Sask museums


Response to Flooding in Southern Saskatchewan

Many communities in Southern Saskatchewan have declared states of emergency as they deal with flooding due to high amounts of rain. In the event that your museum has been effected by flooding, we have provided the following short guide on how to address damage caused by flooding.

 MAS Guide to Flood Response 

Busy in Biggar

The museum in Biggar has had a busy few months! Here are a few things they have been up to:

New Exhibit

Biggar’s first tourist, the Earl of Southesk, has been retired, for now. An exhibit representing the Scottish Earl’s hunting trip to the Bear Hills (close to Biggar) had been the first exhibit as visitors stepped into the Royden Donahue Exhibit Gallery.

The Earl has been replaced with The Half-Way House (also known as the Sixty Mile Outpost). Our creative and talented volunteer team headed up by our chairperson, Marie-Helene Debert, have put together a representation of Frenchie Bernier’s outpost near Argo Bush, south and west of Biggar.

In 1883, two Northwest Mounted Police left Battleford, looking for outposts along the trail to Swift Current. The Swift Current-Battleford Trail was a mail route, and needed policing and the horses needed to be rested along the route. Frenchie was convinced that building a horse barn could bring the company, and the money, to him.

Over the years, the settlers started coming, and Frenchie’s business grew. He enjoyed meeting and hearing the news they brought. He served his company stew, fresh biscuits, and the coffee pot was never empty.

A Biggar resident, Verle Hawkins, wrote a very entertaining book, based on her research in to Frenchie’s place. That book has been published and copies are available in the Past & Presents Gift Shop at the Biggar Museum.


Audio Added to Biggar Museum

Thanks to the generosity of our new sponsors, Tim Hammond Realty, Excell Tire, AGI Envirotank and Business for the Arts, the Royden Donahue Exhibit Gallery now has an audio system.

An appropriate and affordable system was researched and discovered by the owner of Biggar Leisure Centre, Larry Guran. The system consists of battery run devices with mp3 cards and motion sensors.

Visitors are still always pleasantly greeted by staff and some of Biggar’s history is explained. But now visitors can go through the museum, at their own speed, and still hear short explanations of each exhibit.

Some are short clips defining the exhibit, narrated by a local actress, Tanya Schultz. Others are sounds downloaded off the internet.

The Biggar Museum qualified for the ArtsVest program of Business for the Arts last year, and then went out and sought new sponsors. The generosity of the new sponsors was matched 100% by ArtsVest. These added funds paid for the audio system and a much needed new computer for our POS system in the Past & Presents Gift Shop.

The Biggar Museum Gets a Facelift

The Gus Froese mural that was fading badly on the south side of the building is in the process of being repainted. Artists in Biggar were approached in October 2013 to give quotes for the job of restoring and repainting the mural. Michaela Hoppe, an up and coming Saskatchewan artist, who lives in Biggar, won the bid.  Permission from the original artist was granted and excitement filled the air!

Then the search for funding began. Although every funding body thought it was an excellent idea, it just did not fit their criteria for grants.

Froese is famous for his murals throughout Saskatchewan especially in Moose Jaw. The Biggar mural is a beautiful collage of important events in the history and settlement or our town.

In May of 2014, two private donators from Biggar came through with some cheques. Once the tears and dancing for joy finished, the artist was called and the work began! The Biggar & District Arts Council also came through with a pledge, guaranteeing the restoration of this very precious Biggar treasure.

The mural is scheduled to be finished and relocated to the east side of the building by October 2014.

Another donation by a private donor, in memory of her parents, will be put towards changing up the front garden of the museum. Junipers will be replaced by rock planters, at a level that will save aching backs. Discussions carry on for plant selections and benches. But, it is assured, when the front of the Biggar Museum is finished, it will be welcoming and fresh; like a Biggar smile inviting visitors in!


 What's your museum up to? Email us your stories and we'll publish them! 

Celebrate Canada's rich heritage by showcasing your objects - apply for CCI's Conservation Treatment Services

Canada is celebrating many important milestones and anniversaries on the way to the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Do you have objects linked to these events that need conservation treatments? Perhaps you have items that are not related to these anniversaries, but they are important to your collections, institution or community. The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) is accepting applications for requests for conservation treatment services in 2015–2016. (Details regarding the types of objects that can be submitted and the application process can be found below.)

When selecting objects for conservation treatment, CCI will give particular consideration to objects related to:

200th Anniversary of the Birth of Sir John A. Macdonald
50th Anniversary of the National Flag of Canada

175th Anniversary of the Birth of Sir Wilfrid Laurier
175th Anniversary of the Elections of Baldwin and La Fontaine Leaders for Responsible Government
150th Anniversary of the Fenian Raids
Centennial of the Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel (First World War)
75th Anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong
Centennial of the Canadian Women’s Suffrage

150th Anniversary of the Confederation  
125th Anniversary of the Stanley Cup and 100th Anniversary of the National Hockey League
Centennial of the Battles of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele
75th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid
50th Anniversary of the Canada Games

About CCI’s Conservation Treatment Services

CCI offers conservation treatment services to Canadian museums, archives and historic sites. These include treatments to prevent further deterioration, aid interpretation, or re-establish culturally significant qualities. Services can range from minimal stabilization to complete conservation treatments.

Applications for treatment services can be submitted at any time, and are reviewed once each year. The current deadline for submitting requests for treatments is October 15, 2014. Objects which are selected will be called in to CCI in 2015–16, but the completion date will depend on the complexity of the treatment.

The following types of artifacts will be considered for treatment:

Fine Arts
Paper (works of art on paper, photos, archival materials and books)
Historic, Cultural, Religious and Aboriginal Objects
While the selection of objects for treatment is always based on CCI's assessment criteria, we encourage you to consider submitting requests for objects of particular importance that may be linked to the above key milestones in Canada’s history.
Canadian museums, archives and historic sites open to the public do not pay for treatment costs, except under extraordinary circumstances. Clients are responsible for all costs of transporting objects to and from CCI, including adequate crating (which may require modifications to crates or new crates as a result of conservation treatment), shipping and insurance. Clients also pay for the cost of new mounts or frames if required.

Please note that missing information can disqualify an application.  For this reason, we encourage you to submit your requests as soon as possible for a preliminary review.  This will allow time to add missing information, if required.

If you require assistance in preparing your application, please contact Elisabeth Joy.

Deadline for submission: October 15, 2014.

Workshop - last chance to register for Inquiry-Based Learning

Many museum visitors and program participants learn best when they explore questions for themselves, instead of simply being told what they should know. But setting up inquiry-based learning presents many challenges. In this workshop, you'll be introduced to the theory and practice of inquiry-based learning. You'll find out what it is, what makes it effective, and how you can use it in your museum.

Register online at
or call 1-866-568-7386.

Inquiry-Based Learning
6 June at the Moose Jaw branch of the Western Development Museum
$80 members, $120 non-members, $55 students (includes lunch).

Register now!

Canadian Heritage launches new Community Celebrations Fund

The Department of Canadian Heritage has launched the Toronto 2015 Pan American & Parapan American Games - Community Celebrations Fund to support cultural activities that will be held across Canada for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. This new $3.6 million fund will allow organizations, educational institutions and governments to organize celebrations and community activities over the next two years and throughout the Games. More details on applying for funding are available here.

MAS Conference - Banquet Entertainment Announced!

MAS is pleased to announce that The Midnight Roses are the banquet entertainment on May 22! We're so excited!!

For more information visit their website.

CHIN Artists in Canada database Is Back!

The Artists in Canada database, which identifies the location of documentation files on Canadian artists, is back online with a new and improved interface. Maintained by the National Gallery of Canada Library, this bilingual resource contains information for over 42,700 artists, including artisans, painters, sculptors, printmakers, architects and others.

Access the database on the CHIN website.

International Museum Day is Upon Us!

The Canadian Museums Association wants to hear how this year's International Museum Day theme - "Museum collections make connections" - relates to your organisation! Send one sentence and an image that represent how you successfully engage your audience with your collections. CMA will include the most inspiring mentions in an upcoming issue of Muse magazine! Email the following info to by May 30:

  • Your name
  • Your organisation's name
  • One sentence (30 words max) describing how you successfully engage your audience with your collections
  • One related image in TIFF, JPEG or EPS format and 300 dpi resolution  
And don't forget to submit your info to the IMD website to help show the world how much Canada is participating in IMD 2014 on May 18, 2014!

Deadline extended for SaskCulture Nominations

The Nominations Committee is continuing its search for volunteers for the SaskCulture Board of Directors. Although the nomination form indicates a timeline of May 1st for submitting application forms, the nomination committee is still in the process of contacting individuals interested in putting their name forward for the Board and have extended the deadline to May 12th. The committee is specifically requesting applications for candidates in the First Nation and Métis category.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in culture and helping support the growth and understanding of cultural activity in Saskatchewan, please fill out an application form.  Application packages are available on the SaskCulture website. Background information for candidates whose applications are received prior to May 12th will be circulated to the membership. Applications received after this date will be considered nominations from the floor.

Canadian Copyright Law eTutorial Offering

Canadian Copyright Law is a 16 e-lesson tutorial which is a primer/refresher on Canadian copyright law. Includes information on recent amendments to the Canadian Copyright Act and June 2012 Supreme Court of Canada court decisions.

The next offering is over a 4-week period beginning May 12, 2014. View the online syllabus for more information.

Bursaries for 2014 Historical Thinking Summer Institute

The Historical Thinking Summer Institute will take place 7-12 July 2014 in Vancouver, BC.

THEN/HiER will provide bursaries of up to $750 each towards airfare to attend the 2014 Historical Thinking Summer Institute in Vancouver, BC, July 7-12, 2014. Application deadline is May 15, 2014.

See for more information.

Western Development Museums Honoured by National Magazine

The North Battleford Western Development Museum received the highest honour, the Platinum Reader's Choice Award. Saskatoon received the Gold Reader's Choice Award. Both awards were in the favourite Saskatchewan Attraction category. The Reader's Choice winners were chosen by the readers, representing RVers' favourite places, attractions and other RV related topics.

Saskatchewan Volunteer Medals Awarded

Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield presented Saskatchewan Volunteer Medals to nine recipients on Monday in Regina. The Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal recognizes outstanding volunteers or those who exemplify exceptional community involvement. A list of award recipients can be viewed on the Government of Saskatchewan Website.

artsVest Sponsorship Workshops - Next Week!

artsVest Saskatchewan is a sponsorship training and matching incentive program created by Business for the Arts and delivered in Saskatchewan. They are holding workshops across the province from May 13-28.

Changing demographics... is your organization ready?

SaskCulture has been discussing the importance of multiculturalism and inclusiveness It has been working with its members to help determine ways the community can become more inclusive, response and reflective of the changing face of the province.  In 2013, SaskCulture contracted R. Anderson & Associates, in conjunction with Terry Schwalm & Associates, to consult with member organizations on the issue.  Their report, entitled, Engaging Saskatchewan's Emerging Demographics is now available.
The Tri-Global partners - SaskCulture, Sask Sport and Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association - have also released Assessment of Demographic & Community Data , by McNair Business Development Inc., which provides community leaders with current and relevant information in assessing Saskatchewan's evolving demographics and help in future planning.
For more information on these reports, contact Dean Kush, Assistant General Manager, SaskCulture at 306-780-9436, or

MAS Upcoming Network Meetings

The following is a list of network meetings that are coming up:

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

2014 Museums Association of Saskatchewan Conference and AGM

Tour Schedule  May 23, 2014

8:00 am                       Depart Holiday Inn for Mortlach Museum
9:30am – 10:30am     Tour Mortlach Museum
10:30am                      Depart for the Morse Museum
11:30am                      Lunch at the Morse Museum
12:15pm – 1:15pm     Tour Morse Museum
1:15pm                        Depart for Herbert Museum
1:35pm – 2:35pm       Tour Herbert Museum
2:35pm                        Depart for Doc’s Town
3:05pm – 4:00pm       Tour Doc’s Town
4:00pm                        Return to Holiday Inn

 *Subject to change

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.

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 .

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 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:

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 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.

"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

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.

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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

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.

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

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

Audrey Dreaver
Event Coordinator

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

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.