MAS 2022 Conference Presentations
MAS Conference 2022 - Community Co-Curation: Carrying On
June 9 - 11, 2022 | Estevan, Saskatchewan
Keynote: Sharanjit Sandhra
Co-Curation as Co-Conspirator Work: Decolonizing the Museum
This presentation, by highlighting the work of the Sikh Heritage Museum, a National Historic Site of Canada in Abbotsford, BC, will provide a framework on how to make co-curation an ongoing and needed practice in the museum sector as a movement towards anti-racism and meaningful equity, diversity, inclusion. Using specific co-curated exhibits, along with visitor responses, the presentation will provide practical tools to the difficult work of diversifying the museum sector.
Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS)
Community Engagement and Ethnocultural Minorities: Building Meaningful Relationships
Museums form an important component of a community’s memory, presenting objects and experiences that, in effect, tell a community’s story to itself and the rest of the world. However, museums do not always reflect the diversity of their communities: museums’ collections and visitors are often drawn from particular groups within communities, leaving other community members underrepresented.
How can cultural and heritage organizations do a better job of including members of ethnocultural minorities? This presentation by the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan will explore cultural awareness, community engagement, and relationship-building for community museums and galleries.
Panel: Moderated by Michael Afenfia, Saskatoon Open Door Society
Curating Diversity: 50 Years of Immigration in Canada
This panel session will discuss cultural representation and how museums across Canada have curated the history and heritage of the diverse people who call Canada home. Panelists will touch on measures and strategies adopted by museums to ensure inclusion in the last 50 years and hypothesize on ways locals and newcomers will feel seen and included in the sourcing and curation of art, artifacts and stories preserved in thematic and non-thematic museums.
Canadian Museums Association (CMA)
Reconciliation Program, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) Call to Action #67
The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) will be presenting an update on their national work on TRC 67 and forthcoming deliverables and provide an understanding of their national engagement work and feedback on reconciliation in museums.
The CMA is working closely with its Reconciliation Council and other stakeholders across the country to collect feedback, identify key issues, and ultimately produce and disseminate a recommendations report and learning tools for the inclusion and representation of Indigenous communities within museums and cultural centres.
Alberta Museums Association (AMA)
Reconsidering Museums: Articulating the Value of Museums to Our Communities
What do Canadians see as the value of museums for them, their communities, and for Canada? Reconsidering Museums, a three-year national project, sets out to answer this question. Through a rearticulation of the value of museums and a rebrand of the sector, this project aims to support museums with the tools and language necessary to better connect with and serve their communities, deepening their relationships, and therefore their relevance, to the public.
With a focus on being data driven, this session will explore how the museum of the future can respond to demographic, cultural, and generational shifts; bridge the gap between internal and public perception; and address societal issues while maintaining their trustworthiness.