 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:
Gregory Burke
Executive Director & CEO
Mendel Art Gallery & Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan
306-975-7612

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:

Wendy Nelson
Executive Director
CARFAC Saskatchewan
1-800-636-9788
programs@carfac.sk.ca

Audrey Dreaver
Event Coordinator
306-202-7654
audreydreaver@gmail.com

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.

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.
"Professional development costs can be prohibitive for many institutions and individuals in the museum community, but it should absolutely be a priority", says John G. McAvity, Executive Director of the CMA. "When staff and volunteers are encouraged to develop their skills and competencies, they form a positive, motivated and committed workforce that can more easily adapt to change. Unfortunately, professional development is usually undervalued and is often sacrificed during budget reviews. With this in mind, the new CMA bursary program has been designed to offer increased financial support and more flexible options."
 
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.

Call for Nominations - Regina Mayor's Arts and Business Awards

The Mayor's Arts & Business Awards (MABA) celebrates Regina artists, arts organizations and volunteers who contribute to the creative and cultural fabric of our city. The Award recognizes the many ways that Regina businesses support local artists and arts organizations.The nomination deadline is Apr. 7, 2014. Nominate someone today!Questions may be emailed to maba@regina.ca

FREE - Webinars presented by Imagine Canada

Imagine Canada are offering the following webinars between March and April.  See below for more details:
 
Strategic Planning Part 1: Cultivation & Organizational Development- March 19, 2014
Common Grantwriting Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)
March 20, 2014
Effective Strategic Planning Part 2: Plan Development & Implementation
April 16, 2014
Effective Strategic Planning Part 3: Measure, Monitor, Report
May 14, 2014