Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Let’s Welcome the Refugees with Open Arms

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Canada is moving fast to welcome 25,000 refugees, mostly from Syria, in the next few weeks. This is an ambitious target for Canada, more so after the tragic events of last week in Paris and Beirut. The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) welcomes this humanitarian action and we call upon all members to embrace these people with open arms.

They will be arriving in cities and town all across the country. Each province has its own quota, for example, Saskatchewan’s is 2,500, Ontario and Quebec are expecting 8,000 each, and Prince Edward Island’s is 100 individuals. They will be arriving in the midst of our cold winter, in a very different culture, and many will not be able to speak either French or English. The challenges these souls face are incredible, but as you know hundreds of thousands have risked their lives with the hope for a better future.

Social service agencies are springing into action all across Canada. Museums can and should join in these efforts to welcome these refugees. There are many reports from Europe that new refugees feel isolated in the shelters that are provided and isolated from contact with the people of their new homeland. While they may have shelter, meals and heat, there are long hours of uncertainty, worry and boredom. There are missed opportunities to adjust to their new homeland, to explore it and to meet other people.

We feel museums have a role to play, to help welcome them to their new homeland, help them learn more about our history and culture, but also as community centres for learning and adjustment. Language may be a barrier initially, but a warm smile does not need translation and speaks volumes.

Each one of us should consider what role we can play. Small steps of kindness will help make their adjustment to the new homeland much more inviting.
Let us all consider what role we can play.

John G. McAvity
Executive Director
Canadian Museums Association


Réfugiés : accueillons-les à bras ouverts

Le Canada bouge vite afin d’accueillir dans les prochaines semaines, 25 000 réfugiés venant pour la plupart de la Syrie. C’est un objectif ambitieux, surtout suite aux événements tragiques de la semaine dernière à Paris et Beyrouth. L’Association des musées canadiens (AMC) se félicite de cette initiative humanitaire et nous encourageons nos membres à accueillir ces gens à bras ouverts.

Les refugiés arriveront dans les villes et villages à travers le pays. Chaque province dispose de son propre quota. Par exemple, Saskatchewan accueillera 2 500 réfugiés, l’Ontario et le Québec s’attendent à recevoir 8 000 réfugiés chacune, et l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard accueillera 100 individus. Ils arriveront en plein cœur de notre rude hiver, au sein d’une culture qui leur est étrangère, et beaucoup d’entre eux ne parleront ni le français ni l’anglais. Les difficultés auxquelles sont confrontées ces âmes sont incroyables mais, comme vous le savez, ils sont des centaines de milliers à risquer leurs vies dans l’espoir d’une vie meilleure.

Les agences de services sociaux passent déjà à l’action partout au Canada. Les musées peuvent et devraient participer aux efforts d’accueil des réfugiés. De nombreux témoignages nous proviennent de l’Europe indiquant que les nouveaux réfugiés se sentent isolés dans les hébergements mis à leur disposition et isolés du contact avec la population de leur nouvelle patrie. Les réfugiés disposent de logements et de repas chauds certes, mais ils endurent aussi de longues heures d’incertitude, d’inquiétude et d’ennui. Ils ratent des occasions de s’adapter à leur nouvelle patrie, de la découvrir et de rencontrer d’autres personnes.

Nous estimons que les musées ont un rôle à jouer pour l’accueil des réfugiés dans leur nouvelle patrie, en les aidant à connaitre notre histoire et culture, mais aussi en étant des centres communautaires pour l’apprentissage et l’adaptation. La langue pourrait être une barrière au début, mais un sourire chaleureux est assez éloquent, et en dit long sur nos intentions.

Chacun d’entre nous devrait envisager de jouer un rôle. Des petits gestes de gentillesse contribueront à rendre l’intégration des réfugiés à leur nouvelle patrie encore plus attrayante.

Songeons tous à contribuer notre part.

John G. McAvity
Directeur général
Association des musées canadiens

Friday, October 23, 2015

Museums Display their Halloween Spirit with Exciting Events

It’s almost time for princesses, ghosts and goblins to take over the streets for trick-or-treating. Leading up to Halloween weekend, museums around Ottawa are offering Halloween inspired activities—haunted tours, family pumpkin carving, adult-only parties, magic shows and more.

Check out these fun and spooky Halloween events at museums around the Ottawa area!

Incident at the Bunker: A Zombie Adventure is Ottawa’s living version of the Walking Dead. Haunted Walks will take you on an interactive tour around the Cold War bunker. Zombies and surprises await you! Tours are offered on October 24, 25, 31 and November 1. Suggested for ages 12 and up. Click here for details.

Watson’s Mill
Take a dark and spooky tour through Watson’s “haunted” 1860’s flour mill. Recommended for children 10 and older. The Haunted Mill will take place at night from October 22-24. On Halloween, Watson’s Mill in Manotick is also holding a children’s Halloween party. Find the details here.

Nepean Museum
A Pumpkin Party is occurring at the Nepean Museum. On Sunday October 25, families are invited to come carve pumpkins and make Halloween costumes. There will be professional face-painters, ready to transform guests into beautiful butterflies, ghastly ghosts and everything in between. Even better, this family event is free! Details here.

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
Halloween Hijinks is a daytime event being held on Sunday October 25. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes and come trick-or-treating in the safe museum environment. They will go from one heritage building to the next, and costumed characters will give out period-appropriate treats. Click here for additional information.

Pinhey’s Point Historic Site
Halloween at Horaceville is taking place Sunday October 25 in the day. Families can come and carve pumpkins, snack on Halloween candy, and enjoy some scary stories. Pinhey’s Point is a historic site with 88 acres to explore. Click here for details about Halloween at Horaceville.

Canadian Aviation and Space Museum
Halloween magic tricks and treats will be happening on Sunday October 25 at the museum. Guests are invited to wear their costumes to watch Illusionist Chris Pilsworth’s Halloween magic show. More information here.

Goulbourn Museum
The museum is welcoming children ages 6-11 on Sunday October 25 for Mansion Mayhem. They will spend the afternoon creating (and possibly eating) their own edible haunted houses, playing games and of course wearing their Halloween costumes. Click here for details.

Billings Estate National Historic Site
Séance and Halloween Party at the historic estate of the Billings family! On Sunday October 25 in the evening, a séance will take place with a psychic medium. The séance is an 18+ event, and there will also be Halloween treats and hot cider served. On October 31, a family friendly Halloween Party is planned. Children will be able to trick-or-treat at child-sized haunted houses. More details here.

Canadian Museum of Nature
Nature Nocturne, themed Giant Bug Invasion this month, is being held on October 30. One night before Halloween, guests are invited to dress in bug-inspired costumes for this 19+ adult-only event. Explore the museum galleries and enjoy music, dancing, food and drinks. Click here for additional information.
The Spencerville Mill
A Halloween masquerade ball will be held at the Spencerville Mill on October 30. Spend a night out at this is an adult-only event. Come dressed up because there will be prizes for the best costumes! More details here.

The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
A haunted walk and movie screening will be taking place in Almonte. At night on October 30 , scary stories will be told during the tour which begins at Almonte Old Town Hall and ends at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. The movie “The Ghosts of Mississippi Mills” will be played in the museum. Further information can be found here.

Upper Canada Village
Pumpkinferno displays over 6,000 intricately carved artificial pumpkins. The walking tour around the 1860’s themed living village takes around 40 minutes. A new Fish of the St. Lawrence exhibit was added this year. Pumpkinferno, a family friendly event, is open Thursday-Sunday evenings until November 1. Click here for more information.

Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum
A Barnyard Hallowe’en is taking place during the daytime on October 31 and November 1. This museum celebrates Canada’s agriculture heritage and invites families to wear costumes, create “green goblin” smoothies, participate in decorating pumpkins, Halloween activities, scavenger hunts, wagon rides, and more. Click here for details.

Canadian Museum of History
During October, children ages 5 and up can make Halloween crafts at the Canadian Museum of History. Little ones are also encouraged to find all of the bats hiding in the children’s section of the museum to win a Halloween prize. Craft details here and Bat Hunt details here.

Osgoode Township Museum
On Halloween, children can stop by the museum to get crafty by creating creepy creatures, participating in a Halloween maze, and visiting in the evening for trick-or-treating. Check out the details here.

Old Carleton County Jail
This former prison now functions as a youth hostel, the Ottawa Jail Hostel. Haunted Walks offers a Ghosts and the Gallows tour of the old jail throughout the year, including some tours on Halloween night. The jail opened in 1862, and Canada’s last execution took place there. Where else is more haunted on Halloween? Click here for further information.

Victoria Klassen, intern at the CMA, is a fourth-year Carleton University journalism and English student.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Demystifying the Budget section of the Young Canada Works – Summer Jobs application | Déchiffrer la section Budget de la demande Jeunesse Canada au Travail – Emplois d’été

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The new YCW season is in full swing, and the CMA is pleased to renew its delivery of the YCW program in partnership with the department of Canadian Heritage.

For employers who wish to submit an application to the YCW Summer Jobs program with the CMA, the Budget section in the application can raise questions. We’ve come up with this article in hopes of answering  some of these questions. Please note that other delivery organisations may have different requirements; as such, the advice provided in this article pertains to applications submitted to the CMA.

Some fields in the application are calculated automatically based on a five-day work week. If you offer an irregular work week, please contact your Program Officer and we will help you ensure there are no mistakes in your budget.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Museums play a vital role in nation’s response following events in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa | Les musées jouent un rôle primordial dans la réaction de la nation suite aux événements à St-Jean-sur-Richelieu et Ottawa

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Following the tragic attacks in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa, the nation has shown a strong resolve and united front. We are still mourning but activities in the nation’s capital are returning to their normal pace. Parliament has reopened its doors to the general public and municipal elections were held as planned. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Q&A with Two Interns from the RBC Museum Internship for Emerging Professionals Program | Questions et Réponses avec deux stagiaires du Programme de stage RBC pour la relève muséale

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PART 2 of 2 

This blog post series profiles the 2013 interns from the RBC Museum Internship for Emerging Professionals program. In part 2 of 2, Samantha Shannon, a recent graduate from the Collections Conservation and Management program at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario, provides a glimpse into her life as an intern: 

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Q&A with Two Interns from the RBC Museum Internship for Emerging Professionals Program | Questions et réponses avec deux stagiaires du Programme de stage RBC pour la relève muséale

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PART 1 of 2

Each year, the RBC Museum Internship for Emerging Professionals program offers an enhanced learning experience for emerging museum professionals. For a period of four to six months, interns benefit from practical skills development in a professional and supervised setting. The internships take place in museums or art galleries located in the city where the CMA National Conference is to be hosted each year. This means that both 2013 interns had the rare opportunity to work in Whitehorse, Yukon! We’ve asked last year’s interns to answer some questions about their experiences.

In part 1 of 2 in this blog post series, Lianne Maitland, a recent graduate of the Masters of Museums Studies program at the University of Toronto, provides a glimpse into her life as an intern:

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Virtual Reality: Taking Museum Tours into the Future | La réalité virtuelle : les musées se voient projetés dans l'avenir

Internet cultural portal Europeana is exploring a new way for the public to interact with artifacts usually kept behind closed doors. They are looking to incorporate Virtual Reality (VR) and three-dimensional (3-D) technologies into the cultural sector to allow members of the public to tour a museum without having to leave the house.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

How to Improve Your YCW Application | Améliorez vos demandes Jeunesse Canada au travail

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As employer applications are received for the 2014 Young Canada Works (YCW) program, the CMA would like to thank last year’s peer review committee for their hard work.

During last year’s review process, we asked the committee to identify general recommendations for developing stronger employer applications. 

We would like to share the top 5 tips to help you write your best application yet!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Weaving a Web of Your Own

"Strike a pose…then share the results. In the entrance to the exhibition #DoubleTake. Multiple frames to choose from…" — excerpt from the @Civilization Twitter feed.

Along with many cultural organizations, the Canadian Museum of Civilization is using social media to reach new audiences and engage the community. Social media is less about experts disseminating information to visitors and more about building an online community and having conversations with members.

For most cultural institutions, having a Facebook and a Twitter presence is a priority but social platforms shouldn't be used to push ideas or use academic jargon; posts should be kept simple. They can be about current collections, upcoming exhibitions and interesting facts. But let’s face it, who is going to reply to those posts? Get creative! Twitter and Facebook posts should tell followers how curators develop exhibitions, share behind-the-scenes photos, ask provocative questions, tell jokes, share weird facts, and be entertaining. These kinds of posts will generate a reaction and encourage your community to interact with you online.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Q&A with Nancy Noble, New President of the CMA Board of Directors | Entrevue avec Nancy Noble, nouvelle présidente du Conseil d’administration de l’AMC

The CMA is very pleased to welcome Nancy Noble who was elected to serve as President of the CMA Board of Directors at the CMA Annual General Meeting which took place on May 29, 2013 in Whitehorse, Yukon. Nancy has served as a member of the CMA board since 2008, most recently as Vice-President. We asked Nancy about her views on the Canadian museums community and how she feels about being involved with the CMA. 
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What motivated you to get involved with the Canadian Museums Association?
I have been a member of the CMA since my days as a Master’s student in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester in England. I have always believed that one’s ability to succeed in any profession is directly related to how connected you are to others in your field and how much are willing to learn from them. The CMA has been an avenue for learning and networking for me. It is a respected organization that puts people and ideas together and over the years that has been very beneficial to me and to the organizations I have led. In fact, I don’t think I would be as engaged in my work or as successful without those connections. They have led to life-long colleagues and friends whose knowledge and counsel I rely on regularly. One of the reasons I have stayed in the field (because we all know it has its share of challenges) is the diversity of people who work in the field and their immense creativity and passion.

My decision to get involved in the governance of the organization came from an obligation to give something back to the Association and, even more importantly, to a community that has supported me throughout my career. It is an odd moment in your life when you realize you are no longer the “next generation” of leaders, but “this generation” of leaders. It was at that stage that I thought I should give something back.