Education and Professional Development
MAS offers diverse education, training, and professional development learning opportunities.
Our programs are designed for designed to meet the diverse needs of our members and our greater arts, culture, and heritage community. Our organization serves you - whether you are a volunteer, paid staff, museum board member, or simply interested in learning more about museums!
We engage with the greater arts, culture, and heritage community and work in partnership with like-minded organizations throughout the province to bring unique learning opportunities to our province.
To learn more about each program and service, browse through the side menu and contact us for more information.
Museums and Education Online
Starting June 3, our Museums and Education course will be offered online!
In this course, you’ll learn about the role of the museum as an educational institution. Find out how to
- plan and design audience-appropriate education and public programs
- facilitate object-centred learning
- incorporate current issues in your programming
- write an education and public programming policy
You’ll also get credit towards your Certificate in Community Museum Studies. Cost is $60 for members, $80 for non-members, $40 for students.
Join us on 28 June for a digitization workshop with Saskatchewan History Online (SHO). This workshop will lead you through the digitization process to help you create processes that are efficient and sustainable for your museum. You’ll learn about setting up or sustaining a digitization program, best practices and guidelines for digital collections, building a support network, and fostering a community approach to digitizing Saskatchewan collections.
This workshop is part of SHO’s mandate to train and support galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) interested in digitization to develop an engaging research experience and useable data and digital files. Learn more about SHO at saskhistoryonline.ca.
9:30 AM, 28 June 2013
Craik Eco-Centre, Craik, Saskatchewan
Cost $20 (includes lunch)
Educating for Sustainability Symposium
May 23, 2013
The Educating for Sustainability symposium is an exciting day of activities related to sustainability education. Attendees will participate in two sessions, both of them designed to share information while demonstrating a unique approach to community engagement.
In a session called "Values: A Starting Point for Sustainability," you'll explore the role values make in decision making and community engagement. You'll explore case studies, examine your own museum's values, and engage in creative group activities, including storytelling and building with repurposed materials.
In the Greenburg session, you’ll take on the role of a stakeholder in an imaginary community, and participate in creating a plan for building a more sustainable community. You’ll learn community engagement and sustainability planning skills, and see how this kind of roleplay approach can make sustainability education fun, engaging, and productive.
These activities promise to be useful and fun, but we’re just as excited about the people leading them.
Marni Gittleman, who will lead the Values session, is an interactive learning specialist, concept developer and community artist. For the past twenty years her work has been deeply focused on participatory learning, arts education and exhibit development, forging new models between the fields of education and museum learning. Ms. Gittleman holds multiple degrees in Elementary and Museum Education, Educational Leadership and Arts Administration with a Masters from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Among her many projects, she worked with the Skirball Cultural Center as the Concept Developer and Head, of Noah’s Ark – a ground breaking intergenerational family destination featuring immersive, experiential installations with an affective mission of building community and fostering citizenship. She has also worked as the Senior Exhibit Developer for inaugural hands-on family art pavilion linking visitors to the Getty collection at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, and as a Consulting Exhibit Developer for Art Inside Out at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan - featuring works of Elizabeth Murray, Fred Wilson and William Wegman voted among the New York Times Best of 2002 top-10 list by Michael Kimmelman, chief art critic.
Glenn Sutter, who’ll be leading the Greenburg session, is the Royal Saskatchewan Museum’s Curator of Human Ecology. In addition to curating exhibits like The Human Factor, which was recently recognized by UNESCO for leadership in sustainability education, and the forthcoming The Power of Music: Sustainability & the JUNOS, which will highlight connections between musical artists and sustainability. The exhibit will feature the recorded music and personal causes of more than 20 JUNO Award-winning artists including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Billy Talent, Bruce Cockburn, Gord Downie (The Tragically Hip), Justin Bieber, Neil Young, Nelly Furtado, Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace) and Chantal Kreviazuk, Sarah Harmer, Sarah McLachlan and Simple Plan. Glenn is currently active in nurturing a provincial network of ecomuseums—a unique museum-without-walls approach to promoting sustainable, engaged communities.
If you’re looking for ways to engage with your community, and to contribute to its economic, ecological, social, and cultural sustainability, this is an opportunity too good to miss!
Register Online You can now register online for any of our courses and workshops. Payment will be processed offline. Online Registration Form
Winter Education Calendar The Winter 2013 Education Calendar is now available. Don't miss out on the latest MAS news, informative articles, and upcoming classes and workshops! 2013 Winter Education Calendar
Visit our Resources page
for links to museum studies programs throughout Canada, websites
focusing on arts, culture, and heritage, and access to resources and
publications to further your own professional development.
CMA Travel Bursaries
The Canadian Museums
Association Travel Bursaries are available to assist museum professionals
(including volunteers) to attend professional development activities. For more
details on the CMA Bursary Program, please visit CMA website at http://www.museums.ca,
and click on "Bursary Program", under "Funds" or contact Véronique Chikuru at
(613) 567-0099 ext 228.
Update: The new deadline for applications is three weeks prior to the event. There is a dollar limit for each event; don't wait to apply.
Please note: This is
not a MAS-directed program. Any inquiries should be directed to CMA
contact noted above.
If you need assistance, have questions, or want more information, please contact us. We always want to hear your ideas and suggestions for further professional development and learning opportunities.
Association of Saskatchewan
424 McDonald Street
Telephone: 1-306-780-9279 or Toll-Free in Saskatchewan: 1-866-568-7386
Professional Development Coordinator
MAS gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Department of Canadian Heritage Museums Assistance Program, Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust, and SaskCulture.