Friday, August 26, 2011

Welcome! Bienvenue !

Welcome to the Canadian Museums Association’s official blog! We are pleased to now be part of the blogosphere. Here, we will share pertinent information for our members and for Canada’s museum community.

Through this platform, we will discuss current issues affecting museums across Canada. Since this spring, the CMA has engaged with our members through social media outlets, allowing us to start a dialogue and be more involved in our community. Coming together, we can share ideas and come up with solutions to the challenges that our institutions are currently facing. Together, we are stronger!

Don’t forget to visit our website for the most up-to-date information on everything affecting Canadian museums.

Happy blogging!

John G. McAvity
Executive Director


Bienvenue au blogue officiel de l’Association des musées canadiens ! Nous sommes fiers de maintenant faire partie de la blogosphère. Ici, nous partagerons des informations pertinentes pour nos membres et pour la communauté muséale du Canada.

À travers cette plateforme, nous discuterons des enjeux actuels qui affectent les musées partout au Canada. Depuis ce printemps, l’AMC s’est engagée avec ses membres à travers les médias sociaux, ce qui nous permet d’entamer un dialogue et d’être plus impliquées dans notre communauté. En nous rassemblant, nous pouvons partager nos idées et penser à des solutions pour les défis que nos institutions font face actuellement. Ensemble, nous sommes plus forts !

N’oubliez pas de visiter notre site Web pour accéder aux informations les plus à jour sur tout ce qui affecte les musées au Canada.

John G. McAvity
Directeur général

Friday, February 25, 2011

It's a beautiful day !

With this blog post, the CMA has entered the world of social media.

The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is the national organization for the advancement of the Canadian museum sector, representing Canadian museum professionals both within Canada and internationally. The CMA works for the recognition, growth, and stability of the sector. It was established by a small group of people in Quebec City in 1947. There were 161 museums in Canada in 1951; by 1972 there were 838 museums, galleries and related institutions. As the quantity of Canadian museums increased, so did the need for the CMA.

Today, the CMA has nearly 2,000 members, and supports them with training and professional development programs, conferences, publications, networking opportunities, a body of knowledge, and a dedicated staff.

CMA members include non-profit museums, art galleries, science centres, aquaria, archives, sport halls-of-fame, artist-run centres, zoos and historic sites across Canada. They range from large metropolitan galleries to small community museums. All are dedicated to preserving and presenting Canada's cultural heritage to the public. Over the past 60 years, Canada's museums have developed an international reputation for excellent programming, dedicated public service, and high standards of professionalism.

The CMA is governed by an elected Board of Directors and maintains a full-service Secretariat in Ottawa.